Pay it Forward

This courtyard at the William H. Cohen School was transformed several weeks ago by school student council members and other volunteers into an inviting and beautiful space.

Students at Bangor school give of themselves throughout the year

By Ardeana Hamlin on July 03, 2012, at 11:21 p.m.
Editor’s note: This article is part of a series that highlights the Pay It Forward movement with stories of ordinary people benefiting from acts of kindness and how they choose to pay that kindness forward. BANGOR, Maine — The William H. Cohen School in Bangor has spent the last two …
Amy Cooper, on left, laughs as she pets dog Max and listens to her "granddaughter" Jazmine Stevens, talk in the living room of their Bangor home on Monday.  Although she is not biologically related to the teen, Cooper, age 65, has been raising Jazmine and her younger borther Chris since they were infants due to their birth mother's inability to care for them. Seeing a need for emotional and financial support among guardians in similar situations, Cooper is active in Maine Kids-Kin, a program of Families and Children Together, and often organizes fundraisers for the group.

Bangor grandmother raises children with agency’s help

By Eric Russell on April 18, 2011, at 6:53 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, the Bangor Daily News will highlight a local Pay it Forward movement with stories of ordinary people benefiting from acts of kindness and how they chose to pay that kindness forward. BANGOR, Maine — Amy Cooper had no reservations about taking in and eventually …
Joe Brochu is nurse manager for the Child and Partial Program at the Acadia Hopital in Bangor. Brochu and other clinicians there have brought the Pay it Forward concept into the program as a way to help treat behaviorally troubled youth. One boy who Brochu and his former colleague Cindy Emerson worked with found comfort in playing the guitar.

Acadia Hospital child clinician finds Pay it Forward personal

By Eric Russell on March 14, 2011, at 8:43 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, the Bangor Daily News will highlight a local Pay it Forward movement with stories of ordinary people benefiting from acts of kindness and how they chose to pay that kindness forward. For weeks, Cindy Emerson could not reach him, the young boy with …
Ginny Gifford with her eight-year-old twin sons Jadon (left) and Jesse Gifford at the Bangor Public Library on Tuesday.

Mother’s literacy struggles inspire her to help others

By Eric Russell on Jan. 27, 2011, at 10:02 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Over the next several months, the Bangor Daily News will highlight a local Pay it Forward movement with stories of ordinary people benefiting from acts of kindness and how they chose to pay that kindness forward. The first book Ginny Gifford remembers reading in the house where she …

Pay it forward: Can a simple act of kindness compel others to do the same?

By Eric Russell on Dec. 24, 2010, at 12:19 p.m.
Rick and Heather Bernstein established a camp scholarship that is not a donation, but the recepient gets challanged to do a good deed for someone else in exchange. "The concept of pay it forward existed elswhere long before we started doing this in the Bangor area." Rick Bernstein said. They were inspired after watching the movie "Pay it Forward" and what started out as a simple camp scholarship grew into a community wide movement in a few years.
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