MainStreet Foundation grants $12,500 to three organizations that help kids thrive
October 12, 2016 (Lewiston, ME) – Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its quarterly impact grants for the third quarter of 2016. Recognizing a need for at-risk kids in Maine to be safe, healthy, active, happy, educated, and nourished, the MainStreet Foundation awards impact grants four times each year to organizations actively working to help kids thrive. The grants vary based on the need and are awarded in amounts up to $5,000.
During the third quarter meeting of the MainStreet Foundation Board of Directors the committee approved grants to the following organizations:
Third Quarter Awards:
A total of $12,500 was awarded to the following three nonprofit organizations:
Good Shepherd Food Bank – $5,000 was awarded to this Auburn-based organization that works towards eliminating hunger in Maine. The grant will support the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Backpack Program at Washburn Elementary School in Auburn for the current school year. The Backpack Program is a school-based food distribution program targeting school-aged kids identified as food insecure.
Oxford Hills Community Gardens (DBA Alan Day Community Garden) – $2,500 was awarded to this Norway-based organization to support a Library & Research Center for the Oxford Hills Community Gardens’ Youth Leadership Program. The Youth Leadership Program offers at-risk students a chance to learn real-life gardening skills, healthy eating choices, cooking on a budget, and valuable communication skills. The Library & Research Center will serve hundreds of youth each year and be open to the entire community.
Tri-County Literacy – $5,000 was awarded to this Bath-based organization that focuses on improving lives through literacy. The grant will support “Read With Me,” a program dedicated to improving the literacy of at-risk, economically disadvantaged youth. This program intervenes during preschool years by educating and supporting parents, distributing free high-quality children’s books to participants and supporting other activities that create a solid foundation of literacy experiences and practices at home and at school.
These three third quarter grant awards bring Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation total amount of grants awarded for 2016 to $36,010.
“It is our privilege to provide support for nonprofit organizations that deliver measurable outcomes with long-term benefits for at-risk youth in Maine,” Steve Closson, Chairman of Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation, explained.
In 2015, MainStreet Foundation awarded a total of $50,280 in quarterly grants. In addition to the quarterly awards, MainStreet Foundation accepts applications from May 1 through July 31 of each year and selects one winner for the annual $25k for Kids grant, a special gift focused on a non-profit that makes a positive impact in the lives of as many kids as possible with a focus on food, shelter and security. The recipient of the $25k for Kids grant this year will be acknowledged at a presentation to be held on November 17th in Portland, Maine.
About Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation
The MainStreet Foundation is Androscoggin Bank’s $1,000,000 Foundation with a mission that is simple, focused and essential: to help keep at-risk kids in Maine safe, healthy, active, happy, educated, and nourished. Four times a year, MainStreet Foundation makes grants (up to $5,000) to non-profit agencies actively working in our communities to help kids thrive. These grants vary based on the need and typically exceed $50,000 per year. For more information, please visit www.mainstreet-foundation.org.
About Androscoggin Bank
Androscoggin Bank, headquartered in Lewiston, Maine since 1870, is dedicated to serving the communities of Maine, its residents and the business community. As of 12/31/15, the Bank’s asset size was $866,645,754. Delivering smarter banking services and products is our commitment every day. Androscoggin Bank is Member FDIC.