Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Commits $677,500 to Community Organizations in Maine and New Hampshire

December 07, 2020
Bangor, ME (December 7, 2020): Maintaining its dedication to the strength and health of the communities it serves, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has committed to $677,500 to various Maine and New Hampshire-based organizations; $277,500 will be granted immediately while $400,000 will be distributed to a handful of non-profits over the next five years.

In all, 22 nonprofits that are advancing community development and improving the quality of life received Grant Awards during the Foundation’s latest grant cycle. Among the services provided by these grantees: COVID-19 response, hunger-relief and affordable housing, mentorships to improve educational outcomes, combating social isolation among the aging, and mental and physical health assistance.

 “Serving our community is what we do. And in a year of unprecedented challenges, supporting the organizations and community heroes that serve our most vulnerable friends and neighbors has never been more important,” said Bob Montgomery-Rice, President and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank. “We are proud to support these incredible organizations that are improving lives through impactful programs and initiatives.”
The Grant Awards are part of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, which focuses philanthropic efforts on initiatives that will make surrounding communities more prosperous, more livable, and more vibrant.

The following grant recipients are among the many examples of the vital work taking place in our region:

($50,000 over five years)
Portland, Cumberland County with a Statewide Impact, ME
As the largest health care organization in Maine and a leading health care provider serving northern New Hampshire, MaineHealth is recognized as one of the nation’s top integrated health care delivery networks. They are working to improve access to care through three critical capital projects that are underway across the MaineHealth system. This includes constructing a new Health Center at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, building a new Center of Excellence in Autism and Developmental Disordered at Maine Behavioral Healthcare in Westbrook, and creating additional private rooms and advanced procedure rooms at Maine Medical Center in

($50,000 over four years)
The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges
South Portland, Cumberland County, ME with Statewide Impact
Maine’s community colleges are critical to the State’s ability to build a brighter future—for thousands of students and for Maine as a whole. The Foundation’s Student Opportunity Support (SOS) Program enables colleges in the Maine Community College System to address the highest priority of student emergency needs including food insecurity, housing insecurity, transportation, childcare, and healthcare (physical and mental).
($25,000 over three years)
Ecology Education Inc.
Saco, York County, ME with a Statewide Impact
Educating approximately 12,000 people annually in the science of ecology, agriculture, and the practice of sustainability, the Ecology Educations Inc. will use the grant to support the construction of the “River Bend Farm: A Center to Inspire Innovation Learning and Sustainable Living.” Funds will be used to develop Maine’s two greenest buildings with the purchase of lumber and solar panels. 
Andy’s Summer Playhouse
Wilton, Hillsborough County, NH

In a time of such isolation, it is imperative to provide youth with access to arts so they can express themselves and, in turn, continue to become better humans emotionally and artistically. In light of the current social and health climate, with the shutting down of public spaces and theaters across the country, Andy’s Summer Playhouse will be creating an entirely new website to ensure youth in the region have access to the creative arts. Entitled The Digital Renaissance Project, the site will serve as a digital platform connecting youth in Southern NH and beyond with adults of various artistic disciplines from all across the country.

Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO)
Rockland, Knox County, ME
The AIO Weekend Meal Program provides healthy, nourishing meals and snacks for school-age children and families in Knox County to help fill the gaps on weekends when school lunch programs are unavailable. One in four children in Knox County experience food insecurity and with COVID-19, those numbers have increased, making this program critical to the health and well-being of our local children.  

Lewiston, Androscoggin County, ME
In an effort to combat social isolation among our aging population, which has been amplified due to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, SeniorsPlus, whose mission is to enrich the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities, will expand its Education Center, which fights isolation among older people while offering educational programming.
Additional Recipients:
  • Atlantic Partners EMS Inc.                           $5,500              Winslow, Kennebec County, ME
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine           $10,000            Camden, Knox County, ME
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine   $5,500              Westbrook, Knox County, ME
  • The Center for Grieving Children                  $7,500              Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust                     $7,500              Camden, Knox County, ME
  • Downeast Adaptive Youth Recreation Inc.    $10,000            Ellsworth, Hancock County, ME
  • Eastern Maine Development Corp                $5,500              Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
  • Krempels Center                                         $10,000            Portsmouth, Rockingham County, NH
  • Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition                      $10,000            Camden, Knox County, ME
  • Partnership for Oral Health                          $8,500              Yarmouth, Cumberland County, ME
  • P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center                $5,000              Rockport, Knox County, ME
  • Rockport Library Foundation                        $15,000            Rockport, Knox County, ME
  • Safe Voices                                                 $5,500              Auburn, Androscoggin County, ME
  • Veggies to Table                                         $7,500              Newcastle, Lincoln County, ME
  • Wayfinder Schools                                      $7,000              Camden, Knox County, ME
  • Whitefield Library                                        $10,000            Whitefield, Lincoln County, ME
“We are grateful for all of the invaluable work each of the Grant recipients engages in to care for our communities,” said Montgomery-Rice. “These are among the many organizations and individuals who are leaving a lasting positive impact across Northern New England.”