cPort Receives ProsperityME Outstanding Community Partner Award

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New Mainers have been making up an essential part of our vibrant communities for decades. The process of settling into a new place can be challenging, especially for those who come from different backgrounds and cultures. ProsperityME is vital in helping individuals and families from cash-based societies build successful, rewarding lives in their new homeland.…

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Scams and Fraud. Be safe this Autumn.

Don'y Fall for scams and Fraud

Welcome Autumn, the season of productivity and preparation! As the squirrels diligently stash their acorns for winter, scammers also step up to deceive and exploit unsuspecting individuals. At our Maine credit union, we prioritize the safety and security of our members year-round. Stay vigilant about scams and fraud, and protect yourself against threats targeting your…

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Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

cPort SVP and General Counsel Chris Van Dyck; Immigrant Literacy Advocacy Project Executive Director Sue Roche; ILAP Development Director Laura Simocko; and cPort EVP and CFO Kelsey Marquis.

Pioneers in immigrant advocacy, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting the safety, security, and well-being of immigrants in Maine. Through a team of dedicated lawyers and advocates, they provide critical legal assistance, representation, education, and advocacy to immigrants and their families. What is the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s…

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cPort Credit Union Awarded Best Places to Work in Maine For Seven Years

cPort Credit Union Best Places To Work in Maine 2023

We are thrilled to announce that cPort Credit Union has again been recognized among Maine’s Best Places to Work. Out of numerous entrants across the state, only 134 small and large companies make it onto this prestigious list. For us, this achievement holds special significance. As President & CEO Gene Ardito puts it, “While we…

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Forbes Names cPort Credit Union Among the Best in Maine

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Portland, ME – June 25, 2023 – cPort Credit Union is proud to be listed as one of Forbes Best-In-State Credit Unions 2023. This prestigious recognition highlights cPort Credit Union’s commitment to exceptional service, innovative financial solutions, and dedication to the communities it serves. Gene Ardito, cPort Credit Union’s President, and CEO, comments,…

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Maine Students Shoot For The Stars with cPort’s Career Aspirations Program.

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This spring, we celebrated 16 years of our Career Aspirations Program. We partnered with six elementary schools and one after-school club in Portland, Augusta, and Gardiner. We appreciate that these communities continue to support the aspirations of our local elementary students each year. The program begins with students in grades 3-6 participating in an aspirations…

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Read Across America

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cPort Credit Union celebrated Read Across America Week with a special visit to Talbot Community School in Portland. President & CEO Gene Ardito and Executive Vice President & CFO Kelsey Marquis shared their love for literacy with students as part of the National Education Association’s celebration honoring authors from all backgrounds. Read Across America is an annual…

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Avoid Job Scams in 2023!

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Job hunting can be stressful, and the growing number of employment scams can make it even more overwhelming. Scammers are using fake employment opportunities to target applicants’ personal information and trick them into handing over money. They can advertise positions the same way legitimate employers do—in print newspapers or online through job posting websites, LinkedIn,…

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cPort Credit Union Takes Part in Free Tax Preparation Program in Portland

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cPort employees are volunteering their time to help Mainers get their 2022 taxes prepared for filing. The program we are taking part in is called CA$H Greater Portland. To be eligible for free tax preparation, your household must have made $60,000 or less in 2022. CA$H Greater Portland is a group of IRS-certified volunteer tax…

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Our Employees are Giving Back this Holiday Season!

cPort Employees Give Back

At cPort, we make it a priority to support our local communities throughout the year. Our recognizable “c” in cPort Credit Union encompasses everything we do. We are asked often about what the “c” stands for in our name. For us, our “c” represents character, confidence, cooperative, current, and community. We are committed to giving…

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Enhanced Pay-A-Friend Now Available

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We are excited to share that the enhanced Pay-A-Friend eBanking widget is now available. The updated widget has the same functionality as before but with new features and advancements to improve your experience using the tool. Included in the enhanced Pay-A-Friend eBanking widget: Enhanced security Saved payment information Recurring payments Cancellation ability Security Changes:The most notable…

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Indus Fund in the News

The Indus Fund

cPort has partnered with The Indus Fund to grant below-market interest rate micro-finance loans to small business owners in Maine’s immigrant community. With recent media attention from MaineBiz and WMTW Channel 8, more business owners are taking advantage of this unique loan opportunity. The article in MaineBiz is entitled Lending a hand: New Maine microloan…

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Three Cheers For The Future!

