CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine – TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, announced today that Day One, a non-profit agency providing substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare programs for Maine youth, has been selected as this year’s beneficiary of the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Day One ( www.day-one.org ) targets substance abuse at all stages with a wide-range of programs designed to meet the needs in communities across Maine. Headquartered in South Portland, Maine, Day One has been providing alcohol and drug treatment services since 1973 and mental health services since 1980. The agency served more than 1,600 youth in 2010.
“Day One makes a powerful difference in the lives of Maine youth by working with them to dramatically reduce substance abuse and helping them live productive and healthy lives,” said Larry Wold, TD Bank Market President for Maine. “We are very pleased to support Day One as this year’s TD Bank Beach to Beacon race beneficiary and raise awareness of both youth substance abuse and Day One’s programs to reduce it.”
TD Bank ( www.tdbank.com ), through the TD Charitable Foundation, will provide a cash donation of $30,000 to Day One. The organization also will benefit from fundraising activities and publicity through its association with one of Maine’s premiere sporting events.
The 14th annual TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race ( www.beach2beacon.org ) is set for Saturday, August 6 along the picturesque shores of Maine’s rocky coastline in Cape Elizabeth.
Day One counselors treat youth at its residential treatment center and transitional house as well as at both the Long Creek and Mountain View youth development centers in Maine. In addition, the organization’s outpatient services include substance abuse evaluation, individual, group and family therapy, intensive outpatient programs, case management for youth, school-based services, the Homeless Youth Project and parent support groups. Day One also provides extensive prevention programs, working with parents and students in communities throughout Maine.
“Maine suffers from one of the highest rates of adolescent substance abuse nationwide and Day One has led the fight against this for 38 years,” said David Faulkner, Executive Director of Day One. “We are proud of the success we’ve had, yet remain fully aware that in an increasingly complex world, our work is as vital as ever. We are grateful that TD Bank has chosen us as this year’s race beneficiary and look forward to the opportunity to highlight our programs and share our vision in helping kids.”
Day One, which is supported by United Way, collaborates with schools, partner organizations, communities and state government.
Day One’s James C. Harrod Residential Treatment Center admits young men ages 16-20 from all Maine counties. During the eight-month to one-year intensive substance abuse counseling program, clients are taught life skills and also attend an on-site accredited high school to earn GEDs or diplomas.
Graduates of the Residential Treatment Center and other Day One programs are eligible to live in Jo and Smitty’s Transitional House for Recovery in Portland, where clients receive support through Day One’s AfterCare Program while living independently in an apartment style setting. Many other clients also participate in the AfterCare Program, which provides continuing support in maintaining a recovering lifestyle.
In addition to treatment programs, Day One focuses on prevention by working with parents, students and communities to address risk factors for substance abuse and other issues. Communities consistently invite Day One to run parent nights to help parents address teen behavior.
For example, Day One and Kennebunk High School are in their second year working together to implement a program called Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Efforts to Strengthen Students). The program helps students cope with the stressors of everyday living, avoid drug use, and understand the complexities of substance use in families.
Another prevention program is Day One’s award-winning Natural Helpers of Maine program, a peer helping program for high school students throughout Maine. The program is grounded in the belief that students provide a natural support network to help reduce or prevent substance abuse, domestic abuse and the other stressors in schools.
For additional information about Day One, including contact phone numbers and e-mails for concerned parents and family members seeking help, visit www.day-one.org .
The TD Bank Beach to Beacon is one of Maine’s premiere sporting events and one of the most popular events on the U.S. road race circuit. The race draws 6,000 runners from throughout the region and the world to coastal Cape Elizabeth. Thousands of spectators cheer on the runners along the scenic course and at the finish, and more than 800 volunteers help ensure a smooth operation.
The race begins near the Crescent Beach entrance on Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth, winds past breathtaking ocean vistas, and ends in Fort Williams Park at the historic Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.
Online registration gets underway in March. More than $60,000 in prize money is awarded to the top finishers and place winners in the various categories for men and women. For more information, visit www.beach2beacon.org .
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ®, is the title sponsor of the race founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist from Cape Elizabeth and Maine’s most admired athlete. The race is directed by Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports ( www.dmsesports.com ), who also directs the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and is regarded as one of the top road race managers in the world.For additional information about the race, visit www.beach2beacon.org, and find the TD Beach to Beacon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to support, respect and improve the quality of life in the diverse communities where we live and do business. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed more than $174.1 million and more than 17,000 grants in charitable donations from Maine to Florida. The TD Charitable Foundation focuses on supporting the following community needs: affordable housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, and human services. Recently, more than 90 percent of the grants awarded by the Foundation benefited low-and moderate- income communities and individuals. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com .
About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ®
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth ® , and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com . Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US .
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