YWCA EFFORT

Oakhurst Dairy recently announced a community effort to raise funds through the sale of its products in October for the Lewiston/Auburn YWCA, which is considered a community landmark. The company will donate 10 cents from every gallon of Oakhurst sold in Androscoggin county during October. The YWCA has been part of the community for 130 years and is facing financial crisis, which may lead to closing its doors.

 

FOOD MOBILE

Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger contributed $10,500 to ensure the continued success of Food Mobile, an important tool in ending hunger in Maine. The program has distributed 1,618,540 pounds of food to food pantries throughout the state since 2005.

 

BENEFIT HOMELESS

Nelson Toner, chairman of the Mercy Board of Trustees, announced the H.O.M.E. Team as the recipient of a $10,000 gift to help Portland’s homeless. The funding was part of an award Toner received from the Catholic Health East for Excellence in Governance Award for 2010. The recipients of this award are given $10,000 to donate to the Mercy community benefit program of their choice.

 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Scarborough branch recently raised $8,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the company’s annual Forget Me Not Days fundraiser. The branch has raised $19,500 for the association over the past three years.

 

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

The Red Claws joined the Portland Pirates hockey team and Portland Sea Dogs baseball team to announce scholarships to help young people save for college through Maine’s NextGen 529 plan. There will be 11 new scholarships at $1,000 each for Maine students.

 

MARATHON MONEY

Scarborough lawyer Dan Warren completed the Maine Marathon in 3 hours, 33 minutes and 51 seconds, and raised $863.50 in pledges. People donated flat funds or pledged a certain amount per mile. The organizations that will benefit from the funds Warren raised include the Scarborough High School Mock Trial Team, the Libby-Mitchell American Legion Post 76 baseball team and the Catherine McAuley field hockey teams.

 

KRIS-WAY CHALLENGE

Twenty teams with a total of 80 players participated in the Kris-Way Truck Leasing, Inc. 2010 Charity Challenge golf tournament. In total, $10,000 was donated to local charities. TD Bank was the first place team, donating $5,000 to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Barber Foods and Hutchins Truckins/Atlantic Great Dane tied for second, donating $2,500 each to the American Liver Foundation and Muscular Dystrophy Association.

 

FOOD DRIVE

The Saint Joseph’s College baseball team collected 500 pounds of food to feed 115 families at Catherine’s Cupboard Food Pantry in Standish during their annual “Fall Ball” competition day. The team runs the “foodraiser” annually and the crowd supporting both teams contributes. This year’s set of games with Gordon College brought in a crowd of roughly 350 people.

 

GOLF TOURNAMENT

The SERVPRO Franchises of Maine donated more than $12,000 to the American Red Cross of Southern Maine/United Valley American Red Cross. The funds donated were raised through the third annual Appreciation Day golf tournament with more than 130 people participating in the fundraiser.

 

DICTIONARY DONATION

The Rotarians from the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club recently visited local third graders, donating 700 dictionaries to Biddeford Primary School, C.K. Burns in Saco, Dayton Consolidated School, Jameson Elementary in Old Orchard Beach, Mildred L. Day in Arundel, Notre Dame de Lourdes in Saco and St. James in Biddeford. The donation was made through the Dictionary Project, emphasizing the importance of literacy. The goal of the project is to assist all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers.

 

FREE CLINIC

Kennebunk Savings Bank awarded $1,040 to the Biddeford Free Clinic as part of their Customer Ballot Program. Bank customers are asked to vote for which nonprofit organization they would like funds to be donated to, involving the whole community. The clinic’s support will help provide the highest quality free health care and non-narcotic prescription medications to low-income patients who live without health insurance.

 

COMPUTER DONATION

Saco & Biddeford Savings Bank presented members of the Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association and the Portland Fire Museum with two computers. The computers will be used to store the archival history of the Portland Fire Department and manage the accessions maintained at the museum.