Kennebunk Savings was proud to be featured as a platinum sponsor for SOS Recovery Community Organization’s “Innovations in Recovery,” New England’s premier peer recovery conference. This year’s event, held digitally, brought together local leaders and national speakers to share latest research in peer recovery from substance use disorder and its intersection with trauma, toxic stress and harm reduction.
“We really value the strong relationship we have with the team at SOS,” said Bradford C. Paige, President and CEO of Kennebunk Savings. “We lose too many members of our communities each year - friends, neighbors and relatives - to preventable overdose deaths. We need to push the boundaries of our response to this crisis.” Kennebunk Savings has been a longtime supporter of several nonprofits working in the field of substance use disorder, and has made several significant donations to SOS since 2018, including funding development of their recovery coach curriculum, “The Art and Science of Peer-Assisted Recovery.” Paige was a presenter at this year’s conference, speaking about how businesses could get more involved in supporting recovery and prevention, and providing advice to nonprofits seeking such partnerships. The Kennebunk Savings Spotlight Fund has focused a portion of the bank’s annual giving on this issue, committing donations totaling $375,000 since 2018.
Though initially planned as an in-person conference, SOS Director John Burns pointed out that the virtual delivery was thematically significant. Virtual recovery supports have allowed the team at SOS to reach people in need of help that may not have sought it out before. “We are now reaching people who would never have set foot in a recovery center.” When the pandemic first hit, Burns said, “we advanced our technology and our entire business model ahead by about three years—in three days.” When the pandemic is over, in-person work at SOS centers will return to normal, but the digital supports will not go away, either. “Yeah, we’re gonna have a little more to do,” Burns laughed.
About Kennebunk Savings
Kennebunk Savings’ Spotlight Fund was created in 2016 to focus a dedicated portion of the bank’s charitable giving toward critical issues affecting our community. For the past three years, that focus has been on combating substance use disorder. In 2020, Kennebunk Savings has committed to donating $150,000 to nonprofits working toward both Community Education and reducing the barriers faced by people in recovery as they reenter the workforce.