Maine Community Foundation's Waldo County Committee, which oversees the Waldo County Fund, recently presented $2,500 to Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast in conjunction with the fund's 25th anniversary.

The grant was announced June 11 during an event at the Belfast Boathouse, where more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the fund’s quarter-century of grant-making to Waldo County nonprofits.

Foundation President and CEO Meredith Jones spoke about the fund’s importance as a charitable resource for Waldo County and its impact on quality of life in Waldo communities.

Established by Maine Community Foundation in 1990, the Waldo County Fund has since awarded 268 grants, totaling more than $550,000, to 165 area organizations.

The volunteer committee that oversees the fund is embarking on a 25th anniversary campaign, which includes a challenge grant from the Unity Foundation. During the Boathouse event, Larry Sterrs, Unity Foundation chairman and CEO, discussed his organization’s 1:1 challenge grant: All 2015 contributions to the fund will be matched 1:1, up to $25,000.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the Waldo County Fund should  contact Cathy Melio, Maine Community Foundation program officer for the Midcoast, at 1-877-700-6800, ext. 1122.

Since 1990, Waldo County Committee has awarded 268 grants totaling more than $550,000 to 165 organizations across Waldo County.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more, visit