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PEOPLE’S UNITED COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS $3,000 TO TRI-COUNTY LITERACY OF MAINE

December 15, 2014

PORTLAND, ME – 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 Tri-County Literacy in Bath.

 The merging of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Bath and Lincoln County, Casco Bay Literacy chapter, and Read With Me created Tri-County Literacy, an organization better equipped to meet the literacy needs of adults and families in Northern Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln Counties. The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will provide free, confidential adult literacy tutoring to English-language learners in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, speaking, math, computer-skills, and other literacy-based life skills.

 “We are honored that our work in meeting our mission to improve lives through literacy has been recognized by People’s United Community Foundation,” said Deb Nowak, Executive Director for Tri-County Literacy.  “By improving individual literacy, our communities become healthier and more vibrant.  This generous donation from People’s United Community Foundation will assist greatly in meeting our mission of improving lives and communities.”

 “Basic literacy skills are the foundation for education, employment, health and success,” said Dan Thornton, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation, and Southern Maine President for People’s United Bank. “We are pleased to support Tri-County Literacy in its efforts to enable individuals to pursue and achieve their personal goals.”

 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 community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

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