Maine Initiatives, a fund for change, is holding its annual Watering Can Awards Celebration in the Belfast Boathouse on Thurday, June 17.

Maine Initiatives cultivates social, economic, and environmental justice through grants and other support to grassroots organizations in Maine communities. Its annual awards night, held in a different town every year, recognizes people and organizations dedicated to social change.

This year, the event will honor:

— Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, for its work uniting the full spectrum of the community around criminal justice solutions.

— the people of Montville, for their forward-thinking environmental stewardship and energized approach to government.

— Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, for philanthropy with a social mission.

Jay Davis, Maine Initiatives’ vice president (and a Belfast resident) said, “In the past thirty years, Belfast has transformed itself from the Broiler Capital of the World to a poster child for the new Maine: energized, inclusive and still winningly eccentric. Belfast and Maine Initiatives are a great match, and I’m sure the Boathouse will rock with applause and good humor on the 17th.”

Festivities will get underway Thursday, June 17, at 5 p.m. and go until 8:30 p.m. at the Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial Street in Belfast. Guests will enjoy hearty hors d’hourves from Trillium catering and fine tunes from the Bel-Isle Trio.

The Watering Can Awards symbolize Maine Initiatives’ motto, “Water to the roots, and plenty of it!” The awards underscore the foundation’s commitment to growing grassroots organizing in Maine. In this spirit, awardees will receive copper watering cans hand-crafted by Norridgewock artist Barry Norling.

For more information or for reservations, call Maine Initiatives, 622-6294, e-mail, or visit