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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 $3,000 grant to Kennebec Valley Community Action Program in Waterville. 

The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) provides a continuum of integrated programs and services to individuals and families throughout Kennebec, Somerset, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties. Services include early childhood education programs, low-income home energy assistance, transportation, housing and employment services, parenting education, and other social service programs.

Funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support the KVCAP South End Teen Center and brings the total amount awarded by People’s United Community Foundation to the organization to over $15,000.

The South End Teen Center functions as a unit of the Waterville Area Boys and Girls Club and offers a variety of activities and programs, such as a “drop-in” after-school initiative for junior and senior high school students,  youth employment preparation, Project Learn, Teen Stars community service program, field trips, and many other educational and enrichment offerings.

“The funding from People’s United Community Foundation helps the center serve an area in which over 70 percent of children live in homes that are at, or below, the poverty line,” said Suzanne Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of KVCAP.”

“We are pleased to support KVCAP as it continues to build beneficial relationships with our youth to help them make positive life choices,” said Dan Thornton, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation and President, People’s United Bank, Maine.

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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