Big Donation Supports Next Step Domestic Violence Project 

Catherine Pegram

A local organization that supports domestic violence victims got a big boost today, as it prepares for a big and tasty fundraiser. Today the Next Step Domestic Violence Project received a $2,000 donation from Union Trust, a division of Camden National Bank. The money will be used to help Next Step put together its major fundraiser next month, The Chocolate Festival. Next Step helps victims of domestic violence in Hancock and Washington Counties, offering a 24-hotline, shelter and support groups. Executive Director Laurie Fogelman says it also reaches out into the community.”We try to educate our young people to try to break that cycle that sometimes happens with domestic violence. And we also try to work with all the other folks in our community, whether they’re service providers or law enforcement or medical professionals – all the places where victims may come and need some help and talk about the best ways to help people.”The Chocolate Festival fundraiser is set for Saturday, February 12th. It’s from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School. There are also a number of items up for bid during a silent auction. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10. For more information log on to