You can help Toy Library Center in Rockland win up to $5000 simply by voting for it as a deserving non-profit... Bangor Savings Bank is giving away $100,000 - by dividing it up among winning non-profits in Maine.
This funding would be invaluable to Toy Library - in fact it would come close to meeting its annual operating expenses. The Toy Library began over 30 years ago - so it has served several generations - as an open play space for pre-school aged children and their caregivers. The library part is a toy lending library where children make take a special toy home to play with for the time in between gatherings. Toy Library meets at St. Peter's Church in Rockland (although not a religious organization itself, TLC is housed at the church). For us, it was a wonderful way to get to know other families when we first moved to Rockland. And now, it's become part of our weekly routine.
Several months ago, I had the honor of caring for one of Toy Library's founding mothers. She spoke of the vision so long ago to help families come together. She saw Toy Library as a place where children who otherwise might not have met will learn cooperation and tolerance at an early age, helping them to adapt to our ever changing world. Today Toy Library is open to all families regardless of ability to pay and is open to organizations such as the Teen Parent Program who work to strengthening families. Your vote for Toy Library will help Toy Library to be here for our children's children. :)
If you'd like more information about Toy Library, let me know or contact the director, Melissa Boggs at 691-6321.