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2012 Community Matters More Winners Announced

April 24, 2012 - TRC - By Jim Conlon, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation

Mainers 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 Orphanage

Additionally, 60 other organizations received $1,000 each, including 20 organizations earning the most write-in votes from the public:

Downeast Region
We Care Community Baby Center
Downeast Coastal Conservancy
Cobscook Bay Resource Center
Greenland Point Center
Tides Institute Museum of Art

Boys & Girls Club of Waterville
Maine Children’s Alliance
High Hopes Clubhouse
Sebasticook Family Doctors
People for People

Greater Portland/Lewiston/Auburn
Lewiston-Auburn Community Little Theatre
Fiddlehead Center for the Arts – Scarborough
Port Resources
Casa, Inc.

Northern Market
House in the Woods, Inc.
Moosehead Historical Society & Museum
Houlton Regional Hospital Auxiliary
The JD Foundation

Cancer Support Center of Maine
The Island Institute
Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition
Camden-Rockport Historical Society
Everyman Repertory Theatre

Western Market
Black Mountain of Maine
People Who Care Food Cupboard
Halcyon House – Teen Emergency Shelter
Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund

York County
Town of York Senior Center
Biddeford City Theatre
Hollis Center Public Library
Sebago Warming Hut
Bonney Memorial Library

Greater Bangor
Mary Dow Center for Cancer Care
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
Spruce Run
Penobscot Nation Boys & Girls Club
Shaw House

Write-In Winners
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gardiner
Charlotte White Center, Dover-Foxcroft
Forgotten Felines, Gouldsboro
Franklin County Animal Shelter, Farmington
Hammond Street Senior Center, Bangor
Humane Society of Knox County, Thomaston
In A Pinch Non Food Pantry, Biddeford
Jacob Brewer Home, Ellsworth
Last Stop Horse Rescue, Prentiss
Maine Adaptive Sports, Newry
Maine State Society for Protection of Animals, Windham
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Hermon
Newport Cultural Center
Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Theatre in Lewiston
St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen, Portland
Tarratine Club of Belfast
VFW Post 4633, Hampden
York County Shelter Food Pantry, Alfred

In 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.