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Bank foundation to donate $100,000 to nonprofits

Posted April 22, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine– For the seventh straight year, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will donate $100,000 to nonprofits across Maine as part of their annual Community Matters More program. During the month of February 2014, more than 86,000 Mainers voted for organizations they care about, and 68 Maine nonprofits will be receiving grants in May.

Eight nonprofits that received the most community votes will each receive a

$5,000 grant. These winners include:

  • Androscoggin/Franklin/Oxford Counties: New Beginnings, Inc.
  • Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties: Lincoln Regional Food Cupboard
  • Cumberland County: Ruth’s Reusable Resources
  • Hancock/Washington County: Cancer Support Center of Maine
  • Kennebec/Somerset County: Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter
  • Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc/Waldo Counties: Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County
  • Southern Penobscot County: Bangor Area Homeless Shelter
  • York County: Crossroads Youth Center/Unite Against Bullying ME

An additional 60 nonprofit organizations that also received votes will receive grants of $1,000 each. This year, Mainers voted for 3,391 unique nonprofits, with every county in the state represented.

Jim Conlon, Bangor Savings Bank’s president and CEO, has always considered Community Matters More to be one of the Bank’s most successful outreach endeavors.

“Each year, when we launch Community Matters More, it is very heartening to watch Maine citizens from across the state become actively involved in helping so many nonprofit organizations. Obviously, Maine people understand the vital role that these organizations play in their communities, and they want to do what they can to help. And when you look down the list of the grant winners, it is clear that nonprofits of all sectors are integral to Maine’s community spirit. Not only is Bangor Savings Bank committed to providing financial support, we are very grateful to all those who participated,” he said in a bank foundation press release.

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.

The 60 $1,000 grant winners include the 40 nonprofit organizations listed on the ballot, and the 20 organizations that earned the most write-in votes in each of the eight regions.

The nonprofits listed on the ballot receiving $1,000 grants are:

  • Androscoggin/Franklin/Oxford: Farmington Historical Society; Med-Care Ambulance; Museum L-A; River Valley Healthy Communities; Roxbury ATV Riders Club.
  • Kennebec/Somerset: Autism Society of Maine; C.A.R.A.; Hardy Girls Healthy Women; Kennebec Messalonskee Trails; People Who Care Food Cupboard.
  • Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis: Abbot Historical Society; Aroostook Council for Healthy Families; Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital; Katahdin Area Support Group; Silent Sidekicks.
  • Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc/Waldo: Harbor Family Services; Knox County Health Clinic; People for People; Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Foundation/Camden Snow Bowl; Unity Barnraisers.
  • Cumberland: Camp Susan Curtis Foundation; Easter Seals of Maine Military and Veterans Services; STRIVE; Volunteers of America; YMCA of Southern Maine.
  • York: Biddeford Mills Museum; Creative Works Systems; Hollis Center Public Library; Sacopee Valley Recreation Council; York Senior Center.
  • Hancock/Washington: Downeast Institute for Applied Research and Education; Downeast Salmon Federation; Haystack; Peninsula Ambulance Corps; The Telephone Museum.
  • Southern Penobscot: Families And Children Together; Fields4kids; Maine Robotics; Newport Cultural Center; Orono Historical Society.

The 20 write-in winners are: Bangor Humane Society, Belfast Free Library, Black Mountain of Maine, Curtis Memorial Foundation, Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry, Forgotten Felines, Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, Hammond Street Senior Center, Hampden VFW, In-A-Pinch Non Food Pantry, Last Stop Horse Rescue, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, Meals on Wheels – Knox, Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Food Cupboard, Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox, Samaritan Inc., Somerset Humane Society, Southern Aroostook Food Pantry, The ARK Animal Shelter, York County Shelter.

Community Matters More is part of Bangor Savings Bank and Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s total commitment of giving more than $1 million per year to the community in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives.

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