Healthy Communities –
Supporting Community Wellness

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In 2020, Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) awarded grants totaling $30,000.00 to seven local non-profit organizations in the communities we serve. The SMH grant program supports local non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations to promote and implement sustainable initiatives focused on health and wellness in our service area.

The Oxford Hills Food Pantry was awarded a grant to fund food inventory for children and their families experiencing food insecurity in the Oxford Hills school district. Camp Susan Curtis was awarded a grant to provide the opportunity for five children from the Oxford Hills area to attend camp for two weeks of skill and character development, and healthy outdoor activities. Susan Curtis in Stoneham, Maine, advances the well-being of economically disadvantaged Maine children and teens, enabling them to thrive and contribute to their schools and communities.

We also granted funding to The Progress Center in Norway for the Feel Better Food and Feel Better Kids, home-based nutrition intervention programs to promote and reduce hospital readmissions for vulnerable patients, family members and children. The Western Foothills Land Trust was awarded funding to support the Farm-to-Town trail. The proposed trail will link the recreational and education assets of the Farm directly to downtown Norway. Once completed, the Farm-to-Town trail will transform Norway into a skiable/hike-able community. These trails will provide recreational benefits to our local schools, community and health care providers and will support Main Street’s economic revitalization.

The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine received funding to support wellness programs for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers through the Caring Coupon Program. The Cancer Resource Center is a valued Stephens partner, providing individuals and families impacted by cancer with emotional support and access to activities such as yoga, Reiki and self-reflexology.

We awarded Safe Voices a grant to stock the local emergency food pantry and provide financial assistance for those in emergency situations. Safe Voices in Norway provides emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, promotes healthy relationships, and educates communities on the seriousness and prevalence of domestic violence.

The Community Lunch Program hosted at the First Universalist Church also received a grant to fund the purchase of a new commercial dishwasher, a necessity for serving safe food to large groups. The program serves more than 100 free and nutritious dinners to area residents every Wednesday evening.