United Midcoast Charities awards $500,000 in grants

Sep 29, 2017
Representatives from more than 50 nonprofit agencies gathered Sept. 29 to celebrate their 2017 UMC grant awards.

Camden — United Midcoast Charities marked the awarding of $500,000 of grants this year to more than 50 nonprofit organizations in Knox and Waldo counties with a networking breakfast at the Belfast Boathouse Sept. 29.

Representatives of organizations receiving grant funding had an opportunity to meet each other and heard Pecha Kucha presentations about the work of Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, MCH Meals on Wheels and Midcoast Habitat for Humanity. The celebratory event included a tribute to UMC’s outgoing grants committee chairman, Peter Horch.

Debbie Mitchell of Belfast will succeed Horch as chair of the grants committee. Other board members serving alongside Mitchell and UMC President John Viehman are Betsy Saltonstall, first vice president; Jill Lang, second vice president; John Burgess, secretary; Tom Rodman, treasurer; Lori Alexander; Chris Beebe; Sani Fogel; Jay Foster; Leni Gronros; Lucile Hanscom; Tyler Jones; Elinor Klivans; Peter Palermo; Joan Phaup; Eric Waters and Jamie Weymouth.

Grant recipients in this cycle include the following organizations: Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, Belfast Area Childcare Services, Belfast Public Health Nursing Association, Belfast Soup Kitchen, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, Broadreach Family & Community Services, Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, Camden District Nursing Association, Care Partners, Coastal Healthcare Alliance and Coastal Opportunities.

Also, Come Spring Food Pantry, Cornerspring Montessori School, Expanding Opportunities Camp Forest, Family Planning Association of Maine, The Game Loft, Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Knox Co. Health Clinic, Knox County Homeless Coalition, LifeFlight Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County, Maine Health-Care at Home, Make-A-Wish Maine, MCH Inc. Home to ME, MCH Inc. Meals on Wheels, Merryspring Nature Center, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, Midcoast Outdoor Leadership Initiative and Midcoast Recreation Center.

Also, New Hope for Women, OUT Maine, Parent Program of Knox County, Partners for Enrichment, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Penquis C.A.P., Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, Restorative Justice Project, Ripple Initiative, Rockland District Nursing Association, Strive, Northern New England, Trekkers Inc., UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Tanglewood, University College at Rockland, Vinalhaven Eldercare Services, Waldo Community Action Partners, Waldo County Dental Care, Waldo County YMCA, Waterfall Arts, Waterman's Community Center and Wayfinder Schools.

More information is available at unitedmidcoastcharities.org.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Gwen D Fraser | Oct 02, 2017 05:30

Bravo!  Thank you, Board Members, for all the hard work you have done. Congratulations to all the Charity Receipients who give tirelessly to their causes. Many many lives will be touched in a positive way by all your diligent hard work and the generousity of loyal donors. Proud to live in a community that cares so much for all its members. UMCC sets a good example!  E. Carver

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