Five Town Communities That Care receives UMCC grant

Nov 24, 2012
Alex Owre, development director of Five Town Communities That Care, left, and Eric Belley, UMCC board member and business banking officer at Bangor Savings Bank, Rockport.

Camden — Five Town Communities That Care announces the receipt of a $3,000 grant from United Mid-Coast Charities. The funds will support their effort to promote healthy youth in the community by reducing the incidence of adolescent substance use, violence, delinquency, school dropout, suicide and teen pregnancy.

"This grant from United Mid-Coast Charities is further validation that our efforts on behalf of the community are having a positive impact. We are grateful to UMCC for their continued backing," said Alex Owre, development director for Five Town Communities That Care, in a news release.

According to local data from the 2012 Maine Youth Drug and Alcohol Use Survey, rates of having ever used alcohol are the lowest in 10 years for all grade levels, and middle school delinquency (shoplifting, damaging property, etc.) is down, with most measures at 10-year lows. Suicide awareness and prevention education is now widely available in the community, and dropout rates at Camden Hills Regional High School are half the State of Maine average, 1.5 percent compared to 3.4 percent.

Five Town Communities That Care works in three ways to provide essential services to the community: supporting programs such as the Guiding Good Choices parenting workshop series and the Camden Hills Wolf Pack youth team for prevention; providing information to the public on prevention-related issues through regular radio spots, the "Fostering a Community That Cares About Youth" blog, and speaking engagements; and offering free training and technical assistance to local youth-serving organizations.

The Communities That Care system involves all segments of the community in the effort to ensure the positive development of young people. The Five Town Communities That Care coalition includes youth, parents, local government officials, law enforcement officials, educators, members of the faith and business communities, and providers of recreation, health, mental health and social services. For more information, or to make a donation to Five Town Communities That Care's annual fund, call 236-9800 or email


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