Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Announces Community Matters More Winners and Grant Recipients

March 24, 2021
Bangor, ME: COVID-19 relief, youth programming and development, animal assistance and basic needs – just some of the services provided by the Maine and New Hampshire-based nonprofits selected by the public to receive grants through the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s 2021 Community Matters More program.

With thousands of votes submitted, more than $140,000 in grants will be awarded to 44 nonprofits in eleven geographical regions across Maine and New Hampshire. The organization with the most votes in each region will receive a $5,000 grant, while runner-up nonprofits and write-in organizations will receive grants ranging from $1,000 - $4,000. 

Established in 2007, the Community Matters More program focuses on local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities and calls on Maine and New Hampshire residents to help decide the winners through a public vote. Over the past 14 years, the program has distributed more than $1.5 million to more than 500 organizations that matter most to Mainers and Granite Staters. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for residents in Maine and New Hampshire to vote for and give back to local nonprofits that are meaningful to them,” said Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Chair, Joyce Clark Sarnacki. “Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in strengthening our communities. We look forward to seeing how these grant recipients will use these funds in ways most important to them. We continue to be very grateful for their contributions to the well-being of their communities.”

Deepening its commitment to meeting the needs of the communities it serves, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded more than $40,000 in additional grants, during its recent $2,000 - $5,000 grant program, to mental health and recovery centers, home health and hospice hospital systems, and organizations providing food and shelter to the region’s most vulnerable populations.  

“These grants demonstrate the Foundation’s commitment to further helping these organizations and our communities where needs are the greatest,” said Clark Sarnacki. “We appreciate all that these organizations do and recognize the positive impact they make in their communities.”

With support from the Foundation, these organizations aim to invest in developing infrastructure, establishing new avenues of community support, and adapting to the ever-growing needs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 2021 Community Matters More grant recipients are: 
Androscoggin/Franklin/Oxford Counties 
Tree Street Youth ($5,000) / Mahoosuc Land Trust ($4,000) / Museum LA ($3,000) / Greater Androscoggin Humane Society ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties 
House In The Woods ($5,000) / Dover-Foxcroft Area Food Cupboard ($4,000) / Greenville Firefighters Association ($3,000) / Halfway Home Pet Rescue ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

Cumberland County 
Honor Flight Maine ($5,000) / Teens to Trails ($4,000) / Portland Recovery Community Center ($3,000) / Maine State Music Theater ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

Hancock/Washington Counties
Downeast Salmon Federation ($5,000) / ArtWaves ($4,000) / Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition ($3,000) / Hancock County SPCA ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

Kennebec/Somerset Counties 
Somerset Humane Society ($5,000) / The Children’s Center ($4,000) / Bounce Back Maine ($3,000) / Waterville Humane Society ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc/Waldo Counties 
New Hope for Women ($5,000) / Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center ($4,000) / Our Town Belfast ($3,000) / PAWS Animal Adoption Center ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

Southern Penobscot County 
Old Town Animal Orphanage ($5,000) / UCP of Maine ($4,000) / Maine Forest and Logging Museum ($3,000) / Bangor Humane Society ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

York County 
Sweetser ($5,000) / Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center ($4,000) / Old York Historical Society ($3,000) / Animal Welfare Society ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

Coos/Carroll/Grafton Counties 
Tri-County Community Action Program ($5,000) / Coos County Family Health Services ($4,000) / Boys and Girls Clubs of The North Country ($3,000) / Great North Woods Center for the Arts ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

Belknap/Cheshire/Hillsborough/Merrimack/Sullivan Counties
Make-A-Wish New Hampshire ($5,000) / YWCA New Hampshire ($4,000) / Hillsborough District Food Pantry ($3,000) / Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

Rockingham/Strafford Counties
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire ($5,000) / Child Advocacy Center ($4,000) / Great Bay Services ($3,000) / Zebra Crossings ($1,000 Write-In Winner)

$2,000 - $5,000 Grant Program Recipients: 
  • Dexter Age-Friendly Community Committee  $2,500            Dexter, Penobscot County, ME
  • Granite Pathways                                           $2,500            Portsmouth, Rockingham County, NH
  • Greater Portland Family Promise                   $5,000            Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Healthy Homeworks                                       $3,000            Lewiston, Androscoggin, ME
  • Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center         $5,000            Waterville, Kennebec County, ME
  • Larry Labonte Recovery Center                     $3,000            Rumford, Oxford County, ME
  • Maine Boys to Men                                        $2,500            Falmouth, Cumberland County, ME
  • Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program         $2,500            Brunswick, Cumberland County, ME
  • Schoodic Arts for All                                       $2,500            Winter Harbor, Hancock County, ME
  • Southern Maine Astronomers                        $4,989.99       Cumberland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital                $5,000            Colebrook, Coos County, NH
  • Webster House                                              $2,500            Manchester, Hillsborough County, NH