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Two groups receive credit union grants

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BY SPENCER CARNEY
Telegram Correspondent

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Coastal Credit Union foundation recently sponsored its third annual Power of Sharing Gala, where it awarded $5,000 each to the Strategic Twin Counties Educational Partnership. and the Down East Partnership for Children.

The Power of Sharing Gala was created in 2016 to bring different business partners together to demonstrate their commitment to bettering their communities through a collaborative funding forum. The goal was to recognize the tremendous impact that local non-profits are making throughout the community.

The Strategic Twin Counties Educational Partnership, or S.T.E.P., won the Hometown Hero Award, which is given to one organization in each of the 16 counties that Coastal Credit Union serves.

“It was totally by surprise; not something we put our name in the hat for,” said Pamela Gould, executive director of S.T.E.P. “It was very nice to have our work recognized by the community.”

According to its website, S.T.E.P. creates venues for education and business leaders to dialogue on challenges, share stories of success, generate ideas for new initiatives and leverage and connect resources.

“We focus our efforts from cradle to career by helping kids figure out what they want to do if they haven’t decided yet,” said Gould. “A large part of it is simply trying to dispel the myth that there aren’t any good career opportunities in our area and create visibility for what’s in the community.”

Down East Partnership for Children was nominated for its Food for Thought program, which it collaborates on with churches and schools during the summer to feed nutritious meals to low-income children when school is out, while also having them participate in educational activities to keep their minds engaged and ready for when school starts back in September.

“Not only do kids get fed, but they have the opportunity to keep learning over the summer, which is important for all kids regardless of where they live,” said Executive Director Henrietta Zalkind.

The award was a collaborative award for projects that inspire education.

“Coastal Credit Union Foundation is proud to support and host this prestigious event for the third year,” said Chuck Purvis, president and CEO of Coastal Credit Union. “Recognizing the tremendous work of the nonprofit organizations in our community is an honor for us. To bring our business partners together to assist in this effort and to make the significant impact we all do, speaks volumes for the care and concern we have for community and the families we do business with everyday.”

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