Community & Charity

Ending Hunger in Maine Summer Raffle

The Madawaska Branch is hosting a summer raffle for Ending Hunger in Maine! Tickets are $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. There is a raffle for moms, dads, and kids. Tickets can be picked up at the Madawaska branch.  Just drop your ticket in the tub that you want for a chance to win. You can put a ticket in each one if you want.  All proceeds go toward local food pantries.

A Caring Community Credit Union

 NorState's Music in the Park

2021 - NorState FCU has partnered (for the 3rd year in a row)  with Madawaska’s Music in the Park series, held annually on Thursday evenings in the town’s Bicentennial Park. The local music series is well attended by many, thanks to a dedicated committee of locals who love to bring joy and music to young and old alike. A variety of local musicians, many of who donate or offer their time and talents at a reduced rate, keep the local event moving forward. The NorState Music in the Park series opens mid-June and is free to all who come to listen to local musicians from 6-8pm, every Thursday evening through September. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket, bring your family and friends, and enjoy the entertainment, vendors and the atmosphere of community!  For more information about NorState's Music in the Park music series CLICK HERE


NorState's Charitable Campaigns

 People Helping People

NorState FCU lives by the Credit Union philosophy of "People Helping People.” Credit unions across the country, including NorState FCU are committed to their communities, offering financial services to underserved populations, engaging youth in financial education, returning profits to their members, and supporting volunteerism. That's why NorState has established a volunteer program that encourages staff to give back to our communities. From volunteering at a local food pantry to spending time at an animal shelter to landscaping at a local park, our staff is dedicated to making a difference in our communities.  

Coin Sorter Charity Fundraiser

NorState FCU donates its annual member fees collected from our coin sorter machines located in Fort Kent, Madawaska and Presque Isle. Our 2021 Campaign will be for our local food pantries.    Our 2019 charity were St. John Valley Associates, Northern Aroostook Alternatives and Central Aroostook Association. All 3 organizations serve adults with special needs. NorState FCU presented them each with a check for $2,000. Total donated, $6,000. Our 2020  charity will be to multiple Nursing and Assisted Living facilities in the county. 

Previous year's recipients include:                                                                                                                                                                                                       

2021: Local Food Pantries - Ending Hunger Locally - $                                                                                                                                                        2020 Activities Departments of multiple County Nursing/Assisted Living Facilities  - $                                                                  2019:  Adults w/Special Needs Organizations - $6,000.00                                                                                                                                                  2018:  United Veterans of Maine - Farm of Hope:  $6,561.47                                                                                                                                                2017: Special Olympics Aroostook Chapter - $7,827.28                                                                                                                                                        2016 Heather & Liam Connection & Aroostook Autism Support Group - $8469.23                                                                                            2015: Hope & Justice Project - $3,517.08                                                                                                                                                                              2014: American Red Cross - $1,687.02                                                                                                                                                                 

Ending Hunger Campaign

NorState Federal Credit Union’s Ending Hunger Campaign is a yearlong effort to raise awareness and funds for local food pantries throughout Aroostook County. NorState FCU’s local efforts raised over $11,892.74 in 2020! Since the 90’s, Maine Credit Unions have collectively raised over $9.4 million to help end hunger in Maine. 100% of all money raised stays in Maine and is distributed back into the communities that raised those funds.

All contributions are tax-deductible. To make a contribution to the NorState's Ending Hunger Campaign, stop by one of our credit union branches, or send check made payable to NorState End Hunger Campaign, 78 Fox Street, Madawaska, ME 04756. Make check payable to Ending Hunger Campaign.

The top seven credit unions in terms of dollars contributed to end hunger in Maine and per member contributions are annually recognized. Atlantic Federal Credit Union was the top credit union fundraiser in 2020, contributing over $138,000 to combat hunger in the state. Gardiner Federal Credit Union had the highest per member contributions at $3.56 per member.

2020 Top 7 by Category

Total Dollars Contributed to End Hunger in Maine

  • 1st Place – Atlantic Federal Credit Union
  • 2nd Place – Maine State Credit Union
  • 3rd Place – University Credit Union
  • 4th Place – Maine Savings Federal Credit Union
  • 5th Place – NorState Federal Credit Union
  • 6th Place – PeoplesChoice Credit Union
  • 7th Place – Maine Family Federal Credit Union

Total Dollars Raised Per Member

  • 1st Place –  Gardiner Federal Credit Union
  • 2nd Place – Maine State Credit Union
  • 3rd Place – Atlantic Federal Credit Union
  • 4th Place – NorState Federal Credit Union
  • 5th Place – Sebasticook Federal Credit Union
  • 6th Place – University Credit Union
  • 7th Place – Seaboard Federal Credit Union