Winners of Community Matters More grants named

Posted April 23, 2012, at 4:57 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual Community Matters More giving program. Based on votes cast by more than 100,000 Mainers, 68 Maine nonprofits have been deemed the winners of this year’s effort and will be granted a total of $100,000.

The eight nonprofits that received the most community votes will each receive a $5,000 grant, which include, by region: northern Maine, Pine Tree Hospice; Greater Bangor, The Animal Orphanage; Down East, First Light Farm Equine Shelter; midcoast, Townline Animal Shelter; central Maine, Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center; western Maine, The LIfeFlight Foundation: Emergency Medical Helicopters; Greater Portland-Lewiston-Auburn, Cancer Community Center; and York County, Sweetser.

An additional 60 nonprofit organizations that also received community members’ votes will receive grants of $1,000 each. Voter turnout surpassed the 2011 numbers by 10,000. A total of 100,593 Mainers cast votes for 2,817 nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

The statewide Community Matters More program is a partnership of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, WLBZ-TV 2, WCSH-TV 6, WGAN 560 Newsradio and Blueberry Broadcasting. In addition to the grant money, the 48 nonprofits included on the ballot received substantial exposure about their missions.

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