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People's United Community Foundation Awards More Than $182,000 in Grants to Non-Profits in Maine

December 18, 2020


PORTLAND, ME – People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, N.A., announced the awards of $182,500 in grants to 32 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine during 2020. 

This year’s grant donations were focused on COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. Organizations working with communities that are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic were provided with flexible funding to use however it was needed. Funding was allocated to 32 nonprofit organizations that are addressing the communities’ most urgent needs and challenges, including basic needs, workforce development, housing, and financial education counseling in addition to helping organizations pivot to virtual educational programming and the continuation of vital support and family services for vulnerable populations.

People’s United Community Foundation has been working diligently throughout the year to remain a strong philanthropic partner by working with organizations that are on the frontlines responding to residents’ most urgent needs and those that are well-positioned to address the disparities in our society.

Donations included a $15,000 grant to United Way of Greater Portland for its COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. Good Shepherd Food Bank received a $10,000 grant to address hunger across Maine, which is climbing due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Mercy Hospital received a $10,000 grant to provide supportive transitional housing to women and their children. In addition, a $10,000 grant was awarded to Goodwill Industries of Northern New England for job skills training, coaching and financial literacy education to enable individuals with diverse challenges to successfully obtain and maintain employment and stability.


Additional grant recipients included:

  • Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • Genesis Fund
  • The Opportunity Alliance
  • Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
  • Avesta Housing
  • Easter Seals Maine
  • SCORE Portland
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine
  • Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
  • Olympia Snowe Women's Leadership Institute
  • Habitat for Humanity York County
  • Junior Achievement of Maine
  • Maine Recovery Fund
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine (BBBSSM)
  • LearningWorks
  • Tedford Housing
  • Wayside Food Programs
  • The Iris Network
  • Cumberland County YMCA
  • Jobs for Maine's Graduates
  • Girl Scouts Of Maine Inc
  • Four Directions Development Corporation
  • Locker Project
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick
  • Boots2roots
  • Community Bicycle Center
  • Woodfords Family Services

“We are pleased to support our community through these many donations,” said Dan Thornton, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation and Maine President for People’s United Bank.  “Through People’s United, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to support those in need.

In total, People’s United Community Foundation awarded more than $3 million in grants to over 500 nonprofit organizations in 2020 throughout the communities it serves in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

About People's United Community Foundation:

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. The Foundation’s primary areas of focus include community and economic development, youth development, and affordable housing. People's United Bank is a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with more than $60 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of over 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

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