Captions, top row, from left: Town Councilor Tom Gruber; Tom with Town Manager Bill Shane at the Community Food Pantry; bottom row, from left: Tom with State Rep. Dale Denno, also an AIP leader; Tom, a veteran himself, transports veterans in the town’s 2017 Memorial Day Parade.
Cumberland Town Councilor Tom Gruber, whose efforts led to the creation of the Community Food Pantry and Aging in Place Cumberland, has been named a Community Champion (one of three) by Molina Medicaid Solutions of Maine! The award recognizes volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions to their community, have shown outstanding commitment to serving those in need, and whose activities have had a positive influence on the community. Winners receive a trophy and a $1,000 grant for the nonprofit organization of their choice.
Tom was selected based on his work with Aging in Place and the Community Food Pantry, as well as his volunteer activities with the Vet to Vet program and Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA), where he is a member of the board.
He has arranged with SMAA to establish a fund to benefit veterans living in Cumberland who wish to attend the Stewart Adult Day Center in Falmouth.
The winners will be honored at a celebration to be held at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta on Wednesday, September 13. Join us in congratulating him on this amazing recognition!