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

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.

For more information about the John T. Gorman Foundation, visit www.jtgfoundation.org.

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.

 

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