County Profile

York

The southernmost of Maine’s counties, York is Maine’s second-most populous county.  Healthcare, retail trade and Manufacturing are the biggest industries in York.

York

York County at a Glance:

  • 11.4% of children under 18 live in poverty.**
  • 18.8% of children in York County receive SNAP benefits, 37.5% of school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school meals.**
  • 21% of children are living with food insecurity.**
  • The infant mortality rate in York County is 4.2 per 1,000.**
  • 6.4 per every 1,000 children in York County are in DHHS custody.**
  • 38.1% of children in York County participate in MaineCare.**
  • 37% of people in York County are not currently in the workforce.*
  • Nearly 20% of the population is under the age of 18.*
  • 32% of the population achieved a high school degree; nearly 60% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.*
  • The high school graduation rate for York County is 87.7%.**
*Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 2012-2016
**Source: Maine Kids Count 

Grants Awarded in this Region

Date Organization Award Description Location
2020Lake Region Senior Service$10,000To support a volunteer-based transportation service providing rides to medical appointments for individuals without other transportation options.Bridgton, ME
2020Shalom House$10,000To provide support for an emergency fund that low-income clients may access to meet their basic housing, health, transportation and other critical needs when other payment sources have been exhausted.Portland, ME
2020Unitarian Universalist Association$8,000To provide support for the purchase of essential household and hygiene items for people in need.Sanford, ME
2020York Hospital$15,000To support the Bridges Program, which provides home delivery of meals, prescriptions, and/or groceries to seniors in York County, along with offering transportation and companionship services to increase access to care and decrease social isolation.York, ME
2019Avesta Housing Development Corporation$25,000To support formerly homeless people who are transitioning from homelessness to affordable housing through an expansion of services in southern Maine.Portland, ME
2019Lake Region Senior Service$10,000To support a volunteer-based transportation service providing rides to medical appointments for individuals without other transportation options.Bridgton, ME
2019Maine Inside Out$65,000To both support the work of their Leadership Council, which develops the leadership and social capital of formerly incarcerated young people, and to support organizational efforts for financial management assistance.Portland, ME
2019Maine Inside Out$4,000To bring a performance of Maine Inside Out's play "EXPOSED" to the Statewide Juvenile Justice Task Force's meeting in Augusta in fall of 2019.Portland, ME
2019MapleStone$13,000To support the provision of mental health counseling and supports for students who have experienced trauma / Adverse Childhood Experiences.Acton, ME
2019Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center$10,000To support general operations.Biddeford, ME
2019Shalom House$10,000To provide support for an emergency fund that low-income clients may access to meet their basic housing, health, transportation and other critical needs when other payment sources have been exhausted.Portland, ME
2019South Portland Food Cupboard$15,000To provide support for general operations.SOUTH PORTLAND, ME
2019Unitarian Universalist Association$8,500To provide support for the purchase of non-food essentials for people in need.Sanford, ME
2019York County Community Action Corporation$15,000To support transportation services through the York County Transport program, targeting populations for whom no other specialized transportation funds are available.Sanford, ME
2018Frannie Peabody Center$20,000To provide mental health and substance abuse counseling support for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Maine.Portland, ME
2018Lake Region Senior Service$7,000To provide support for the general operations of a transportation program serving low-income seniors and disabled residents throughout four counties in Southwestern Maine.Bridgton, ME
2018Maine Community Action Association$160,000Two year grant to support Maine seniors' ability to age-in-place through home repairs, weatherization services, and home modifications based on mobility issues.East Wilton, ME
2018Maine Inside Out$48,500To support Maine Inside Out's Leadership Council, which is a year-long effort to develop the leadership, professional experience and social capital of formerly incarcerated older youth.Portland, ME
2018Muskie School of Public Service$75,000To support the work of the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network, to include place-based work with vulnerable older youth in greater Portland and Sanford and youth leadership and engagement work across the Network.Portland, ME
2018Shalom House$15,000To provide support for an emergency fund that low-income clients may access to meet their basic housing, health, transportation and other critical needs when other payment sources have been exhausted.Portland, ME
2018Unitarian Universalist Association$8,500To provide support for the purchase of non-food essentials for people in need.Sanford, ME
