2018-12-06 / Community News

Town & Country awards grants

The Town & Country Federal Credit Union’s annual Better Neighbor Fund grant winners were announced at a ceremony held on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the credit union’s Operations Center in Scarborough. For the eighth consecutive year, the credit union awarded a total of $25,000 to eight area nonprofits based on the results of a month-long vote through the credit union’s Facebook page.

David Libby, president and CEO of Town & Country FCU, explained the spirit of the Better Neighbor Fund and the importance of giving back to the community.

“The Better Neighbor Fund is extension of our roots, as a not-for-profit, financial cooperative dedicated to helping our members and the communities we serve. This year’s nominees all make a difference in their communities, whether it’s through supporting opportunities to pursue higher education or providing low-cost child care to needy families. Through these grants, we are enabling these organizations to do even more for people and communities, and that is at the heart of our philosophy of being a better neighbor, by providing the best value in financial services and doing all that we can to make our communities better, too.”

The Better Neighbor Fund was introduced in 2010 by Town & Country Federal Credit Union to support the work local charitable organizations perform in communities throughout Cumberland and York Counties. The credit union has awarded $225,000 to 72 charitable initiatives, to date.

Eight charitable organizations from an original finalist list of 25 nominees were awarded a share of $25,000 from the 2018 Better Neighbor Fund; three received $5,000 grants and five received $2,000 grants.

The 25 finalists were nominated in September through the credit union’s Facebook page, and during October, the public voted online for the project they felt was most deserving to receive one of the eight grants. Nearly 8,500 votes were cast during the month-long vote.

The winners of the 2018 Better Neighbor Fund grants include:

 $5,000 grant: Chenette Scholarship Fund, expand scholarship program for Thornton Academy and Old Orchard Beach High School students pursuing civic engagement and entrepreneurial studies.

 $5,000 grant: Camp Sunshine, support Family Sponsorship Program to help families of children with life-threatening illnesses attend camp.

 $5,000 grant: Frannie Peabody Center, support the Emergency Food Fund to provide nutritional assistance for clients living with HIV/AIDS in Maine.

 $2,000 grant: First Lutheran Church, Give a Child a Chance, provide tuition to pre-school program for needy local families.

 $2,000 grant: Gym Dandies Children’s Circus, support preparation and skills development for this children’s performance groups next national appearance.

 $2,000 grant: Hope Acts, replace beds and other furnishings for Hope House, a residential home to support asylum seekers in Maine.

 $2,000 grant: Spurwink’s Child Abuse Program, provide forensic medical exams for children in Maine who are abused or neglected.

 $2,000 grant: Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, bring science, visual arts and theatre programs to children at the Portland Family Shelter’s 2019 summer school.

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