Ripple of Change
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Andover | Byron | Dixfield | Hanover | Mexico | Peru | Roxbury | Rumford Friends of River Valley is an organization focused on providing community-based, tangible solutions to help improve nutrition, wellness, and education for children and families of Western Maine’s Androscoggin River Valley.

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision is for every child, adult, and family in the River Valley to have access to meals and nutrition, books, and a variety of school, community, and wellness programs through partnering with existing programs and organizations across Western Maine’s Androscoggin River Valley. Friends of the River Valley serves as a centralized resource for supporting and promoting a range of nutrition, education, health, and social services across the River Valley.
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In 2017, households below poverty level averaged 16.4% in the River Valley Region, compared to 8.4% for the state.

One in five children (20.2%) in Oxford County lives in poverty

65.4% of students in the local school district (RSU 10) are eligible for subsidized meals.

In a 2018 health survey, 50% of River Valley residents who responded did not have full time jobs.

What We Do

Friends of the River Valley works to assess the most urgent needs of the western Androscoggin River Valley and then provide funding through grants, sponsorships, direct donations, and more to help address these needs.
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Do you have a program or an idea that we can help fund? Contact us about applying for a grant.
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Our Impact
Even in our first couple months of work, we’re already starting to see the positive impact of local programs and organizations coming together to help revitalize our community. And we’re just getting started!

Meals delivered per week as part of FRV & RSU 10’s food delivery program.


Donated to the Rumford Public Library for children’s literacy and STEM programs. serving over 100 families and children.


Families served per week by the food pantry funded by FRV and the Maine Community Foundation.