ANALYSIS: COVID-19 Disparities

Prepared for the John T. Gorman Foundation this fall, researchers Jessica Carson, Ph.D. and Sarah Boege at Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire have compiled an analysis breaking down economic, health, and social impacts of COVID-19 across Maine – highlighting a number of disparities for how different regional, age, and racial groups have fared during the pandemic.

Foundation Announces Plans for 2022 Direct Services Grant Program

From February 1-March 1, Foundation will accept applications for a total of $1.5 million in grants to meet immediate needs of low-income Mainers  Portland – Today the John T. Gorman Foundation announced that it will accept applications for its 2022 Direct Services Grant Program from February 1 to March 1. This year, the program will… Read more »

RELEASE: John T. Gorman Foundation Announces Leadership Transition

The John T. Gorman Foundation announced today that its President & CEO Tony Cipollone will retire on February 1, 2022, after leading the organization through a major period of growth. Chief Program Officer Nicole Witherbee, now in her 10th year at the Foundation, has been selected by the Board of Directors as its new President & CEO.

Foundation Awards Support and Challenge Grant for Preble Street Food Security Hub

The following is a press release from Preble Street Preble Street announces matching grant challenge from the John T. Gorman Foundation for new Food Security Hub dedicated to ending hunger in Maine Preble Street Food Security Hub will be the first food hub in Maine focused on food insecurity PORTLAND, ME (December 15, 2021) —… Read more »

2021 Fall Newsletter: New Opportunities for Positive Impact

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.

A Pediatric Visit that Strengthens the Whole Family

Traditionally, a well visit to the pediatrician’s office has involved weighing, measuring, booster shots, and questions about developmental milestones. But in recent years a cross-sector team at MaineHealth has worked to broaden the scope of these visits to include screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), repeated exposure to which can cause a child long-term harm. Now, with a grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation, the MaineHealth team is testing a new strategy for preventing and mitigating ACEs by helping parents and children build resiliency amid great adversity.

Giving Youth Voice in the Systems That Support Them

After a survey of high school students in Somerset County revealed concerning challenges and unmet needs, a Foundation-funded task force of young leaders convened this summer to strategize systemic ways to make youth feel more supported and understood in school and the community. From their work, important lessons emerged about raising the voices of youth – and getting adults to listen.