Voting Open for Community Matters More Grants

February 01, 2017
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Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Program to allocate more than $100K to 40 Maine nonprofits.

BANGOR, Maine – Public voting is open for the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s annual Community Matters More grant-making initiative. Through this charitable program, Maine residents decide the 40 nonprofit recipients of more than $100,000 in grants to organizations throughout the state.

Community Matters More voting is open through the month of February and ends on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Voting can be completed online at Paper voting ballots are available at all Bangor Savings Bank branches and at each of the 32 nonprofits listed on the ballot. Grant winners are announced in April.

For the program’s 10th anniversary the top two vote-getters in eight regions of the state, including write-ins, will each receive a $5,000 grant. Twenty-four other nonprofits will receive a $1,000 grant. In 2016, Mainers voted for 3,000 unique nonprofits located in every Maine county.

Since its inception, Community Matters More has provided nearly $900,000 in total grants to hundreds of Maine nonprofits. “Each year we love seeing communities around the state rally for their favorite nonprofits,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Bob Montgomery-Rice. “We are fortunate to be able to support so many nonprofits that play an important role in towns and cities throughout Maine.”

Community Matters More not only provides financial support to the nonprofits, it also generates substantial exposure for the work the organizations do to enhance the quality of life in Maine.

Last year York County Shelter Programs received a $5,000 grant as the top vote recipient in York County. “The York County Shelter Programs are committed to ending homelessness and helping people reach their fullest potential,” said Chief Operating Officer Diane Gerry. “The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s Community Matters More program invites communities to support nonprofits by voting for their favorite organizations to receive a grant while bringing awareness to their missions.”

Community Matters More is a program of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation with generous support from WLBZ-2, WCSH-6, WGAN 560 Newsradio, and Blueberry Broadcasting.
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Bangor Savings Bank, with more than $6 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 169th year with more than 60 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 Member FDIC.

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