BANGOR – The Rotary Club of Bangor presented more than $18,000 in grants to six local nonprofits at their weekly luncheon on June 8th.  Rotary Charitable Giving Committee Co-Chair Scott Boucher made the check presentations. The proceeds represent funds raised from the fifth annual "Music Off Broadway" show held in March.


  According to Rotary President, Michael R. Crowley, "Music Off Broadway," is the Club's major fundraiser of the year.


"We've been partnering with our community for 93 years, and giving back to our community is the cornerstone of Rotary Club of Bangor," Crowley said.  "The proceeds from 'Music Off Broadway' provide core funding to support our grants program - direct funding for local non-profit organizations that help children, young families, and seniors, touching thousands of lives in the Bangor region," added Crowley.


The recipients and grant amounts include: Penobscot Theatre Company, $5,500; Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, $5,000; University of Maine Center on Aging RSVP, $3,990; Eastern Area Agency on Aging, $2,000; Phillips-Strickland House, $1,118; Boy Scouts of America, Troop 10, Bangor, $1,000.


Representatives from each nonprofit spoke to the Rotary Club members about how these grants will assist the organization's mission.


As part of their Charitable Giving Program, the Rotary Club of Bangor also awarded a total of $5,575 in smaller grants in April to the United Way of Eastern Maine $3,800; Bangor East Side Little League $400; Bangor West Side Little League $400; YMCA Camp Jordan $250; and the Bangor Region Leadership Institute $725.


Bangor Rotary Club Grants Funded Through "Music Off Broadway"


Penobscot Theatre Company  


To support a touring production of The Secret Life of Girls, a play based upon interviews with children on the giving and receiving end of bullying, highlighting the impact of "cyberbullying." 


Literacy Volunteers of Bangor


To support the four components to the "Read to Me" program:  tutor training, specialized seminars, books for children, and family activities. 




The University of Maine Center on Aging and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP)


To support an expansion initiative of the Born to Read Program focused specifically on the Greater Bangor Area. Funding supports volunteer background check costs required by childcare centers, the purchase of quality children's books, project materials, and funds to recruit, train, and manage the volunteers in the program, as well as staff and volunteer travel.


Eastern Area Agency on Aging


To support the EAA-Z Fix minor home repair program helping to make seniors' homes safe and secure. 


Phillips-Strickland House


To acquire and install 43 carbon monoxide detectors in apartments. 


Boy Scouts of America, Troop 10, Bangor

To fund the purchase of five tents with tarps as well as a propane stove and up to five lightweight backpacking stoves with cookware.

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, service above self. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. The Rotary Club of Bangor meets Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. at Wellman Commons, (the former Bangor Theological Seminary campus), 300 Union Street, Bangor, ME. For more information visit .