Credit Union Donates Restaurant Equipment to Local Non-Profits
(Augusta, ME) - cPort Credit spent the day at the former Bonanza Restaurant in Augusta donating restaurant equipment and supplies large and small to over twenty local non-profit organizations. cPort has purchased the property and will be building a new branch there in the coming months.
Among the many organizations who received the donations in kind were the Bread of Life Ministries, Spectrum Generations, Children’s Center of Augusta, Augusta Angel Food Network, local Knights of Columbus, VFW and American Legion groups and the Balat Youth Senter in Winthrop. The Balat group is building a new youth center and is benefiting from large sinks, refrigerators, pots and pans as well as booths and lighting fixtures. A multitude of volunteers arrived Thursday to assist with the operation, including master electricians and plumbers, a fire inspector (for the fire suppression system) and even some of the youth campers pitched in carrying chairs and tables among other items
Dean Lachance, Executive Director of Bread of Life Ministries shared - "What a wonderful surprise to get a call from Gene and the great folks at cPort Credit Union. The two truck loads of paper products, cleaning products, and their generous $600 donation from their hunger drive were a huge boost to us at a time of great need and tight budgets. We are so appreciative of their ongoing support to us and the needs in our community! I wish them the best of luck in the growth into their new building."
Gene Ardito, President/CEO of cPort Credit Union, was delighted with the turnout saying, "We are thrilled to be able to donate so much useful restaurant equipment and supplies to so many charitable groups. It has been wonderful meeting volunteers from these organizations, which give so much back to their communities not only in time and effort but resources as well. This equipment will help feed a lot of people, and we are very happy to assist them with their significant efforts. Today, the “c” in cPort stands for Community and we could not be more proud to help our community with these supplies and at the same time remove the decaying building from Western Avenue.”
The new branch is slated to open in January 2011. 2011 will also mark the credit union’s 80th Anniversary.