Project G.R.A.C.E. is neighbors helping neighbors in Scarborough, Maine
Hi Neighbor! We hope we may count on you for your presence and participation at our next community conversation! Please join your neighbors on Thursday, March 20th for a gathering at the Blue Point Congregational Church (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.). One of the ideas coming out of our conversations is the need for a monthly community meal. There is also interest in exploring the link between land and food and community. Others are looking for hands-on ways to involve youth in practical projects, such as clothing swaps or community gardens. All of us are thinking about how we might make a difference together. So, let\'s talk. Let\'s do more than talk. Let\'s turn our hopes and ideas into plans and actionable steps. All are welcome! Bring a friend!
Thanks to our partners in faith and community, Project GRACE helped our neighbors with fuel assistance during an especially cold and costly Winter. The Polar Vortex was no match for the many warm hearts who gave generously to Project GRACE\\\'s fuel assistance fund! Early leadership gifts from churches across town, including First Congregational Church, St. Nicholas, Blue Point Congregational, and St. Max, provided warmth and hope to families struggling to get by. In early February, a successful Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm and campaign to raise funds for fuel assistance brought in over $12,000 from the community - the equivalent of about 30 helps of 100 gallons of home heating fuel - essentially what Project GRACE spent in January alone this season. All told, fundraising for fuel assistance was strong, but still fell short of the need. Project GRACE will dip into its modest reserves to cover the balance of a heating bill that is expected to be about $35,000 this season. The good news is that when our neighbors called, we answered. And more than the oil and kerosene and propane, we showed that we cared about our neighbors and their families.