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.

COVID-19 relief, youth programming and development, animal assistance and basic needs are just some of the services provided by the Maine and New Hampshire-based nonprofits selected by the public to receive grants through the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s 2021 Community Matters More program.

With thousands of votes submitted, more than $140,000 in grants will be awarded to 44 nonprofits in 11 geographical regions across Maine and New Hampshire. The organization with the most votes in each region will receive a $5,000 grant, while runner-up nonprofits and write-in organizations will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.

Established in 2007, the Community Matters More program focuses on local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities and calls on Maine and New Hampshire residents to help decide the winners through a public vote. Over the past 14 years, the program has distributed more than $1.5 million to more than 500 organizations.

Grant recipients for Hancock and Washington counties include the Downeast Salmon Federation ($5,000), ArtWaves ($4,000), the Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition ($3,000) and the Hancock County SPCA ($1,000 write-in winner).

Schoodic Arts for All in Winter Harbor was also awarded a $2,500 grant under the bank’s $2,000 to $5,000 grant program.

Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) recently accepted a donation of $2,500 from Downeast Toyota, which was matched by Toyota Motor North America, making for a total donation of $5,000.

“Downeast Toyota has had the opportunity to hire and work with many well-trained individuals who have attended EMCC,” said Kevin Kelly, general manager at Downeast Toyota. “As a result of our success and the offer of a matching grant from Toyota Motor North America, we take pride in our ability to give back. Our thanks go out to the instructors and staff, especially those in the Automotive Technology Program, and we look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship with EMCC.”

In April, the YWCA Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor will be launching a small-dollar donor campaign. During the month of April, donations given to the general fund will be matched up to $1,500 by the Witham Family Hotels Charitable Fund. The YWCA MDI has set a goal of $1,500 so that its campaign, with matching gifts, could raise $3,000 for the organization.

The campaign will kick off on April 1 asking for gifts of $5 in support of the YWCA MDI. Gifts can be made through the YWCA MDI’s website at and selecting “Small-Dollar Donor Campaign” or mailed to 36 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Gifts can also be made as recurring donations through the YWCA’s website. When giving your gift online, select “Make My Donation Monthly.”

The YWCA Mount Desert Island was founded in 1904 and is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. 

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