CASTINE — On Sunday, Dec. 17, representatives from five Hancock County organizations were on hand to receive Opportunity Fund Awards from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine.
More than 50 people were in attendance. They were welcomed by the Rev. Margaret Beckman, the UUCC’s minister. The five organizations, who received a total of $100,000 in the Opportunity Funds, were H.O.M.E in Orland, Families First Communities Center in Ellsworth, Open Door Recovery Center in Ellsworth, Community Compass in Blue Hill, and Community Early Childhood Learning Place in Castine.
The UUCC’s Opportunity Fund Task Force consisted of Gil Tenney, chair, and Diana Bernard, Anne Parsons, and Rev. Beckman. Gil Tenney welcomed Barbara Royal of the Ellsworth Open Door Recovery Center and Tracey Hair of H.O.M.E. Anne Parsons welcomed Bob Holmberg of Community Compass. Diana Bernard welcomed Dawn Carter Coffin of Families First Center, and Rev. Beckman welcomed Nancy Sayre, of the Castine Community Early Childhood Learning Place.
Leslie Fairbank, president of UUCC’s Governing Board, stated her pleasure in being able to sign the checks.
The title of Rev. Beckman’s homily for the occasion was “Connecting with Our Neighbors, ” in which she stated, “The divine spark lives in the open hearts and loving hands of the helpers who show up day after day to offer what they can in the midst of challenge or difficulty. The five recipients of Opportunity Funds have heard the call to be good neighbors. . . . Faith has moved this congregation into action. We here at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine are thrilled to enter partnership with them as they continue their work in our communities.”