POLAND SPRING — As Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water becomes an official part of the greater Lincoln community, the company is joining with the Northern Penobscot Activities Council in welcoming residents to a community supper at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Region III on West Broadway in Lincoln.
Poland Spring held its first supper event regarding the company’s new Lincoln load station late last year. The station, which is still under construction, is scheduled to become operational in 2018. After receiving positive feedback from the community on its earlier session, Poland Spring and NPAC are pleased to host a second event in Lincoln.
Earlier this year, the company announced that it would donate $150,000 to NPAC. Poland Spring will present a $50,000 check to the non-profit, the first of three such donations to be made over the next three years.
The Northern Penobscot Activities Council (NPAC) is a Lincoln-based non-profit that will operate as an umbrella service organization serving the greater Lincoln area. The newly formed organization will develop programs, services, and activities with an emphasis on outreach to youth and elderly residents, populations that are currently underserved.
“This is an exciting time for the Northern Penobscot Region as we transition from the economy of yesterday to the economy of tomorrow,” said Brian Souers, President of the NPAC board. “This support from Poland Spring will be multiplied many times over. NPAC welcomes all those who want to make a positive impact on our Northern Penobscot community. We are all in this together!”
“We’re excited to host another public supper and meet people in the area,” said Heather Printup, Community Relations Manager for Poland Spring. “And we’re looking forward to making our first donation to NPAC, which I know will be put to good use and help a lot of people.”
In addition to the check presentation, Poland Spring will conduct a special “WATER 101” informational event.
“People have been extremely gracious to Poland Spring and we wanted to share more information, not only about how we source water, what we look for in a spring, and how we monitor our spring sources, but also about the life cycle of water in Maine,” added Printup. “We’re a part of the community now and we hope our neighbors will enjoy this ‘WATER 101’ primer.”
The complementary buffet dinner, prepared by Chef Herman Ammerman and the culinary arts students at Region III, will be a fun opportunity for residents to relax and talk to people who can answer any questions they may have about water. There will be informational tables set up around the room, dedicated to different topics such as managing sustainability, environmental education, and working with the community. Each table will be staffed by representatives from Poland Spring as well as independent hydro-geologists.
Since 2000, Poland Spring has donated more than $7 million in Good Neighbor Grants to communities across Maine. Some of the organizations that have benefitted from Poland Spring’s Good Neighbor Grants include the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, Camp Susan Curtis in Stoneham, and the Franklin County Animal Shelter in Farmington.