WATERVILLE — The Poverty Action Coalition will host its second annual penny drive for its Community Investors Initiative. The Pennies for Change Challenge will pit rival businesses, schools and organizations against each other in friendly competition to raise money for the program, according to a news release from Kennebec Valley Community Action Program.

The Community Investors Initiative is run by the coalition, but it would not exist without the 229 people who have chosen to be Community Investors. These investors receive weekly emails with requests for people who are struggling to achieve or maintain financial stability. Each request is carefully reviewed by a committee of service providers to ensure there are no other resources to meet the identified need. Once approved, it is sent to investors, who then decide whether or not the request should be filled.

The coalition will have jars to collect pennies (and other monetary donations) at a variety of local businesses, schools and organizations through March. At the end of the month, the groups who collected the most will be recognized.

To host a penny jar or become a Community Investor, contact Paige Barker at [email protected] or 859-1666.

The coalition is a group of concerned individuals and organizations who have come together to address barriers to prosperity in Waterville. Its mission is to promote opportunity in the community through partnership, awareness, access and advocacy.