Alfond Youth Center is seeking funding to run the Supplemental Nutrition Weekend Backpack Program during the months of July and August for the first time ever through the summer. A backpack includes enough food to provide 2-3 meals per day for a family of 4 for the entire weekend. Meals include a protein source, whole grains, fresh and canned vegetables, and healthy snacks. Backpacks also include home recipes on how to use and prepare fresh produce.
The Augusta School Department maintains a “Clothing Closet” located at Cony High School that furnishes Augusta school students with necessary articles of clothing that they are otherwise unable to afford. Many schools in the Augusta area use the Clothing Closet as a resource for mittens, boots, snow pants, and other articles of clothing. While the Clothing Closet receives donations from local churches, the public and “Diddos for Kiddos”, the closet doesn’t always have enough supplies for students’ needs.
The Falmouth Food Pantry provides support for over 300 families unable to meet the nutritional needs of their households in Falmouth and surrounding communities. The Pantry also assists families in crisis through advocacy, personal support, and home deliveries when possible. Collaborating with Cultivating Community and its New American Farmers Program in West Falmouth, the Food Pantry would be able to purchase fresh produce that is grown locally without pesticides.
The library shares its resources through a statewide library system and an inter-library loan system in addition to providing fast and free broadband connection for people using the library. The network system is old and needs to be improved in order to provide better service and statistics information.
This program provides bags of food for students in high school and junior high school at MSAD #49. The bags are distributed at the end of the week for weekends and week-long breaks. On average, the program hands out 30 bags each week. Students at the school help manage the program with the assistance of a JMG Specialist.
The West Side Trail (WST) is envisioned as a trail connection from the southern tip of Cousins Island to the northern end of town along the CMP transmission line. Phase 1 of the project was built over the last 8 years and has provided more than 8 miles of trail accessible from a variety of locations. Phase 2 will incorporate universal access standards, making it suitable for families with young children, people using mobility devices, those with disabilities, and the elderly, and will add 2.5 miles of trail to the network.
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 Pine Tree Camp, Yarmouth Education Foundation, Waterville Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Children’s Center for Early Intervention and Family Support.
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 in mid-March. 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.