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

March 22, 2019
BANGOR, Maine – A soup kitchen, Veteran Center, animal sanctuary, library, and food pantry are among the grant recipients for the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s 2019 Community Matters More program.
 
The 12th annual grant program awarded over $140,000 to 55 Maine and New Hampshire nonprofit organizations chosen by a public ballot voting process. More than 75,000 votes were submitted during the month of February, with votes for more than 2,600 unique nonprofits located in Maine and New Hampshire.
 
The top two vote-getters in each of the 11 regions received a $5,000 grant. 33 other organizations listed on the ballot, including 11 write-ins with the most votes in each region, each received a $1,000 grant.
 
The 2019 Community Matters More $5,000 grant recipients are:
 
Androscoggin/Franklin/Oxford Counties
Dempsey Center, Lewiston
Safe Voices, Auburn

 
Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties
Waiting Whiskers, Sherman
Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Veteran Center, Lincoln

 
Cumberland County
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Westbrook
The Center for Grieving Children, Portland
 
Hancock/Washington Counties
SPCA of Hancock County, Trenton
Camp Capella, Dedham
 
Kennebec/Somerset Counties
Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Augusta
Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center, Winthrop
 
Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc/Waldo Counties
P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, Rockport
Belfast Soup Kitchen, Belfast
 
Southern Penobscot County
Forgotten Felines of Maine, Bangor
Bangor Area Recovery Network, Brewer
 
York County
Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick
York County Community Action, Kittery
 
Coos/Carroll/Grafton
Coos Animal Sanctuary, Inc., North Stratford
Helping Hands North, Inc., Colebrook
 
Belknap/Cheshire/Hillsborough/Merrimack/Sullivan
Granite State Dog Recovery, Manchester
The Front Door Agency, Inc., Nashua
 
Rockingham/Strafford
Cocheco Valley Humane Society, Dover
Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity, Portsmouth
 
“Once again, community members rallied for their favorite local nonprofits – helping them win a grant and supporting the role they play within their community,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice. “We look forward to seeing the impact of this year’s Community Matters More grants on dozens of communities across Maine and New Hampshire.”
 
Since 2007, Community Matters More has awarded $1,297,500 in grants to more than 530 different nonprofit organizations.
 
Nonprofits receiving Community Matters More $1,000 grants are:
 
Androscoggin/Franklin/Oxford Counties
Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Lewiston
The Pierce House – Farmington Home for the Aged, Farmington
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, Lewiston

 
Aroostook/Northern Penobscot/Piscataquis Counties
Lincoln Regional Food Cupboard, Lincoln
The Putnam House Senior Center, Houlton
Millinocket Memorial Library, Millinocket
 

Cumberland County
Ruth’s Reusable Resources, Portland
Junior Achievement of Maine, Portland
Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, Windham
 
Hancock/Washington Counties
Wreaths Across America, Columbia Falls
Tree of Life Food Pantry, Blue Hill
Community Closet, Ellsworth
 
Kennebec/Somerset Counties
Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, Skowhegan
Aliza Jean Family Cancer Foundation, Harmony
Somerset Humane Society, Skowhegan
 
Knox/Lincoln/Sagadahoc/Waldo Counties
Neighbor’s Cupboard, Winterport
One Less Worry, Rockland
Window Dressers, Rockland
 
Southern Penobscot County
Good Samaritan Agency, Bangor
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Community Pantry, Hermon
Newport Cultural Center, Newport
 
York County
Art Hope, Ogunquit
York Community Service Association (YCSA), York
Hollis Center Public Library, Hollis
 
Coos/Carroll/Grafton
Child Advocacy Center of Coos County, Groveton
Two Rivers Ride for Cancer, Inc., Colebrook
Conway Area Humane Society, Conway
 
Belknap/Cheshire/Hillsborough/Merrimack/Sullivan
Nashua Children’s Home, Nashua
Friends of Forgotten Children, Concord
Gateways Community Services Nashua, Nashua
 
 
 
Rockingham/Strafford
Portsmouth Music & Arts Center (PMAC), Portsmouth
YMCA of the Seacoast, Portsmouth
Zebra Crossings, Dover
 
In addition to the grant money, the 44 nonprofits included on the ballot received substantial exposure about their missions.
About Us

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 167th 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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