MCH Neighbor Foundation created to support community programs

MCH Neighbor Foundation trustees (from left) Graham Phaup, Charlotte Gulezian and MCH Executive Director Lee Karker celebrate the creation of the new foundation.
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MCH Neighbor Foundation trustees (from left) Graham Phaup, Charlotte Gulezian and MCH Executive Director Lee Karker celebrate the creation of the new foundation.
Posted Oct. 21, 2011, at 10:43 p.m.

ROCKLAND — The board of directors of Methodist Conference Home announced on Oct. 18 that the nonprofit organization is changing its name to MCH and creating a new foundation to support the community services it provides for seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals in midcoast Maine.

The MCH Neighbor Foundation will assist MCH with securing and managing contributed funds to support its flagship programs including Meals on Wheels, Coastal Trans, independent living for seniors as well as new public transportation services it is planning.

“In Maine we still understand what it means to live in a community and look after our neighbors,” said Graham Phaup, chairman of the MCH Neighbor Foundation. “Funds raised by the MCH Neighbor Foundation will help provide more nutritious meals for seniors, affordable independent living and public transportation to help people in the community get to work, the doctor and the grocery store.”

Other trustees of the newly appointed MCH Neighbor Foundation board are Jim Bowditch, Edward M. Collins Esq. and Charlotte Gulezian.

Phaup is the board president of the Camden Rotary Club and former executive director of The Institute for Global Ethics in Rockland. Bowditch is president of the Penbay YMCA board, president-elect to the Camden Rotary and former missioner for stewardship and planned giving for the Diocese of Maine. Collins is a lawyer with Crandall, Hanscom and Collins in Rockland. He serves as a clerk of the North Haven Foundation and has served on the boards of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Midcoast Mental Health Association. Gulezian is the president of the MCH board and serves on the boards of Coastal Trans and Stonewood Road Cooperative.

MCH serves more than 3,000 people annually in four coastal Maine counties, from Brunswick to Camden. Through its work helping individuals, it also helps the community by employing more than 55 people with an estimated $1.1 million in annual payroll and spending approximately $335,000 in food, gasoline and heating oil in support of the local economy.

New initiatives at MCH include the launch of a new service to give disabled people more access to transportation.

For more information about the MCH Neighbor Foundation, call Brooke Williams, MCH development director, at 596-6477.

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