The Orono Public Library Foundation is inviting people to support Chapter Two: The Campaign for the Orono Village Green with an online giving opportunity being launched on December 13th to help complete the $370,000 capital campaign.

“Between now and Dec. 31, donors have 456 hours to support the Orono Village Green campaign by giving online to our CrowdRise fundraiser,” explained Sarah Kenney, Foundation Board President and campaign Co-Chair.

“We’re inviting people to share this online campaign with their friends and family who live across the country, or around the world – letting them know they can help to make the Orono Village Green a reality with their financial support,” Kenney added.

The online campaign goal is $25,000 and can be found crowdrise.com/OronoVillageGreen.

The Orono Village Green campaign has raised $230,000 thanks to the generous contributions of 191 donors including individuals, families, foundations, businesses and organizations.

The Foundation Board of Directors crafted a plan for a privately funded landscape design for the grounds directly behind the library to benefit people of all ages and abilities. When complete, this project will transform the area into the Orono Village Green – a gift from the Orono Public Library Foundation to the Town of Orono.

Funds for the Orono Village Green campaign are being raised privately and will be gifted to the Town of Orono. The library and grounds are property of the town, and all aspects of the construction project will be managed by town staff.

The campaign goal also includes $25,000 to establish a restricted fund to support the annual maintenance by the town. The elements of the Orono Village Green, which will feature a 125-seat amphitheater with large flat stone stage; ADA accessible ramp, lawn and granite seating; hundreds of ornamental trees, flowers and plantings; a stone plaza with tables, chairs and sun shade; an overlook area; a pergola; bench seating areas; and pathways circling the grounds connecting to the Orono Senior Center and leading to the village

The Orono Public Library Foundation was founded in 2002 and successfully led the $2.1 million capital campaign to fund the new library, which opened on Pine Street in 2009 thanks to the perseverance of dedicated community volunteers and the generous support of the Town of Orono and 918 individuals, organizations, businesses and foundations.

The Orono Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to raise the funds to construct the library. An all-volunteer organization, the Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors.

For more information about the Foundation or to contribute to the Orono Village Green campaign go towww.oronolibraryfoundation.org. Contact the Foundation by telephone at (207) 991-3734, or mail at PO Box 308, Orono, ME 04473.


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