Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope gets $40,000 Wells Fargo donation

The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation has announced that it will donate $40,000 to The Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope in Augusta through its VeteranWINS grant program.

The gift is among a total of $300,000 VeteranWINS is donating across nine nonprofits in 2018 to support sustainable housing for military veterans. Awarded through a competitive application process, VeteranWINS grants support community-based nonprofits focused on addressing veteran homelessness, transitional housing, and low- to moderate-income veteran home rehabilitation, according to a news release from Wells Fargo.

Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope will use the $40,000 VeteranWINS grant to replace the roof and siding of the shelter, which serves homeless female veterans. The repairs will enable the organization to start work on its step-up efficiency unit in support of veterans who are ready to begin transitioning to permanent, independent housing.

Now in its third year, the VeteranWINS grant program has awarded a total of $600,000 in grants for nonprofits to support housing programs that address veteran homelessness.

Since 2012, Wells Fargo has donated more than $100 million to support military members, veterans and their families through sustainable housing initiatives, financial education, and career transition.


Camden National seeks nonprofit award nominees

Camden National Bank, headquartered in Camden, has announced it will award a total of $20,000 to four Maine-based nonprofits through its 2018 Leaders & Luminaries Awards. The program recognizes the importance and effect of nonprofit board members who dedicate themselves to making their nonprofit organizations stronger through strategic leadership. Since 2011, Camden National Bank has now awarded $107,000 to Maine nonprofits on behalf of 31 outstanding board leaders.

The bank is seeking nominations for 501(c)(3) nonprofit board leaders who demonstrate passion, innovation and resourcefulness in their board governance to create organizational growth, a successful transition or financial stability. An independent selection committee, including the executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, two executives of Camden National Bank, and two other Maine leaders who are active in Maine’s nonprofit community, will review all nominations. The four winners and their organizations will be recognized at the Maine Association of Nonprofits’ Executive Leadership Forum on Oct. 3.

The Leaders & Luminaries Awards are made possible by Camden National Bank, through The Bank of Maine Foundation. For more details, eligibility requirements and the nomination form, please visit:

6 Hammond Lumber stores honored for safety record

The National Safety Council announced last month that six Hammond Lumber Co. stores have won the 2018 Industry Leader Award for outstanding safety. The award goes to the top 5 percent of NCS member companies, units and facilities that have qualified for the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award based on 2017 safety data.


The Hammond stores recognized as NSC Industry Leaders are Belgrade, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Farmington, Portland and Skowhegan.

According to Hammond Safety Director Bruce Pelletier, the six stores had no lost-time accidents last year, a reflection of the company’s emphasis on safety.

Hammond Lumber’s Belgrade store won the NSC’s Million Work Hours Award after going more than 1 million consecutive hours in the period of May 2012 to November 2015 without a job-related injury or illness that resulted in lost time. As of last month, Belgrade had reached 1,665,255 hours. Despite much smaller crews, Farmington and Skowhegan also were closing in on 1 million and hadn’t had a lost-time accident in more than 17 years.

With the addition of the stores and staff of EBS Building Supplies in June, Hammond Lumber now has 21 stores and more than 800 employees in southern, central, northern and Downeast Maine.

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