Scholarship Program

Every year cPort staff look forward to reading college aspiration essays from students in the communities we serve. In 2022, we kicked off our 15th year of the cPort Scholarship Program. Hosting our college aspiration workshops in seven elementary schools throughout Portland, Augusta, and Scarborough, we also celebrated our first year at the Boys &…

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How To Prepare For Tax Season

Taxes

In the U.S., filing an annual tax return and paying income tax by April 15 each year is required. Collecting documents well ahead of time and storing them in a secure place is a good idea. Here is a list of what is needed to help prepare for tax season.  Tax Documents  January is when…

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Your House, Opportunities, and interest rates.

Home Loans

Currently, mortgage rates are near 4%, which is still very low by historical standards. However, the Federal Reserve has hinted that it could raise interest rates soon. How does this affect a HELOC or Home Equity loan? What should you do if you are thinking about refinancing or taking out a home mortgage? In this…

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine

Welcome to the cPort Community Spotlight series! Twice a month, cPort will shine a light on a different organization, highlighting the incredible work they do to support the community. This week, cPort is shining a light on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine (BGCSM). BGCSM provides after-school and summer programs to almost 3,000…

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Four Ways To Buy A Car

Car Buying Options

After preapproval for an auto loan, it’s time to go out and buy a car. Where’s the best place to find new wheels? In this article, we’ll review the top four places people buy cars and the pros and cons of each. Car dealership  At a dealership, car shoppers can see available vehicles in person.…

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Spot Scams Before They Happen

Spot Scams

cPort continually strengthens its fraud prevention system to help protect members. However, even with these efforts, there is nothing to stop fraudsters from contacting members directly to try to get information needed to bypass our enhanced fraud prevention systems. Scammers may do this by posing as a financial institution employee to gain your trust. They…

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cPort Employees Give Back this Holiday Season!

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At cPort, we make it a priority to support our local communities throughout the year. Our recognizable “c” in cPort Credit Union encompasses everything we do. We are asked often about what the “c” stands for in our name. For us, our “c” represents character, confidence, cooperative, current, and community. We are committed to giving…

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Guide to Giving This Holiday Season Without Spending Money

Giving Guide

Another holiday season is around the corner, and we know just what will get you in the holiday mood, enrich your spirit and change your outlook. We have some ideas about how to give back to your community that won’t cost a dime. Will it take some of your time? Yes and at the end…

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Being an employee vs. having your own business

Being an employee vs. having your own business

The idea of starting a business can be very tempting. Maybe it’s a wish to follow a lifelong interest. Perhaps it’s creating a better work/life balance with a flexible schedule. It could be a way to earn more money. As rewarding as being a business owner can be, however, it’s not for everyone. Here are…

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cPort Continues News Connect Sponsorship

cPort Maine News Connect

After a successful pilot, cPort Credit Union continues its sponsorship of Maine Public News CONNECT, a program by Maine Public to deliver the news in the four most commonly spoken languages in Maine, after English: French, Spanish, Portuguese and Somali. cPort’s underwriting message for this program is cPort Credit Union. Providing innovative banking solutions while actively…

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cPort Among Best Places To Work in Maine 2021

Best Places To Work in Maine 2021

cPort Credit Union was recently named as one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Maine. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management – Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group. Partners endorsing the program include: Mainebiz, the Maine State Chamber of…

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Paying For College

Paying For College

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” When considering these bitter roots of education, was Aristotle thinking about college tuition? Without a doubt, the price of a good college education can be expensive in the United States. However, students can plan ahead to lower the…

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cPort Celebrates 90 Years!

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We are asked often about what the “c” stands for in our name cPort Credit Union. Our recognizable “c” encompasses everything we do. For us, our “c” represents character, confidence, cooperative, current, and community. Our name may be young, but our history serving the community reaches back to 1931. In the midst of the Great…

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cPort Teller Chris M Featured in Mainebiz

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cPort’s very own Chris Mbalazamo was featured in a Mainebiz article about new Mainers working as bank tellers in our state. Chris attended a 12-week new Mainer teller training program that cPort supports. After graduating, Chris came to work at cPort. In the Mainebiz article, Chris states “When I was growing up, my dream job…

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cPort Receives the Champion Award

Champion Award

On Wednesday, June 9, the Portland Regional Chamber awarded cPort Credit Union the Champion Award. Presented to us by UNUM, this award recognizes our efforts to strengthen the foundation of the Portland region through our work to promote racial and social justice. The award was given during the Portland Regional Chamber’s Imagine Portland virtual celebration…

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Don’t Fall For These Two Money Transfer Scams

Money Transfer Scams

Fraudsters love money transfer transactions because it provides a quick and easy way to get your money. A Money Transfer transaction is when you send money using your debit card. Apps and websites such as Cash App, Venmo, Zelle, and Facebook Pay also allow you to make money transfers. Because you are sending cash, there…

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Introducing cPort’s eBanking Financial Wellness Widget.

