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Spirit of America Foundation honors CMP for Community Mitten Drive

AUGUSTA, ME – June 11, 2009 – Central Maine Power Company (CMP) received honors last week from the Spirit of America Foundation for the utility’s annual Community Mitten Drive. CMP collects donations of mittens, hats, and scarves throughout the year, and each winter, distributes them to children in need throughout the utility’s 11,000-square-mile service area.

Spirit of America Foundation President Roger Pomerleau presented the award to utility representatives on May 26.

“CMP’s Community Mitten Drive is a perfect example of how our Company, its employees, local volunteers, and businesses within the community can team up to meet a very real need for children in Maine,” says President Sara Burns. “Grassroots programs like these require lots of time and effort, and they mean the world to local youngsters who need to stay warm through a cold Maine winter.”

CMP’s Community Mitten Drive traces its roots back to 1995, when employees at the utility’s Portland Service Center began working with a band of volunteers to knit, collect, and distribute mittens to children in the Portland area who needed them. In 2004, the program was expanded system-wide. Today, CMP works with WMTW-TV, Reny’s department stores, and Tim Hortons restaurants to collect and distribute mittens to children in central and southern Maine.

Since 2004, CMP has collected and distributed more than 13,600 pairs of mittens, hats, and scarves.

The Mitten Drive is just one of a number of community-service initiatives undertaken each year. The company has also devoted time and resources to Jobs for Maine’s Graduates Project Reach program and Kennebec Valley Community College’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program. This year, CMP launched a scholarship to benefit students at the University of Maine’s Electrical Engineering Technology program.


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