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Student Committee Awards $10,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profits

Story posted March 04, 2003

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 learn about grants and philanthropy while building relationships with non-profit organizations in the greater-Brunswick community.

Over 45 applications were received and reviewed by a committee of 12 Bowdoin students, led by Community Service Resource Center intern Kate Westley '03, 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:

The Pine Tree Society (Bath, Maine): $1,200 to support The Kids' Project adaptive equipment program. This funding will provide custom-built equipment at no charge to meet the in-home needs of children with disabilities whose families are experiencing financial hardship.

Merrymeeting AIDS Support Services in collaboration with the Independence Association (Brunswick): $500 to be used for support, sustenance and evaluation of The Safer Sex Club for developmentally challenged individuals who are clients of the Independence Association.

Mt. Ararat Middle School (Topsham): $2,000 to cover start-up costs for the After School Support Team (ASST). ASST is an after-school program that will involve students in a variety of activities including intramural athletics, dance, arts, music, cooking, sewing, writing, and robotics clubs.

Bath Youth Meeting House and Skate Park (Bath): $1,200 to fund equipment needed to develop a music program that will include a recording studio. Through the music program young people will be given music lessons, and will learn to record, mix and design their own CDs. In addition, the Meeting House and Skatepark will be able to provide a venue for up to 12 live music shows each month.

Tedford Shelter (Brunswick): $2,100 to create a Security Deposit Loan Program and to provide seed money for initial loans of up to $1,000 per family. This revolving security deposit loan fund will work to prevent homelessness for families living in the greater Brunswick area who are facing eviction due to loss of income or other circumstances.

Coffin Elementary School (Brunswick): $1,000 for improvements to the grades 4 and 5 outdoor play area. This funding will augment approximately $7,500, which is being raised by the Community for Coffin parent group.

The Jason Program (Freeport): $2,000 to purchase medical supplies and equipment needed for visiting critically ill children and providing basic home health services. The Jason Program is Maine's only child-focused hospice program. They provide medical, emotional, and spiritual care for Maine's critically ill and dying children and their families.

Awards will be presented to representatives of each organization at Bowdoin's annual Community Service Celebration Wednesday, April 2.

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