Community Foundation Grants at Work

A Star is Born

The Kittery Community Center, opened last May, has quickly become a hub of area activities, from after-school programs to performances in the Star Theatre. Grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation helped support completion of the center. Here, community foundation board member Peter Lamb gets a tour of the new facility. Photo: Rich Beauchesne, Seacoast Online

"We Can Choose to Live In Joy"

The Chet Jordan Leadership Award is presented to students who are achieving their goals despite hardship, adversity, or disability. Melissa McKenney from Fort Fairfield, winner of the 2012 award, has overcome medical obstacles to pursue athletics and make it her life’s purpose to encourage others. “We can choose to live in joy,” she noted in her application essay, citing the mythologist Joseph Campbell. McKenney is currently attending Eastern Maine Community College and plans to become a medical journalist.

Left to right: Chet Jordan (grandson of the scholarship’s namesake), Melissa McKenney, and Joe Jordan.

The Maine Community Foundation offers more than 450 scholarships for Maine students of all ages and from every county. Learn more about them here.

Wired for Art

Ellen Wieske, an artist from Deer Isle, received the first-ever Functional Craft Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. The fellowship is supported by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Fund. At right: Ellen Wieske, Wire Quilt (detail), mild steel wire, 2009. Photo courtesy of MAC



An Endowment for Maine History

This vintage photo by “Draper” of oxen hauling in northern Maine is from the collection of the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. The museum recently transferred its endowment to the Maine Community Foundation for management. Photo courtesy of the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum



Turning 30: A Toast

Featuring MaineCF presidents Ed Kaelber, Hank Schmelzer and Meredith Jones, this special video marks the beginning of the community foundation’s 30th year in 2013. The video premiered at the Inspiring Philanthropy evening with Senator George J. Mitchell on November 26. A longer version of the video is available on MaineCF's YouTube channel.

Winter -- Time to Button Up

For the fourth year running, a team of volunteers and community members led by the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area has been helping Franklin County “button up” for the winter. The Community Energy Challenge received support from several national, state, and local sources, including the Maine Community Foundation’s Western Mountains and Androscoggin County Funds. Photos courtesy of United Way of the Tri-Valley Area

#GivingTuesday -- Get Ready to Give

On November 27, a national initiative, #GivingTuesday, will be launched. Following the popular Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days, MaineCF, along with more than 1,000 corporate and nonprofit partners, is encouraging everyone to consider giving on #GivingTuesday -- and using the power of social media to spread the word. The foundation is encouraging residents to invest in Maine through gifts of time or treasure to their favorite local nonprofits or to support statewide projects through its Invest in Maine Fund or county and regional funds. Video from the #GivingTuesday website

Future Faces of Washington County

Quoqsis and Lennox of Indian Township now have college savings accounts, thanks to the Harold Alfond College Challenge Grant program. More than 130 students opened NextGen accounts at events held in Calais and Machias that were open to all Washington County youth up to age 18. The community foundation contributed the $50 matching funds to establish the accounts. Photo courtesy of Mila Tappan

A Steeple Rises Again

The Bessie Gray Memorial United Methodist Church in Caribou recently completed a restoration of its historic steeple. With funding from the community foundation’s Maine Steeples Project, the church was able to re-shingle and re-roof the steeple, clean and paint the inside of the bell tower, add new flashing, repaint the clock faces, and install bird-proof screening. In this photo, a worker installs a copper top on one of the small roof peaks by the bell tower. Photos courtesy of Bessie Gray Memorial United Methodist Church

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