CAST YOUR VOTE TODAY!
for Summit Community Sponsorship & Giving Program Finalists via the poll below. The top 2 selections will receive a $4,000 grant with the rest receiving a $1,000 grant from Summit Natural Gas. The deadline to cast your vote is May 31st.
Southern Maine Agency on Aging – The Southern Maine Agency on Aging’s (SMAA’s) mission is to improve the quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities, and the people who care for them. Summit’s grant will help support the Vet to Vet program, which is a peer support program through which older and/or disabled veterans in southern Maine build companionships with volunteer veterans, develop bonds strengthened by shared military experience, and provide increased access to military benefits and other helpful resources throughout southern Maine.
Pine Tree Camp – Pine Tree Came is Maine’s only American Camping Association fully-accredited summer camp specifically serving children and adult with physical and developmental disabilities. Funds received from Summit would be allocated to Pine Tree Camp’s Campership Fund, designated to cover camp tuition for children living in Summit’s service territories of the Kennebec Valley, Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth.
Falmouth Memorial Library Association – The Falmouth Memorial Library enhances the quality of life in our community by fostering a love of lifelong learning, connecting people of all ages in a safe and comfortable environment, and providing free and open access to information. Funds received from Summit would be allocated to the library’s expansion project and matched by the Town of Falmouth dollar-for-dollar, effectively doubling its impact.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville – The organization’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people and their families to realize their full potential as healthy, productive, responsible and caring citizens. Funds received from Summit would be used to fund the organization’s Sustainable Gardens Growing Dome Greenhouse. This program – like others offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterville – provides education, recreation and support to at-risk youth’s grades 1st through 7th. The program uses an interdisciplinary and applied approach to the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) to connect the sustainability of our ecosystem to youth’s school modules.
Kennebec Valley Community Action Agency – The mission of the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) is to strengthen individuals, families and communities by providing direct services and by partnering with others to create sustainable solutions to poverty in an ever-changing environment. Funds received from Summit will support raising private dollars for the Kennebec/Somerset Explorer public bus system, which provides public transportation to low-income people, increasing their access to a wider variety of job opportunities and additional resources throughout Central Maine. Because the donation from Summit would be private funds, the contribution would be matched dollar for dollar by federal funding, thereby doubling Summit’s investment.
Family Violence Project – The mission of Family Violence Project is to end domestic abuse in Kennebec and Somerset counties by increasing victim safety, empowering survivors, and advocating for social change. Funds for this event will be put toward a sponsorship of the organization’s annual Benefit and Recognition night. All proceeds from the event will go directly to victims of domestic violence in Kennebec and Somerset Counties.
Guiding Principles of Summit’s Community Sponsorship and Giving Program
Summit Natural Gas of Maine is excited to launch our 2017 Community Giving and Sponsorship program.
Each year, we use this program to give back to the communities we serve by donating to nonprofit organizations that focus on wellness, economic, educational and cultural initiatives. Past awardees have included but aren’t limited to the Literacy Volunteers of Augusta, Yarmouth Education Foundation, and the Children’s Center for Early Intervention and Family Support.
As we kick off our 2017 giving, we do want to let you know about a couple of changes that we have made to this year’s program based on feedback by our customers.
This year we will be giving out two $4,000 grants and four $1,000 grants to local nonprofit organizations. The application process will open on March 15th and close on April 14th. A committee of Summit employees will review the applications and narrow them down six finalists.
We will then allow the general public to vote on the finalist. Nonprofit organizations are allowed to encourage their members and supporters to go online and vote.
By increasing community involvement in our giving program, our hope is to raise awareness and engagement about the great work being done by nonprofits throughout this state.
While Summit Natural Gas of Maine will accept all applications submitted; we strive to align our budgeted community dollars to areas of interest and key priorities. Applications that include (but not limited to) political affiliations, church affiliations, and most school fundraising (examples: yearbook, key club, etc.) will typically not be considered for funding.