Shelter receives national, local gifts

Posted Dec. 01, 2009, at 8:55 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, a national organization that provides funding to tax-exempt organizations, has announced plans to give the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter a $7,000 donation as part of its Investing in Our Communities program.

“Our mission … is to build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life, and make a positive difference,” Erin Budde, Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation community affairs manager, said in her Nov. 28 grant announcement letter.

Employees from the local Wells Fargo branch office nominated the shelter for the award, she said.

The news of the national funding comes on the heels of news that three local businesses also are lending a hand, Dennis Marble, the shelter’s executive director, said Tuesday.

The shelter is getting a new roof and recently had all of its baseboard heating units replaced. With all the donations, the $45,000 cost of the projects has dropped significantly, Marble said.

“It’s only going to cost us about $18,000” for the work, he said.

Mike Shea and Richard Harnum of Webber Energy in Bangor partnered with Ken Peters from Trans Tech in Brewer to replace the shelter’s heating system and install protective railing at no cost, Marble said.

With labor, that combined donation is estimated at $10,000, he said.

When the shelter sought bids for a new roof, Kevin Griffin and Roof Systems of Maine was the low bidder and got the job, Marble said.

“Not only was their low bid low, but they also kicked in a percent of that contract cost as an in-kind donation,” he said. “So it cost us even less.”

The donations couldn’t have come at a better time, Marble said.

“What this really means is we get to put our money into the programs … the things we’re here for,” he said. “That’s the kicker.”

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