2018Wayside Food Programs$15,000To provide general operating support to increase access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food in Cumberland, Oxford, and York counties.Portland, ME
2017Lake Region Senior Service$9,000For general operating support.Bridgton, ME
2017Lebanon Elementary School$24,500To provide support for the Kid Connection afterschool program.North Berwick, ME
2017Locker Project$5,000For general operating support.Portland, ME
2017Mercy Hospital$15,000To provide support for their Patient Assistance Fund for adults in treatment for cancer or blood disorders who need financial help to defray the cost of non-medical expenses.Portland, ME
2017Milestone Foundation$15,000For general operating support.Portland, ME
2017Preble Street$65,000To provide support for the transition of the older youth at the First Place Transitional Housing program into stable housing.Portland, ME
2017Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center$10,000For general operating support.Biddeford, ME
2017Southern Maine Health Care$20,000To provide financial support to cancer pantients with healthcare and transportation related expenses.Biddeford, ME
2017Tri-County Mental Health Services$25,000To provide intensive family and community-based treatment for chronic and violent juvenile offenders.Lewiston, ME
2017Unitarian Universalist Association$8,500To provide support to purchase non-food household items for the Corner Cupboard essentials pantry to benefit low-income people.Sanford, ME
2016Community Financial Literacy$15,000To provide general operating support to provide financial education courses and individual financial and college access counseling sessions.Portland, ME
2016Lake Region Senior Service$10,000To provide support for programs that provide transportation to low-income seniors, disabled citizens and cancer patients.Bridgton, ME
2016Maine Community Action Association$160,000A two year grant for repairs to homes of senior Maine residents.E. Wilton, ME
2016Muskie School of Public Service$50,000To develop and implement an employer engagement strategy to address youth workforce development in Maine.Portland, ME
2016Muskie School of Public Service$75,000To continue the implementation of the Aspen Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund work in Southern Maine as part of the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network.Portland, ME
2016Sanford Public Schools$10,000To support community- based summer programming to address summer learning loss in Sanford.Sanford, ME
2016Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine$20,000To provide funding to support sexual assault education and services specific to homeless and at-risk youth.Portland, ME
2016Southern Maine Agency on Aging$10,000To provide support for the When In Need (WIN) Fund, a discretionary fund designed to support the basic human needs of older and disabled adults in southern Maine.Scarborough, ME
2016The Opportunity Alliance$100,000To provide support for business intelligence through the development of a data analytic infrastructure.South Portland, ME
2016Unitarian Universalist Association$7,000To purchase non-food items for Sanford's Corner Cupboard, such as batteries for smoke detectors, trash bags and personal hygiene products.Sanford, ME
2016York County Community Action Corporation$20,000To provide mental health services such as assessments, behavior and treatment planning, and whole-family interventions for children in Head Start.Sanford, ME
2016York County Community Action Corporation$60,000For a feasibility study on establishing an intergenerational day care center that would combine childcare and adult day services at one location.Sanford, ME
2015Biddeford School Department$26,400To pilot a school-based mental health clinician model.Biddeford, ME
2015Boy Scouts of America$15,750To expand services to boys with low-incomes in Portland, Biddeford and Saco; and to allocate additional resources for Somali youth in Lewiston.Raymond, ME
2015Educate Maine$198,000Two year grant to serve as the fiscal sponsor for Count Me In, an initiative focused on partnering with school districts and communities to decrease chronic absenteeism by implementing evidence-based practices.Portland, ME
2015Lake Region Senior Service$5,000To support transportation programs for low-income seniors, disabled citizens, and cancer patients.Bridgton, ME
2015MaineHealth Care At Home$25,000To support the Pediatric Social Work/Navigator Program, which helps children and families coping with the challenges of cancer; and  the Pediatric Telehealth Oncology Program, which allows families to access care from their homes.Saco, ME
2015Muskie School of Public Service$119,500Two year grant to support the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network’s implementation plan to provide comprehensive, coordinated supports and opportunities to vulnerable older youth.Portland, ME
2015Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center$10,000 To support programs that provide low-income families with food and connections to community services.Biddeford, ME
2015The Center for Grieving Children$20,000To support the Tender Living Care Program,  which provides education and emotional support to families when a parent or caregiver is diagnosed with a life impacting illness, including cancer.Portland, ME
2015The Opportunity Alliance$20,000To support the Children's Outpatient Therapy program, which provides mental health assessment and treatment services to children and their families.South Portland, ME
