Bangor Savings Bank will give a total of $100,000 to local nonprofits that were chosen by the community-wide vote, with eight top vote getters receiving $5,000 grants and 60 additional organizations receiving $1,000 grants. Maine residents cast nearly 82,000 votes for 1,900 different nonprofit organizations for the Community Matters More program of charitable giving launched in mid-January.

In addition to financial support, 48 organizations initially listed on the Community Matters More ballot have already received substantial exposure for their critical community missions from WGAN 560 Newsradio and Blueberry Broadcasting as part of the partnership.

The $5,000 grant winners are The Ark, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kennebec Valley, Maine Children Cancer Program, Penobscot Valley Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Franklin County Animal Shelter, Stone Soup Food Pantry and Acadia Hospital Youth Suicide Program.

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation also will award $1,000 to each of the 40 remaining organizations on the ballot, as well as to 20 organizations earning the most write-in votes in each of the eight regions from the public.

The nonprofits listed on the ballot receiving $1,000 grants are The Grand, Schoodic Arts for All, Special Children’s Friends, Ellsworth Historical Society, Open Door Recovery, Waterville Main Street, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Pine Tree State Arboretum, Pittsfield Food Bank, Hartland Public Library, Susan Curtis Foundation, Greater Portland Landmarks, Seniors Plus – Lewiston, Iris Network, Goodwill Industries, Millinocket Historical Society, Natural Resources Education Center, Piscataquis Regional YMCA, Field of Dreams, Houlton Humane Society, Belfast Area Child Care Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, New Hope for Women, S.A.F.E., Unity Ambulance Corporation, Skowhegan Free Public Library, People Who Care Food Cupboard, River Valley Healthy Community Coalition, Abused Women’s Advocacy Project, Tri-County Mental Health, York Historical Society, Sacopee Valley Health Center, Dyer Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, West End House Camp for Girls, Bangor Y, Hammond Street Senior Center, Community Care, The River Coalition and Amicus

The 20 write-in winners are Kennebec Messalonskee Trails in Waterville, Autism Society Maine Chapter in Winthrop, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston, 19th Century Willowbrook Village in Newfield, The Fuller Center for Housing in Saco, Women’s Health Resource Library in Milbridge, Jacob Brewer Home in Ellsworth, Mill Pond After School Program in Hodgdon, P.E.T.S. Prevent Euthanasia through Sterilization in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, WinterKids in Portland, The Public Theatre in Lewiston, Ruth’s Reusable Resources in Portland, Somerset Humane Society in Skowhegan, Chisholm Ski Club in Rumford, Penquis in Bangor, Hampden VFW Auxiliary 4633, Ronald McDonald House in Bangor and Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Community Pantry in Hermon.

“In these challenging times when many of our neighbors and community members are struggling, these grants apply resources to some of those most urgent needs as identified by community members themselves,” said Bangor Savings Bank President and CEO Jim Conlon, in a news release. “We were pleased to be able to conduct this effort again as in past years as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community now, when it is needed more than ever.”

The statewide Community Matters More program was a partnership of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, WLBZ-TV 2, WCSH-TV 6, WGAN 560 Newsradio and Blueberry Broadcasting.

“This was such a fantastic partnership and opportunity to spread the word about the great work going on in our communities,” said Mark White, director of sales for Blueberry Broadcasting. “Blueberry Broadcasting was extremely pleased to work with the nonprofits to get their messages heard and mobilize the public to express their support for organizations that matter most to them.”

Community Matters More is part of Bangor Savings Bank and the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s total commitment of more than $1 million dollars per year to the community in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants and partnership initiatives.