Together we can help our neighbors have a more joyful holiday season. We are hearing from families who are worried about how they'll keep their homes warm, put food on the table, and make sure their kids find a few items under the tree. Can we count on your help this holiday season?
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Eddie Woodin, a Scarborough resident, inspirational philanthropist, and long-time friend of Project GRACE, is an all-star in life.
A successful entrepreneur, work is only one of several priorities for Eddie. “The point is to give back. Then it comes back to you so many times over," says Eddie. Eddie takes a deep personal interest in his community, and Scarborough’s Project GRACE, Maine Audubon, Boy Scouts of America, Scarborough Garden Club, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough Land Trust, and Southern Maine Agency on Aging, are but a few of the worthy local causes he has championed.
His commitment to service for others started when he was a student at Colby College (class of ’69), where he was a star baseball and football player with a natural gift for leadership. After graduating, he set a personal goal of volunteering, giving, and calling on friends in need. Today Eddie’s investment in community is often in the form of a significant “challenge grant” that brings the community together, like Project GRACE's annual "Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm" to raise money for fuel assistance, or the Land Trust's campaign to conserve a special piece of property. Because it’s as much about stepping out in front to call attention to a chance to give back.
In recognition of his winning spirit and generous support of youth sporting programs, in 2015 the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame awarded Eddie the prestigious Sonny Noel President’s Award.
With an all-star's winning attitude, Eddie inspires and encourages his neighbors to put our gifts and talents out there, to come together a as a team to tackle our challenges and make the most of our opportunities. Eddie coaches us all with a bright smile, big heart, and a nudge to “...get out there, and go, go.”
* With thanks to "My Generation" for the quotes.
Hope you'll come out to the ballpark Tuesday to root for Eddie as he throws a ceremonial pitch for Project GRACE! All-star hall-of-famer, Kevin Youkilis will be at the game, too, to throw the official first pitch of the game.
Project GRACE, the Scarborough Food Pantry, Scarborough School Nutrition, and friends are convening another working forum on Tuesday, March 28th. Many are already making a significant contribution, doing a lot to halt hunger in our community. But there are still unmet needs, opportunities for us to do more, to collaborate for greater impact.
Mainers are hungry. Did you know: Maine ranks 17th in the nation and 1st in New England in terms of food insecurity (hunger). 24%, or nearly 1 in every 4 children, are food insecure in Maine. Here in Scarborough, 17% of our kids are receiving 'free and reduced' lunch and snacks through the school nutrition program.
A lot of great information came to light at the September convening, and it was inspiring to hear what's already happening to help our neighbors. We are pleased to report that as a result of our conversations at the last forum, several actions have already been taken. We are eager to hear what else is in the works, how things are going, and your ideas for what else we can tackle together to halt hunger in our community. We hope you'll join us on March 28th.
Tuna & Canned Proteins Needed for Pantry
Inn by the Sea is very involved with the community all year long, but one of the highlights is their annual Holiday Giving Tree where guests are invited to keep paper ornaments made by local school children in exchange for gifts for community members who are less fortunate.
This tree collects warm hats, mittens and gloves, scarves, and chapsticks which Project GRACE then shares with kids throughout the community.
Giving trees for Project GRACE sponsored by community groups and local businesses include:
Look for trees starting the weekend of Thanksgiving.
Helping Kids Succeed at School
Thanks to a community-wide effort, more than 90 kids started school prepared for learning. It was an outstanding community-wide effort to provide backpacks and school supplies for all who turned to us for a helping hand.
Once again we were impressed by the generosity and care put into making each of the packs 'just right' for the kids. With the help of neighbors, local businesses, service clubs, and faith communities, dozens of local families could equip their kids with the basics: sturdy new backpacks, paper, notebooks, pens and pencils, rulers and glue sticks.
We are very grateful to all who volunteered their time, brought in a full pack, gave supplies, sponsored a child's backpack, or hosted a collection drive or drop-off site. Whether you gave a little or a lot, it added up to a great start for the kids.