2015The Opportunity Alliance$80,000For capacity building.South Portland, ME
2015York County Community Action Corporation$25,000To support mental health services and whole-family interventions for children in Head Start.Sanford, ME
2014Educate Maine$99,000To act as fiscal sponsor for the implementation team of Count ME In, a data-driven community based model to address the problem of chronic absenteeism in Maine.Portland, ME
2014Hospice of Southern Maine$15,000To provide operating support for medical, emotional, and spiritual services for cancer patients who are seriously ill with a terminal diagnosis.Scarborough, ME
2014Lake Region Senior Service$10,000To provide transportation to low-income seniors, disabled citizens and cancer patients.Bridgton, ME
2014LearningWorks$19,000In supplemental funding for the implementation of a summer learning program in Biddeford aimed at addressing summer learning loss.Portland, ME
2014LearningWorks$42,000To address summer learning loss for students entering grades K through 3 in the Biddeford Public Schools.Portland, ME
2014MaineHealth Care At Home$25,000To provide funding for pediatric social work services to support children and their families navigating the challenges of cancer.Saco, ME
2014Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine$20,000To provide funding for staffing for sexual assault education and services specific to homeless and at-risk youth.Portland, ME
2014Southern Maine Agency on Aging$20,000To provide support to reduce re-hospitalization rates of high-risk Medicare patients by providing home-delivered meals after discharge from the hospital.Scarborough, ME
2014The Opportunity Alliance$15,000To provide funding to support mental health assessment and treatment services for children and their families.South Portland, ME
2014United Way of York County$15,000To provide funding to Partners For A Hunger Free York County for farm shares of local produce to low-income seniors in York County.Kennebunk, ME
2014York County Community Action Corporation$23,000To provide support for public transportation for Sanford and Springvale residents - many on fixed incomes - to access local shopping, medical and job opportunities.Sanford, ME
2013Day One$25,000To provide mental health counseling to youth in Greater Portland.South Portland, ME
2013Easter Seals Maine$25,000To provide Early Intervention services such as preventative physical, occupational, speech, and language therapies to disadvantaged children from birth to age 5 with disabilities, special needs, and various mental illnesses.Portland, ME
2013Frannie Peabody Center$25,000To provide direct services for clients living with co-occurring mental illness and HIV/AIDS.Portland, ME
2013Lake Region Senior Service$5,000To provide transportation to low-income seniors and disabled citizens and cancer patients.Bridgton, ME
2013LearningWorks$31,526To support a summer learning program aimed at addressing potential summer learning loss in Biddeford public schools.Portland, ME
2013Muskie School of Public Service$75,000To support the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative and facilitation of a community mapping process to document and collect outcomes of the promising programs serving youth in Southern Maine.Portland, ME
2013Shalom House$15,000To provide emergency funds to individuals without the financial means to meet basic needs.Portland, ME
2013Southern Maine Agency on Aging$160,000To support programming and training for the staff of two new Adult Day Centers in Falmouth and Biddeford.Scarborough, ME
2013Spurwink Services$30,000To support the use of Every Day Counts a community based model to work with four school districts to improve student attendance.Portland, ME
2013The Center for Grieving Children$15,000To provide peer support, home/hospital visits, education, and resources to families with children ages 3-18 and young adults 19-30 where the parent or caregiver is facing serious illness.Portland, ME
2013United Way of York County$15,000To improve regular access to healthy foods for low-income senior citizens in York County, building upon successful summer Farm Fresh Foods for Seniors and Winter Shares projects.Kennebunk, ME
2013York County Community Action Corporation$24,000To provide transportation for York County residents who are receiving treatment for cancer.Sanford, ME
2012Biddeford Free Clinic$15,000To support the Pharmacy program for non-narcotic prescription medications for those without health insurance living in poverty.Biddeford, ME
2012Counseling Services$10,000To support mental health services to children diagnosed with mental illness that are underinsured or uninsured.Saco, ME
2012New Beginnings$25,000To provide support for housing and other services for disadvantaged and disconnected youth in Androscoggin, Franklin, Cumberland, York, and Kennebec counties.Lewiston, ME
2012Northern York County Family YMCA$10,000To provide affordable and subsidized full-day child care for children from ages six weeks to five years at their Community Childcare Center.Biddeford, ME
2012York County Community Action Corporation$26,400To provide dental care for uninsured patients through an existing oral health care program.Sanford, ME
2012York County Shelter Programs$50,000To provide food and mental health/psychiatric services at the Homeless Shelter in York.Alfred, ME