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From the monthly archives: June, 2015

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Waldo County Fund: 25 years and Growing

Basic needs, social justice, land conservation, arts, culture, and education: The Waldo County Fund has supported nonprofits working in these and other fields for a quarter century. The fund, established at the community foundation in 1990, has awarded 268 grants that total more than $550,000 to 165 organizations across the region.

This year, the volunteer committee that oversees the Waldo County Fund is working to build its resources through a special 25th anniversary campaign. Part of that effort includes meeting a generous challenge grant from the Unity Foundation: all 2015 contributions to the fund will be matched 1:1, up to $25,000.

The Waldo County Committee recently made nine grants that totaled $44,149, plus four grants that totaled $11,694 from MaineCF donor-advised funds. Grantees include: the Belfast Museum, Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, Water Street Learning Center, Friends of Midcoast Maine, Unity Barn Raisers, and Our Town Belfast.

Addressing Challenges: Maine Policy Scholars 2015

Nutrition education in public schools, assessing unmet need for opioid addiction treatment in Maine, obstacles facing dairy farmers these are some of the issues Maine Policy Scholars explored this year in policy memos directed to state leadership.

Established by Peter Cox (1937-2004), co-founder of Maine Times, the Maine Policy Scholars program engages University of Maine students in the public policy process.

The scholars presented their research, and suggestions for addressing these issues during a graduation ceremony this month at the University of Maine in Orono. They outlined their policy recommendations to a panel that included Dovey Balsam, 2013 alumnus, Maine Policy Scholars Program; Seth Goodall, regional director, Small Business Administration; James Page, chancellor, University of Maine; and Tony Cox, business owner and son of program founder Peter Cox.

The Class of 2015 includes Victoria Boone, University of Maine, Machias; Alexandra Courtney, University of Maine, Orono; Kasandra Foster, University of Maine, Presque Isle; Travis Powers, University of Maine, Fort Kent; Andrew Radford, University of Maine, Augusta; and Charles Young, University of Maine, Farmington.

Here, Victoria Boone offers suggestions for improving entrepreneurial outcomes in Washington County.

Photo James Daigle