Charles Nero and Melissa Hue are the newest members of the Maine Community Foundation’s Androscoggin County Committee.

MaineCF’s county committees are made up of community members who live or work in the county and serve as local ambassadors for the foundation, sharing their knowledge and providing on-the-ground local leadership for the foundation, according to a news release from Taylor Mace, senior communications and marketing specialist.

The Androscoggin committee’s volunteer county advisors review grant proposals for MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program and recommend grant awards from the Androscoggin County Fund. Community building supports a broad range of projects and organizations across the state, including arts, education, environment, economic development and human services.

Nero is the Benjamin E. Mays 2020 distinguished professor of rhetoric, film, and screen studies at Bates College, where he serves on several committees. He resides in Lewiston.

Hue is the diversity, equity and inclusion director for Lewiston and lives in Portland. She serves on the boards of Special Olympics and New Beginnings.

The Androscoggin County Fund this year awarded seven grants totaling $52,500, with two additional grant proposals totaling $15,000 funded by donors with advised funds at MaineCF.

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