Fort Kent businesses give back to town through Community Cause campaign

FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent businesses are giving back to the town by way of a Community Cause campaign in which they donate funds to local projects not covered by the town budget. 

So far, eight businesses have committed to participate.

FORT KENT, Maine — November 23, 2021 — Fort Kent businesses with these stickers in their storefronts are contributing to the town’s Community Cause campaign. (Courtesy of Town of Fort Kent)

The businesses choose to contribute to any of the following: repair or replacement of the town tennis courts, new turnout gear cleaner/extractor for firefighter equipment, police radios, a public works front mount sidewalk sweeper and general Fort Kent community betterment events and activities. 

“Each business is different. Some have added a $1 to an item and given that extra $1, some are a percentage of sales on a certain day and some are a flat monthly donation to a community cause of their choice,” Department of Planning and Economic Development administrative assistant Cindy Bouley said. 

Bouley said town administrators have been working on the project since early this year, and wanted to launch it in time for Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27, an annual event which encourages patrons to shop locally. 

Businesses participating in the campaign receive marketing on the town Facebook page. 

“Once one of the Community Causes has been met, we will do a feature on the cause and the business/es that supported it,” Bouley said. 

Businesses currently participating in the campaign are: John’s Shurfine, Rock’s Family Diner, Tech N Trenz, The Whistle Stop, Barry’s Kitchen, Al’s Dairy Freeze and Labels LLC.

“There are a few businesses we haven’t heard from yet so the list of participants will grow,” Bouley said. 

Businesses interested in joining the Community Cause campaign should contact the Fort Kent Town Office at 207-834-3090. 

Information about the campaign can be found on Fort Kent’s Facebook page

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