Employees of The First recently raised $606 for the Youthlinks program after donating $1 for each Friday they dressed casually.

Nominated by the Rockland Park Street branch for the month of February, employees of The First have been dressing casually on Fridays in support of charitable organizations throughout their market areas in Maine.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, located in Rockland, that provides after-school programs that include community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth ages 12 to 18 from anywhere in Midcoast Maine. Teens in the after-school programs learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. After-school programs are free for participating youth.

Youthlinks is funded through a combination of state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations.