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Bangor Savings Bank Foundation awards $576,000 to nonprofit organizations in Maine and New Hampshire

Friday, July 9, 2021

Continuing its commitment to the well-being of the communities it serves, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $576,000 to various Maine and New Hampshire-based organizations; $251,000 will be granted this year, while another $325,000 will be distributed during the following four years in the form of multi-year grants.

In the Foundation’s latest grant cycle, 21 nonprofits dedicated to enriching the quality of life for communities across northern New England received grant awards. Among the services provided by these grantees: educational programs, food security, building maintenance and restoration, and mental and physical health assistance.

“We are thankful for each of our philanthropic and nonprofit partners, and all of the organizations and individuals throughout Maine and New Hampshire whose work is dedicated to the health and well-being of our communities and our economy,” said Bob Montgomery-Rice, President and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank. “Our lives and our futures are supported and enriched through the critical work and dedication of our grant recipients, and their significant contributions to improving the vitality and quality of life across northern New England.”

The grants awarded by the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation focus on making communities throughout Maine and New Hampshire 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:

  • $250,000 ($50,000 over five years) 

LifeFlight Foundation, Camden, Knox County, ME with a Statewide Impact

LifeFlight’s vision is for any individual, in every community, to have adequate access to critical care and medical transport. Funds from this grant will be used to help establish connected simulation education labs through LifeFlight’s Critical Care Academy to improve critical care and medical transport.

  • $100,000 ($25,000 over four years) 

Good Shepard Food Bank, Auburn, Androscoggin County, ME with a Statewide Impact

The Good Shepard Food Bank works to eliminate hunger in Maine by improving access to nutritious food, building strong community partnerships, and mobilizing the public to participate in the fight to end hunger. This grant will be used to support the Campaign to End Hunger in Maine.

  • $50,000 ($25,000 over two years) 

St Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, ME

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is an acute care facility, a primary care provider network, and an urgent care and emergency department. With assistance from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, this grant will support the move of adult behavioral and mental health services into a newly renovated building.

  • $25,000 ($12,500 over two years) 

American Red Cross, Portland, ME with a Statewide Impact: 

The American Red Cross of Northern New England serves 3.2 million residents in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Through this grant, the American Red Cross will purchase and implement contactless temperature screening kiosks to be used at Blood Donation Centers in Portland and across the state of Maine.

  • $25,000 ($12,500 over two years)

Zillman Art Museum, University of Maine System, Inc., Bangor, Penobscot County, ME

The Zillman Art Museum is in the heart of downtown Bangor and provides the people of Maine with opportunities to experience visual arts, diverse histories, and cultural traditions. This grant will help with the expansion and enhancement of the museum, adding to the cultural and economic growth of Bangor’s downtown.

  • $20,600

H.O.M.E, Orland, Hancock County, ME

H.O.M.E. is dedicated to keeping and enhancing the quality of life for low-income and homeless families. They are a primary resource for aiding basic needs of food and shelter in Hancock County. With the support of this grant, H.O.M.E. will purchase an eight-passenger minivan for the homeless shelter program, which will help transport guests to appointments that are vital to achieving housing stability. 

Additional Recipients:

Androscoggin Home Health Services, Inc., $7,500, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, ME
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire, $5,400, Stratham, Rockingham County, NH
Concord Regional VNA, $10,000, Concord, Merrimack County, NH
Eastport Public Library Association, $7,500, Eastport, Washington County, ME
Hospice Help Foundation, $6,500, Portsmouth, Rockingham County, NH
Junior Achievement of Maine, $7,500, Portland, Cumberland County with a Statewide Impact, ME
Little Angels Service Dogs, $5,500, Bartlett, Carroll County, NH
Maine Children’s Home For Little Wanderers, $7,500, Waterville, Kennebec County, ME  
Maine Farmland Trust, $7,500, Belfast, Waldo County with a Statewide Impact, ME
Maine Maritime Academy, $7,000, Castine, Hancock County, ME
New Beginnings, Inc., $7,500, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, ME
Peregrine Corp. D/B/A STRIVE, $7,500, South Portland, Cumberland County with a Statewide Impact, ME
Pier2peer, $7,500, Millinocket, Penobscot County, ME
Shalom House, Inc., $5,500, Portland, Cumberland County, ME
Veazie Community School, $5,500, Veazie, Penobscot County, ME

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