Four nonprofits receive grants from MainStreet Foundation

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LEWISTON — Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation has announced the recipients of its quarterly impact grants for the fourth quarter of 2014. Recognizing a need for at-risk kids in Maine to be safe, healthy, active, happy, educated and nourished, MainStreet Foundation awards impact grants four times each year to organizations actively working to help kids thrive. The grants vary based on the need and are awarded in amounts up to $5,000.

During the quarterly meeting of the MainStreet Foundation Board of Directors, held Nov. 20, the committee approved grants to the following organizations:

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services: $5,000 was awarded to this Auburn-based organization that works to prevent and eliminate sexual violence and promote healing for all genders that are affected by rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. The grant will help fund a project focused on helping young people affected by sexual abuse obtain protection from abuse orders.

The Telling Room: $2,500 was awarded to this Portland-based nonprofit writing center focused on the power of storytelling and creative expression for children ages 6 to 18. The grant will support The Telling Room in its effort to build upon its free after-school writing and literacy programming.

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New Beginnings: $5,000 was awarded to this Lewiston-based emergency youth shelter, the only shelter of its kind in Maine. The funds will help New Beginnings expand its Family Mediation Project.

MyPlace Teen Center: $5,000 was awarded to this Westbrook-based nonprofit focused on providing 500-plus kids, most at-risk, with free meals, as well as mentoring, character education, academic support, civic engagement and life skills.

“It is our privilege to provide support for nonprofit organizations that deliver measurable outcomes with long-term benefits for at-risk youth in Maine,” said Steve Closson, chairman of Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation.

In 2014, MainStreet Foundation awarded a total of $55,081 in quarterly grants.

In addition to the quarterly awards, MainStreet Foundation accepts applications from April through July of each year and selects one winner for the annual $25K for Kids grant, a special gift focused on a nonprofit that makes a positive impact in the lives of as many kids as possible.

The $25K for Kids Grant was awarded to Androscoggin Children’s Advocacy Center during the MainStreet Foundation Annual Meeting on Nov. 20. Focused on its mission of providing the three essentials of life – food, shelter and security – to as many children as possible, the $25K for Kids award was presented to ACAC to help it provide expanded support to children in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties who are victims of sexual abuse.

Steve Closson said, “We chose Androscoggin Children’s Advocacy Center as the 2014 $25K for Kids recipient for its work insuring the security of kids who are victimized by sexual abuse. ACAC’s behind-the-scenes work is vital to the treatment and long-term recovery and protection of victimized children. With this grant, ACAC will be able to provide its child-friendly interviewing model to more kids and will expand its support to more families who must protect those kids from further abuse or trauma.” To learn more about Androscoggin Children’s Advocacy Center, visit www.acacme.org.

In 2011, Androscoggin Bank pledged to donate $100K to the MainStreet Foundation in honor of outgoing Bank President Steven A. Closson. With this gift, MainStreet is able to offer four $25K individual grants – one in each year starting in November 2013. For more information, visit www.mainstreet-foundation.org.

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