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Oxford County Committee marks 15th year
From left are Al Monier, Executive Director, Rumford Group Homes; Meredith Jones, CEO, Maine Community Foundation; John Todd, Chair, Oxford County Committee; Ryan LeShane, Program Coordinator, UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond; Melissa Cilley, Executive Director, Susan L. Curtis Foundation.
REGION -- To celebrate 15 years of philanthropy in Oxford County, the Maine Community Foundation’s Oxford County Committee awarded special $1,500 unrestricted grants to three exemplary nonprofits: Camp Susan Curtis, University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, and Rumford Group Homes.
“These organizations, which have received grants from the Oxford County Fund in the past, are providing outstanding community-building services,” said John Todd, chair of the Oxford County Committee. “We are pleased to showcase their work as part of our 15th anniversary celebration.”
Over the past 15 years, the Oxford County Committee has awarded $328,597 in grants to more than 80 organizations. This past May, the committee made grants totaling $20,500 to eight Oxford County projects.
The Oxford County Committee is comprised of local volunteer advisors who help the community foundation build charitable resources for the county and make grant recommendations. They are currently in a campaign to match a $35,000 challenge grant from The Betterment Fund that will help raise the Oxford County Fund endowment to over $500,000. The Betterment Fund provided a similar challenge grant in 2004 that enabled the fund to surpass the $150,000 mark.
A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For questions or more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.