Financial Wellness

The next time you log into cPort’s eBanking platform you will see a new Financial Wellness widget (formerly Budgets). This exciting new feature learns buying habits based on your spending history and automatically categorizes transactions for you. This way you can understand where you spend money and how it impacts your finances. The Financial Wellness widget groups…

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cPort Sponsors Maine Public News Connect

cPort Maine News Connect

cPort Credit Union is a sponsor of Maine Public News CONNECT, a six-month pilot program by Maine Public to deliver the news in the four most commonly spoken languages in Maine, after English: French, Spanish, Portuguese and Somali. cPort’s underwriting message for this program is cPort Credit Union. Providing innovative banking solutions while actively supporting Maine’s…

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Why my credit score matters

Why my credit score matters

Your credit score matters because it is the single number that can cost or save you a great deal of money in your lifetime. Lenders look at your credit score to determine how much of a risk you might be to for them to loan money to. But, that’s not all! There are many reasons…

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What is my credit score?

What is my credit score?

The answer to this question is an important one and one you should always be aware of. In fact, lenders will want to know too. This is especially true when it comes time to apply for a loan or credit card. Lenders pull from a credit bureau such as TransUnion, Equifax or Experian to determine…

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Some Helpful Tips for Tax Season

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The IRS has extended the tax deadline for individuals from April 15 to May 17, but that does not mean you should procrastinate when it comes to gathering necessary documents for filing your taxes. Here are a few key pointers to remember when it comes to being prepared and organized with your tax documents. The…

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Ready to Pop the Question?

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What is that we hear? Did you know March 20 is National Proposal Day? It’s also the first day of spring! Sounds like the smell of flowers is not the only thing in the air. Is the only thing holding you back from popping the question your financial situation? A cPort wedding loan can help…

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cPort Offers Exciting Opportunity to the New Mainer Community

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Starting fresh in a new country can be difficult to navigate, especially when it comes to managing your finances. At cPort we have met hundreds of immigrants and helped them to establish a financial foundation in America to build from. We are passionate about helping those in our community by seeing them achieve their goals…

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Start the New Year by Implementing Effective Money Habits

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We know, you hear it at the start of every year. Practice good money habits to help build a successful future, but, its true! If you start the year off with a plan for your finances, you are more likely to see positive end results. 1.Create a budgetDeveloping a budget for the year or on…

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Tis’ the Season for Donating

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As we near 2021 and take time to reflect on what we are thankful for over the past year, it’s also important to remember a lot of people are struggling financially during the holidays this year, charitable organizations included. At cPort we are always looking for ways that we can support our community and give…

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Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams This Year

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Every year around the holidays we like to provide our members with some help to avoid online shopping scams. This year is no different, especially with the uptick in COVID-related fraud.  As is with every year, scammers are becoming even more advanced in their techniques to try and fool you into divulging personal information. Since…

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Give Back this Thanksgiving

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We can’t talk about all things Thanksgiving and not mention the true intent of the holiday. While the holiday is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for, it’s also important to remember that some people may be struggling when it comes to keeping their family fed. Many food banks and pantries rely…

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Support Local by Ordering Takeout

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Sure, cooking at home can be a fun activity on Thanksgiving, but it’s not for everyone.  Sometimes you simply don’t feel like cooking or dealing with buying all of the ingredients at the grocery store. If you’re one of those people, we have a great suggestion for how you can still get a great Thanksgiving…

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Money Tips to Help You Save on Turkey Day

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Even though this year’s Thanksgiving table might be a little smaller than past years, it’s still so easy to spend more money than you like putting the meal together. Here’s a few helpful hints on how to curb costs while preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t buy enough for leftoversWe know, one of the best…

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Fit Supporting the Community into your Holiday Budget

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Temperatures are dropping, snowflakes are beginning to fall, and colorful lights and decorations are starting to appear in the trees. The holiday giving season is right around the corner in Maine! This year is going to be a little different, but we can still keep it magical. The best way is to think and buy…

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Plan Ahead, Plan Smart

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Each month Forest Avenue’s Branch Manager Jen Smith and Assistant Branch Manager Honorine Uwishema weigh in on important financial topics to the new Mainer community in Amjambo Africa. November’s issue is an in depth look into planning for the future. Budgeting is not only an important tool take make sure you are keeping track of…

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There Are Options When It Comes to Paying for College

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With the start of school, one thing that can weigh on students’ minds is the financial responsibility that comes with attending college.  The financial section in the October issue of Amjambo Africa highlights the topic of education. Forest Avenue’s Branch Manager Jen Smith and Branch Supervisor Honorine Uwishema discuss all of the different way’s students…

