BELFAST — Restorative Justice Project Maine has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Community Bag Program for the month of December.

The program, which Hannaford launched in October 2015, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal of making a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

Store leadership at the Belfast Hannaford chose RJP Maine to receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 Hannaford Community Bag is purchased at the store this month, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag attached to the bag.

“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about our work: providing community-based
pathways to accountability and support after harm has happened,” RJP Executive Director Kathy Durgin-Leighton said in a press release.

“Our goal is that anyone, anywhere can access a restorative justice process, and this support from Hannaford affirms that the community is with us in building connected, relational ways to practice
justice that enhance the safety and well-being of all citizens.”

The Restorative Justice Project is a nonprofit based in Belfast. Founded locally in 2005, RJP Maine facilitates community building, harm repair and citizen reintegration processes through its Community Justice Hubs. RJP also provides training and consulting with schools and community organizations.

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