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For Immediate Release

Bank of America donation to Veterans Count Maine

PORTLAND- The Bank of America has honored veterans in Maine by making a generous donation to Maine’s veterans through Easter Seals Maine and Veterans Count in time for Veterans Day.

Collections & Recovery Strategic Plan Consultant Stacey Leicy of Bank of America presented a five-thousand dollar check to Veterans Count Maine Chairman, Patrick Rockefeller and Veterans Count New England Executive Director, Charlie Summers. The funds will support Easter Seals Maine and Veterans Count, which serves veterans and their families often when no other resources are available. Veterans Count Maine provides emergency financial assistance and mental health services to the entire family. In addition, veterans and their families can also receive free and confidential services to help them navigate military benefits, connect with community resources, and remove barriers to employment.

The mission for Easter Seals Maine aligns with the focus of the Bank of America’s Foundation programs, which seek to address immediate needs vital to the health of the communities they serve through a focus on preserving neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing basic human services, such as hunger.

“Bank of America and our employees remain committed to supporting the military community through philanthropic contributions and volunteer efforts at military-focused nonprofits,” said Bill Williamson, Market President for Maine. “We are proud to support the great work of Veterans Count in helping U.S. veterans transition back to civilian life.”

Funds from the five thousand dollar gift will help Easter Seals Maine serve veterans statewide.  Since its inception in January, 2013, Easter Seals Maine has provided care coordination to 728 service member and veterans and to 782 individuals (data as of September, 2016).

“The donation from the Bank of America will help change the lives of countless veterans in Maine,” says Easter Seals Development Director Kelly Couture.  “While we serve veterans year-round and throughout the state, the need this time of year is especially high, so this gift will be especially important to our program.”

About Easter Seals Maine
Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. For more information about Easter Seals ME, please visit http://www.eastersealsme.org/.

About Veterans Count Maine
Veterans Count Maine is the fundraising chapter in support of Easter Seals Maine's Military and Veterans Programs, which provides emergency financial assistance, information, counseling and referral to post 9/11 veterans and their families as they make the sometimes-challenging transition from military service to civilian life.  Services include help finding employment, housing, affordable vehicle / house maintenance services, and even food, rent, fuel, and heating oil in particularly dire situations.  The program is all philanthropic relies on grants, corporate sponsorship and private donor support.   All funds raised stay here in Maine.  www.vetscount.org/maine

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