Abbie Graiver, Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Development, is pleased to announce Stephens Community Healthcare Foundation Board has awarded grants totaling $24,094.00 to five local non-profit organizations at their meeting on February 28, 2018. Eligibility requirements for grants from the Stephens Community Health Care Foundation are tied to sustainable health care initiatives. These grants will support the community in attaining healthier and safer lifestyles, and also serve as a component of Western Maine Health’s community outreach.
The Center for an Ecology Based Economy in Norway was awarded a grant to purchase seven new bikes and cargo equipment for the Community Bike Share Program. The Bike Share program is beginning its 5th year of providing free bicycles for community use. The goal is to provide a healthy, fun, and ecological alternative to short car trips, as well as reduce air pollution in the tri-town area and provide access to transportation for all. With the monies awarded, CEBE will be allowed to phase out many of the older bikes, replacing them with safer, more reliable, and easier to ride models.
Safe Voices of Auburn, Maine was awarded a grant to assist with their Public Health Advocate Initiated Referral (PHAIR) Project. This project will allow for the South Paris Community Educator and the Advocate to improve the overall public health in Oxford County by increasing access to services for victims of domestic violence and enhancing safety in our community. Through this project, the South Paris staff will be able to perform targeted outreach to medical professionals in the Oxford Hills area and offer trainings on domestic violence, warning signs, and how to refer victims to Safe Voices services through the PHAIR.
The Progress Center in Norway was the recipient of funding for their Feel Better Food program, which provides home delivery of nutritious meals for patients recently discharged from the hospital. This program works to address the continuing malnutrition challenges among recently discharged, recovering patients.
The Western Foothills Land Trust was awarded funding to assist in their efforts to build a universally accessible, ¼ mile trail for the mobility-challenged community on the Shepard’s Farm Preserve, on Crockett Ridge Road in Norway.
The Pink Feather Foundation, an organization created in 2011, was the recipient of funding for their Dress Wellness Project. The project’s mission is to help teachers in the Oxford Hills help students at or below the poverty line obtain school grade clothing, coats, and winter gear. Through dressing as well as their peers, this project hopes to improve the wellness, mental health, and self-esteem of every potential “at risk” student in the Oxford Hills school district.
Western Maine Health is committed to providing health care services and education to the communities we serve. We are a proud member of MaineHealth, Maine's largest integrated health system of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations, working together to make our communities the healthiest in America.