At its end-of-season banquet on Sunday, Nov. 12, Medomak Valley Youth Football was recognized for its commitment to community spirit and volunteerism by two Midcoast organizations.

The Rockland-based nonprofit One Community Many Voices and First National Bank's Waldoboro branch presented the representatives of the Panther program with $6,000 co-donation. The donation will cover the cost of the program's new scoreboard.

Members of the Medomak Valley High School varsity program were recognized by One Community Many Voices (OCMV) for their help with the fourth annual Ragged Mountain Scuttle at the Camden Snow Bowl, one of OCMV's largest fundraisers. More than 30 members of the team and the team’s coaches donated much-needed volunteer man hours on the course during the event, manning the 20-plus obstacles and cheering on the more than 300 participants in September.

“The core value of OCMV is community-building-community,” said Jennifer Michaud, race director for the Ragged Mountain Scuttle and an OCMV volunteer. “The Medomak football program came through for us. This is a youth program that emphasizes that volunteering and giving back to your community is just as important as winning on the field. And, that they were able to do so and help us in the middle of their season was impressive. It was a logical choice to take some of the money raised and donate it to this program that builds youth aspirations.”

Leah Nickerson, the Waldoboro branch manager for First National Bank, was key in connecting OCMV with the football program.

“The best part of my job is being able to reinvest in my community and work for a company that supports my efforts,” Nickerson said. “Medomak Valley [Youth] Football is an organization that instills solid values. They are as successful because of the parents, kids, and volunteers that contribute their time and efforts to ensure they are building a dynasty to carry on from year to year.”

OCMV is a 501c3 charity that provides gap funding when no other resources are available to help neighbors in need resolve a hardship related to employment/skill building, youth aspirations, elderly independent living, transportation, or well-being.

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