LACONIA — 3MGives — the charitable foundation of 3M Corporation — has awarded a cash grant in the amount of $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region for their capital campaign. Each year, the company donates via cash or product donation through various initiatives, including working with premier groups positively impacting climate change and biodiversity, fostering healthy youth development, encouraging youth participation in math and sciences, and the arts.
In 2013 3M brought over half a million dollars into the Northern New England region alone out of some $61 million in cash and product donations globally.
The $50,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Lakes Region represents the largest cash award to date secured by the Tilton 3M plant for the community.
"3M sees the Boys and Girls Club as a nationally recognized youth organization which develops future leaders and doers in America — and we are proud to support them," said Barry Livingstone, Tilton's community affairs secretary.
Outside the scope of the overall corporate giving, Tilton's 3M employees also volunteered at several local organizations. Participation in volunteering activities is encouraged for 3M employees and the local plant participated in activities such as the A Day of Caring program, performing arts programs, and food drives for local food pantries. "3M employees care a great deal about their communities," Livingstone added.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region is part of a national network of affiliated Clubs. The national organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, began in 1860 with several women in Hartford Connecticut, believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. The Boys & Girls Club is a place, an actual neighborhood-based building designed solely for youth programs and activities. The Club is open every day, after school, when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets.
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CAPTION: 3M Employees Candy Robinson, together with Joseph LaPlante and Susan LaFlamme present Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region staff members Amber Royea (holding check) and Dana Leslie Meade (middle row second from right) a check for $50,000 to go toward their building fund. (Courtesy photo)