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Maine Prepares for New Federal Law with Aim of Keeping More Families Together

October 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

John T. Gorman Foundation sponsors an event to inform Maine stakeholders on the Family First Services Prevention Act, a new federal child welfare law aimed at strengthening at-risk families   The stability, emotional connection, and support a child receives from their family form the foundation for well-being and future success. Yet, many families struggle at times to offer these essential building blocks or even to provide a safe environment for their children. In these difficult…

Rising to the Challenge

October 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

When 300 asylum seekers unexpectedly arrived in Portland this summer, John T. Gorman Fellow Gail Cressey led successful efforts to prepare 85 immigrant children for the rapidly approaching school year. In late June, groups of asylum seekers from Central African nations started to arrive in Portland by Greyhound bus. They would eventually number 300, including a significant number of children. Facing persecution and violence in their home countries, most had fled to South and Central…

In Lewiston, A Cause for Applause

October 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

Growing Our Tree Streets, a transformation plan for Lewiston’s Tree Streets neighborhood, reaches an important milestone On September 17, the Lewiston City Council voted unanimously to adopt Growing Our Tree Streets, a HUD Choice Neighborhood transformation plan centered on Lewiston’s Tree Streets neighborhood.  Rules against cheering couldn’t keep the packed chambers from erupting in applause. The vote comes a year and a half after Lewiston became the smallest city in the country to receive a…

Helping Business Owners Retire Without Retiring Their Businesses

October 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

When small-business owners retire, their businesses often close, leading to the loss not only of jobs but also services in the community. Here’s what one Foundation-funded partnership is doing to preserve those community assets in Maine’s Washington County. The oft-repeated statement “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy” may sound a bit cliched, but in Maine it is absolutely true. Statewide, companies with fewer than 500 workers (what’s considered a small business by the…

OPEN POSITION: Program Associate

October 1, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

The John T. Gorman Foundation is currently hiring for a Program Associate. The Program Associate will work with other Foundation staff, helping to craft and implement investment strategies that can advance the Foundation’s desire to seed and implement new ideas and best practices that support disadvantaged Maine people. To apply, please submit all of the following: a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to hr@jtgfoundation.org by October 18, 2019. Full job description and desired qualifications…

PHOTO: Explaining the Goals of Thrive2027

September 10, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

On September 9, John T. Gorman Foundation President Tony Cipollone and United Way of Greater Portland Senior Vice President of Community Impact Dan Coyne spoke to members of the Maine Philanthropy Center about Thrive2027. This collaborative effort among nearly 300 cross-sector partners in Cumberland County seeks to better align work in the community to achieve three goals by 2027: 1) Give kids a strong start, 2) Empower neighbors to thrive—not just survive; and 3) Help…

August Resources Update

August 5, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

The John T. Gorman Foundation maintains a resources page with data, reports and best practices on our four focus areas: young children, older youth, families, and seniors. Here is a rundown of our latest updates. Georgetown University: Born to Win, Schooled to Lose For low-income students, high test scores in kindergarten do not necessarily result in higher economic status later in life, report finds, citing other disparities. Read more > Child Trends: Assessment and Mapping…

Former Fellows Reflect

July 18, 2019 – JTGF News & Updates

Years after completing the John T. Gorman Fellowship, three former participants discuss the impact it has had on their work [caption id="attachment_3714" align="alignright" width="1170"] Foundation President Tony Cipollone welcomes a gathering of all three Fellowship cohorts.[/caption] From its start four years ago, the intent of the John T. Gorman Fellowship has been to make a lasting impact not only on its participants, but also on the organizations and systems in which they work. Using a…