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April 27, 2018

Nonprofits to receive $117K from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation

About Bangor Savings Bank

Bangor Savings Bank, with more than $4 billion in assets, offers retail banking to consumers as well as comprehensive commercial, corporate, payroll administration, merchant services, and small business banking services to businesses. The bank, founded in 1852 has 58 branches across Maine and New Hampshire. The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997. In 2017, the bank and its foundation invested nearly $2.1 million into New England communities in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives.

A food pantry, library, pet rescue, children's museum and community band are among the grant recipients for the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation's 2018 Community Matters More program.

The 11th annual grant program awarded $117,000 to 45 Maine and New Hampshire nonprofit organizations chosen by a public ballot voting process. More than 76,000 votes were submitted during the month of February for more than 3,400 unique nonprofits located in every Maine county and Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

The top two vote-getters, including write-ins, in nine regions of Maine and Rockingham County each received a $5,000 grant. Twenty-seven other organizations each received a $1,000 grant.

The 2018 Community Matters More $5,000 grant recipients in Maine are:

  • Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties: The Center for Wisdom's Women, Lewiston; Tree Street Youth, Lewiston.
  • Aroostook, Northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties: Houlton Performing Arts Center, Houlton; Natural Resource Education Center at Moosehead, Greenville.
  • Cumberland county: Buddy Up Animal Society, Portland; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine, Portland.
  • Hancock and Washington counties: Families First Community Center, Ellsworth; Paws Brave Hearts, Calais.
  • Kennebec and Somerset counties: Children's Discovery Museum, Augusta; Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity, Waterville.
  • Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo counties: Jackson Food Pantry, Jackson; Knox County Meals on Wheels, Rockland.
  • Southern Penobscot county: EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge, Bangor; Old Town Animal Orphanage, Old Town.
  • York county: End 68 Hours of Hunger - Sacopee Valley, Cornish; Saco Food Pantry, Saco.

"Once again, community members rallied for their favorite local nonprofits to help them win a grant and support the role these organizations play in the community," Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice said in a news release. "We look forward to seeing the impact that these Community Matters More grants have on the dozens of communities throughout Maine and Southern New Hampshire."

Since 2007, Community Matters More has awarded $1.15 million in grants to more than 475 different nonprofit organizations.

Here are the $1,000 grant recipients

Nonprofits in Maine receiving $1,000 Community Matters More grants are:

  • Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties: Mahoosuc Land Trust, Bethel; Western Maine Community Action Inc, East Wilton; Franklin County Animal Shelter, Farmington.
  • Aroostook, Northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties: McGill's Community Band, Houlton; Millinocket Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Millinocket; Halfway Home Pet Rescue, Caribou.
  • Cumberland county: Community Financial Literacy, Portland; Freeport Community Services, Freeport; Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, Windham.
  • Hancock and Washington counties: Peabody Memorial Library, Jonesport; We Care Community Baby Center, Machias; Community Closet, Ellsworth.
  • Kennebec and Somerset counties: Siesta Sanctuary, Harmony; The Ziemer Sisters Foundation, Gardiner; Somerset Humane Society, Skowhegan.
  • Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo counties: Brooks Preservation Society, Brooks; Stockton Springs Community Library, Stockton Springs; Thompson Community Center, Union.
  • Southern Penobscot county: Penobscot Theatre Co., Bangor; Some Theatre Co., Bangor; Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Food Pantry, Hermon.
  • York county: Ogunquit Housing Inc., Ogunquit; White Pine Programs, York; Engine: Propelling the Creative Community, Biddeford.

The Community Matters More program is a partnership of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, NEWSCENTER Maine, WGAN 560 Newsradio and Blueberry Broadcasting. In addition to the grant money, the 36 nonprofits included on the ballot received substantial exposure about their missions.

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