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    June 05, 2018
    May 31, 2018 — Portsmouth, NH – The Foundation for Seacoast Health granted $10,000 to the White Pine Programs of York, Maine to support their continued efforts to expand the teen program there. The grant was gifted at the 2018 HealthcareGIVES Spring Awards Night on Thursday evening, May 10 at the Portsmouth Yacht Club.
    HealthcareGIVES is a local giving circle composed of approximately 200 healthcare providers in the Seacoast region. This is their eighth year of operation and have donated over $200,000 to organizations whose missions aim to improve the health and welfare of our community residents. This year’s giving circle theme was Adolescent Health and Welfare.
    The White Pine Programs began in 1999 and empowers people to strengthen themselves and their communities by building lasting connections to the natural world. In their nature-connection programs children play, engage, and gain competence, teens find a place where they’ll always belong, and adults unplug and feel inspired again.
    Foundation for Seacoast Health CEO, Debra Grabowski said they were interested in contributing because HealthcareGives’ mission aligns with their very own: to be leaders in the advancement of a healthy Seacoast community through initiatives that impact and promote the well-being of its residents.
    Health includes the importance of social and mental well-being,” said Grabowski.
    Co-Founder and Executive Director of the White Pine Programs, Dan Gardoqui said the grant will be used to bolster and expand their teen program, notably for their teen mentors in training with the goal of growing self-knowledge and peer empathy through​ challenging, character-building adventures in nature. They will also provide continued professional development for their expanding staff team.
    Garoqui said he, the staff, and board of directors were honored to receive the generous grant and public acknowledgement of the important work they do from Foundation for Seacoast Health.
    “We've seen amazing technological advances in our society—many of which enrich and save lives daily. At the same time, we're seeing some serious mental health and sociological issues associated with the next generation​. White Pine Programs is well-suited to re-introduce the healing power of nature in the lives of many, especially with the kind support of groups like the Foundation for Seacoast Health,” said Gardoqui.
    Foundation for Seacoast Health Trustee, Andrea Daly said her children have been involved with the White Pine Programs for 8 years.
    “I think more and more that parents are recognizing the need for this to keep kids healthy in a world that moves fast, has constant demands, and that is governed by devices,” said Daly.
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    The Foundation for Seacoast Health is a private foundation located in Portsmouth, NH.  In addition to providing grants and scholarships to the Seacoast community, Foundation for Seacoast Health owns and operates the Community Campus.  The Campus is a multi-tenant nonprofit center where 9 unaffiliated nonprofit programs serve over 14,000 individuals annually.  Information is available at www.ffsh.org.
    Debra Grabowski
    (603) 422-8200