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June 22, 2016

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded a $2,500 grant to Hardy Girls Healthy Women in Waterville.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) helps young girls expand their horizons, combat unhealthy messages about their gender and build critical thinking skills. The grant from People’s United Community Foundation will support the Adventure Girls program, which provides elementary school-aged girls an opportunity to meet with women who are defying gender stereotypes in non-traditional careers. The funding brings the total amount awarded by People’s United Community Foundation to HGHW to $25,000.

“We’re thrilled that People’s United Community Foundation has chosen to make this investment in the Adventure Girls program and in the future success of our girls and young women,” said Kelli McCannell, Hardy Girls Healthy Women President. “Through this gift, the Foundation makes a strong statement about the important role girls and women play in Maine’s economy.”

“Adventure Girls provides our young women with an opportunity to explore careers they might otherwise be steered away from,” said Dan Thornton, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation, and Maine President, People’s United Bank. “Hardy Girls introduces young girls to women who are strong, bold, and successful, and helps to build their confidence.”

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include affordable housing, community development, and youth development

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