JUNIOR LEAGUE CHOOSES PARTNER

The Junior League of Portland chose Good Shepherd Food Bank as its 3-year Signature Project partner. Over the next three years the Junior League will work with the Food Bank to accomplish its mission of reducing hunger and food insecurity in Cumberland County. Members of the Junior League will volunteer at the Food-Bank and help increase work efficiency between the Food-Bank and its other partners.

POLAND SPRING SCHOLARSHIPS GIVEN

Twenty Maine high school seniors were awarded $1,000 Good Science Scholarship by Poland Spring Water Company. The Good Science Scholarship program was established by Poland Spring in 2007 with the goal of supporting high school senior aspiring to work in fields that are important to a healthy Maine economy. Since the programs inception Poland Spring has awarded $54,000 in scholarships.

HORIZON FOUNDATION HELPS OUT

A grant from the Horizon Foundation will help support the Fiddlehead Youth Summer Theater in Pownal & Durham. The camp runs from July 12th-30th at the Pownal Elementary School. Students, ages 8-16, will get to engage in various theatre-related activities including: singing, dancing, costuming, theater games and building sets. The camp will culminate in a live performance. For more information or to register call 207.657.2244

DOWNEAST GOLF TOURNEY DONATES

The 17th Annual Downeast Energy Classic was held June 17 at the Brunswick Golf Club.

More than 140 golfers paid to play in the event and the proceeds were donated to The Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program and the Saco Community Meals Program. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $208,000 for local charities.

PROGRESS CENTER HELPS TRAIL DAY

The Progress Center in Norway celebrated National Trail Day with its 3rd annual Day of Giving on June 4th. The Progress Center teamed up with other local businesses and community leaders to help clear trails and add plantings. The Day of Giving began in 2007 to coincide with the work starting on the Mathew Record Memorial Park and Trail in Norway.

CAMP SUNSHINE DEDICATES WALKWAY

Camp Sunshine held its dedication ceremony on June 5th for the New Balance Foundation Brick Walkway in honor of their matching gift, which raised a total of $500,000 toward Camp Sunshine’s capital campaign goal of $14.5 million. The Walkway encircles the camp grounds and consists of more than 3,200 engraved bricks, of which more than 850 were purchased by individuals and corporations in support of the New Balance Foundation’s matching challenge. Camp Sunshine’s mission is to assist families of children facing life-threatening illness.

ANTHEM GIVING: MORE THAN $800,000

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine donated more than $800,000 to various nonprofit agencies across the state last year. The American Diabetes Association, Aroostook Mental Health Services, and the Wellness Council of Maine were among 60 agencies that received donations. Anthem’s philanthropy primarily targets health-related issues with a strong focus on helping reduce the impact of chronic disease.

SACO & BIDDEFORD BANK DONATES

Saco & Biddeford Saving’s Institution’s South Portland branch donated $1,000 to the South Portland Service Monument. The monument, which will be located at the corner of Broadway and Ocean Street in Mill Creek Park, will be dedicated to military men and women for their service. The monument is privately funded through a citizen’s initiative that is endorsed by the City of South Portland.

BOOK WEEK AT SACCARRAPA SCHOOL

Students at Westbrook’s Saccarrapa School recently celebrated the importance of reading during “One School One Book” week. Students at the school read the book, “Martha Speaks” by Susan Meddaugh, and participated in various discussions, games, writing and art projects. During the event representatives of the Animal Refuge League visited classrooms to demonstrate how to be safe, kind, responsible and respectful of dogs. The week concluded with an evening with family and friends at the Westbrook Performance Center. Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution funded the purchase of “Martha Speaks” for every student.

FUNDRAISER BY IRVING OIL

Irving Oil held its annual Irving Fueling Dreams fundraiser around the state on June 5. The fundraiser has raised more than $2 million for the Special Olympics in the 10 years since its inception. Irving employees worked alongside law enforcement officers, having designated June 5 as their annual To Serve and Protect Day, pumping gas, washing windows and greeting customers. The event took place at about 40 Irving gas stations in Maine, 10 more Irving sites than last year.

HANNAFORD GIVES TO SCHOOLS

Wells Elementary School received $1,630 from Hannaford this year for participation in the ninth annual Hannaford Helps Schools program. Wells Elementary School received a $1,000 bonus because it raised the most “school dollars.” “School dollars” are earned when families purchase food items from Hannaford that are marked as participating in the Hannaford Helps School program. Hannaford’s program has raised more than $1.4 million in 2009 for local schools.

OWEN WINS HEMINGWAY AWARD

Beth Owen was presented with the Frank Hemingway Award for her display of spirit in the snowshoe event at the Winter Special Olympics in January 2010 at Sugarloaf Mountain. Scott Gregory, a representative from the Special Olympics, awarded Beth with plaque acknowledging her team spirit at the winter games. Saco and Biddeford Savings Bank attended the Awards Ceremony and presented a $1000 check to support Community Partners, Inc. new windbreakers for the 50 Special Olympics athletes and coaches at the Summer Games at the University of Maine in Orono in June.

STUDENTS AT NEW SCHOOL PITCH IN

Students from the New School volunteered at York Land Trust at Highland Farm. The six students and their teacher assisted the Maine Conservation Core with staging lumber for a new walkway designed to enable guests to visit the protected wetlands on the Highland Farm property.