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The Opportunity Alliance Places Results at the Center of Its Approach

August 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

As the Community Action Agency serving Maine’s most populous region, The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) seeks to help Cumberland County residents live better lives by offering over 40 programs that provide mental health, early education, housing and other services. Running such a large-scale operation is complex. After a 2011 merger expanded TOA’s reach, its leadership recognized the opportunity to improve client outcomes by better coordinating programs and services – both internally and with other organizations. With…

The John T. Gorman Fellowship Program Helps Maine’s Nonprofit Leaders Succeed

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

At the John T. Gorman Foundation, we’re proud to support many organizations that are improving the lives of Mainers throughout the state. But we know that these organizations’ greatest resource is the dedicated staff who serve as their leadership. In 2014, we made the strategic decision to help bolster this resource by establishing the inaugural John T. Gorman Foundation Fellowship, an opportunity for the rising generation of nonprofit and public sector leaders in Maine to…

Through Community Aging in Place, Seniors Feel Safer at Home

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

At the core of the John T. Gorman Foundation’s work with seniors is our conviction that older people in Maine should be able to remain safely in their communities as long as possible. One way to ensure this is to make the physical condition of those homes safer. Simple measures like installing grab bars in the shower, repairing gaps in the floor, and checking smoke detectors can go a long way towards preventing injuries in…

The Maine Community College System and the John T. Gorman Foundation: A Valued Partnership

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3423" align="alignleft" width="545"] A My Success student at Southern Maine Community College.[/caption] Community colleges’ commitment to delivering high-quality education to non-traditional, first-generation and returning students makes them highly effective in providing individuals and families with paths out of poverty. A number of the goals and strategies of the John T. Gorman Foundation rely on close collaboration with the Maine Community College System, and it’s a relationship we’re proud of. Having grown dramatically over the…

Gateway to Opportunity Gives Young Mainers Memorable Summers

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

Summer jobs are an important source of income, structure and self-esteem for young Mainers, but these opportunities are increasingly hard to come by. Indeed, the unemployment rate for Maine youth between the ages of 16 and 19 is more than three times the overall rate. Low-income teens are disproportionately affected by this shortage: national research has shown that they are up to 20 percentage points less likely to be employed when compared to their moderate-…

Summer Learning Initiative Broadens to Include More Community-Based Programming and School-Based Sites

May 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3415" align="alignright" width="351"] Participants from last year's Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine summer programming.[/caption] Schoolchildren all over Maine are counting down the days until summer vacation begins. This year, more young kids will benefit from literacy-based programming that will keep them from losing ground over the break. As part of our efforts to help Maine’s children read proficiently by the end of third grade, the John T. Gorman Foundation has partnered with…

Grantee Profile: Lydia Home Association

February 24, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

[caption id="attachment_3451" align="alignright" width="225"] A young member of a host family gives a warm welcome to a Safe Families for Children visitor.[/caption] Program: Safe Families for Children All parents need a support network, and that's never truer than in times of crisis. For many vulnerable families in Maine who face adverse circumstances, Safe Families for Children (SFFC) serves as that support network. A program of Lydia Home Association, a Chicago-based organization that's been helping families…

New Report Finds That Not All Maine's Seniors Are Thriving

February 24, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

Many of us know that Maine’s population is getting older – fast. But how does this demographic shift affect the everyday lives of seniors around the state? Can they afford to stay in their homes? Who makes up their social safety net? Do they have enough income to live comfortably, or are they just barely getting by? To help answer these questions, and to guide the John T. Gorman Foundation’s senior-related investments, the Foundation commissioned…