Tuesday, 15 May 2018 21:44

Community program gets grant from Poland Spring

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Community program gets grant from Poland Spring

LINCOLN - The bottled water manufacturer presented a $50,000 check to the "Northern Penobscot Activities Council", or "NPAC". It's the first of three checks of the same amount, that will be given to the organization over the next three years.

The "Good Neighbor Grant" check was presented Tuesday evening at a community supper, hosted by Poland Spring, at Northern Penobscot Tech Region III.

 

The supper also had tables where people could learn about water and sustainability efforts.

 

NPAC, a local non-profit, got started last summer. Leaders of the grassroots efforts said they are working to help kids and the elderly in the Lincoln area. They are focusing on educational and recreational programs for groups the organization said are underserved.

 

"To support the community it requires a lot of resources," said Brian Sours, a spokesperson for NPAC. "So the Poland Spring money is going to primarily be seed money, to help grow other funding sources and opportunities to develop resources."

 

Poland Spring representatives said they chose to partner with the organization because of their "community first" approach. They said the company reps listened to the community, and found NPAC matched community interests.

 

"[NPAC] was taking an interesting approach to their giving," said Heather Printup, a community relations manager for Poland Spring, "which we found to be very productive in the region and therefore we wanted to engage with them."

 

Printup said the company's load station facility in Lincoln, currently under construction on Route 2, will be operational next month

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now excited to explore other parts of the state.

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