Nonprofits need your votes for bank grants

Posted Feb. 12, 2009, at 7:24 p.m.

With so many representatives of nonprofit organizations participating in the 2009 Bangor Savings Bank grants having e-mailed me requesting I mention this funding opportunity in my column, I believe it is only fair to include them all.

For those who are unaware, for the third year, BSB is asking Mainers “to vote on how best to allocate $100,000 the bank has pledged to give” nonprofits, according to a recent news release.

Each of the 48 nonprofits on the ballot receive at least a $1,000 grant for participating; the top 20 write-ins also receive a grant from the BSB Foundation; and the eight organizations receiving the most votes each receive $5,000.

Ballots are available at local BSB branches, at each of the participating nonprofits and online at www.communitymattersmore.com.

According to the Web site, criteria to be eligible for consideration as a write-in nomination (Other) is the program is open to all, nonsectarian, Maine-based or with operating offices within Maine and 501(c)(3) registered.

Ballots can be returned to any BSB branch through March 2, and the winners will be announced in mid-March.

In such difficult economic times, every dollar counts, as do your votes, so, for your information, and to help your favorite nonprofit receive a BSB grant, here is the list of participating organizations.

The Downeast category includes Washington Hancock Community Agency, Child and Family Opportunities Inc., Down East Family YMCA, Down East Hospice, Cobscook Community Learning Center, Faith In Action Community Connection and Other.

On the Central list are Disability Rights Center, Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, Literacy Volunteers of Waterville, Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women, Kennebec Messalonskee Trails Inc. and Other.

The Greater Portland/Lewiston-Auburn list is Port Resources, Alpha One, Project G.R.A.C.E., Northeast Hearing and Speech Center Inc., Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, Good Shepherd Food-Bank and Other.

The Northern list includes Womancare, Houlton Community Arts Center, Katahdin Friends Inc., Lincoln Historical Society, Pine Tree Hospice, Moosehead Marine Museum and Other.

On the Midcoast list are Teen and Young Parent Program of Knox County, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, The Game Loft (New Strategies for Youth), Waldo County YMCA, Bucksport Community Concerns, Volunteer Regional Food Pantry and Other.

On the Western list are HealthReach Community Health Centers, Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, Hope Association, LEAP Inc., Franklin County Children’s Task Force, Spectrum Generations of Somerset County and Other.

For York County, the list includes Counseling Services Inc., Sweetser, York County Community Action Corporation, York Community Food Pantry, York County Shelter Programs, Saco Bay Trails and Other.

And on the Greater Bangor list are Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, Wings for Children and Families Inc., Warren Center for Communication and Learning, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Phillips Strickland House, Good Samaritan Agency and Other.

For full disclosure purposes, I am a corporator for both Bangor Savings Bank and Phillips Strickland House.

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Ann Carter reports that visitors are most welcome to attend the monthly business meeting of the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Methodist Homes Recreation Center on Palmer Street in Calais.

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Members of the Hampden Town Council cordially invite the public to attend a reception in honor of longtime Hampden Economic Development director Bion Foster from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Hampden Public Safety Community Room.

Councilors encourage residents to “join us in honoring Bion for his many efforts on behalf of the Town of Hampden.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the reception, which includes a social time and refreshments until 6:15 p.m. when remarks and a presentation to Foster will be made.

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Mike Lange reports the Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the National Guard Armory in Skowhegan.

“One lucky donor will win free heating assistance, each week, through the month of February, up to $250 in value,” Lange wrote, adding that “all presenting donors will automatically be entered to win.”

He reminds you “the Red Cross is in the midst of another challenging winter because of illness and bad weather,” and adds that “the agency must collect 300 units of blood” each day in Maine “to meet the basic needs of area hospitals.”

To make your donor appointment, call 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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