Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has pledged to give $100,000 to 68 Maine nonprofit organizations through its annual grant-making initiative, Community Matters More.

The bank is now looking for help from the community to decide how to allocate the funds.

Each of the 48 non-profits listed on the ballot will receive at least a $1,000 grant for participating in the program. The top 20 write-ins that get the most public support will also receive a grant from the foundation. The organizations with the most votes in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) will receive $5,000 each.

To vote go to Paper ballots are also available at Bangor Savings’ branches statewide and at each of the participating nonprofits.
Voting ends on March 5.


The Planet Dog Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Maine Medical Center for its therapy dog program.

Maine Med has a team of 37 trained volunteer handlers and 41 dogs that visit most units in the hospital, including the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. The grant will be used to provide materials for existing teams and to expand the program to 50 dogs.


Town & Country Federal Credit Union donated $5,000 to food pantries across Cumberland and York counties to help people in need during the holiday season.

Town & Country donated $1,000 to each of the following organizations:

The Wayside Food Program in Portland, Project Feed in Portland, and the South Portland Food Cupboard, Scarborough Food Pantry, Saco Food Pantry and Stone Soup Food Pantry in Biddeford.


Downeast Energy recently donated $83,726 to United Way’s the annual “Live United” campaign.

Downeast’s employees raised $52,076 and the company contributed $31,650 to the campaign.

Downeast Energy has supported United Way for over 50 years, raising more than $1 million through employee donations and company contributions.


Verso Paper Corp.’s Androscoggin Mill recently presented a check to the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area for $118,804.32.

This year the mill’s donations were up more than 30 percent over last year.


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