AUGUSTA — The Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation recently named the Maine Children’s Alliance as one of three nonprofits in Maine Masonic District 11 eligible for the $2,000 “Building Our Community” grant. While Freemasons from across the state select the three organization in each of the 24 Masonic Districts in Maine eligible for the grant, the public chooses each district winner by voting online at Voting ends Jan. 31.

“The Maine Children’s Alliance is honored to be recognized for its leadership, research and advocacy work to make Maine a better place to be a kid,” Claire Berkowitz, executive director of the Maine Children’s Alliance, said in a news release from the alliance. “The Freemasons do great work in our community and we appreciate this opportunity.

The Charitable Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Maine began the “Building Our Community” grant last year to identify and support active nonprofits working to improve their communities for future generations. The Maine Children’s Alliance works to make Maine a better place to be a kid through research, collaboration and advocacy. Most recently, the Maine Children’s Alliance released their 2015 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book, the most comprehensive collection of data regarding children in Maine.

“We hope our friends and colleagues in child and family advocacy will be visiting the Charitable Foundation website to vote for the Maine Children’s Alliance and spread the word,” Berkowitz said in the release.

Last year, the “Building Our Community” Grant for Masonic District 11, was awarded to the Children’s Center Early Intervention and Family Support in Augusta. Individuals can cast one vote.

The Maine Children’s Alliance is a non-partisan, nonprofit that advocates for sound public policies and promotes best practices to improve the lives of Maine children, youth and families. To learn more about the Maine Children’s Alliance, check out its website at

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