Bangor homeless shelter asking for donations

Posted Nov. 15, 2009, at 8:28 p.m.

Although our weather, of late, has been mild, Bangor Area Homeless Shelter executive director Dennis Marble reminds readers that “winter fast approaches, and we still need homeless shelters,” which is why Marble wants you to know that the Bangor shelter is in the midst of its annual appeal.

“We have been fortunate to have so many friends and neighbors make donations year after year despite the problems and challenges they face in their own lives,” Marble wrote of the response to the shelter’s annual appeal.

Relying on private donations, the shelter counts among its “generous donors” the “Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, which, through a grant application process, recently provided $50,000 toward the continued operation of our shelter,” Marble said.

He reminds you that the shelter relies on such private donations to fund half its annual budget.

With no professional fundraising assistance, the shelter appeals only to those who have contributed previously, and its staff and volunteers are always most appreciative of first-time donations.

“Your support is even more important this year,” Marble wrote, explaining that the shelter is experiencing “a record level of demand for services.”

Its costs are up, and “the State of Maine has written new rules regarding the use of Medicaid funds,” he said.

“As we try to do what we think is right and collaborate with our partners” to help meet the needs of those using the shelter, Marble said the operation will be losing “between $30,000 and $40,000 in annual revenue.”

You can help with this shortfall by making out a check to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and mailing it to 263 Main St, Bangor 04401.

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Business and community members are invited to join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Maine in kicking off its 2010 Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Family Fun Lanes, 15 Hildreth St., Bangor.

Stacey Coventry reports you can “enjoy a free lunchtime bowl and pizza while you discover how bowling for kids can change the lives of local children.”

You will learn how you can organize a team, be a team captain and collect pledges “to support a new mentoring relationship in your community,” Coventry wrote.

Big Brothers Big Sisters supports more than “150 matches and partners” with more than 20 schools in Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties.

For more information, call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 947-2063.

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Unity College will hold the 15th annual Empty Bowls Fundraising Dinner 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts.

Mark Tardif reports proceeds will benefit the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry serving Unity and surrounding towns.

In honor of the 15th event, “we are suggesting a $15 voluntary donation,” Tardiff wrote.

Diners begin by choosing a bowl for their meal, which have been donated by Unity area potters and Unity College students.

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Hermon High School Class of 2012 will hold a benefit supper and silent auction for classmate David Priest, who recently was diagnosed with leukemia.

The benefit is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the high school cafeteria.

Hermon sophomore homeroom teacher Venise Treadwell wrote, “Proceeds will be going directly to the family,” and the young hosts “are soliciting donations for the event.”

For more information, call the school at 848-4000 and ask for class advisers Nicole Griffin or Micah Grant.

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The public is invited to hear Maine Audubon naturalist Eric Hynes discuss “Significant Wildlife Habitat” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden.

Holly Twining reports that Hynes, program manager for Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, will present a “visually stunning” slide show of three newly designated Significant Wildlife Habitats.

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

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