YORK COUNTY – Town & Country Federal Credit Union is once again preparing to award a total of $25,000 to non-profits serving Cumberland and York Counties as part of its Better Neighbor Fund.

The first part of the process has begun as the period to nominate a non-profit to receive a grant opened Tuesday.  Since 2010, Town & Country has granted more than $225,000 to support nearly 75 local charitable programs through the Better Neighbor Fund.

This fall, the credit union will again provide grants totaling $25,000 to local non-profit organizations across Southern Maine, as determined through an online vote on Facebook.

“Maine is a state rich in the tradition of neighbors helping neighbors, and we created the Better Neighbor Fund as a way to highlight the importance of giving back to our community and keeping that spirit alive,” said David Libby, President and Chief Executive Officer of Town & Country Federal Credit Union. “As a financial cooperative, we understand the importance of helping others, whether it’s providing financial services or making a difference in the community.  The Better Neighbor Fund allows some of the many terrific non-profits that serve Cumberland and York counties with an opportunity to not only highlight their organization but to generate support through social media.  From helping an organization purchase beds for individuals who were previously homeless to providing opportunities for families to attend a week at Camp Sunshine, we have been able to help fund a variety of projects and initiatives in Cumberland York counties and look forward to doing so again this year.”

Town & Country will be accepting entries for the 2019 Better Neighbor Fund from now through Sept. 25. The first 25 applicants that best meet the qualification criteria will be selected as nominees and advance to the public voting phase, which will take place on Town & Country’s Facebook page during the month of October.

For complete details on the simple nomination process or to submit a nomination of a non-profit, visit www.tcfcu.com and complete the online application.

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The public voting period begins Oct. 1 and ends Oct. 31 on Town & Country’s Facebook page. The organizations that get the most online votes will be the winning recipients of the eight grants.

Grant recipients will be announced at a special evening event on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Town & Country Center in Scarborough.

As Maine’s second largest credit union with nearly 40,000 members, Town & Country is a full-service financial institution offering a wide range of financial products and services to people who live, work, go to school or worship in Cumberland and York Counties. Designated as one of Maine’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for the past eight years, the credit union has $390 million in assets, and is part of the second largest branch network in the country.

To learn more, visit www.tcfcu.com.