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December 01, 2023

Town & Country FCU awards $25,000 to non-profits with Better Neighbor Fund grants

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Just weeks after the tragic events in Lewiston, Town & Country Federal Credit Union held its annual ‘Better Neighbor Fund’ Reception which brought non-profits together to highlight the importance of supporting neighbors and community. At the special reception, which was held at the credit union’s Forest Avenue Branch in Portland, it announced the eight non-profits from Cumberland and York Counties that received the most votes through a public vote during October. Grants totaling $25,000 were awarded, with amounts ranging from $2,000-$5,000 to those non-profits. The credit union also announced and distributed additional contributions of $100 each to the 17 other non-profits that did not finish in the top 8 in votes.

 The Town & Country ‘Better Neighbor Fund’ event is unique in that it brings all 25 nominees together to interact with each other and celebrate the non-profit community. “This is much more than presenting checks, it’s about learning about the work of all of our nominees and celebrating the work they do to make our ‘neighborhoods’ strong and vibrant. These organizations truly make our neighborhoods better and we are pleased to honor them. In light of the tragic events in Lewiston recently, along with the many other challenges happening in the world today, we all need a reminder about the role we, as individuals and as a collective community, have in supporting not just where we live but the people who live there, too.  Together, we can and do make our neighborhoods better and stronger,” remarked Jon Paradise, SVP at Town & Country, in explaining the focus of the reception and the spirit of the awards.

Pam Beckey, Chapter Coordinator for Project Linus of Cumberland and York County echoed other recipients as she emphasized the impact the grant her organization received will have on the community. “I am so grateful for the grant to Project Linus and our other volunteers are also. This grant will enable us to continue to increase our reach to kids experiencing trauma in southern Maine.”  

The eight non-profits receiving grants and where they are headquartered are as follows:

$5,000 grant recipients 

  • Project Linus of Cumberland & York County in Cape Elizabeth
  • Sweetser in Saco
  • Friendship House in South Portland

$2,000 grant recipients

  • Midcoast Humane Society Public Assistance Fund in Brunswick
  • HART Animal Rescue Team in Cumberland
  • Special Surfers in Kennebunk
  • Maine Needs in Portland
  • Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter in Scarborough

With these grants, Town & Country has now awarded $350,000 in Better Neighbor Fund grants supporting nearly 130 different community programs since it launched this groundbreaking initiative in 2010.  

Congratulations to the 2023 Better Neighbor Fund grant winners!

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