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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…

Medical-Legal Partnership Fights for Lewiston-Auburn’s Kids

February 24, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

The news out of Flint, Mich. serves as a painful reminder of the threat that lead exposure poses to healthy child development. The John T. Gorman Foundation has been working to bring attention to the lead crisis in Maine for nearly two years through a variety of strategies. One tactic has been our funding to establish the Medical-Legal Lead Paint Enforcement Project of Pine Tree Legal Assistance. The Foundation made a three-year grant of $555,000…

Matched Savings Efforts Help Mainers Work Towards a Better Future

February 23, 2016 – JTGF News & Updates

For many Mainers, saving for a house, for an education, or even just to get through an emergency is a goal that feels out of reach. In fact, according to the latest Assets and Opportunity Scorecard released by the nonprofit CFED, nearly half of Maine households live in “liquid asset poverty.” This means they either already live below the poverty line, or would slip below it if they lost their income source for three months,…

Family Futures Downeast Offers Opportunities for Parents and Children in Washington County

November 17, 2015 – JTGF News & Updates

Increasingly, policymakers, practitioners and other thought-leaders nationally are recommending that social service programs transition from considering the needs of children and adults separately to designing services that are meant to work for the whole family. Called a “two-generation approach,” the underlying principle of this strategy is that permanent family economic security is easier to attain if opportunities and supports are simultaneously offered to both children and those who care for them. Soon, residents of Washington…

With Speech, Mitchell Motivates Fellows to Focus on Results

November 17, 2015 – JTGF News & Updates

Senator George Mitchell is one of the most respected political figures in Maine -- and the nation. In a recent speech given to the inaugural class of the John T. Gorman Foundation Fellowship, Sen. Mitchell continued to inspire others to join his lifelong effort to improve the lives of all Mainers. Sen. Mitchell met with a group including the Fellows, their colleagues, Foundation board members and staff. Drawing from his varied and rich experiences as…

KIDS LEGAL Fellow Helps Young People Achieve Educational Goals

November 17, 2015 – JTGF News & Updates

Legal advocacy is one of the best tools available to ensure that vulnerable kids are receiving the education they deserve. In Maine, the KIDS LEGAL project of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, the state’s federally funded civil legal aid organization, provides this kind of advocacy for young people. As part of its priority area related to helping older youth successfully transition to adulthood, the John T. Gorman Foundation invested in the KIDS LEGAL project in 2013,…