Noteworthy News for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, at 12:19 p.m.

The ninth annual Nonprofit Day, a chance for nonprofit organizations across the state to raise awareness of the important role nonprofits play in supporting communities and strengthening Maine’s economy, will be held 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. All nonprofits are invited to attend the celebration.

Exhibitors are Alice James Poetry Cooperative Inc. of Farmington; Cobscook Community Learning Center, Trescott; Community Counseling Center, Portland; Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Augusta; Frannie Peabody Center, Portland; Friends of Seguin Island Light Station, Bath; Maine Robotics, Orono; Mano en Mano, Milbridge; Natural Resources Council of Maine, Augusta; Operation Breaking Stereotypes, Orono; Spurwink, Portland and Trekkers, Tenants Harbor.

The day will include a State House tour and the opportunity to schedule visits with lawmakers and to see the policymaking process firsthand.

No RSVP or registration is required to attend.

For information, call the Maine Association of Nonprofits at 871-1885.

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ReVision Energy in Liberty is seeking charities to donate to in 2012. The company gave a total of $6,000 in 2011 to charities based in Maine and New Hampshire through its Check in for Charity program. The company is planning a similar effort in 2012 and said that the opportunity for a local, homegrown business to give back is rewarding, especially when it can be done throughout the year.

“We were looking for a way to raise both awareness and money for some worthwhile causes,” said Fred Greenhalgh, ReVision Energy’s online marketing manager. “The goal was to make it as easy as possible to contribute in a small way to each nonprofit, and then share the effort with friends. We saw great success in 2011 and we’re looking forward to it continuing in 2012.”

The concept is one that involves online efforts in return for charitable contributions. Nonprofits selected for the program have one month to rally supporters to “check in” at ReVision Energy’s website, blog or Facebook page. Every check-in is worth $1, up to a maximum of $500. Five hundred check-ins were reported each month, successfully giving each charity $500, for a total of $6,000 donated throughout the year to 12 local nonprofits. Recipients of 2011 Check in for Charity donations were:

January: Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick; February: WERU Community Radio, Blue Hill; March: Riding to the Top, Windham; April: New Hampshire Coastal Protection Partnership, Portsmouth, N.H.; May: Natural Resources Council of Maine, Augusta; June: Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Portland; July: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity; August: Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham; September: New Hampshire Audubon, Concord, N.H.; October: Island Institute, Rockland; November: Seacoast Science Center, Rye, N.H.; December: Guitar Doors, Gorham.

Nonprofits may be nominated for participation in the 2012 program through email, blog comments or Facebook posts to ReVision Energy. Nominations will be tallied by staff who will make the final decisions on which nonprofits will participate in 2012. The campaign will return in March. Nonprofits or their supporters may nominate their organizations at revisionenergy.com/checkin-nominate.php.

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