Tom’s of Maine gives money to nonprofits

Posted Sept. 22, 2010, at 6:24 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Natural products company Tom’s of Maine is awarding five nonprofit groups $20,000 each to advance and draw attention to their work.

The company tallied nearly 100,000 online votes for programs across the country as part of its annual “50 States for Good” initiative.

This year’s winning nonprofits include an Alabama group that trains college students to provide vision screenings for low-income preschool children, a free spay-neuter pet surgery program in Philadelphia and a publicly owned, volunteer-maintained orchard in Indiana.

A literacy program, also in Indiana, was selected, as was a South Carolina effort to prepare dogs in shelters for living in homes.

CORRECTION: Groups from four different states will receive awards.

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