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Thank you People’s United Community Foundation!

Monday, February 27th, 2017
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From left to right: Linda Woodard, Scarborough Marsh Director & Educator; Eric Topper, Director of Education; Andrew Beahm, Executive Director; Dan Thornton, People’s United Bank Maine President; Bryce Hach, Director of Development; Katie Shorey, People’s United Bank Business and Community Development

This morning, People’s United Community Foundation delivered a grant check of $2,500 to support Maine Audubon’s “Bringing Nature Home” Portland Youth Stewardship Initiative. This money will allow us to engage urban youth in the restoration of native plants and wildlife habitat in city parks and schoolyards through afterschool and summer work projects, conducted in collaboration with Portland Recreation.

Maine Audubon educators will work alongside teachers and city staff to get students propagating native plants, monitoring plants and wildlife in their communities, managing invasive species, and educating their neighbors and community leaders. Not only will the “Bringing Nature Home” Youth Stewardship Initiative provide meaningful, hands-on education for the city’s children, but new plantings in public spaces will improve the ecological function there and provide visible models as examples for people to replicate at home.

Big Check People's United

Representatives from Maine Audubon and People’s United Bank with third graders from East End Community School, a long-time partner school for Maine Audubon and the site of some significant planting and stewardship work this spring and beyond.

We are grateful for this grant and for the longtime support of People’s United Bank, who have been Maine Audubon Corporate Partners since 2007. Thank you for supporting this project that will bolster children’s nature appreciation, sense of place, and pride of purpose, and also result in actual cityscape improvements via the planting of perennial native vegetation!

Maine Audubon Corporate Partners is a group of 130+ businesses that give back to our beloved state by supporting Maine Audubon’s mission to conserve wildlife and habitat for current and future generations. For more information on the benefits of becoming a Corporate Partner and to see a list of our current partners, please visit