GREENVILLE, Maine — Greenville High School students participating in the Jobs for Maine Graduates program made donations this month to two nonprofit organizations with funds awarded to the students by the Jumpstart our Youth program.
Jumpstart our Youth, a program funded by foundations and a corporation that teaches young people about the value of community commitment and philanthropy, awarded the 22 Greenville students $1,000 to be donated to nonprofit organizations. The students solicited grant proposals from nonprofit organizations, reviewed the applications and voted to award $800 to the JD Foundation of Abbot and $500 to the LifeJackets program. To make up the $300 difference, the students used the proceeds from the school store they staffed and sold jewelry at, according to Rebecca Bardosy, a JMG jobs specialist.
The JD Foundation plans to use the funds for its “Connecting with Spirit” program, started and directed by Victor Morin of Abbot. The program is designed to get people outside, to connect with nature, form a community, ward off depression and take advantage of the natural healing effects that nature has on the mind, body and soul, according to Cheryl Morin, who along with Victor Morin, co-founded the foundation, which provides workshops on suicide awareness and basic prevention skills.