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Androscoggin Bank's MainStreet Foundation Awards Annual $25K for Kids Grant to Preble Street Teen Center

Nov 18, 2016 (Lewiston and Portland, ME): Androscoggin Bank's MainStreet Foundation announced that Preble Street Teen Center has been named the 2016 recipient of its annual $25K for Kids grant. The award was presented at the MainStreet Foundation annual meeting held November 17, 2016 at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine. Focused on its mission of providing the three essentials of life - food, shelter and security - to as many children as possible, the $25K for Kids award was presented to Preble Street Teen Center to help it maintain and expand its many services to children and teens.

Group from the MainStreet Foundation presents check to Preble Street Teen Center in Portland.

 

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Two Nonprofits Awarded Grants by Androscoggin Bank's Greater Giving Program

Greater Giving announces its second cycle of 2016 bi-annual grants totaling $7,500

Lewiston, Maine – Nov 14, 2016 – Androscoggin Bank is pleased to announce the recipients of its bi-annual grant awards by Greater Giving, a community impact program launched last year. The Bank created Greater Giving to provide support to nonprofits and organizations that benefit the community in three specific areas: economic development, education and the arts.

 

Read more about our bi-annual Greater Giving grants.

Five Maine Nonprofits Receive Second Quarter Grants from Androscoggin Bank's MainStreet Foundation

MainStreet Foundation announces quarterly grants of $13,510 to five organizations that help kids thrive

Lewiston - July 14, 2016 - Androscoggin Bank's MainStreet Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its quarterly impact grants for the second quarter of 2016. Recognizing a need for at-risk kids in Maine to be safe, healthy, active, happy, educated and nourished, MainStreet Foundation awards impact grants four times each year to organizations actively working to help kids thrive. The grants vary based on the need and are awarded in amounts up to $5,000.
 
Read more about our 2nd quarter MainStreet Foundation grants.

Three Maine Non-Profits Receive First Quarter Grants from Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation

Lewiston, Maine – April 20, 2016 – Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its quarterly impact grants for the first quarter of 2016. Recognizing a need for at-risk kids in Maine to be safe, healthy, active, happy, educated and nourished, MainStreet Foundation awards impact grants four times each year to organizations actively working to help kids thrive. The grants vary based on the need and are awarded in amounts up to $5,000.

During the quarterly meeting of the MainStreet Foundation Board of Directors, held March 17th, 2016, the committee approved grants to the following organizations:
 

First Quarter Awards:
A total of $10,000 was awarded to the following three nonprofit organizations:

•    Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine – $2,500 was awarded to this Portland-based organization that works to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as responsible, productive and caring citizens. The grant will support the Auburn/Lewiston Clubhouse’s efforts to engage younger members in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming via LEGO robotics build kits, to be used for a six-week program, twice, for up to 10 members, fifth through eighth grade.

•    Girl Scouts of Maine – $2,500 was awarded to this South Portland-based organization to support A Place for Girls Lewiston (APFG). The funds will be used to help Girl Scouts of Maine reach at-risk girls in Lewiston through its comprehensive prevention program that promotes resiliency in girls by giving them a safe and healthy physical environment, trust and respect from caring adults and a feeling of belonging and worth.

•    Trinity Jubilee Center – $5,000 was awarded to this Lewiston-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unmet needs of underserved people in Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn area. These needs are met through a meals program, food pantry, day shelter, resource center and refugee integration program. The grant funds will support Trinity Jubilee Center’s Summer Food Internship Project which gives two at-risk youth the opportunity to build leadership skills, gain hands-on job experience and support their families through cooking breakfast and lunch for low-income and at-risk children in their neighborhood.

“It is our privilege to provide support for nonprofit organizations that deliver measurable outcomes with long-term benefits for at-risk youth in Maine,” Steven A. Closson, Chairman of Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation, explained.

