2016-02-26 / Community

Charitable foundation announces beneficiary

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, announced that My Place Teen Center, a free, year-round, after-school youth development program for children at-risk in greater Portland, has been selected as beneficiary of this year’s TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth on Aug. 6.

Founded in 1998, My Place Teen Center is a Westbrookbased nonprofit organization that each year serves approximately 570 youths ages 10 to 18 who are most at risk, including homeless, disabled, food insecure, cognitively delayed, low-income, immigrants and refugees. In addition to serving 14,500 meals annually, My Place Teen Center also provides life-skills development and academic assistance through tutoring, study skills, a learning technology lab as well as science, technology, English, the arts and math.

For more information, visit www.MyPlaceTeenCenter.org.

“The TD Charitable Foundation couldn’t be more pleased to have My Place Teen Center as the beneficiary for the 2016 TD Beach to Beacon,” said Larry Wold, president of TD Bank, Maine. “(My Place Teen Center) is transforming the lives – and in some cases, saving lives – of at-risk and disadvantaged kids in Westbrook and across the region by providing a place where they are safe, feel loved, and get fed. In addition, they provide a wide-ranging supervised curriculum that helps these kids gain the skills they need for a positive future. We are proud to partner with an organization that is making such a tremendous difference for vulnerable Maine youth.”

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank (www.TDBank.com), will provide a cash donation of $30,000 to My Place Teen Center. The organization also will benefit from fundraising activities and publicity through its association with one of Maine’s premiere sporting events.

The TD Charitable Foundation has donated more than $570,000 to Maine charities during the 19-year history of the TD Beach to Beacon.

“This is such an honor for our organization, as being chosen beneficiary of the TD Beach to Beacon is the pinnacle of awareness and fortitude in the Maine non-profit world,” said Donna Dwyer, president and CEO of My Place Teen Center.

Similar to the TD Beach to Beacon, the My Place Teen Center started in 1998. The center was first located in the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook but steady and continued growth and expanded services prompted a move to its present location at 755 Main St. in Westbrook – the former United Methodist Church. The center serves 60 to 90 kids each day, and more than 560 different kids enter the center’s doors each year.

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