12/17/2014 – Kennebunk, Maine

Biggest-Ever 50 States for Good Program Supports a Grassroots Organization in Every State

KENNEBUNK, Maine, December 17, 2014 — ‘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 CenterAnchorage, AK
Druid City Garden ProjectTuscaloosa, AL
Lucie's PlaceLittle Rock, AR
Treasures 4 TeachersTempe, AZ
What's Mine is YoursConcord, CA
Phamaly Theatre CompanyAurora, CO
hawkwing, Inc.Glastonbury, CT
Common Good City FarmWashington, DC
Healthy Foods for Healthy KidsHockessin, DE
In Jacob's ShoesPompano Beach, FL
Books for KeepsAthens, GA
Giving Back MentoringPaia, HI
Young Women's Resource CenterDes Moines, IA
Framing Our CommunityElk City, ID
Safe Humane ChicagoChicago, IL
HearCare ConnectionFort Wayne, IN
Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health, Inc.Wichita, KS
Grow AppalachiaBerea, KY
lowernine.orgNew Orleans, LA
Found in TranslationMedford, MA
Extra-Ordinary BirthdaysCollege Park, MD
My Place Teen CenterWestbrook, ME
Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.Farmington, MI
Manna MarketFridley, MN
St. Louis HELPSt. Louis, MO
Stewpot Community ServicesJackson, MS
Red Lodge Area Community FoundationRed Lodge, MT
Mothers and Their Children, Inc.Raleigh, NC
Metigoshe MinistriesBottineau, ND
Cross Training CenterOmaha, NE
Copper Cannon CampFranconia, NH
Seer FarmsJackson, NJ
Dental Care In Your Home, Inc.Albuquerque, NM
Goodie Two Shoes FoundationLas Vegas, NV
City Growers NYCLong Island City, NY
Riders UnlimitedOak Harbor, OH
Full Circle Adult Day CenterNorman, OK
Libraries of Eastern OregonMoro, OR
ASAP - After School Activities PartnershipsPhiladelphia, PA
House of Hope Community Development CorporationWarwick, RI
Palmetto Project - Begin With Books programMount Pleasant, SC
NAMI South DakotaSioux Falls, SD
Strings for HopeWhite Bluff, TN
Elves and MoreSpring, TX
Karma Bike ShopMagna, UT
Angel Wheels to HealingVirginia Beach, VA
Vermont Woodlands AssociationRutland, VT
Growing VeteransLynden, WA
Faith, Hope, & Love, Inc.Racine, WI
Boys & Girls Club of The Eastern Panhandle - Morgan County UnitMartinsburg, WV
Sheridan AngelsSheridan, 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

About Tom's of Maine

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. Tom's of Maine values partnering with its consumers, suppliers and community organizations to support lasting, positive change that is good for people and the planet. Visit us online at


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