Grant-awarding foundation cited as community ‘pillar’

Posted Dec. 10, 2008, at 7:05 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:10 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — United Way of Eastern Maine presented the Maine Community Foundation with its 2008 Pillar of the Community Award during its recent annual meeting in Bangor.

The award is the highest honor United Way gives to an organization.

In her presentation of the award, board vice chairwoman Deborah Stanford praised the foundation’s efforts to encourage people to come together “to accomplish positive change” in the five-county area United Way of Eastern Maine serves.

She cited the foundation’s grant support of nonprofit organizations in the fields of education, health and economic development, and its work with the Eastern Maine Funders’ Initiative to support home weatherization and heating oil assistance.

Past recipients of the award have included the law firm Eaton Peabody, Hannaford supermarkets, Bangor Savings Bank, R.H. Foster energy company, N.H. Bragg industrial supplier, and Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

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