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.