Colby College philanthropy class grants $5,000 to Crisis & Counseling Centers’ youth and family program

Posted May 22, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.

AUGUSTA – Crisis & Counseling Centers’ (C&C’s) Generations program has received a $5,000 grant from a Colby College sociology course that asks students to write and assess proposals for local nonprofit organizations.

The Generations program provides emotional and behavioral support to adolescents and children as young as age 3 – a population that has been previously under-served in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Developed with the whole family in mind, Generations offers a safe, supportive setting where young people can get the counseling they need to thrive.

Chosen from a pool of four nonprofit finalists, C&C and a local low-cost dental clinic were each selected to receive $5,000. Crisis & Counseling Centers will put the funding toward training clinicians and developing a child-friendly treatment area.

Colby’s sociology course, “Learning by Giving: Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy,” is taught by Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology Thomas J. Morrione and sponsored by the national Learning by Giving Foundation. Nonprofit funding is made possible through the foundation’s grant to Colby.

Crisis & Counseling Centers’ Director of Development and Communications Randy Moser advised the four-student grant-writing team over the course of the college’s spring semester. The team was comprised of Colby students Amanda Carbonneau, Jimmy O’Leary, Jasmine Phillips and Mari Zeta Valladolid.

Moser’s primary role was to explain C&C’s mission and programs to the students – information that they used to write the grant proposal on their own.

“It was a pleasure working with these fine young people on this project. They were passionate, dedicated and meticulous,” Moser said. “Their parents, Colby College and Professor Morrione have a lot to be proud about.”

The Learning by Giving Foundation promotes the undergraduate study of philanthropy in order to empower students to become community leaders. The program awards courses in philanthropy grants of $10,000 for students to distribute to area nonprofits that tackle community problems. Colby is one of 36 schools nationwide that have partnered with the Learning by Giving Foundation.

Crisis & Counseling Centers is an Augusta-based nonprofit serving individuals with behavioral health needs, including substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders. In addition, the agency is the sole provider of crisis services for Kennebec and Somerset counties and provides 24-hour-a-day crisis services to those in need. The agency also offers G.E.A.R. Parent Network to empower caregivers of children with behavioral health needs statewide and Maine Mothers Network for pregnant and parenting women using substances.

For more information about C&C, visit crisisandcounseling.org or call central access at 207.626.3448. If you are in crisis, call 1.888.568.1112.

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Courtney Yeager

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Crisis & Counseling Centers

10 Caldwell Road

Augusta, ME 04330

Direct: 207.213.4523

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