Partners included: Alere, Blue Point Congregational Church, St. Maximilian-Kolbe Church, Kiwanis of Scarborough, Rotary Club of Scarborough, Foy Insurance, Michelle Raber State Farm Insurance, The Study Hall, Scarborough Public Library, Biddeford Savings Bank, Town & Country Federal Credit Union, Gorham Savings Bank, Saco Biddeford Savings Bank, Ruth's Reusable Resources, Buy Local Scarborough, and many many more!
Together with our partners, Project GRACE is growing fresh veggies, greens, and herbs for the Scarborough Food Pantry! Check out ScarboroughCommunityGarden.org for more...
Project GRACE and Scarborough School Nutrition Program Collaborate to Feed Hungry School Children
Project GRACE tries to improve the lives of our neighbors by identifying both those in need and those willing to share their gifts, and coordinating the interchange in a compassionate, confidential manner.
In that spirit, at a recent school board meeting, Project GRACE awarded Scarborough schools a $2,500 grant for the current school year. The School Nutrition program, led by director Judy Campbell, has been receiving funding from Project GRACE for the past few years. The long-standing partnership helps students get the daily nutrition required for achieving success at school.
School staff notice when kids come to school hungry, they see when a child simply does not get enough nutritious meals at home. The Project GRACE grant extends the reach of the school nutrition program by paying for milk and snacks, breakfasts and lunches, and second helpings, for students whose families are struggling to make ends meet.
Thanks to our partnership, now in its second year, with Citizen's Energy, more than 15,000 gallons of heating assistance is helping neighbors keep warm this Spring. The program, also known as Joe4Oil, gives vouchers for 100 gallons of oil or kerosene to income eligible families facing hardships like loss of income or medical or housing issues. Working with our partners in neighboring communities, Project GRACE volunteers facilitated the connection to the Massachussetts-based program for families in Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Buxton, Porter, Yarmouth, and Bucksport. We also helped our friends at Freeport Community Services connect directly to Joe4Oil.
The Scarborough Middle School wanted to know which school team would BEE the smartest! Family, friends, and teachers turned out to cheer the 22 teams at the first annual Junior Trivia Bee. Organized by the Builders Club and sponsored by the Scarborough Kiwanis Club, the Junior Bee made an outstanding debut on April 9th at Wentworth Cafe.
Many, many thanks to all who helped make the "Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm" another strong example of the heart of our community. An extra special thanks to all our friends at the fire station who gave us shelter and a place to rally. Project GRACE thanks you, one and all!
Project GRACE and its partners, including the Scarborough Fire and Police Departments, Scarborough Public Library, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Volunteers in Police Service, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Pine Point Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion, Town of Scarborough, Buy Local Scarborough, and Boy Scout Troop 47 hosted another successful community-spirited "Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm." >>View Pictures
Despite the freezing cold and a blizzard warning, dozens of hearty souls turned out for the rally to show their neighbors some love on a frigid Valentine's morning, raising funds for fuel assistance for their neighbors. It was just 3 degrees outside, but inside the Oak Hill fire station there was plenty of warmth and good cheer.
"We're just trying to make sure no one is left in the cold, and we are deeply thankful to all who came to the Rally or made a gift to the fuel fund." says Project GRACE's executive director, Steffi Cox. "This is a good town, with many compassionate and caring people, who know it's important to look out for one another. When it comes down to it, it's not hard to be the change, to do something meaningful, to give a lift to someone else. And this Rally shows it can be fun, too."
In three short hours, the groups raised close to $7,800 with a raffle and bake sale, bottle and can collection, and even a drive-through the fire house to give on the fly. And just in time: more sub-zero arctic temperatures are heading our way.
Missed the rally? You can give to the fuel fund online at projectgracemaine.org or by mailing your donation to Project GRACE, PO Box 6846, Scarborough, Maine 04074.
