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New England Data Glimpse: Childcare Disruptions

November 10, 2021 – Maine Data Glimpse

Analysis from Jessica Carson, Ph.D. and Sarah Boege at Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire and commissioned by the John T. Gorman Foundation. This Data Glimpse uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey collected from September 1 to October 11, 2021 to describe childcare disruptions in New England. Specifically, we estimate the share of New England households with a child under age 12 that reported that their…

2021 Fall Newsletter: New Opportunities for Positive Impact

October 27, 2021 – JTGF News & Updates, Newsletters

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

October 26, 2021 – JTGF News & Updates

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

October 26, 2021 – JTGF News & Updates

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.

Q&A with Janet Smith, New Ventures Maine

October 26, 2021 – JTGF News & Updates

Income is important to a family’s financial stability, but so too are wealth and assets, the reservoir of resources that can be tapped to weather emergencies and invest in the future. As the Foundation prepares to release a brief in the coming weeks with recommendations to make wealth-building opportunities more accessible and equitable, we spoke with John T. Gorman Fellow Janet Smith – just named Director of New Ventures Maine – for her perspective on why helping low-income families build savings is important to their long-term success and what barriers currently stand in their way.

Snapshots & Updates: 2021 Direct Services Grant Program

October 26, 2021 – JTGF News & Updates

Last spring, the John T. Gorman Foundation awarded $1 million to 71 organizations through its annual Direct Services Grant Program. Since then, grantees have done exceptional work to help low-income Mainers meet their essential needs amid the challenges of a prolonged pandemic. Here in their own words, a sample of grantees offer updates and snapshots of their work this year.

Summer 2021 Newsletter: A busy and exciting couple of months

August 3, 2021 – Newsletters

Dear Friend, While the season has brought us welcomed warmer weather and longer days, that hasn’t slowed the pace of good work being done by our grantees and partners throughout Maine. Similarly, it’s been a busy and exciting couple of months here at the John T. Gorman Foundation. In May, we joined many others in cheering the news that Lewiston would receive a historic and potentially transformational federal investment in its Tree Streets Neighborhood. More recently, we…

Lewiston Receives Transformational Grant. What Happens Now?

July 27, 2021 – JTGF News & Updates

Recent news that Lewiston will receive a $30 million grant to build new housing and strengthen community resources in the Tree Streets Neighborhood is cause for celebration. But in many ways, the work has just begun to transform this neighborhood into a place where all residents can thrive. This article offers an overview of the impact this funding will have and shares insight into where assistance is still needed.