PARIS – The Oxford County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation announces the support of Schiavi Homes and Twin Town Homes toward meeting its goal of $100,000 in new charitable funds and scholarships for Oxford County by Oct. 15. The two companies have donated a total of $2,000 toward the campaign.

Last fall, the Oxford Committee was awarded a matching grant from the Betterment Fund which challenged the committee to raise $100,000 in new charitable funds in order to gain a $50,000 gift to the Oxford County Fund, an endowment that awards grants to nonprofits and community groups in the county.

Schiavi Homes in Oxford made one of the first gifts from area businesses to the campaign because, as managing owner Scott Stone said, “we like to give something back to the community that supports us on a daily basis.”

“Beyond that,” Stone said, “we feel that this particular program is involved in projects our employees have worked with and, we think one of the greatest things about the Oxford County Fund is that there’s not a big bureaucracy wrapped around it. The money gets where it’s supposed to go.”

“We know the manufactured housing industry is an important part of the economy here,” said Wendy Penley, Oxford Committee member and chair of the Maine Community Foundation Board of Directors. “We greatly appreciate these businesses’ recognition of the complementary role philanthropy plays in also fostering quality of life.”

The Oxford County Fund awarded just over $6,000 from its endowment last year. Since its inception in 1997, the fund has supported numerous community organizations including the Denmark Arts Center, Western Maine Development Association, River Valley Communities for Children, and the Brownfield Library. In addition to grants through the Oxford County Fund, the Maine Community Foundation last year awarded an additional $141, 000 in grants and scholarships in Oxford County from other charitable funds at the Foundation.

The Oxford County Fund is the only fund dedicated to community building projects in Oxford County.

The Oxford County Committee is a group of volunteers from local communities that assists the Maine Community Foundation with grant making and helps raise new charitable resources. For more information on the Maine Community Foundation or the Oxford County Fund, please contact Tanya Swain, county coordinator at 779-1938 or [email protected], or Andrea Perry, Regional Funds Manager at 877-700-6800.

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