The Maine Community Foundation celebrates its 35th year in 2018 with occasional profiles of people who contribute to and benefit from the foundation's work to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.

Chet Jordan: A Legacy of Leadership

“When the scholarship was started, students in Aroostook County, Bangor, and Cumberland County were eligible. We picked these places because Dad loved Aroostook County (hunting, fishing and the wonderful people). He had a business that he loved in Bangor and of course he lived in Cumberland County. We have expanded it because the right candidate could be anywhere in Maine.”

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George Smith: Outdoorsman, Author, and Advocate for Aging in Place

“I have been writing newspaper columns and doing radio shows about my illness and the response has been amazing. I’ve heard from people from Alaska to Italy. And I feel blessed to have so many friends who are eager to help us.”

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Jean Deighan: Investing in Maine—and its Artists

“I believe that artists are one of Maine’s most important ‘natural resources.’ Worldwide, Maine is known as a haven for artists. However, the life of an artist is often filled with financial sacrifice and frustration. We wanted to help.”

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Margaret Hoffman: A Nonprofit Leader and Her Village

“The best part of this work is knowing that you are having an impact on people. I don’t work in a field — health care or human services — where I save lives, but arts, culture, and history are what make life worth living!”

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Nancy Howland: Giving Back

“Volunteering is a wonderful way to spend your day, knowing you’ve made someone’s life easier and more pleasant. Plus, you’ve usually learned something new and probably made a new friend.”

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Pamela Plumb: Reviving Civility

"We have begun treating democracy as a winner-takes-all sport, when its fundamental process is dependent on having people discuss issues, sharing and listening to each other’s different points of view, and finding a middle ground that is acceptable to a majority of the people.”

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Eliot Coleman: Gardener, Teacher, Entrepreneur

“[Farming] is the hardest job you will ever love. The greatest satisfaction comes from making an exceptional product that enhances the well-being of your customers.”

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Mike Felton, Paul Meinersmann & Amy Palmer: The Makerspace Initiative

“At its core, the Makerspace reminds students (and educators!) that we are all inventors and entrepreneurs and have the power to solve problems.

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Stefan Jackson: Coaxer, Guide, Coach

“So diversity training entails learning to enjoy pushing rope up hill: painstaking, high failure-rate work on a molecular, atomic level – and being happy with long-term success of altering strands in organizational DNA.”


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Lucy Shulman: Inventor of Languages

"This is your future, your life, your student debt, not anyone else’s."

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