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MAIN’s Outstanding Community Dedication Award

Posted July 30, 2014, at 9:25 p.m.
MAIN's Outstanding Community Dedication Award winner Tom Grogan with MAIN leader, Kandie Desell
Kevin Cleaves
MAIN's Outstanding Community Dedication Award winner Tom Grogan with MAIN leader, Kandie Desell

Recently, Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) presented Tom Grogan, their ” Outstanding Community Dedication Award”.

Tom Grogan has been married to his wife LyAnn for 29 years, they have two children. Tom has worked in human services for many years and as a college instructor

In 2009 Tom graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and a desire to bring together his background in human services and his desire to work in and support communities and the people who live there.

Tom has been working with Bangor neighborhood residents since 2011 as the coordinator of CPPC, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, in Bangor. Tom works with neighborhood residents and community service providers to develop strong working relationships. The goal of CPPC is to support individuals, families, and entire neighborhoods so that children remain safe and families and neighborhoods are strong.

Tom says that the neighborhood residents he works with often feel judged and under appreciated. “They don’t like to ask for help and they are often afraid of service providers and of one another. So, trust, is not something easily earned.”

In Bangor CPPC is currently working in the neighborhoods known as Old and New Capehart. The neighborhood residents Tom works with have developed a group identity, worked with service providers to offer community activities such as, a neighborhood clean-up days, community breakfasts, family literacy nights, and a wellness fair. They have even created a float for the Bangor Holiday Parade!

Residents have found friendship, support and, sometimes, even their own voice through their work with Tom and the collaborative efforts of CPPC.

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The Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN) is an all-volunteer coalition of individuals and organizations created in 1980 as a statewide voice for low to moderate income concerns.

MAIN is always looking for others who should receive recognition for their efforts. If there is someone you would like to nominate please bring them to our attention by writing a paragraph or two about them including contact info . You can contact current MAIN leaders Kandie Desell or Rachel Ridenour at PO Box 69 Hallowell, Me 04347 ; main.team@gmail.com, or find MAIN us on Facebook

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