In 2015, MainStreet Foundation awarded a total of $54,780 in quarterly grants. In addition to the quarterly awards, MainStreet Foundation accepts applications from May 1 through July 31 of each year and selects one winner for the annual $25K for Kids grant, a special gift focused on a non-profit that makes a positive impact in the lives of as many kids as possible. The 3rd Annual $25K for Kids Grant was awarded to Longley Elementary School in Lewiston during the MainStreet Foundation Annual Meeting on November 19, 2015. Focused on its mission of providing the three essentials of life – food, shelter and security – to as many children as possible, the $25K for Kids award was presented to Longley to help it maintain and expand its afterschool programming for pre-K through grade 6 students.
 

About Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation

The MainStreet Foundation is Androscoggin Bank's $1,000,000 Foundation with a mission that is simple, focused and essential: to help keep at-risk kids in Maine safe, healthy, active, happy, educated, and nourished. Four times a year, MainStreet Foundation makes grants (up to $5,000) to excellent non-profit agencies actively working in our communities to help kids thrive. These grants vary based on the need and typically exceed $50,000 per year. In 2011, Androscoggin Bank pledged to donate $100K to the MainStreet Foundation in honor of outgoing Bank President Steven A. Closson. With this gift, MainStreet is able to offer four $25K individual grants – one in each year starting in November of 2013. For more information, visit www.mainstreet-foundation.org. 

About Androscoggin Bank

Androscoggin Bank, headquartered in Lewiston, Maine since 1870, is dedicated to serving the communities of Maine, its residents and the business community.  As of 12/31/15, the Bank’s asset size was $866,645,754.  Delivering smarter banking services and products is our commitment – every day. Androscoggin Bank is Member FDIC.

Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation Names Lacey Gammon and Dennis Lajoie to Board of Directors

Lewiston, Maine – February 8, 2016 Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation is pleased to announce that Lacey Gammon and Dennis Lajoie have joined the Board of Directors.

MainStreet Foundation Board Members Elected in 2016Lacey Gammon is a Loan Operations Representative at Androscoggin Bank and previously served as a Marketing Assistant and Administrator for the Foundation after joining the Bank. Gammon is actively involved within the Bank, currently serving as Greater Giving Administrator and as a member of numerous committees, including the Innovation Team, BIG (Business Intelligence Group) and the Wellness Committee. Prior to joining Androscoggin Bank, Gammon was a Business Development Coordinator at Sunday River Rentals. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maine. Gammon is a resident of Andover, Maine.

Dennis Lajoie is the Vice President of Economic Development and Housing at Community Concepts, Inc., a regional organization that provides a variety of housing, economic development and social services for the communities of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties of Maine. He is also the CEO of Community Concepts Finance Corporation, a Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Lajoie has held numerous positions within Community Concepts, since joining the company in 1990. Lajoie holds a Master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. He is a resident of Hebron, Maine.

According to Melissa Rock, Director of Marketing and Client Relations at Androscoggin Bank, “Both Lacey and Dennis are exciting additions to the MainStreet Foundation Board. As an Androscoggin Bank employee, Lacey’s enthusiasm for engaging in our communities is an excellent example of living our brand, every day. Dennis’ deep experience in economic development, as well as his extensive leadership background, is integral to delivering on MainStreet Foundation’s mission. We are thrilled to bring their diverse strengths and ideas to MainStreet Foundation’s Board of Directors.”
 

About Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation

The MainStreet Foundation is Androscoggin Bank's $1,000,000 Foundation with a mission that is simple, focused and essential: to help keep at-risk kids in Maine safe, healthy, active, happy, educated, and nourished. Four times a year, MainStreet Foundation makes grants (up to $5,000) to excellent non-profit agencies actively working in our communities to help kids thrive. These grants vary based on the need and typically exceed $50,000 per year. In 2011, Androscoggin Bank pledged to donate $100K to the MainStreet Foundation in honor of outgoing Bank President Steven A. Closson. With this gift, MainStreet is able to offer four $25K individual grants – one in each year starting in November of 2013. The winner of the $25k for Kids Award for 2015 was Longley Elementary School in Lewiston.
 

About Androscoggin Bank

Androscoggin Bank, headquartered in Lewiston, Maine since 1870, is dedicated to serving the communities of Maine by moving residents, businesses, and communities forward with smarter banking. Androscoggin Bank is Member FDIC.