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Do it All From Home

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If we can say one thing with confidence, it’s that 2020 has given new meaning to the term “homebody.” What once used to be the space where we would hang our hat at the end of our day has become so much more. No one knew just how much time we would be spending at…

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Fraud Facts – Check Scams

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We know since the start of the pandemic scammers have been targeting people daily and their tactics continue to get more and more sophisticated. Right now, we’re noticing check scams are on the rise. Check scams can be used in a variety of ways, we wanted to share a few examples from the Federal Trade…

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Three Ways eStatements Instantly Make Life Better

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A few weeks ago, we kicked off our 2020 goal to cut down the number of month-end statements we print from 17,000 to 11,000. We can’t make this goal a reality without your help! Here are a few reasons you’ll want to opt into eStatements: Always be in the know By opting for eStatements you…

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What to do if You’re Worried About Money

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As we continue to see COVID-19 cases in Maine and are encouraged to keep practicing social distancing, a lot of people are worried about what impact this will have on their finances. Whether you’re concerned about how you are going to keep saving or if you’ll be able to pay all your bills, here are…

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With the Click of Your Screen, It’s Time to Go Green!

Go Green with eStatements

Join cPort in helping to be as eco-friendly as possible by reducing our paper waste. Each month, we mail over 17,000 printed statements to our members.  No need to do the math – we know, it’s A LOT of paper. If you think about it, each statement needs to be printed, stuffed into an envelope,…

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What NCUA Means to You

What does NCUA mean?

Because your money is deposited at cPort, it’s safely backed by the U.S. government. More specifically, it’s insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund. This reserve was created by Congress in 1970 and insures millions of account holders in credit unions like cPort. The NCUA (National Credit Union Administration) is the independent federal…

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Deposit A Check With Your Phone

Deposit a check

cPort’s eBanking mobile app makes banking transactions as easy as a swipe of your screen. Our Deposit a Check feature allows you to deposit a check into your checking or savings account right from your phone. Have you tried it? It’s so simple and convenient, we think you’ll love it. Besides, we’re all doing our…

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Money Savings Tip: Take 24-hours to Think Before You Click

24 Hour Rule

While spending most of our time indoors lately, we’ve been doing a lot of online shopping, maybe a bit too much. You probably have, as well.  Have you seen the amazing deals out there? They can be tempting! It’s easy to make an impulse buy and spend money we should be saving. Here’s a tip:…

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Connect With Us After Hours

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It’s 11PM at night and you have a burning question about your cPort account. Did you know that we have options available to assist you?   cPort’s eBanking has a convenient and easy to use secure messaging center that connects you to a Member Service Representative. Send us a message and we’ll get back as soon as…

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Fraud Facts: The Importance of Protecting One-Time Passcodes

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Protecting Your Account Information In order to better protect the privacy and confidentiality of our member’s account information, cPort Credit Union uses a security method called Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). There are several types of MFA options – cPort commonly utilizes a one-time passcode (OTP). With OTP, a single use code is generated and sent directly to the…

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Junior Achievement and BGCKV

Junior Achievement and Boys and Girls Club of Kennebec Valley

cPort Partnered with Junior Achievement to bring “JA More Than Money” to BGCKV. In July, cPort Credit Union partnered with Junior Achievement of Maine (JA) to bring the “JA More Than Money” financial education course to the 4th and 5th graders at the Boys & Girls Club of Kennebec Valley (BGCKV). Michelle Lemieux, cPort’s Augusta…

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The Telling Room

The Telling Room

We were thrilled to continue our partnership with The Telling Room for their highly anticipated annual event, Show & Tell 2023. This yearly event brings talented performers and storytellers to the stage in Portland. This year’s event was hosted by Mo Awale, DJed by Mosart212, and featured storytelling by Weike Wang, Lynn Steger Strong, and…

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Augusta Food Bank

Augusta Food Bank

Established in 1981, the Augusta Food Bank provides food to meet the needs of individuals and families in their community. Through on-site food pickup, home deliveries, KidsPak programs, and food share programs, community volunteers work tirelessly to serve residents best. Augusta Food Bank KidsPak Program In June, cPort’s Augusta branch and the City of Augusta…

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Institute for Family-Owned Business

Panelists from the Institute for Family Businesses

The Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) recently held a unique event to support immigrant family businesses. The “How To’s: Immigrant Family Business Panel” was a recorded in person panel discussion designed to equip immigrant business owners with the tools and resources to help them succeed. IFOB is a non-profit organization that has been supporting family-owned…

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