PORTLAND

Wayside Food Programs receive $2,500 grant

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has awarded $2,500 to support the operational expenses of the Wayside Food Programs.

Wayside sources and redistributes more than 1 million pounds of food each year to more than 60 food pantries, soup kitchens and social service agencies throughout Cumberland County.

The organization also serves prepared meals and collaborates with other hunger agencies to develop efficient networks for the collection and distribution of food.

Scholarships available for high school bloggers

Maine Education Services has announced a new scholarship opportunity for Maine high school students.

The MES CRAVE Student Blogger Scholarship will award $2,000 to two students, one junior and one senior.

To apply, students must submit a sample blog post of 300 to 500 words describing their biggest worries, concerns and challenges regarding college. Those sample blog posts will be reviewed and evaluated, with two winners chosen.

Scholarship winners will be required to submit a minimum of six blog posts, one at least every other month, throughout the 2013-2014 school year, beginning in October.

The student blogs, which must focus on the college search, college decisions, financing or other related topics, will be posted on the MES CRAVE website.

The application deadline is Sept. 16.

For more details or to apply, go to www.mesfoundation.org.

Scholarship winners will be announced by Sept. 30.

Sheriff’s office begins fundraising campaign

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has begun its annual fundraising campaign to support its Police Athletic League.  

The Cumberland County PAL has been supporting youth sports for years and provides four $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Cumberland County each year.

This fundraising campaign will include telephone solicitation calls throughout Cumberland County.  

For more details, call Capt. Shawn O’Leary at 774-1444 Ext. 2227

BIDDEFORD

SMMC raises $6,400 for victims of marathon attack

Southern Maine Medical Center has raised more than $6,400 benefiting The One Fund and victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings that left three people dead and hundreds more suffering from life-altering injuries.

The funds are being raised through sales of “Boston Strong” T-shirts.

Shirts are still available for $10 each.

To buy a shirt or for more details, call 283-7238.

KENNEBUNK

The New School wins grant for community programs

The New School has received a $5,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation for three innovative community building programs to be implemented this fall.

The New School, an independent local high school that serves students from York and Cumberland counties, will use those funds to offer free classes to senior citizens effective this fall; to work to get students involved in public policy on state and local issues; and to offer local dinners and workshops that promote sustainable living.

The school also is seeking instructors to teach a variety of sustainable living classes, including but not limited to workshops such as soap making, canning and preserving, organic gardening, permaculture, edible landscaping, baking in a wood-fired oven and beekeeping. More information about all three programs will be available in late August.

For more details, call 985-3745 or go to www.tnsk.org. The New School is located at 38 York St. in Kennebunk.