Eight nonprofits get awards from Electricity Maine

AUBURN – The owners of Electricity Maine announced that their eight Power to Help Core Partners will each receive $20,000.

Seven of the eight nonprofits were on hand for a check presentation and luncheon held in their honor at the Martindale County Club in Auburn. In attendance were representatives of Good Shepherd Food-Bank in Auburn, Camp Susan Curtis in Stoneham, The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Tedford Housing in Brunswick, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston, Preble Street in Portland and New Beginnings in Lewiston. The Shaw House in Bangor was not able to attend. All are Electricity Maine Core Power to Help Partners.

"Partnerships with for-profit companies are extremely important to our foundation," Becky Dyer, director of Research and Development at the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, said. "We must all work together to help families improve their educational levels. Our partnership with Electricity Maine supports the Barbara Bush Foundation as we invest in the education of Maine’s children and their parents."

Core Partners are nonprofit organizations that work to help residents obtain the skills and resources they need to create better lives for themselves and their families. Each organization fits into one of four categories: homelessness prevention, access to education, healthy living, or hunger prevention.

"Providing electricity at competitive, fixed rates to Maine residents is just one way we support Maine. Another important value of our company is to support the communities in which we do business," Emile Clavet, co-founder of Electricity Maine, said. "We do this with our Power to Help Fund, providing some great organizations with some much-needed help to do the work they do. My business partner Kevin Dean and I have been very fortunate, both personally and professionally. This is our way of giving a little back."