HARVARD PILGRIM DONATES

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation gave $100,000 to Maine’s Let’s Go!, a program that promotes physical activity and healthy eating for children and youth.

The United Way of Greater Portland launched the program, which operates in conjunction with The Kids CO-OP at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

Over the past four years, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has donated $400,000 to Let’s Go! to support the statewide school-based 5-2-1-0 Goes to School plan. 

YORK HOSPITAL GIVES FOOD

The staff at York Hospital donated over 670 food items to York County Food Rescue.

The hospital then donated $1,340 to help the organization stock up for the holidays. 

EVERGREEN CREDIT UNION

Evergreen Credit Union has donated $12,700 to local organizations feeding the hungry in the Greater Portland area.

The donation will be divided among: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Portland, Naples Food Pantry, South Portland Food Cupboard and the Windham Food Pantry.

In the last two years, Evergreen has contributed more than $22,000 to feed the hungry in Maine. 

HELP FROM HAVEN’S CANDIES

Haven’s Candies factory store in Westbrook donated $5,085 to the Dream Factory of Maine.

The store sold 600 tickets for people to make hand-rolled candy canes for the holidays. The Dream Factory also raffled off several items donated by local merchants during the event. 

SAM’S GIVES $3,600

Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shoppe on Lisbon Street donated more than $3,600 to St. Mary’s Food Pantry.

Each year, Sam’s sells paper cornucopias to raise money for the food pantry. The Sam’s loca tion that raises the most money, wins a plaque and other prizes. This year, the Lisbon Street location raised the most at $1,764. 

iPARTY DONATES $4,000

iParty Retail Stores donated $4,000 to the Community Food Pantry in China.

The donation provided food to more than 7,000 families. 

SAINT JOSEPH’S NURSING STUDENTS

Nursing students at Saint Joseph’s College met with senior citizens last month at Monday Meals, a community service program for first-year nursing students.

Most weeks, students help serve the meals and socialize with guests. 

MAINE FARRIERS SUPPORT UMAINE

The Maine Farriers Association donated $1,500 to the University of Maine’s equine program.

The association works closely with the UMaine program to promote optimal horse care throughout the state. The university also provides a place for the association to hold educational activities. 

SANFORD INSTITUTE FOR SAVINGS

The Massabesic Center for Adult Learning received a $1,000 donation from Sanford Institution for Savings.

The funds helped the center purchase a new laptop. Currently, the center has 11 laptops for its adult literacy and GED programs. 

HOLDEN AGENCY GIVES $20,000

Holden Agency’s Employee Benefits Solutions donated $20,000 to the University of Southern Maine.

The money is being used to help fund USM’s Risk Management and Insurance Program. The program will prepare students for careers in the insurance industry and other similar fields. 

AMCOMM WIRELESS DONATES $10,000

Amcomm Wireless donated $10,000 to Good Shepherd Food-Bank in December.

The food bank provides for those at risk of hunger by soliciting and distributing surplus food to more than 600 partner agencies. 

SUPPORT FROM OXFORD NETWORKS

Oxford Networks donated $500 to the Maine Children’s Home to support its Little Wanderer’s Christmas Program.

Every year, an estimated 1,600 boxes of gifts and clothing are distributed to financially disadvantaged children throughout the state. 

SACO & BIDDEFORD SAVINGS

The Old Orchard Beach Food Pantry received a $500 donation from Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution. 

DEAD RIVER RAISES $12,500

Dead River Company raised more than $12,500 through its Share the Warmth program.

The company — with help from its more than 800 Facebook fans — donated the funds to 34 charities across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. In Maine, 24 charities received $7,900 just in time for the holidays. 

VERSO PAPER DONATES FOOD

Verso Paper Corp.’s Androscoggin Mill recently handed out nearly 2,000 hams to employees, retirees and local charities. This year the mill gave 250 hams to 10 food pantries and other charities.