United Midcoast Charities awards grants

Sep 24, 2018
Pictured are representatives from grantee agencies and UMC Board, staff and volunteers at the Sep. 20 Grants and Dance celebration.

Rockport — United Midcoast Charities has awarded $500,000 in grants this year to more than 40 nonprofit organizations in Knox and Waldo counties. A community celebration, "Grants and Dance," marked the occasion at the Rockport Opera House, where an awards ceremony was followed by dancing to music provided by The Right Track.

Highlights of the event included the announcement of the first "Unsung Hero Award," given to Kathy Beck of Rockland, a long-time volunteer at the Knox Clinic in Rockland. The award was a cooperative effort between Courier Publications and United Midcoast Charities.

UMC grants in 2018 were given in four focus areas, based on UMC's new strategic plan: food, housing, health and safety and economic security. A complete list of 2018 grant recipients in each focus area is available at unitedmidcoastcharities.org.

The community celebration was made possible with support from the following sponsors: Bangor Savings Bank, Grasshopper Shop of Rockland, McLean Borden Cottage, O’Hara Corporation, Café Miranda and media sponsor Village Soup/Courier Publications.

 

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