Woolwich selectmen review donation requests

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 10:00am

    Woolwich voters will be asked to raise $20,024 for area non-profit organizations. The requests, which are grouped together in one article, will be taken up by voters at the May 17 annual town meeting. March 8, the select board reviewed requests as it continued work on the proposed 2023-2024 town budget.

    With one exception, the list of nonprofits and the amounts the board agreed to are the same as they have been for the last several years. Although several groups had asked for more, the board only increased the proposed donation to Bath Area Food Bank from $1,000 to $1,250. The nonprofit based in Bath had requested a 2023-24 donation of $1,500.

    Dropped from this year’s donation list was LifeFlight of Maine, the state’s only emergency air ambulance service. Town Administrator Kim Dalton told selectmen she reached out to the organization but had not received a response. Voters approved a $768 donation to LifeFlight at last year’s annual town meeting.

    The town office also had not received a donation request from Midcoast Maine Community Action, but selectmen decided to include it on this year’s list, recommending a $1,400 donation, the same amount as last year. MMCA is a non-profit, social services organization based in Bath. Dalton said over the past year it had assisted a number of Woolwich residents in need.

    The largest donation remains the $5,000 requested to help fund Maine Maritime Museum’s Discovery Boatbuilding Program offered to students at Woolwich Central School. During the school year, students take a course to construct two small boats which are launched at the end of the school year at the Nequasset Lake boat landing.

    Other nonprofits requesting funding include Sweetser, $3,084; Jesse Albert Dental Clinic, $2,500; Spectrum Generations, $1,740; Woolwich Historical Society, $1,500; Bath Area Seniors Activity Center, $850; Tedford Shelter, $700; Big Brothers/Big Sisters, $600; $500 each for Bath Area YMCA and New Hope for Women; and $400 for Nequasset Trail Breakers.