Days of Caring 

Some local organizations teamed up to help the Bangor Homeless Shelter.The United Way of Eastern Maine recently began a new program called Days of Caring. The program pairs area businesses with social service agencies that are in need of help.Merrill Bank teamed up with the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter Visiting Nurse program and the United way to collect personal care items for the folks at the shelter.Debbie Calderwood, the visiting nurse for the shelter, says donations like this are very important. “The shelter runs with a very meager budget, and things like this really benefit the folks that they serve, so much. People just don’t realize what a toothbrush and toothpaste mean to someone, or shampoo, or deodorant, until you don’t have it.” adds Calderwood.All of the branches of Merrill Bank participated in this effort.For two weeks they had bins at their locations, so employees and customers could contribute.For more information on the United Way’s Days of Caring, you can visit their website at