With Thanksgiving already around the corner, all of us at the John T. Gorman Foundation have much to be thankful for – not in spite of the challenges brought by this lingering pandemic but in light of them.
COVID continues to make life difficult for low-income families and the organizations that serve them. But still, our communities persevere, and the Foundation’s partners continue to make important progress in improving the lives of Maine people.
There are examples throughout our Fall Newsletter. Pediatric teams at MaineHealth are working to prevent and mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences for their youngest patients by helping parents build resiliency. In Somerset County, a task force led by youth has been working to change the systems meant to support young people’s needs and their development. John T. Gorman Fellow Janet Smith and others are helping low-income Mainers build their assets and receive the pandemic relief benefits they deserve. And in all corners of the state, our 2021 Direct Services Grantees are making our communities healthier, stronger, and more connected.
As always, we’re privileged to see the best of Maine through the work of leaders and community members dealing directly with the challenges of this moment while creating new opportunities for positive impact. We’re grateful to them – and to you – and thankful to be a part of it.
So, on behalf of our staff and board, may this Thanksgiving find you well and safely in the company of your family and friends.
President & CEO
More Fall News of Note
2022 Fellowship Update: Thank you to everyone who submitted applications to the 2022 John T. Gorman Fellowship or took the time to learn more about this program to strengthen the capacity of leaders and their organizations to improve the lives of Maine people. We are currently reviewing applications and expect to announce our newest Fellows in early 2022.
Support for Juvenile Justice Initiatives: The John T. Gorman Foundation is pleased to continue supporting the great work being done for juvenile justice at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Maine School of Law – in particular, the efforts of its juvenile justice clinic and the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy & Law. Learn more about their work here.
Child Care Business Lab: The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published an article about CEI’s Child Care Business Lab – a cohort-based model for helping entrepreneurs open licensed child care programs in their communities. This year, the Foundation has partnered with CEI to expand the program to Lewiston and is excited to see this innovative strategy reach a national audience.
Maine Wisdom Summit: The Foundation was privileged to help sponsor the Maine Council on Aging’s 2021 Maine Wisdom Summit. The online conference had many engaging sessions on advancing an age-positive culture in Maine. In case you missed it, videos from sessions can be accessed online, and they are definitely worth a watch.
Recognition for Strengthen LA: Congratulations to our partners at Strengthen LA, which the Maine Development Foundation recently recognized as its 2021 Champion of Education and Workforce Development. The Foundation was proud to help launch this initiative with the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in early 2020. Since then, the initiative has certainly become deserving of recognition for coordinating multiple partners in advancing the careers of local residents while filling the needs of area employers.
Call for Participants: Our friends at Maine Initiatives have put out the call for participants in its 2021 Grants for Change (G4C) grantmaking process. This community-informed, participatory grantmaking process will offer opportunities for participants to learn, reflect, and engage on issues of racial justice in Maine while reviewing funding priorities submitted by Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations. Anyone can participate and the deadline to sign up is November 2. Learn more here.