Each week, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust directors and employees, in exchange for being able to dress casually on Fridays, voluntarily contribute to a charitable fund that disburses gifts monthly to local nonprofit organizations. The employee-driven donation program is called Community Commitment. The bank matches the employee donations, doubling the amount given to the chosen nonprofit organization. Each month a different bank location gets to choose the recipient of these contributions.

For the month of January, employees at the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branch in Rockland chose the American Cancer Society to receive the Community Commitment funds.

The funds are earmarked for the bank’s Relay for Life team, Banking on a Cure. This year’s team is being co-chaired by Judy Fuller and Jeanie Howie, who both work at the bank’s branch in Bar Harbor.

“This is so exciting! As co-captains, we are very happy that the Rockland branch has chosen Relay for Life,” Fuller and Howie said. “Thank you many times over. This is a wonderful jump start to our fundraising. Thank you all so very much.”

“You are very welcome,” said Todd Starbird, regional vice president for business banking in Rockland. “It’s a great cause and this should be a huge help!”

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the track during an 18-hour period. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment. Those who participate celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and do what they can to help fight back against the disease.

To help Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees in the fight against cancer, donations may be made payable to the American Cancer Society and sent to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Attn: Judy Fuller or Jeanie Howie, P.O. Box 400, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. For more information on Relay for Life, visit relayforlife.org.