John T. Gorman Foundation Gives 48 Grants to Support Mainers in All 16 Counties

Nonprofits Providing Services Related to Mental Health, Cancer and Basic Needs Receive Funding

Portland – The John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $800,000 to 48 Maine nonprofits through its annual Direct Services Grant Program. Through this support, the Foundation will partner with organizations who are working to meet the immediate needs of Maine’s most vulnerable people.

The Foundation’s funding is being awarded to a diverse group of organizations distributed throughout the state. These range from programs that provide support to those facing mental health challenges and battling cancer, to nonprofits that offer essential services such as housing, food and crisis supports to low-income Mainers.

“Although things seem to be turning around economically, many families in Maine are still struggling day-to-day,” said Tony Cipollone, the President and CEO of the John T. Gorman Foundation. “The organizations receiving 2017 Direct Service Grants do critical work to meet the basic needs and preserve the dignity of these families.”

John T. Gorman, known as Tom, was a grandson of L.L. Bean and established the Foundation in 1995 to help disadvantaged Mainers. In recent years, the independent, statewide Foundation has moved to focus strategically on four key areas: improving educational achievement for children; promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth; helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible. In 2017, the Foundation expects to distribute a total of $7 million across all its grant programs and initiatives across the state.

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The full list of 2017 Direct Services Grant Program recipients:

Organization Award Amount County Served Project Description
Amistad $15,000 Cumberland To address the needs of individuals with mental illness and other life challenges.
Area Interfaith Outreach $15,000 Knox To provide food and emergency aid to economically distressed people of Knox County.
Central Maine Medical Center $15,000 Androscoggin For the Maine Fund for Cancer Patients at the Dempsey Center, which finances the essential needs of cancer patients throughout the state of Maine.
Community Financial Literacy $15,000 Cumberland To provide financial education courses and individual financial and college access counseling sessions.
Cultivating Community $15,000 Cumberland To provide local food for people with low-to-no income, including asylum-seekers.
Down East Hospice Volunteers $10,000 Washington To provide cost-free, compassionate care for terminally ill cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers.
Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic $7,000 Hancock To provide health care to persons whose limited finances do not allow access to basic or needed medical services.
Families & Children Together $25,000 Cumberland To provide parents and their families with access to Navigator Services at the Community Home Alternative Medication Program (CHAMP) Clinic at Penobscot Community Health Center.
Friends Of Aroostook $10,000 Aroostook, Washington, Piscataquis and Penobscot To grow, maintain, harvest and deliver fresh produce to people in need living in Aroostook, Washington, Piscataquis and Penobscot counties.
Furniture Friends $10,000 Cumberland To provide donated furniture to people in the Greater Portland area who lack basic home necessities.
Gedakina $20,000 Cumberland and Penobscot For the ‘LifeWays’ program, which focuses on increased outreach and access to direct services for Native American children, women and families in Portland and Bangor.
Grahamtastic Connection $15,000 Statewide To provide laptops, tablets and internet access for children in Maine who are battling cancer.
H O M E $15,000 Hancock To provide food, shelter and employment opportunities for men, women and children in Hancock County.
Hand In Hand (Mano En Mano) $20,000 Washington To provide immigrants and migrant workers with high-quality supports and referrals to meet their basic needs.
Healthy Community Coalition $25,000 Franklin To provide basic healthcare services to low-income, under-served residents living in Franklin County through the Mobile Health Unit.
Hospice Volunteers Of Hancock County $10,000 Hancock To provide patient care, caregiver support, and bereavement services for residents of Hancock County.
Hospice Volunteers Of Waterville Area $15,000 Kennebec and Somerset To serve hospice patients who have a cancer diagnosis and their families or survivors.
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project $25,000 Statewide For legal services to Maine’s low-income immigrants.
Jewish Community Alliance Of Southern Maine $15,000 Cumberland For the food and diaper pantry, which serves those in need in the Portland area.
Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center $25,000 Kennebec For the Homeless Youth Outreach Program, which works with area youth who are experiencing homelessness to assure their basic needs are met, access to mainstream resources, and that they achieve safe, stable housing.
Knox County Homeless Coalition $25,000 Knox, Lincoln and  Waldo To support mental health programs serving homeless clients in Knox, Lincoln and parts of Waldo County.
Lake Region Senior Service $9,000 Androscoggin, Cumberland, Oxford and York For programs that provide transportation to low-income seniors, disabled citizens and cancer patients.
Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin $5,000 Androscoggin For one-on-one literacy and English conversation instruction for adults.
Locker Project $5,000 Androscoggin, Cumberland, Sagadahoc and York To provide nourishing food to hungry children and their families.
Maine Medical Center $24,000 Cumberland and Kennebec For cancer support for patients and providers at clinics in Portland and Augusta.
Maine School Administrative District # 60 $24,500 York For the Kid Connection After School Program, which supports students with the greatest needs through quality afterschool programming.
Maine Sea Coast Mission $25,000 Washington For the Weald Bethel Food Pantry, which serves low-income residents within a 700-mile radius of Washington County.
Mercy Hospital $15,000 Cumberland and York For the Patient Assistance Fund, which assists adults in treatment for cancer or blood disorders who need financial help to defray the cost of out-of-pocket, non-medical expenses.
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program $10,000 Androscoggin, Cumberland and Sagadahoc For programs that provide food to low- income families.
Milestone Foundation $15,000 Cumberland For the Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Team and Emergency Homeless Shelter.
New Beginnings $20,000 Androscoggin To support a 24-hour shelter for runaway and homeless teens.
OHI $15,000 Statewide For programs that support recovery while decreasing isolation for people with mental illness by offering social integration, opportunities for recreation, and peer supports.
Penobscot Bay Medical Center $25,000 Knox and Waldo For the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund, which provides assistance to financially distressed patients battling cancer.
Pine Tree Hospice $10,000 Penobscot, Somerset and Piscataquis To assist clients and families experiencing end-of-life challenges and bereavement.
Portland Adult Education $25,000 Cumberland To support, enhance, and expand services for low- to moderate-income New Americans in Portland by providing a continuum of services to help them overcome barriers to employment; increase professional capacity; secure employment; and become financially stable.
Portland Community Health Center $25,000 Cumberland To support trauma screening with all new pediatric patients.
Preble Street $25,000 Cumberland For emergency food programs at the Resource Center Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, the Florence House Soup Kitchen, and the Teen Center Soup Kitchen.
River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition $25,000 Oxford To provide food to families in Oxford County.
Seeds Of Hope Neighborhood Center $10,000 York For programs that provide food to low- income families.
Somali Bantu Community of Maine $5,000 Androscoggin For programs that provide food access, workforce development, and elder care.
Southern Maine Health Care $20,000 York To provide immediate financial relief for healthcare- and transportation-related expenses for cancer patients.
St. Martin De Porres Residence $15,000 Androscoggin For programs serving the homeless population of Lewiston and the surrounding area.
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center $15,000 Androscoggin For the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, which provides and improves food access to those in need in Lewiston/Auburn.
Tedford Housing $15,000 Androscoggin, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc To provide case management services for homeless children and their families.
Tri-County Mental Health Services $25,000 Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford To provide intensive family- and community-based treatment for youth in the juvenile justice system.
Trinity Jubilee Center $25,000 Androscoggin To support the Feeding L-A Project, which provides healthy food to low-income residents of Lewiston-Auburn and the surrounding towns.
Unitarian Universalist Association $8,500 York To provide support to purchase essential non-food items for Sanford’s Corner Cupboard..
Unity Barn Raisers $12,000 Waldo To provide meals and increase the nutrition value of those meals for low-income families in Waldo County.