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UPDATE: COVID-19 Outbreak

March 16, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

To John T. Gorman Foundation partners, grantees, and community, The outbreak of COVID-19 in Maine makes this an exceptionally difficult time for our state’s nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. To continue supporting them, the John T. Gorman Foundation remains committed to maintaining its operations. However, to protect the safety of our staff and public, all Foundation staff will be performing their duties from home. Our staff continues to be available and can be…

Winter 2020 Newsletter Pays Tribute to Founder Tom Gorman

February 19, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates, Newsletters

Dear Friend, Monday, February 10, marked the 10th anniversary of our founder Tom Gorman’s death. For the John T. Gorman Foundation’s Board and staff, it is an apt time to both remember and celebrate Tom’s remarkable generosity and his unflinching compassion for disadvantaged Mainers. As a grandson of L.L. Bean and a lifelong resident of Yarmouth, Tom knew well that Mainers living on the margins did not enjoy the same advantages his supportive family and community…

Mitchell Promise Scholars, A Promising Approach

February 14, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

A partnership between the John T. Gorman Foundation and Mitchell Institute gives students from very challenging circumstances access to scholarships & intensive supports to get through college [caption id="attachment_4186" align="alignleft" width="1170"] Mitchell Promise Scholars Caitlin Farrington (left) and Abby Weigang (right) with Mitchell Institute Scholarship Director Kim Gustafson and John T. Gorman Foundation President & CEO Tony Cipollone.[/caption] During Caitlin Farrington’s sophomore year at Colby College, her adoptive parents cut ties with her. The relationship…

Winter '20 Foundation News of Note

February 14, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

Welcome Lily and Lisa! The John T. Gorman Foundation has made two great additions to its team. Lily Collins (left) joins us as Administrative Assistant/Receptionist with a non-profit background that includes conservation, sustainable farming, and food security. New Program Associate Lisa Margulies is an attorney who most recently worked as Senior Policy Specialist for the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) at Community Resources for Justice, where she provided technical assistance to state governments in developing…

Keisha's Story of Food Insecurity

February 12, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

Keisha Beal, a 28-year mother from Rockland, recently participated in the Building Advocates Leadership Program, an initiative of Good Shepherd Food Bank funded by the John T. Gorman Foundation, to empower those who have experienced food insecurity as advocates. An important part of the process was having participants share their powerful stories—and to have those stories heard. Here is Keisha’s, in her own words. [caption id="attachment_4148" align="alignright" width="362"] Keisha Beal[/caption] I am a survivor of…

Ending Hunger in Maine One Community, One Client at a Time

February 12, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

John T. Gorman Foundation grant supports efforts at Good Shepherd Food to develop community-driven strategies to address hunger and empower the food insecure as advocates At Good Shepherd Food Bank’s warehouse in Auburn, forklifts raise pallets of food onto shelves over 30 feet high. Garage doors lead to refrigerated coolers that can hold up to 22 truckloads of fresh fruit, vegetables, and dairy. Boxes full of donated food from area grocery stores ride along conveyer…

Direct Services Grantee Profile: Healthy Acadia

February 12, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

Foundation-Supported Gleaning Initiative Helps Feed the Hungry in Downeast Maine [caption id="attachment_4136" align="alignleft" width="1170"] Student volunteers gleaning in Hancock County. Photo/Healthy Acadia[/caption] [NOTE: The John T. Gorman Foundation will be accepting applications for the 2020 Direct Services Grant Program until March 25. These grants of up to $25,000 support strategies for meeting the immediate basic needs of vulnerable Mainers. In this profile, we take a look at how a recent grantees is using funding to…

2019 John T. Gorman Fellows Share Strategies & Progress Toward Improving Lives in Maine

February 12, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

The 2019 John T. Gorman Fellows completed the final seminar of the Fellowship last November, capping off nine months of intensive work not only to learn the elements of Results Based Leadership, but to apply them in their work in real time. Over the course of the Fellowship, these established leaders identified their “result”– the ultimate outcome they are trying to achieve for economically disadvantaged Mainers – along with a set of targeted goals to…