Friday, July 27, 2012

Center for Wildlife to Create Program for Challenged Youth & SeniorsSeniors

One of Nine Nonprofits Awarded York County Fund Grants

The Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program recently awarded $37,095 in grants to nine York County nonprofits, including the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, which will use the funds to create a “Wildlife as Teachers and Healers” program for disabled or at-risk youth and seniors.
Other grant awards went to:
Across the River Collaborative, Hiram, for an after-school program to prevent youth substance abuse and reduce school dropouts and juvenile crime.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, Portland, to expand site-based mentoring program to RSU 23, or Saco, Dayton, and Old Orchard Beach.
Child Abuse Prevention Council of York County, Kennebunk, for The Nurturing Program, a ten-week parenting class to help families build strong, healthy relationships.
Counseling Services, Inc., Saco, to provide mental health services to uninsured or underinsured children diagnosed with mental illness.
Habitat for Humanity York County, Kennebunk, for start-up capital to open a ReStore in York County.
Old Berwick Historical Society, South Berwick, to support the Revitalizing Local History Project, which will strengthen the three-year series of all-school walking tours of historic sites for elementary grades in South Berwick.
Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Sanford, to support professional development for teaching staff to strengthen child care programs.
A volunteer committee of York County residents and business leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding through the York County Fund and York County Children’s Aid Society Fund. The majority of grants in York County are directed to programs that assist vulnerable youth. The next deadline for applying to the York County Fund is February 15, 2013. Application and guidelines are available at
A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For questions or for more information, visit or call 1-877-700-6800.