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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 $5,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine.

 Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, an affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, serves more than 2,700 members annually at its clubhouses in Auburn, Portland and South Portland, as well as on-site in Portland’s Riverton Park and Sagamore Village public housing communities. The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support the organization’s Junior Staff Program, which provides approximately 60 teen and pre-teen members with job skills and work experience to prepare them for career success.

 “Boys & Girls Clubs are grateful for the ongoing support of People’s United Community Foundation for helping to ensure that more teen members are building great futures at our Clubs,” said Robert Clark, Executive Director.

 “With so many young people looking for jobs in a competitive market, job skills and experience are critical for teens,” stated Dan Thornton, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation and Southern Maine President for People’s United Bank.  “The Junior Staff Program offers young adults a chance for a bright future.”

 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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