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FUNDING INFORMATION

MSSV is a non -profit organization which solicits funds from corporate donors and grant making foundations. In general we do not ask for funds from individuals or volunteers or from the schools that we serve.  This is not to say that we would turn our backs on any funding from individuals, but we do not campaign for such contributions. Up to this point we have been able to raise enough funds to support our activities. We don’t spend very much.

The uncertain and periodic nature of our funding does impact our planning in a very real way.  Ideally we should extend the program into the rural areas of Maine north of our present center of activities. We should also recruit additional volunteers to allow us to undertake additional activities in southern Maine. To do this we would have to add several part-time employees specializing in that area and spend some additional money on advertising and travel. It seems less than prudent to embark on such a program unless there is a reasonable expectation of continuing support adequate for the program. If any reader of this material has a recommendation as to where such long term support might be sought, we would be most eager to hear about it.

In the past financial support has come from:

        * Project Re-Seed (Northeastern University)
        * Central Maine Power
        * Nichols Engineering (Portland Maine)
        * Downeast Energy
        * IEEE Sr. Members Foundation
        * Maine Community Foundation (Ann Schroth Dietz Fund)
        * Citigroup Foundation (Sponsored by Portland, Maine office)
        * Penmor Lithographers

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One of the MSSV volunteers (retired electrical engineer) works with 8th grade students on a project of constructing a simple electric motor. The project takes several class sessions, but in the end all of the motors are running. The students are introduced to the theory that explains how motors work.

 

Students

A team of volunteers (retired biochemist on the right and retired industrial chemist on the left) are presenting a class program on "Buoyancy and Density" at the middle school in Lisbon, ME.