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Updated: July 7, 2023

Giving Notebook: Dunkin' donations to children's hospitals, Bar Harbor Bank help for cancer patients

people with Dunkin mascot Photo / Courtesy Dunkin' The Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston to support the center's Nutrition Center school gardens programming.
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The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation recently awarded $49,000 Iced Coffee Day grants to three Maine children's hospitals.

Funding comes from $1.6 million raised by the nationwide restaurant franchise raised on Dunkin' Iced Coffee Day in May for local hospitals to help improve the lives of children battling hunger or illness. Held this year on May 23, the initiative donated $1 from every iced coffee purchased at a participating Dunkin' nationwide to the foundation.
In Maine, grants were awarded to the following institutions:

  • Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland (part of the MaineHealth system), which received $32,000 to support patients' health care needs;
  • Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, which received $12,000 to upgrade technology in pediatric patient rooms and purchase items for Brave Boxes given to children undergoing surgery; and 
  • St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, which received  $5,000 to support its Nutrition Center school gardens programming. 

Since 2012 Maine Dunkin’ franchisees and the Joy in Childhood Foundation have given more than $500,000 in Iced Coffee Day funding to local hospitals and children.  
Nationwide grant funding from the foundation aims to help hospitals expand their impact. Grants support will a variety of children’s programming ranging from art, music and integrated therapy programs, including yoga and reiki, to the provision of electronic gaming equipment and specialized summer camps for patients and their families. 

The funds also support interactive play and learning equipment, adaptive equipment for youngsters with mobility issues, everyday essential kits for patients, wall murals, celebratory events for patient milestones, and the staffing of child life specialists. 

Since its inception in 2006, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $45 million to national and local nonprofits. Dunkin' has 164 franchised locations in Maine.

$1,000 for cancer patients 

In other charitable giving news, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has donated $1,000 to the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth to help cancer patients with limited financial resources offset the cost of travel to and from treatment. 

The center serves patients in Hancock and Washington counties, many of whom must travel from 40 to more than 100 miles one way to receive cancer treatment. The bank’s donation will be used to reimburse patients and their caregivers for gas and other forms of travel.

“The reality for many cancer patients and their families is that they need to drive significant distances to get the care they need, and those travel costs can really add up,” said Chelsea Sawyer, a vice president and branch relationship manager at Bar Harbor Bank. “We are honored to make this donation to The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center so that someone traveling for treatment has one less worry during an already stressful time.”

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center provides compassion, support, wellness groups, advocacy and education for cancer patients and their families and friends from diagnosis to treatment and/or remission. In addition to transportation aid, the center offers support groups, exercise classes and volunteer-prepared meals.

“Providing cost-free care to families and individuals throughout Hancock and Washington Counties takes many resources, and without the support from our friends, we couldn't continue to serve our communities," said Angela Fochesato, the center's executive director.

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Photo / Courtesy Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust donated $1,000 to the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth to help cancer patients with limited financial resources offset the cost of travel to and from treatment. Shown here are (from left): Crystal Richards of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Sonya Mitchell of Bar Harbor Financial Services and Angela Fochesato, executive director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.


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