WATERVILLE — People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, recently announced it has awarded a $2,500 grant to Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, according to a KVCAP press release.

KVCAP provides a continuum of integrated programs and services to individuals and families in northern and southern Kennebec, Somerset, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties. Services include a Head Start program, child care, low-income home energy assistance, transportation, housing and employment services, parenting education and other social service programs.

“Funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support our South End Teen Center,” said Pat Kosma, chief executive officer of KVCAP, in the press release. “The teen center is located in an economically depressed neighborhood with over 70% of the children living in homes that are at, or below, the poverty line.”

The South End Teen Center functions as a unit of the Waterville Area Boys and Girls Club and offers a variety of activities and programs, such as a “drop-in” after-school initiative for high school juniors and seniors, a Youth Empowerment through Employment program, a Smart Leaders program, and many other educational and enrichment offerings.

“We are pleased to provide funding as KVCAP continues to build positive relationships with our youth to help them make positive life choices,” said Bill Lucy, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation and President of People’s United Bank in Northern Maine, in the release.

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of 412 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

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