Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Announces Grant Winners for $100K Community Matters More Program

April 24, 2017
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BANGOR, Maine – A wildlife sanctuary, firefighters’ association, food pantry, and community bicycle center are among the 2017 grant recipients for the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s Community Matters More program.

The 10th annual grant program awarded more than $100,000 to 40 Maine nonprofit organizations chosen by a public ballot voting process. More than 70,000 Mainers voted during the month of February for more than 3,500 nonprofits located in every Maine county.

The top two vote-getters, including write-ins, in eight regions of the state each received a $5,000 grant. Sixteen other organizations listed on the ballot, and the write-ins with the most votes in each region each received a $1,000 grant.

The 2017 Community Matters More $5,000 grant recipients are:

Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties
House in the Woods of Lee and Dexter Fire Fighters Association, Inc.

Southern Penobscot County
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition of Bangor and Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Food Pantry of Hermon (write-in winner).

Kennebec/Somerset Counties
Nolan’s Hero Foundation of Pittsfield and Spectrum Generations Meals on Wheels in Augusta.

Androscoggin/Franklin/Oxford Counties
Fit Girls of Wilton Maine and LEAP (Life Enrichment Advancing People) of Farmington.

Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc/Waldo Counties
Rockland Community Center and Thompson Community Center of Union (write-in winner).

Hancock/Washington Counties
Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary of Ellsworth and Downeast Coastal Conservancy of Machias.

Cumberland County
Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals in Windham and the Maine Veterans’ Home of Scarborough.

York County
Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford and Habitat for Humanity of York County.

“Once again, Mainers rallied for their favorite local nonprofits to help them win a grant and support the role these organizations play in the community,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice. “We look forward to seeing the impact that these Community Matters More grants have on dozens of communities throughout Maine.”

Nonprofits receiving 2017 Community Matters More $1,000 grants are:

Androscoggin/Franklin/Oxford Counties
Envision Rumford and Lewiston Education Fund. Write-in winner: The Public Theatre of Lewiston.

Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties
Millinocket Historical Society and Moosehead Lake Region Economic Development Corporation of Greenville. Write-in winner: Halfway Home Pet Rescue, Caribou.

Cumberland County
Hospice of Southern Maine in Scarborough and Maternal Health Alliance of Maine in Portland. Write-in winner: Maine State Music Theatre of Brunswick.

Southern Penobscot County
Launchpad of Bangor, Maine Youth Fish and Game Association in Milford and Wellspring, Inc. of Bangor.

Hancock/Washington Counties
Peavey Memorial Library in Eastport and St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse Association. Write-in winner: Forgotten Felines of Maine in Gouldsboro.

Kennebec/Somerset Counties
Anson-Madison-Starks Ambulance in Anson and The Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope in Augusta. Write-in winner: Somerset Humane Society in Skowhegan.

Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc/Waldo Counties
The Game Loft in Belfast, Belfast Maskers and Timelines Community, Inc. of Thorndike.

York County
Waban Projects, Inc. of Sanford and York Senior Housing Services. Write-in winner: York County Shelter Programs of Alfred.

The statewide Community Matters More program is a partnership of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, WLBZ-2, WCSH-6, WGAN 560 Newsradio, and Blueberry Broadcasting. In addition to the grant money, the 32 nonprofits included on the ballot received substantial exposure about their missions.
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Bangor Savings Bank, with more than $4 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 166th year with 58 branches in Maine and New Hampshire and on the Web at www.bangor.com. The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation was created in 1997. Together the Bank and its Foundation invested more than $2 million into the community in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives last year. Bangor Savings Bank is an equal opportunity employer.

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