Quarterly Newsletter
June 2020 | Volume 1
Feature Articles
President's Perspective: This Beautiful Place & Its Many Opportunities
The River Fund Maine exists to celebrate this glorious place we call home. We’ve arrived here at different times from different places. Some our families settled here generations ago in the valley of the Androscoggin River to farm the rich bottom land; others were drawn to the growing forestry and recreational businesses that today characterize the area; and still others arrived more recently to savor the natural beauty and four-season outdoor activities that surround us. This beautiful area draws us all in. Whatever our different reasons for coming here, they are all based on the same idea—opportunity. Opportunity to seek a better way to live, opportunity to ground our families in a real town where people know each other, opportunity to explore the glories of nature. Opportunity is also why The River Fund Maine is working to create ways for our local kids to find a rewarding future right here, in this special place we call home. 

-Leslie Jones, Board President
Directing The River Fund Maine: Accomplishments & Highlights
Wow! Things certainly can change fast and that has never been more evident than over the past few months. Although what’s next maybe uncertain, TRFM’s commitment to help kids unleash their potential has not changed. Recognizing the immediate need COVID-19 created for students and teachers to stay connected outside of the classroom, TRFM created a program to help pay for internet costs and hot spots for families of local students that suddenly found themselves out of work. Education may look different but the value has not changed and TRFM’s commitment to supporting educational opportunities remains rock steady. We also remain committed to finding ways to Have Fun While Doing Good . We are working on an alternative date for this year’s Par-3 Party and also hope the Ridge 2 River can happen in the fall. Stay tuned, stay well and thank for your continued care of youth and our community.

-Jim Largess, Executive Director
Meet Luci Rothwell: The River Fund Maine's Inaugural Scholar
"Luci Rothwell has been the perfect example of a student athlete leader and friend in her time at Telstar not only to her peers, but the younger students in our district as well,” says Mark Kenney, Telstar principal. “She is a committed and dedicated student who is going to continue to do great things as she heads off to Husson University in the fall. I am very proud of her and wish her nothing but the best."

Luci is also the first recipient of The River Fund Maine's college scholarship. It's a landmark initiative that focuses on enabling local youth of the Mahoosuc region to achieve educational and career-oriented programs, and one that is deeply rooted in TRFM’s vision and mission. From Bryant Pond, Luci is enrolled in Husson University’s Five-Year Accelerated Program in Occupational Therapy. She is deeply committed to her local community and plans to return to Western Maine to work in OT at a local hospital. 

The River Fund Maine Scholarship provides its recipient with up to $20,000 each year for four years toward the cost of college tuition and fees, room and board, books and educational supplies. The River Fund Maine Scholar also has access to financial counseling and professional mentoring.

Empowering with Education: Scholarships & Workshops
The River Fund Maine exists to create educational opportunities for local kids that can truly change the trajectory of their lives. Our goal is to help kids realize untapped potential, to help them aspire to careers that can really excite them, and to see higher education as the vehicle for achievement. TRFM creates workshop experiences that encourage kids to dream big and we offer major scholarships to help them attain the college degrees they need to realize their aspirations. We encourage River Fund Maine Scholars to return to our area and give back to the community we all love. In this way when The River Fund Maine invests in the future of our youth, we believe we are investing in the future of our entire community.

TRFM Board Member Profile:
Dana Bullen, Sunday River Resort
Over 30 years ago, Dana Bullen began his management career in the ski industry and has been serving in his current role as Resort President of Sunday River since September 2004. An inductee into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 for his many contributions to the state’s ski industry, Dana has spent his career not only growing the resort, but also fostering a positive and philanthropic relationship with the region surrounding Sunday River through The River Fund Maine.

Dana has a special place in his heart for not only dogs and senior citizens, but also young children. As an outdoor enthusiast, Dana has introduced a number of young tweens to the sport of hunting, and he can be seen here reading to Sunday River’s very own mascot, Eddy the Yeti a reading that was recorded for our local elementary students to enjoy during their at-home class experience.  

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