Now your WHRL donation can have double the impact!   Your donation to the Milbridge Commons project will be matched dollar for dollar by Machias Savings Bank.  In this season of giving, Machias Savings has generously donated $10,000 as part of a matching grant to the Women’s Health Resource Library.  WHRL is in the last leg of fundraising for Phase I of this much-anticipated community park.

Milbridge Commons is a nearly five-acre parcel centrally located in downtown Milbridge. Many remember the magnificent coastal site for hosting Bike Maine last year.  The land was purchased in 2015 by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.  Since then, the Women’s Health Resource Library and Maine Coast Heritage Trust have been working together, with hopes that by transforming the land, the land can transform the health and vitality of the community.  The Commons will feature handicap-accessible walking trails, providing visitors opportunities for exercise and communing with nature.  The wildly successful Incredible Edible Milbridge Gardens will be expanded at the Commons as a way to continue efforts to improve the health and nutrition of our Downeast neighbors.  And what about the kids?  Milbridge Commons will include the area’s first public play space, complete with unique features designed to stimulate the imagination and encourage outdoor exercise.  Milbridge Commons will be a meeting place, a sanctuary, a spot for family picnics and a haven for bird-watchers.

Machias Savings has been a longtime friend and supporter of the Women’s Health Resource Library.  This latest donation demonstrates the bank’s strong commitment to community as well as their vision for a healthier future.

To date, the WHRL and Maine Coast Heritage Trust have raised $285,000 for the Milbridge Commons project.  Another $83,120 is needed to complete Phase I.  These final funds are critical to the project, as groundbreaking is anticipated in the spring.

Please make your donation now and be as generous as possible to take full advantage of this wonderful matching gift provided by our friends at Machias Savings Bank.

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