The Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford received a grant from Patriot Subaru, Maine’s largest Subaru store, to assist with its purchase of Total Community Manager. The center works with youth populations who are not engaged in after-school activities, focusing on those between the ages of 10 and 14 who are considered “at-risk” for various reasons.



The Southern Maine Agency on Aging created a fund to help older clients with needs related to their pet companions. The challenge was to match Eddie Woodin’s contributions. Planet Dog Foundation, The Banfield Charitable Fund of Oregon, Fetch and Broadway Gardens Greenhouses, as well as private individuals, made matching gifts to the fund, which totaled $5,795. The agency is hoping to reach $6,000.



TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated $74,000 to local organizations in Cumberland County as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back. Organizations include Junior Achievement of Maine, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, the Pine Tree Council, the Cancer Community Center, the Portland Museum of Art and Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls.



Energy for ME was able to launch a pilot project courtesy of a $50,000 grant from Time Warner Cable. The grant was aimed at increasing Maine-island students’ science and technology skills and their interest in pursuing careers in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Up to 75 students and 10 teachers from North Haven and Vinalhaven will participate in the project during the 2010-2011 school year, with the goal to create an effective educational model that can be replicated along the Maine coast.



Planet Dog’s holiday collection will offer canine companions a new seasonal flavor for the popular line of organic dog treats, durable Orbee-Tuff toys and soft, squeaky toys for dogs of all sizes and ages. The company donates 2 percent of the purchase of every Planet Dog product to the Planet Dog Foundation to support canine service programs nationwide. Today, the foundation has given away $750,000 in cash grants and in-kind product donations.



Ira and Judy Rosenberg have a long history of giving back to the community. Their first gift to Sweetser helped build the new barn on the Saco campus after a fire destroyed the original in the summer of 2004. They pledged $15,000 and challenged other businesses to contribute. They are also active in the annual Sweetser/Prime Motor Group Golf Classic each June, raising more than $50,000 to support children and families.

In addition, the Rosenbergs have contributed to local organizations, such as the Dyer Library, Saco Museum, the Young School Library, the Saco Fire Department, Saco Spirit, Counseling Services, Inc., Southern Maine Medical Center, Young Maine Readers, Maine Reads, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, All Care Hospice and the American Heart Association.



Sea Bags, designers and manufacturers of homemade totes and accessories from recycled sails, has partnered with SailMaine to create a scholarship fund, encouraging students ages 8 to 18 to learn the sport of sailing. SailMaine connects people of all ages and abilities to the coast of Maine through fun and affordable sailing education, recreation and competition, stimulating individual growth and creating community.



Burger King’s Forest Avenue location in Portland has joined the A Chance for Kids program, allowing patrons to donate $1 to the Jimmy Fund through Sept. 6. Through this program, 552 franchise and company-owned Burger King restaurants have set a goal to raise $1.2 million for pediatric cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


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