2012 Community Matters More Winners AnnouncedApril 24, 2012 - TRC - By Jim Conlon, Bangor Savings Bank FoundationMainers are caring people! Once again, a record-breaking number of you voted in this year's Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Community Matters More grant-making initiative, and it is my pleasure to thank you and share the results.Based on 100,000 votes cast for more than 2,800 different Maine nonprofit organizations, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will allocate $100,000 to 68 nonprofits. The top vote-getter in each of the eight regions received $5,000 from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation. These winners are: ~ First Light Farm Equine Shelter ~ Townline Animal Shelter ~ Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center ~ The LifeFlight Foundation - Emergency Medical Helicopters ~ Cancer Community Center ~ Sweetser ~ Pine Tree Hospice ~ The Animal OrphanageAdditionally, 60 other organizations received $1,000 each, including 20 organizations earning the most write-in votes from the public:Downeast RegionWe Care Community Baby CenterDowneast Coastal ConservancyCobscook Bay Resource CenterGreenland Point CenterTides Institute Museum of ArtCentralBoys & Girls Club of WatervilleMaine Children’s AllianceHigh Hopes ClubhouseSebasticook Family DoctorsPeople for PeopleGreater Portland/Lewiston/AuburnLewiston-Auburn Community Little TheatreFiddlehead Center for the Arts – ScarboroughLearningWorksPort ResourcesCasa, Inc.Northern MarketHouse in the Woods, Inc.Moosehead Historical Society & MuseumHoulton Regional Hospital AuxiliaryThe JD FoundationKFIMid-CoastCancer Support Center of MaineThe Island InstituteBelfast Bay Watershed CoalitionCamden-Rockport Historical SocietyEveryman Repertory TheatreWestern MarketMAINELYMEBlack Mountain of MainePeople Who Care Food CupboardHalcyon House – Teen Emergency ShelterFranklin County Ecumenical Heating FundYork CountyTown of York Senior CenterBiddeford City TheatreHollis Center Public LibrarySebago Warming HutBonney Memorial LibraryGreater BangorMary Dow Center for Cancer CareLiteracy Volunteers of BangorSpruce RunPenobscot Nation Boys & Girls ClubShaw HouseWrite-In WinnersBoys & Girls Club of Greater GardinerCharlotte White Center, Dover-FoxcroftForgotten Felines, GouldsboroFranklin County Animal Shelter, FarmingtonHammond Street Senior Center, BangorHumane Society of Knox County, ThomastonIn A Pinch Non Food Pantry, BiddefordJacob Brewer Home, EllsworthLast Stop Horse Rescue, PrentissMaine Adaptive Sports, NewryMaine State Society for Protection of Animals, WindhamNeighbors Supporting Neighbors, HermonNewport Cultural CenterOwls Head Transportation Museum Public Theatre in LewistonSt. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen, PortlandTarratine Club of BelfastVFW Post 4633, HampdenYork County Shelter Food Pantry, AlfredIn addition to our financial support, the organizations initially listed on the Community Matters More ballot received substantial exposure for their critical community missions thanks to major support by our partners WGAN 560 Newsradio, Blueberry Broadcasting, WLBZ-TV 2 and WCSH-TV 6.We are thrilled by the results of the statewide Community Matters More grant-making initiative. Both the number of votes cast and the number of nonprofit organizations receiving support reflect the commitment of Maine people to their communities and the importance of our nonprofits. The valuable work these nonprofit organizations do to support everything from the arts to food security to the environment help make Maine a better place to live.As Maine's largest independent bank, Bangor Savings Bank is committed to being a strong community partner and a good neighbor throughout Maine. The public's participation in Community Matters More helped us in that effort, and we thank you for your support. NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.