2013-03-29 / In the Know

Fuel assistance fundraiser meets goal

By B. Michael Thurlow Special contributor

Scarborough firefighter Ben Wildes demonstrates proper fire extinguisher use. (Tim Byrne photo) Scarborough firefighter Ben Wildes demonstrates proper fire extinguisher use. (Tim Byrne photo) Last Saturday the public safety department opened its facility for a community open house in coordination with a number of civic groups and citizens in an effort to help Project G.R.A.C.E raise funds for its heating fuel assistance program.

I’m pleased to announce that they exceeded their goal by raising in excess of $10,000 during the three-hour community rally. The town of Scarborough has partnered with Project G.R.A.C.E. on this initiative for the past two years, raising needed funds that are distributed to those in need of heating assistance. It is truly a grassroots effort to help those less fortunate in our own community and it has been very successful.

This heating season alone, Project G.R.A.C.E has spent more than $41,000 helping our citizens stay warm. The idea for this community rally started a few weeks ago when local businessman Eddie Woodin issued a challenge pledge.

The police and fire departments were happy to open their facility and host a public open house to encourage attendance and provide additional reasons for families to attend. Activities included K-9 demonstrations, information on our smoke and carbon monoxide grant, tours of the station and fire apparatus, public fire education and safety messages, including a fire extinguisher demonstration activity for the kids, and information about the Yellow Dot program.

In addition to the public safety activities, a number of other groups and town departments participated including public works, Scarborough Public Library, Pine Point Ladies Auxiliary, Scarborough Chamber of Commerce, Buy Local Scarborough, SEDCO, Conroy’s Oil Co., KCV Trailer Rentals, Oak Hill Ace Hardware, Tim Byrne Photography, Woodin and Co., Scarborough Education Foundation, American Legion baseball, Scarborough Terrace, Kiwanis, Scarborough Historical Society and more.

The community rally is just another example of what a wonderful and caring community the town of Scarborough is. Thank you to Woodin and the Scarborough Chamber of Commerce for the very generous challenge grants.

Thanks to all the groups and individual participants who came together in a few short days to plan and execute this ambitious event. Finally, thanks to everyone who donated to the fuel assistance program.

If you weren’t able to attend Saturday, Project G.R.A.C.E is still happy to accept your donation.

You can give online at www.projectgracemaine.org/donate or mail a check to Project G.R.A.C.E. at P.O. Box 6846, Scarborough, ME 04070- 6846. You can also drop of a donation at Scarborough Town Hall.

If you have any questions about this article you may contact me at mthurl@ ci.scarborough.me.us or 730-4201.

B. Michael Thurlow is fire chief for Scarboough.

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