FREEPORT — The first ever ChangeFest at L.L.Bean, run by new Maine-based nonprofit World of Change, raised just just shy of $32,100 on Oct. 27.

The money came in the form of donations, including $6,567 in spare change donated at the public event, setting a Maine record for coins collected for charity. The money will be used as investments in other nonprofits that offer support to kids and their families, in the hopes of changing and empowering their future.

The Saturday event included a display of spare change collected by kids at summer camps, schools, and community groups over the summer and fall. The displays sat alongside large barrels that attendees could drop their spare change into for the cause.

Counting that change were volunteers utilizing counting machines donated by Bangor Savings Bank and Gorham Savings Bank. L.L.Bean also added their support, with the ‘Bootmobile’ bringing a load of changes from the company’s outlet store in Bangor.

In addition to the change donations, several nonprofit partners of World of Change were on hand to promote their work, and performers from the Maine Academy of Modern Music and Circus Maine entertained crowds that had gathered.

The founder of World of Change, Matt Hoidal, said ChangeFest is both about donations, and showing how joining together can lead to dramatic results.

“This generous support is a result of people of all ages recognizing the power of small change, and illustrates the multiplier effect when we all join together,” he said. “Each coin is more valuable together with others than it is by itself.”

The money will go towards several endeavors, such as scholarships for music lessons and college workshops, backpacks filled with food for kids, funding assistance for habitat for humanity, and more.

In total, $52,000 of change and in-kind donations will be donated to nonprofits.

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