Androscoggin Bank Awards MainStreet Foundation Grants, Benefiting Local At-Risk Youth Organizations

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LEWISTON, Maine – November 5, 2012 – Androscoggin Bank has awarded four grants as a part of the Bank’s MainStreet Foundation grant program. The grants awarded total $16,000 and benefit youth in Maine. MainStreet Foundation grants are provided for local organizations that support the projects, programs and initiatives that foster the development of and support the welfare of young people. Grants are typically announced four times a year. So far this year, $38,000 has been awarded.

Grants were awarded to the Auburn School Department and Franklin Alternative School, the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA, Kids First Center and hear Me now.

Auburn School Department – The $5000 grant will support the program to provide introductory welding education at the New England School of Metalwork for students attending the Franklin Alternative School. Six students will be attending the School with a goal of completing a certificate in welding by May of 2014.

The Auburn-Lewiston YMCA -- The $5000 grant will support 25 children, ages 5-12, in the Y’s after school program. The program balances exercise, health and nutrition, literacy, socialization, safety, daily living, and problem solving skills.

Kids First Center, Portland -- The $5000 grant will fund part of the spring/summer sessions for children dealing with the effects of separation and divorce. The program emphasizes the benefits of strong and healthy relationships with both parents.

hear ME now! Falmouth -- The $1000 grant will fund Music for Little Ears, a 16 session music class. This class is part of the organizations mission to expose children with hearing loss to music. This particular class will be for children between the ages of 2 and 5.

“The Bank, through the MainStreet Foundation, continues to provide grants to great organizations helping kids in Maine,” said Paul Andersen, President and CEO of Androscoggin Bank. “We make these grants with a keen eye on the critical needs of the youth in our communities and are always glad to work with the applicants to provide support for their excellent programs.”

Additional information on guidelines and criteria for submission, including the application form and details regarding past recipients, is available online at

Over its entire history, Androscoggin Bank has supported hundreds of organizations by funding new initiatives and responding to urgent needs in the community. For more information on Androscoggin Bank’s community-giving programs, visit

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Paul Andersen, President and CEO, Androscoggin Bank Kristen Melville, Development Director, Auburn-Lewiston YMCA Richard Kendall, Board of Directors, Auburn-Lewiston YMCA
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