BIG AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S COUNCIL

The Maine Children’s Growth Council was awarded $250,000 by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation as part of a previous initiative that focused on early learning. The council, created in 2007, is chaired by First Lady Karen Baldacci and School Superintendent Bill Braun. It has become the “voice for early childhood in Maine,” and has announced the receipt of the grant during the national Week of the Young Children. Funding for the foundation’s initiative will draw to a close in 2011. For more information about the Council, go to www.maine-eccs.org.

 

MAIDS HOME SERVICES DONATES

The MAIDS Home Services in Portland, owned by Sally and Dan Libby, have volunteered bi-monthly cleaning to The Center for Grieving Children in Portland. The center’s mission is to provide loving support to grieving children, teens, families and the community. Looking for ways to give back, Sally Libby said the center is an opportunity that directly impacts the lives of so many in her surrounding community in a positive way. She said cleaning the center is a way to help provide a clean, healthy, safe and caring place for the children and their families.

 

TD BANK GIVES $9,000

TD Bank recently donated $9,000 to organizations serving Maine, including the March of Dimes and SCORE Maine District 0172. March of Dimes will use funds to support research into causes of prematurity, education for families and increased awareness of the problems of premature birth. SCORE will use the funds to support individual counseling for existing and startup businesses, as well as providing workshops on a variety of topics important to small business success.

 

HOSPITAL MEETING CHALLENGE

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital announced this week that $300,000 toward the $500,000 Challenge Grant for the new F. Eugene Dixon, Jr. Emergency Center has been received. The challenge was received 16 weeks ago from an anonymous donor to match all donations up to $500,000. Since the announcement, the hospital has received more than 200 donation ranging from $10 to $25,000. The Capital Campaign, which began in September 2008, has totaled more than $3.9 million, an amount equal to 79 percent of the goal. The campaign has been making steady progress, but remains dependent on the generosity and support from the community.

 

$500 FOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Bethel Historical Society has received $500 grant from the Franklin Savings Bank Community Development Foundation toward the purchase of a digital projector and accessories. This equipment will assist the historical society in making state of the art presentations to historical groups, schools, community organizations and other audiences.

 

GIFT FOR TWO MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Walch Education recently gave several boxes of new middle school textbooks to Lincoln Middle School and West School, both of Portland. John Spritz, director of marketing at Walch Education, handed off the books personally to Peter McCormack, who heads the West School program and Steve Nolan, principal of Lincoln Middle School.

SANFORD SAVINGS HELPS FOOD BANK

York County Food Rescue recently received $500 from Sanford Institution for Savings. This donation will help the organization supply food to 45 soup kitchens and pantries throughout York County. The program is the primary link between food distributors/sellers and nonprofit organizations that serve the hungry of York County.

 

PORTLAND ELKS HELP FIGHT CANCER

Portland Elks Lodge No. 188 held a Live Variety Show and Silent Auction last month as a fundraiser for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. The event was well attended by approximately 300 and featured silent auction items and ten entertainers, including Robert Washington, famed Elvis impersonator, Susie Stauble, Miss Maine. The evening raised more than $4,7000 for the program.