20 nonprofits receive Bangor Savings Bank Foundation awards to further community wellbeing

Published on : 9/19/2023

Bangor, ME: The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation awarded $77,000 to 20 Northern New England nonprofit organizations. The Foundation selects applicants supporting community initiatives in education, social and civil services, culture and arts, economic and workforce development, and health and wellness. Current recipients bring awareness to education, food and fuel access, youth mental wellness, and more.
"The awardees are inspiring organizations seeking to address recognized needs in our communities," said Gavin Robinson, Vice President, Community Relations Manager of Bangor Savings Bank and Program Officer of The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation. “The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is proud to support these organizations dedicated to improving our region through their notable work, which will help foster vibrant, thriving communities.”

Challenger Learning Center inspires Maine youths’ passion for space and Earth science
Bangor-based Challenger Learning Center of Maine provides programs to educate students and teachers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects. Using simulations as an instructional tool, they offer dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities to inspire a lifelong passion for STEM.
Challenger Learning Center of Maine received a $2,500 grant from The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation to help provide programs to schools and youth organizations seeking financial aid. Its virtual and on-site programs include:
  • Simulated space missions
  • Rocket-building
  • Wind turbine hands-on education
  • LEGO robotic programming
  • Discovery Classroom Adventures
JBC Communications provides New Hampshire communities with youth mental health resources

At the May 2023 TEDxPortsmouth event, former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick spoke about youth mental health and well-being. He challenged the audience to engage with youth by having tough conversations and truly listening to understand the challenges they face in today’s world.
Coinciding with this inspiring speech, JBC Communications created the “We Can Fix This” short film, featuring Broderick, young adults, and New Hampshire mental health counselors. They share their experiences and knowledge of youth mental health issues.
JBC Communications through its fiscal agent Seacoast Mental Health Center received a $3,500 grant to fund a discussion guide to supplement the film and assist in a public outreach campaign. JBC Communications will provide these resources free to New Hampshire educators, parents, and community leaders to foster awareness and open dialog about this pressing issue.
Additional grant recipients include:
Animal Rescue League of NH | $2,500
Bedford, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
ArtVan | $5,000
Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine
Breakthrough Manchester (Fiscal Agent: The Derryfield School) | $2,000
Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
CASA of NH | $5,000
Manchester, New Hampshire (Statewide)
Central Maine Healthcare | $2,000
Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine | $5,000
Portland, Maine (Statewide)
Farms for Food Equity | $5,000
Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine
Friends of Community Fitness | $5,000
Guilford, Piscataquis County, Maine
Hancock County Auditorium Associates | $3,000
Ellsworth, Hancock County, Maine
Nashua PAL | $2,500
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
National Digital Equity Center | $2,000
Wiscasset, Maine (Statewide)
New Hampshire Children's Trust | $5,000
Concord, New Hampshire (Statewide)
Rockland Farmers' Market (Fiscal Agent: Maine Federation of Farmers Markets) | $5,000
Rockland, Knox County, Maine
Southern Maine Agency on Aging | $5,000
Biddeford, York County, Maine
The Drop-In Center | $5,000
Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine
The Northern Lighthouse, Inc. | $5,000
Presque Isle, Aroostook County, Maine
The Village at Bucksport | $2,000
Bucksport, Hancock County, Maine
Waldo County Woodshed  | $5,000
Belfast, Waldo County, Maine

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Jaclyn Fish | Bangor Savings Bank
Bangor Savings Bank, with more than $6.9 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, is in its 170th year with more than 65 branches in Maine and New Hampshire and business and/or loan production offices in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Bangor Savings Bank and The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation have invested more than $3.4 million into the community in the form of sponsorships, grants, and partnership initiatives last year. Bangor Savings Bank is an equal opportunity employer and can be found on the Web at www.bangor.com. Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender.