Poland Spring generously supports many Maine projects

I’ve always been impressed with the Poland Spring’s generous support for lots of Maine programs and projects. I recently attended their annual luncheon in which they recognize good neighbors. The highlight for me was my friend Gary Crocker’s very humorous speech.

Good Neighbor Grants are awarded to community groups with a focus on education, environmental conservation, and other local causes that help improve the future of Maine. Since 2000, Poland Spring has given more than $7 million to local Maine community organizations, causes and events through this program.

 Poland Spring presented the 2018 Natural Leader Award to a non-profit that is very close to home: The Poland Spring Preservation Society. The Natural Leader Award is given biennially to a local organization in recognition of its commitment to making Maine a better place to live and work. The Natural Leader Award winner is chosen from among the many recipients of the Good Neighbor Grants.

 Other Donations

 Since 2007, Poland Spring has awarded $200,000 to Maine high school seniors pursuing science, engineering and environmental degrees. They have donated $150,000 for Maine students including the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Project WET, the Ecology School, and Maine children’s water festivals.

 Poland Spring has given $900,000 worth of bottles of water domain organizations and communities in need. I especially appreciated the donations of water for all of the participants in the ALS Association’s fundraising walks in Bangor and Portland recently.

 Thank You Poland Spring!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.