United Mid-Coast Charities awarded $8,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine to support its youth mentoring programs in local Midcoast schools.

The award was one of 58 grants to non-profit Knox and Waldo County agencies totaling $547,000 presented to agency officials at a recent awards ceremony in Rockport.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from UMCC. Our agency has been serving Midcoast Maine since 1978 and has had a long history of strengthening our community in partnership with United Mid-Coast Charities,” said Alex Gaeth, CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine. “This grant is so important and helps support bright futures for our School-Based mentoring programs at Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville, Camden-Rockport, Rockland, and Warren.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves 700 Maine youth annually in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo counties. To make a difference today, call 236-2227, or visit bbbsmidmaine.org.