Community Matters

Pictured from left to right are Maine Children’s Home Executive Director Richard Dorian; FirstLight Senior Account Executive Scott Mathieu; and Maine Children’s Home Development Coordinator Kelly Couture.

FirstLight presented a $500 donation to the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in Lewiston, Maine, as part of its Community Matters program. The Maine Children’s Home reaches out to more than 2,000 families and children from throughout Maine every year. The organization works with families to nurture healthy relationships, giving parents the support and encouragement they need to effectively meet their responsibilities to their children. They provide adoption, mental health counseling, early childcare, and summer camps, among other programs.


Pictured from left to right are Eric Larsen, M.D., Medical Director; Debra Matson, Director of Practice Operations; Tracy Peters, FirstLight’s Director of Retail Sales; and Tara Studley, Philanthropy Manager.

The Maine Children’s Cancer Program in Scarborough was a recent recipient of a FirstLight Community Matters donation of $500. The Maine Children’s Cancer Program provides integrated, comprehensive, clinical research-based medical care and psychosocial and practical support services to infants, children, and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders from across Maine. The Maine Children’s Cancer Program strives not only to cure cancer in as many children as possible but also to support families through their experience of living with childhood cancer.


Pictured from left to right are Matt Jancovic, FirstLight’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales, and Matt Parks, Maine Medical Center Director of Philanthropy, Annual and Special Giving.

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland was a recent recipient of a FirstLight Community Matters donation of $500. FirstLight selects one organization each month to receive a $500 donation as determined by a FirstLight employee voting process. Organizations must be located within the service area of the company’s various office locations. From routine check-ups and immunizations, to the treatment of life-threatening illnesses and injuries, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive, family-centered healthcare for all of northern New England.


Pictured from left to right is Lori Waltz-Gagnon, Haven Development Director; Dave Gibson, FirstLight Senior Vice President, Carrier and Wholesale Sales; and Kathy Beebe, Haven Executive Director.

FirstLight recently made a $500 donation to Haven, a Portsmouth-based organization whose mission is to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence and to support and empower women, men, youth and families to heal from abuse and rebuild their lives. FirstLight makes a $500 donation each month to a charitable organization located in its service communities across Maine and New Hampshire. These organizations are selected through an employee voting process.


Pictured from left to right are FirstLight Vice President of Marketing and Product Management Maura Mahoney and Cross Roads House Executive Director Martha Stone.

Portsmouth-based Cross Roads House was a recent recipient of a FirstLight Community Matters donation of $500. FirstLight selects one organization each month to receive a $500 donation as determined by a FirstLight employee voting process. Organizations must be located within the service area of the company’s various office locations. Cross Roads House assists homeless individuals and families, and is the largest emergency and transitional shelter in New Hampshire, serving eastern New Hampshire and southern Maine. It houses up to 100 people on any given night, and operates a 24-hour emergency shelter. FirstLight provides fiber-optic data, Internet, data center and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast.


The Bangor Humane Society is a nonprofit organization serving over 200 communities in northern and eastern Maine since 1869. They strive to facilitate the human-animal bond by “re-homing” and rehabilitating homeless pets with humans through pet adoption. The staff, volunteers and community partners work hard every single day to provide quality care to animals and offer second chances by matching pets into new, loving homes. The organization strongly believes that every match made is a life saved.


MCHPP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide hungry people with access to healthy food, work to improve the quality of their lives by partnering with others, and serve them in a manner that recognizes their dignity.

They provide food to all in need in the area they serve. MCHPP has the resources and financial stability to meet current and future demand.


One Warrior Won is a national organization dedicated to providing education and support to past and present service members and their families on how to, initially, survive the struggles of PTSd/TBI, find peace in their place of new normal and finally begin to thrive while living a fulfilling life, free from the war that has raged within them.


At the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, the staff believes every child deserves the right to reach his or her full potential. Since the inception of the agency in 1899, it has made a difference in the lives of many children and families throughout the state of Maine.

Couples eager to add to their families come to them for their extensive international adoption and domestic adoption experience. Parents entrust their early care and education facility with the nurturing of their children. Teen parents count on them to provide positive mentoring and the practical life skills they need to become good parents. Youth, families, and individuals come to the Maine Children’s Home for compassionate counseling services in a nurturing environment.


Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills provides a safe and comfortable environment for dogs and cats from Oxford County, Maine that have become lost or have been abandoned.

Responsible Pet Care is a no-kill, non-profit shelter. All of the cats and kittens in their care need permanent homes and are available for adoption. Many of the dogs will be reunited with their owners; but some will require new homes.


Maine Children’s Cancer Program is honored to share its extensive expertise, resources and compassionate care with young patients and their families. Mainers rely on their team for a complete range of services designed for the unique needs of children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.

Their pediatric physicians and expert nurses specialize in cancer (oncology) and blood diseases (hematology). Social workers and research associates are also part of each child’s care team.


HAVEN is dedicated to addressing public health through violence prevention and improving the well-being of children and families. Preventing sexual abuse and providing support for those impacted by domestic and sexual violence can lead to healthier and more secure children and adults. Their mission is to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking and to support and empower women, men, youth and families to heal from abuse and rebuild their lives.