The Maine Lobster Festival continues its tradition of giving its proceeds back to the local community. At a meeting of the Maine Lobster Festival’s Board of Directors this month, the organization voted to donate a total of $2,700 to four local groups working in the areas of education, health care and historic preservation.

“The Maine Lobster Festival receives substantial volunteer support from our community, and as part of our mission, we donate to many local charities and community organizations throughout the year,” said Cynthia Powell, president of the organization.

The recipients of the donations are: Oceanside High School Project Graduation; Midcoast School of Technology; Rockland District Nursing Association; and Rockland Historical Society.

Oceanside High School Project Graduation gives graduates a safe place to celebrate on the night of graduation. Oceanside graduates will celebrate at the Rockport YMCA, where they will enjoy rock- climbing, swimming, games, food and entertainment. The senior class received a donation of $1,000.

As part of Mid-Coast School of Technology's participation in the SkillsUSA Nationals, three CNA students at MCST are embarking on a community service project to raise money for a local music and memory program to benefit those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The students were given a donation of $200.

Rockland District Nursing Association provides in-home nursing services to local residents. In 2016 it cared for more than 200 individuals, and completed 1,652 nursing visits. RDNA received a $1,000 donation.

The Rockland Historical Society works to preserve the cultural history of Rockland. It is in the process of restoring the Rockland home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and is raising money to restore the interior. The Lobster Festival donated $500 to the Historical Society.