Monday, May 23, 2016

Neighbor4Neighbor Fund Receives Anonymous Donation, Seeks Applicants

Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, the “neighbor4neighbor” Fund continues to accept 2016 applications. The Fund, administered by the Maine Community Foundation and coordinated by Healthy Acadia, provides mini-grants to seniors in need across Hancock and Washington counties. The mini-grants help to address challenges that many of our seniors face each day. 

“Many seniors in our region are struggling to meet their basic needs and to stay healthy,” said Elsie Flemings, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. “This is a critical initiative, and we at Healthy Acadia are honored to be a part of it.” The “neighbor4neighbor” Fund was initiated in 2014 by Maine Community Foundation founder and founding president of the College of the Atlantic Ed Kaelber in his effort to create positive change by giving back to his community. He especially encourages seniors to contribute to the fund and support their peers who are struggling.  

The “neighbor4neighbor” mini-grants can help individual seniors meet a specific need, such as wheel chair ramps or handrails, to increase accessibility or mobility. It can cover the cost of optional medical equipment: eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dentures, for example.  The mini-grants may also be used to provide or increase access to support services that can help seniors maintain quality of life and remain independent in their own homes.

To view and print the one-page “neighbor4neighbor” Fund application form, visit:
To learn more about the “neighbor4neighbor” Fund, or if you have questions about what may be eligible, contact Nina Zeldin at Healthy Acadia at 667-7171 To make a donation to the Fund, contact the Maine Community Foundation at 877-700-6800 or


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