UMaine group receives top grant in Campus Community Service Challenge

Posted March 27, 2012, at 4:18 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — During the America East Conference Basketball Championship on March 4, Newman’s Own Foundation announced the top grant recipients of its third annual Campus Community Service Challenge.

Engineers Without Borders, in partnership with University at Maine, received the top grant of $25,000. Engineers without Borders works with developing communities across the world to improve quality of life and to make a lasting impact.

The Newman’s Own Foundation Campus Community Service Challenge was developed to encourage the practice of philanthropy among younger generations, specifically on college campuses. One student group, chosen from each of the America East’s nine member universities, nominated and partnered with a local nonprofit for a grant.

Grant recommendations were based on the student groups’ involvement with their chosen nonprofit, and the impact of the partnership on those served by the nonprofit as well as on the students themselves.


“The University of Maine’s Chapter of Engineers without Borders has truly exemplified Maine’s timeless motto of ‘Dirigo’ — I lead’ — through its remarkable work to help improve the lives of the residents of Dulce Vivir [in Honduras],” said U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe said in a letter. “By significantly assisting in the design of a drainage plan and construction of a community wastewater collection system and treatment system, you have helped to abate flooding, increase access to safe drinking water, improve sanitation and stave off illness directly linked to contaminated water.”

“Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s challenge, especially University of Maine’s Engineers Without Borders which took home the top grant. I’m very proud of all the unselfish work the students at America East institutions put into a wide array of nonprofit endeavors,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “I’d also like to thank Newman’s Own Foundation for their generosity. Their work to promote volunteerism is simply remarkable.”

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