Scouts Collect Bottles & Cans for Fuel Fund
Local scout, Ethan Boardman, is a familiar face to many business leaders all over town. For the past two years Ethan has been making the rounds alongside his grandfather, Dick Boardman, co-founder of Buy Local Scarborough. While Dick promotes local connections that provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs and help to build a sustainable local economy, Ethan encourages local business leaders to save their returnable cans and bottles for a good cause. This coming Saturday, Ethan and Boy Scout Troop 47 are aiming to collect enough returnable bottles and cans to fill 100 CLYNK bags for Project GRACE. Stop by during Project GRACE’s “Rally to Keep Your Neighbors Warm” at the Oak Hill Firehouse on Saturday, February 14th (9-Noon) to help the scouts reach their goal!
Local artists and artisans are teaming up to help their neighbors with a raffle of fine crafts. A bright and beautifully sewn bag by quilter Liane Giambalvo, a soft handknit sampler of delicate chain work by Karen Cunningham and friends, stoneware pottery bowl by Bill Cox, and original watercolor painting by Elizabeth Saltonstall will be raffled to help our neighbors struggling to pay steep heating bills. Stop by Project GRACE’s “Rally to Keep Your Neighbors Warm” at the Oak Hill Firehouse on Saturday, February 14th (9-Noon) for your chance to win.
Please take a moment to help us win another Community Matters More grant! We are among the semi-finalists, earning us a $1000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank. To win the big prize of $5,000, we need your vote by February 28th. Actually, we need all your friends, family, and neighbors to vote, too!
Thanks to our good friends at R J Grondin and Sons and Coastline Irrigation, we have a garden!
R J Grondin & Sons volunteered time and materials to dig the plot and turn the earth and level the plot just before Thanksgiving. Coastline Irrigation installed a fully automated irrigation system which is expandable as needed. A rain gauge is also part of the system, so that it won’t water when raining. This phase of the garden was generously funded by a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
Satisfy your sweet tooth, and help Project GRACE, during this annual holiday bake sale. Stop by Scarborough Terrace (600 Commerce Drive) to pick up some tasty treats for the holidays. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 24th. >> PG In the News!
PG in the news! Current 11.20.2014
It is thanks to the efforts of the whole community that we can help our neighbors have a more joyful holiday season. We are already hearing from families who are worried about how they'll keep their homes warm, put food on the table, and make sure their kids find a few items under the tree. Tis the season for sharing and caring. Will you help a neighbor?
Thank you and congratulations to all joining in the fun of the 7th Annual Trivia Bee to benefit Project GRACE! Twenty-one teams competed for top honors at the Bee.
Defending champions, Doug Bennett, Brett Coffin, and Andy Mullin - the Scarborough Middle School Teachers - playing as B.A.D. (aka World Serious), made it into the final round with ease. But in the end the trophy went to returning champs, Patrick O'Reilly, Peter Dufour, and Walker Matthews of Macpage LLC playing as Thunder Buddies!
Top honors were also given for Best Costume (Bee Energized), Best Team Name (Bee Sharp), Most Enthusiastic Supporters (Pied Pipers), and the "Bee-Knees" Buzz Award (Scarborough Grounds). Congratulations, all!
We appreciate the teams for playing, the volunteers, our sponsors, and all who attended to cheer their favorite team - you made this Bee a great success for Project GRACE. Thank you!!
Highland Avenue Greenhouse & Farm Market is hosting their 3rd annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 18th. The festival is fast becoming one of Scarborough's favorite Fall traditions. With games, refreshments, pony rides and much more - the festival is family-friendly fun for all ages. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit Project GRACE, and wewill use the gift to support the Scarborough Community Garden!
1 in 4 Maine kids are hungry. Our neighbors are doing something about it. Thank you to our sponsors: Higgins Beach Association, Prouts Neck Association, Classic Eyewear, Woodin & Co., Buy Local Scarborough for supporting the Amazing Raise for GRACE event on June 28th.
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