In honor of the Maine Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary, the Waldo County Committee has made a special $2,500 grant to the Waldo County YMCA.

Members of the Waldo County Committee recommended the grant based on the YMCA’s work through recreation.

The committee also recognized four other nonprofits operating in the county: The Game Loft in Belfast, Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, the Restorative Justice Project in Belfast and the Unity Barn Raisers.

One nonprofit in each of Maine’s 16 counties has received a 25th anniversary Community-Building Award, thanks to a grant from the Sandy River Charitable Foundation, which has supported MaineCF’s County and Regional Program for the past 10 years.

All 16 nonprofits will be considered for this year’s Noyce Award for Nonprofit Excellence, which will be presented at MaineCF’s Inspiring Philanthropy evening in Portland on Nov. 10.

These awards honor the many contributions the county and regional program has made to the foundation’s success in supporting nonprofits and community projects through its grants across Maine, said Henry Schmelzer, the foundation’s president.

A statewide organization with offices in Augusta, Ellsworth, and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation has been partnering with donors and nonprofits for 25 years.

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