Tom’s of Maine Gives $500,000 to Inspirational Nonprofits Across the Nation

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 ‘Tis the season to give back. Today, 51 nonprofit organizations will be able to give back more in local communities as winners of the Tom’s of Maine sixth annual 50 States for Good community giving program. This year, more than $500,000 will go directly toward funding projects that benefit communities in every state and the District of Columbia.

From life-changing work supporting children’s literacy to urban agriculture to veteran reintegration, these dedicated grassroots organizations share a mutual passion for improving lives in their communities with heart and sweat equity. To date, the Tom’s of Maine 50 States for Good community giving program, which allows the public to nominate their favorite nonprofits, has benefited more than five million people and hundreds of communities across the nation.

“For the first time, we’re awarding more than $500,000 to support organizations and volunteers on the front lines of making communities stronger across the country,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “Every community advocate we heard from – reflected in thousands of nominations – has a unique and special vision for bringing a lasting, positive impact to where they live.”

Each nonprofit will receive $10,000 to support their community programming:

Friends of Campbell Creek Science Center

Anchorage, AK

Druid City Garden Project

Tuscaloosa, AL

Lucie’s Place

Little Rock, AR

Treasures 4 Teachers

Tempe, AZ

What’s Mine is Yours

Concord, CA

Phamaly Theatre Company

Aurora, CO

hawkwing, Inc.

Glastonbury, CT

Common Good City Farm

Washington, DC

Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids

Hockessin, DE

In Jacob’s Shoes

Pompano Beach, FL

Books for Keeps

Athens, GA

Giving Back Mentoring

Paia, HI

Young Women’s Resource Center

Des Moines, IA

Framing Our Community

Elk City, ID

Safe Humane Chicago

Chicago, IL

HearCare Connection

Fort Wayne, IN

Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health, Inc.

Wichita, KS

Grow Appalachia

Berea, KY

lowernine.org

New Orleans, LA

Found in Translation

Medford, MA

Extra-Ordinary Birthdays

College Park, MD

My Place Teen Center

Westbrook, ME

Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.

Farmington, MI

Manna Market

Fridley, MN

St. Louis HELP

St. Louis, MO

Stewpot Community Services

Jackson, MS

Red Lodge Area Community Foundation

Red Lodge, MT

Mothers and Their Children, Inc.

Raleigh, NC

Metigoshe Ministries

Bottineau, ND

Cross Training Center

Omaha, NE

Copper Cannon Camp

Franconia, NH

Seer Farms

Jackson, NJ

Dental Care In Your Home, Inc.

Albuquerque, NM

Goodie Two Shoes Foundation

Las Vegas, NV

City Growers NYC

Long Island City, NY

Riders Unlimited

Oak Harbor, OH

Full Circle Adult Day Center

Norman, OK

Libraries of Eastern Oregon

Moro, OR

ASAP – After School Activities Partnerships

Philadelphia, PA

House of Hope Community Development Corporation

Warwick, RI

Palmetto Project – Begin With Books program

Mount Pleasant, SC

NAMI South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD

Strings for Hope

White Bluff, TN

Elves and More

Spring, TX

Karma Bike Shop

Magna, UT

Angel Wheels to Healing

Virginia Beach, VA

Vermont Woodlands Association

Rutland, VT

Growing Veterans

Lynden, WA

Faith, Hope, & Love, Inc.

Racine, WI

Boys & Girls Club of The Eastern Panhandle –

Morgan County Unit

Martinsburg, WV

Sheridan Angels

Sheridan, WY

Nonprofits from each state were selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 nominations by a passionate panel of influential judges representing a variety of unique perspectives on human, healthy and environmental goodness.

Since it was founded in 1970, Tom’s of Maine has donated 10% of its profits back to the community and encourages employees to use 5% (12 days) of paid time off to volunteer every year. To learn more about this year’s winners, visit www.50StatesforGood.com.

Tom’s of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care carrying high quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, antiperspirant, deodorant and bar soap products. The company has a long-standing commitment to supporting people, communities and the planet. For almost 45 years, Tom’s of Maine has sponsored hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support human and environmental goodness and by encouraging employees to use 5% (12 days) of employee time to volunteer. Tom’s of Maine employees regularly contribute suggestions for improving the company’s high sustainability standards. And their ideas, from wind power to ways to improve recycled and recyclable packaging options, are critical to the company’s sensitive way of doing business. Most Tom’s of Maine products are vegan, kosher and halal certified and gluten-free. All packaging is recyclable through a partnership with upcycling leader TerraCycle or participating municipalities.

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