Rangeley Health and Wellness has been offered a MATCHING challenge grant up to $15,000 from Arctaris Saddleback for the creation of a multigenerational outdoor space, named Wellness Woods.

Wellness Woods was born out of a dream to create a safe, inviting outdoor landscape for learning and play. The vision for this space includes an enriching outdoor environment that stimulates the mental and physical growth of children, maintains function of our seniors, and provides space for intergenerational programming all while incorporating the natural features of Maine’s beautiful environment.  The goal for Rangeley Health and Wellness is to design a space that promotes a real sense of community and wellness for all ages.  The space will be used not only for children’s programming, but also for senior program participants, nutrition education, fitness classes, events and more.

“Rangeley Health and Wellness is one of the most dynamic and effective community service organizations in the state,” said Andy Shepard, General Manager of Saddleback Mountain. “We are all fortunate to have this remarkable facility and Arctaris Saddleback is honored to help play a role in their plans for the new health promoting landscape design.”

This generous grant, if fully matched, will allow the organization to construct this beautiful space, which in turn enables them to enhance and expand their programs and services to better meet the needs of the community. Any donation designated towards this project will be matched and will DOUBLE the impact in supporting the programming for children, seniors and adults.

To participate or to learn more about RHW, please contact Leslie at 207-864-4397 ext. 6 or by email at [email protected]  Donations can also be made online at www.rangeleyhealthandwellness.com.

About Saddleback Mountain

Located in the beautiful High Peaks and Lakes district of western Maine, Saddleback Mountain was founded in 1960 and has grown its reputation for exceptional snow, some of the best skiing terrain in the East and a friendly, laid- back culture. At 4,120 feet of elevation and 2,000 feet of vertical, Saddleback is Maine’s third biggest mountain, and its base lodge elevation of 2,100 feet is the highest in the east. Just below the mountain is the iconic village of Rangeley, which is the gateway to Rangeley Lake, Mooselookmeguntic and Richardson Lakes.

About Arctaris Impact Fund

Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC, is a Boston-based impact investment fund manager focused on revitalizing disinvested cities and targeted rural communities. The firm has launched five funds over 10 years through partnerships with institutional investors, CRA banks, foundations, the U.S. Treasury Department, and state economic development agencies. In consideration of Arctaris’ commitment to deliver positive social impact in inner cities and rural communities, the firm has historically qualified for a set of federal and state government programs available to qualified managers. Arctaris has a successful track record of partnering with state and federal government agencies to achieve its dual mandate of creating jobs and generating returns for its limited partners.

About Rangeley Health and Wellness

Rangeley Health and Wellness is dedicated to facilitating and promoting health and wellness in the Rangeley Lakes region by operating a state-of-the-art fitness center, fully accredited physical therapy, wellness programming, and services for children and seniors. We are generously supported by individual donors, private foundations, grants, municipal funds, special events and a host of dedicated volunteers.

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