Committed to Supporting Our Home State
Nestlé Waters North America is committed to giving back to the state that Poland Spring fondly calls home. Through sponsorships, donations and volunteering, we support causes and organizations across Maine that are important to our company and align with our values. We are always looking for more ways to help in the communities where we live and work.
Through water and monetary donations, it is our privilege to be able to provide support to our neighbors in Maine. Some examples include:
- Since 2000, Poland Spring has given more than $7 million to local Maine community organizations, causes and events through the Good Neighbor Grant program. Past grant recipients, include: The University of Southern Maine, The Ecology School, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Poland Spring Preservation Society, The Volunteer Lakes Monitoring Program, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, Camp Susan Curtis in Stoneham, and the Franklin County Animal Shelter in Farmington, as well as numerous other organizations.
- Water Donations: In 2017, more than 900,000 bottles of product were donated through our water donation program to Fire-Rescue Departments, non-profits and communities in need. Apply for a Poland Spring water donation.
- Community Engagement: Being a good neighbor is more than just being a friendly face. Each year, we open the doors of one of our three bottling facilities to host a community appreciation event for members of the public.
From free food and “hug-a-trucks” to facility tours, the day is jam packed with fun for all ages. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Volunteerism: We are proud of our people and the role they play in Maine communities. Many Poland Spring employees are active community volunteers, contributing countless hours to local food banks, holiday giving, community events, environmental education programs and health and wellness fundraisers. Some of our employees are also dedicated members of local civic organizations, committees and boards.
Calling 207: Mainers Helping Mainers
In the Summer of 2018, Poland Spring launched a new community-focused initiative, “Calling 207: Mainers Helping Mainers,” in expanding opportunities to give back to communities across the state. Through this program, citizens throughout Maine are encouraged to identify and select special activities known as 207 Acts. A 207 Act lends a helping hand to a community project intended to benefit the community and its residents, such as repainting a building, planting a garden or organizing a food drive. Residents can nominate a project for consideration as a 207 Act, which Poland Spring will review. If selected by Poland Spring, $5,000 is contributed by the company in funding the 207 Act.
This program is already a success, as a number of 207 Acts were completed within a few short months of the program’s launch. One example is Patten Academy Park, where the local Women’s Club maintains a raised bed community garden. The beds were in deteriorating condition and were not ADA compliant. Through Calling 207, Poland Spring organized volunteers, which included a third-grade class from Katahdin Elementary School, and gave the garden a complete makeover. The beds were raised for easier maintenance, and the park is now accessible by wheelchair.
Available to the Community
To better serve Mainers, Nestlé Waters North America has Poland Spring facilities in Fryeburg and Rumford where we are available to answer questions about the company, expansion and exploration projects, and community benefits. Our office in Fryeburg is located at 639 Main Street and is open every Thursday from 9am -4pm. The Rumford office is located at 32 Congress Street and is open by appointment by calling 207-831-4525.
Members of the community are encouraged to come by and learn more about Poland Spring and share ideas on how the company can be a good neighbor.
Educating Future Environmental Stewards
- Our company has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to Maine high school seniors through our Good Science Scholarship program started in 2007.
- In 2007 we created our own Trout in the Classroom/Brookie Buddies Curriculum, and since then, more than 2,000 Maine students have participated in the program.
Poland Spring Hydration Station
As Summer 2019 kicks off, Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water is pleased to announce the return of its popular Hydration Station to help Mainers stay healthy and hydrated at outdoor events through the hot days ahead. The Hydration Station utilizes 5-gallon refillable containers where people can easily fill up their reusable bottles with complimentary Poland Spring water.
For the second year in a row, the Hydration Station will travel around Maine, visiting a variety of community events throughout the summer. The Hydration Station is one way that we make it easier for attendees of the state’s popular festivals and events to stay hydrated, particularly during the warm, summer months.
You can find the schedule of Hydration Station stops below.
Hydration Station Schedule of Events
- July 4 / Freeport
LL Bean 4th of July Celebration and 10K
- July 13-14 / South Portland
Tri for a Cure
- July 19-21 / Yarmouth (tentative)
Yarmouth Clam Festival
- August 3 / Cape Elizabeth
Beach to Beacon
- August 10 / Hollis Sports Complex
Hollis Community Day Pirate’s Festival
- August 23 / Portland
Share the Road Event
- September 7-14 / Midcoast
- September 21 / Kingfield
Kingfield Open House
- September 27-29 / Lewiston