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The Giving Report



Every day, individuals, businesses and organizations are doing good in and around Hancock County. The Giving Report compiles some of their financial contributions.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees recently presented $12,000 in donations from the bank’s employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause, to five nonprofit organizations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The selected organizations in Maine were Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield.

Bank employees participating in Casual for a Cause dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a biweekly payroll deduction made to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Employees have donated more than $160,000 to more than 70 organizations since the program launched in 2018.

Ten nonprofits from Washington and Hancock counties have received a total of $177,500 from the John T. Gorman Foundation’s 2022 Direct Services Grant Program.

The John T. Gorman Foundation is a private foundation based in Portland that looks to advance and invest in innovative ideas and opportunities that improve the lives of Maine’s most vulnerable people.

The following is a list of local grant recipients:

  • Castine Community Partners Inc. (Castine), $15,000: To support the Castine Area Relief Fund, which provides weekly grocery delivery to those in need to address food insecurity in the broader Castine area.
  • Machias Area Food Pantry (Machias), $20,000: To provide general operating support to Machias Area Food Pantry.
  • Community Compass (Ellsworth), $15,000: To provide general operating support for Community Compass.
  • Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic (Ellsworth), $15,000: To provide general operating support.
  • Friends in Action (Ellsworth), $12,000: To provide general operating support.
  • Hand in Hand, Mano en Mano (Milbridge), $20,000: To provide general operating support.
  • Healthy Acadia (Ellsworth), $20,000: To support the Downeast Gleaning Initiative, which harvests surplus food and redistributes it to food pantries and other food security organizations across Hancock and Washington counties.
  • Healthy Peninsula (Blue Hill), $12,000: To support the coordination of Simmering Pot Meal Delivery’s free, weekly meals — to include meal recipient sign-up, volunteer kitchens, food donations and volunteer drivers — to food-insecure, isolated community members on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry (Ellsworth), $15,000: To provide general operating support.
  • Maine Seacoast Mission (Northeast Harbor), $15,000: To provide healthy food through a pantry and various other food-security programs, along with coordinated wrap-around services, to low-income youth, families and seniors in Washington County.
  • Town of Danforth, Maine (Danforth), $18,500: To provide older adults in the greater Danforth area with free and nutritious meals, increased social opportunities and no-cost transportation options.

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