How We Use Your Gift
Every dollar donated to St. Mary’s Healthcare System Foundation stays right here in Androscoggin county to support us in our mission to provide healing and care for the whole person, in service to all our communities.
Your gift will go towards the following St. Mary’s programs and more:
The Nutrition Center
Look at all the wonderful smiles that the St. Mary's Nutrition Lots to Gardens program brings to our community!
(With special thanks to all of our gardeners; youth leaders and Chris Abruzzese, Co-owner, Double Z Farm.)
Youth Intern Fardowsa Muktar in the Nutrition Center gardens
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center has a proud history of being invested in community revitalization in Lewiston-Auburn. Our many programs intertwine, and all are designed to foster the growth of a connected, engaged and vibrant community.
This year 176 families grew their own produce in nine community gardens – that’s 50 more families than in 2017. Next growing season, the Nutrition Center will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our ‘Lots to Gardens’ program. We want even more families to be able grow nutritious vegetables and fruits to take home – your donation will help transform more spaces into lush, vibrant and productive gardens.
An engaged community is key to true transformation, so we aim to build involvement for Lewiston-Auburn’s young people from an early age. This year, our youth programs saw more than 58 teens focus on developing life skills and job readiness. Youth gardeners learn about growing and cooking good food. They harvest what they grow for weekly “veggie shares” that they take home, as well as giving what is left to neighbors and senior citizens. Your gift to the Nutrition Center will help nurture even more young community leaders.
A donation to the Nutrition Center is truly an investment in our wonderful community – one of the best investments you could make. Donate today to help build a strong and connected community.
Many of Lewiston-Auburn’s young people are struggling with staggering issues: violence at home, abuse, poverty, alcohol and drug problems and more.
St. Mary’s has provided vital, confidential, in-school counseling services for more than two decades. We’ve doubled the number of counselors available, but more and more students are coming to us. In-school counseling means that local youth can talk to an adult they can trust. Someone who has the skills to help them through counseling and advocacy. Counselors see students at school, at times that don’t interrupt classes.
Without this program, youth may not get the help they need. It costs $115 to provide one confidential in-school counseling session to a student in need. Please donate today.