Bangor, ME (September 15, 2020):
Continuing its commitment to community assistance wherever the need arises, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded more than $40,000 to organizations that are improving the lives of those living in Maine and New Hampshire. Sixteen organizations received Grant Awards during the Foundation’s July grant cycle; COVID-19 needs, mental health, comprehensive cancer care, legal and basic needs are among the many services being provided by the recipients.
“We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our neighboring partners, who so often are the heroes of our community,” said Bob Montgomery-Rice, President and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank. “Our grants are just another way of calling attention to the impactful work that goes on every day in northern New England.”
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 invaluable work taking place:
Bangor Region YMCA
Food and safe, licensed childcare have been an urgent need for essential workers (including low income families) in Penobscot County ever since the COVID-19 shutdown began. To meet this critical community demand, the Bangor Region YMCA is providing meals and emergency childcare for the children of working parents on the front lines of COVID-19.
Crotched Mountain Foundation
The foundation’s Crotched Mountain Community Care program is addressing the gaps in basic needs for underserved, low-income residents with disabilities in the Concord and Amherst areas of New Hampshire.
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
With its office closed due to COVID-19, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) is updating the website to facilitate access to self-help guides, legal information, and instructions on how to request ILAP services in their preferred languages.
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire
In response to COVID- 19 and the immediate needs for online educational materials, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire staff retooled its Play-Based Learning program to support remote learning quickly. The grant will also be put toward three outreach components that were designed as part of a larger Play-Based Learning project.
- Christine B. Foundation | Newburgh, ME
- Ecology Learning Center | Unity, ME
- Good Will-Hinckley | Hinckley, ME
- Growing to Give (Center for a Green Future) | Brunswick, ME
- Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine | Augusta, ME
- Isle au Haut Community Development Corporation | Isle au Haut, ME
- Legal Services For The Elderly, Inc. | Augusta, ME
- NAMI-Maine Incorporated | Hallowell, ME
- NH JumpStart Coalition | Hillsboro, NH
- Robbinston Historical Society | Robbinston, ME
- Southern Maine Agency on Aging | Scarborough, ME
- Waldo County Woodshed | Belfast, ME
“We thank all of the grant recipients for all they do and look forward to seeing the additional impact they will make in helping to improve everyday life in the communities they serve,” said Montgomery-Rice. “It’s organizations like these that make our region the special place that it is.”