Brunswick Student Submits Proposal to the Forest Foundation
Tedford Housing is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1,000 gift from the Forest Foundation, a private regional funder that works to foster the next generation of public service leaders through creative programming that give students the opportunity to engage in philanthropy. Niles Dorn, who is completing his freshman year at Brunswick High School, was given the opportunity to analyze local non-profit organizations and make a case to the Forest Foundation on where to give $1,000. Niles chose the Merrymeeting Homeless Youth Program, (MHYP)a partnership of Tedford Housing and three local school systems (Brunswick, Bath/RSU1 and Topsham/SAD75).
In his proposal submission to the foundation Niles said, “I wanted to donate to a nonprofit that really helped with major problems that can threaten life.” When Niles visited Tedford’s office he shared that he was impressed with the success of MHYP citing the fact that seven out of eight high school seniors who worked with Tedford’s MHYP Outreach Coordinator Donna Verhoeven graduated from high school last year. Niles also noted that during his interview with Tedford’s Board President Craig McEwen, he learned about the recent reduction in public funding for MHYP. “I realized that $1,000 would make a big difference to this program.”
Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation Awards $2,500 for Summer Youth Programming
Tedford Housing also received a $2,500 grant award from Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation for summer support for homeless youth. Tedford’s application to the MainStreet Foundation highlighted the additional difficulties faced by homeless students in the summer when they do not have many of the support resources available as they do during the school year. The MainStreet Foundation awards grants to organizations working with at-risk youth.