Grant to Jim Langlais

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Jim Langlais was traveling from Maine to North Carolina on May 27th to celebrate multiple family members birthdays and he and his wife Judy’s 41st wedding anniversary when the unthinkable happened…he was in a motorcycle accident six hours before their final destination.  He has had multiple surgeries, been in 3 hospitals, and finally made it home to Sanford, Maine late July.  Girls Who Grant wanted to show their support by granting him $500 towards medical expenses.  Jim’s sister Patti Fortier joined the girls for one of their monthly events August 4th to accept the grant and personally say, “Thank You” on behalf of her brother.

American Heart Walk for Wayne

On May 21st 2017 members of Girls Who Grant walked in this year’s Southern Maine Heart Walk in Portland to honor Wayne McCarthy, member Krystle McCarthy’s father. Krystle’s father was the victim of a heart scare which is why she and her family are so passionate about supporting the American Heart Association. GWG presented Wayne with the $500 grant in his name at the walk which went towards sponsoring a team.

“It was an honor to walk with this group of women. I am forever thankful to girls who grant for choosing the American heart association to donate in my name. Much love to all you wonderful, generous, giving ladies.”- Wayne McCarthy

Team Brady and the Alzheimer’s Association

Earlier this week we met up with Sanford natives Marlene and Brian Flanagan to give them our next grant. Their son, Brady Flanagan will be running the Boston Marathon on April 17th to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of his Dad.
Brady’s parents accepted this grant as Brady is busy training diligently for this huge undertaking. Please join us in supporting this fight by donating to Brady at: Team Brady

Good Luck on Monday Brady #GWG will be routing for you!!

Lebanon Elementary School Snack Pantry

It is hard for young children to attend school all day, but harder still when they only have soda and chips to fuel their little bodies for the day.  In Lebanon the teachers have pooled resources to open a pantry that provides healthy alternatives for students.  Girls Who Grant was able to donate $500 towards this initiative.  Thank you to Mallory, one of our members who is the gym teacher at Lebanon Elementary, for getting us involved with such a great campaign and giving us a tour of the school!

Annual Girls Who Grant Scholarship

Riley Bodkin received the first annual Girls Who Grant scholarship. Applicants were asked to write a one-page essay on the following: What have you done and what WOULD you do to build a stronger community in Sanford? Riley and her mother Frances Dyer Bodkin joined the monthly GWG event where Riley read her winning essay.

Riley was a member of Key Club and the Environmental Club at Sanford High School. It was through these clubs that she was able to give back to the community.  “In order to alter this city into a modern, booming community, people must work tirelessly through community service.  It is our job, as young people, to make our mark on this city, just as past generations did.”

In the fall she will go to a four year school to study to be a Speech-Language Pathologist. “In this career, I would help rehabilitate stroke patients, help people overcome swallowing and breathing issues, as well as help children with speech and language related learning deficiencies. It would be my goal to work at the speech practice Springvale, a village within Sanford, to continue my journey of bettering Sanford in every way possible.”

GWG wishes Riley a bright future and will be looking for her to “make her mark” on our community when she returns. Congratulations Riley!!

Barbara Bush Pediatric Unit

Our second grant was made on behalf of a member that had recently used the services of the Barbara Bush wing at Maine Medical Center.  Sanford, as a community, has always been a huge supporter of the Maine Children’s Cancer Program and we were proud to be able to contribute to the pediatric unit as well.

Caring Unlimited

Our first grant was given to a local grassroots non-profit Caring Unlimited .  Funds were used towards a new garden-to-table program at their emergency shelter, which will give the residents an opportunity to grow, harvest and cook their own food.  Studies have shown that gardening is very therapeutic for victims of trauma and abuse.  We were proud to be able to help an amazing organization working to strengthen and empower survivors of domestic violence.