MILBRIDGE, Maine — The Women’s Health Resource Library has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation for the third year in a row. This award is part of Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More program which allocates $100,000 to 68 nonprofit organizations in Maine.
This year nearly 90,000 Mainers voted for their favorite organizations, which included hundreds of nonprofits competing for the winning votes. ‚ÄúWe are very aware of the impact Community Matters More has on communities across the state, especially at a time when budgets are tight and supporters’ charitable dollars are more scarce. What started out for Bangor Savings Bank as a way to send a strong message to communities that we care about helping Maine’s nonprofits and the important work they do, has now become a bigger and more important source of funds for a growing group of community nonprofits,‚ÄĚ commented Yellow Light Breen, Senior Vice President of Bangor Savings Bank.
The Women’s Health Resource Library (WHRL) was incorporated in 2004 and opened its doors to the community in 2005. The mission of the library is to advance and promote the health of the individual, the family, and the community.
The library offers a variety of health-related media as well as ongoing wellness programs. Currently WHRL hosts a Weight Watchers group, yoga, Bone Builders exercise classes, a diabetes support group, and a play group for moms and babies. In addition, the center serves as a local source of health information, offering workshops on issues such as breast cancer, menopause, depression, and nutrition. In 2010, the Women’s Health Resource Library was honored with the Governor’s Exemplary Service Award.
Chris Kuhni, Executive Director of the Women’s Health Resource Library, commented on the grant her organization received. ‚ÄúThe Community Matters More grant is a big boost to us. We rely solely on donations and this grant helps in our efforts to improve the health of our community. Our first year, the donation was used to fund our girl’s summer cooking camp. Last year, we used the grant for our physical activity initiative ‘Milbridge On the Move’. We really appreciate being able to offer these programs. Beyond the financial support, we value the exposure that comes to our organization. The more people who know about our services, the more we can help. We are so honored that our community has continued to vote for us and support our efforts for three straight years. It speaks to our strong connection to community. Bangor Savings Bank is the real hero here, offering this extraordinary program throughout Maine. They are making a difference in the lives of people all across the state.‚ÄĚ
Contact Name: Chris Kuhni
Telephone Number: (207)546-2391