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How the Foundation is Supporting Vulnerable Mainers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

April 3, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

A message from John T. Gorman Foundation President & CEO Tony Cipollone First, I hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy. Clearly, the last few weeks have been unsettling as the coronavirus pandemic has reached into our state, not only raising concerns about public health, but upending how we live and work in nearly every way. In a very short time, we’ve had to adjust to numerous realities that would have…

RELEASE: John T. Gorman Foundation Awards $500,000 in Grants to Organizations Serving Vulnerable Mainers During COVID-19 Outbreak

April 2, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates, Press Releases

Grants go to 11 nonprofits across the state providing emergency food and shelter Portland, Maine—As part of its COVID-19 response, the John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $500,000 in grants to 11 Maine nonprofits working to provide food and shelter to Mainers in need during the outbreak. The mission of the independent, statewide Foundation is to improve the lives of disadvantaged people in Maine. “Our non-profit community is doing incredible work to help Mainers struggling…

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…