Oxford County committee awards grant to help teens develop skills

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ELLSWORTH — The Oxford County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $30,567 in grants to eight nonprofits, including the Oxford Hills School District, which is using its funding to help local teens develop leadership and career skills by growing produce at Roberts Farm in Norway for the school’s Summer Meals Program.

Other grant recipients included:

· Center for an Ecology-Based Economy, to design and install a solar-powered water pump and charging station with the Alan Day Community Garden;

· Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, to improve computer literacy in the community;

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· Oxford Hills Food & Nutrition Exchange, to promote local agriculture and skills through Community Roots at the Oxford County Fair; and

· Western Foothills Land Trust, for a timber-frame workshop series at Roberts Farm Preserve to support construction of a working sugar house for the homestead.

The Oxford County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects that strengthen communities in the county. Applications to the fund are reviewed by a committee of local leaders. The next proposal deadline is Feb. 15.

Application and guidelines can be found at www.mainecf.org.

The Oxford County Fund is built through donations from the community. For more information, or to donate, contact Christine Wolff, MaineCF program officer, at 1-877-700-6800 or cwolff@mainecf.org.

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