AUBURN – The Auburn Exchange Club has made a donation of $1,000 to Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls in New Gloucester. The nonprofit, social service organization provides safe, supportive, family-style homes for at-risk young people.

The farm is the only institution in Maine that intervenes before a troubled youth reaches the point of crisis where he is taken into state custody or incarcerated, and it simultaneously makes a long-term commitment to his personal development and provides full financial assistance.

From its founding in 1910, Opportunity Farm has been open to youth of all backgrounds who needed a safe place to live, to grow and to learn the skills necessary to make their way in the world.

Most of the families cannot fund their child’s stay at Opportunity Farm. But no youth is turned away. If an assessment suggests a boy or girl would benefit from Opportunity Farm and its program, the farm is committed to fully funding tuition, board and other needs.

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