ELLSWORTH — Dick Kendall has stepped aside after three, three-year terms as a member of the Maine Community Foundation’s Androscoggin County Committee.

The Maine Community Foundation is built on the concept of people helping other people to improve the quality of life in Maine. In 1986, the foundation created county programs to ensure that every Maine community has a permanent fund as a source of charitable capital, raised and allocated by local people, to address community challenges.

As one of the founding members the Androscoggin County Committee in 2001, Kendall served as its chairman from 2002-2005. Current board chairman Bill Hiss said Kendall’s legacy will live on for many years.

“He has recruited many of the members of the Androscoggin County Committee, raised a good deal of the funds that have become the permanent endowment, and has helped bring a focus to the philanthropic impulses of Androscoggin County,” Hiss said.

Kendall was recognized as Auburn’s Citizen of the Year from the Auburn Business Association in 1986 and was honored by the United Way, YMCA, Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lewiston as Volunteer of the Year in 2006.

According to Hiss, Kendall’s vast professional and volunteer resume paid great dividends for the Androscoggin County Fund. “Dick’s work brought MCF onto the radar screen of people in Androscoggin County, and helped to establish long-term confidence among our local nonprofits that there would be some sources of funds for new ideas.”

Kendall said his time on the Maine Community Foundation’s Androscoggin County Committee was very gratifying and that he enjoyed being a part of the fund’s growth.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

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