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Bowdoin College Common Good Grant Recipients Selected

Story posted March 05, 2002

A Bowdoin College student committee has awarded seven Common Good Grants, totaling $10,000, to local non-profit organizations. The grant money came from a restricted gift from an anonymous donor, intended to create a program in which Bowdoin students could learn about grants and philanthropy while building a relationship with non-profit organizations in the greater-Brunswick community.

Over 50 applications were received and reviewed by a committee of twelve Bowdoin students, led by community service resource center intern Kate Leach '04, and advised by Lydia Bell, coordinator of student community service programs.

The following is a list of the grant recipients and a description of the projects to be funded by the grant:

Habitat for Humanity Bath-Brunswick: $725 to purchase supplies for residents of a small community in Bath, Maine, to build raised beds for vegetable gardens. These raised beds will allow families in the community to grow vegetables that are pollution free, strengthen community ties, and teach generations of residents how to grow sustainable food.

Flying Changes Center for Therapeutic Riding, Topsham: $1,400 to purchase a small pony (named Bowdoin) and a cart to add to their fleet. This new cart and horse will be used to teach carriage driving to children with disabilities who participate in the horse farmís activities.

OASIS Health Clinic, Brunswick: $2,500 to purchase medicine to begin an "in-house" pharmacy. OASIS is a free clinic, currently open once a week, providing health care at no cost to members of the Brunswick community. Staffed by area doctors, the OASIS clinic will use the funding to begin the "It's in the mail" program. Many patients receive free prescriptions, but because of the required government paperwork, it takes 4-6 weeks for the prescriptions to arrive by mail. The grant will allow the clinic to keep medicines on hand, so patients can immediately receive a monthís supply from the clinic. When the prescriptions arrive by mail, they will replenish the clinicís stock.

Home to Home Program, Brunswick: $1,400 that will fund two facilitators for "Caught in the Middle" workshops for parents in the Home to Home program. Home to Home provides a safe place for separated or divorced parents to peacefully exchange their children for visitation. Home to Home has had a positive influence on children from high-conflict families throughout the midcoast area.

Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue Department: $975 to fund an MCI (multi-casualty medical) kit. The kit will assist the small Harpswell Neck volunteer rescue department, which has only one ambulance, to respond to multi-casualty calls. While the ambulance is transporting some patients, the kit will allow other patients to receive care while waiting for back-up emergency vehicles coming from Brunswick or Bath.

Friends of Cox Pinnacle, Brunswick: $500 contribution toward the purchase of a piece of undeveloped land for community use. A group of Brunswick residents is working through the town to purchase the plot of land, which is perfect for outdoor recreation. They need to raise $125,000 in two years (which the town will match).

Freeport Middle School, Martial Arts Program: $2,500 to pay for martial arts classes and transportation for 15 at-risk 8th graders. This program allows students to participate in martial arts and build their self-confidence, self-control, and discipline. The program also has a tutoring component.

Awards will be presented to representatives of these organizations at Bowdoin's annual Community Service Banquet Wednesday, April 3.

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