2012 Critical Support Grants

The Critical Support Grants Program provided $2.5 million in support to organizations that were meeting the immediate needs of struggling Mainers in 2012.

The following is a list of organizations who received funds through the Program:


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A Company of Girls, Portland To provide a safe and supportive place for up to 30 girls for an after school program throughout the school year.

Advocates for Children, Lewiston Support for the Nurturing Parenting Program for the parents of infant, toddler and preschool age children, as well as a specific program for Somali parents.

American Cancer Society, Portland/Waterville Support for the Patient Navigator and the Road to Recovery Programs for patients undergoing cancer treatments.

Amistad, Inc., Portland To provide breakfast and basic supplies.

Androscoggin Children's Advocacy Center, Lewiston Support for the Forensic Interviewer Program in an effort to strengthen the community response to child abuse cases.

Aroostook County Action Program, Presque Isle To replenish the Emergency Relief Fund to provide resources to clients when there is no other resource in the community (examples are things like rent, fuel assistance, prescriptions)

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Beacon Project, Islesboro To fund transportation costs for elderly residents to medical appointments on the mainland.

Biddeford Free Clinic, Biddeford Support for the Pharmacy program for non-narcotic prescription medications for those without health insurance living in poverty.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bath/Brunswick, Brunswick Support for programs and services including after-school academic assistance and mentoring for young people ages 5-18, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Region, Rockland Support for programs and services including after-school academic assistance and mentoring for young people ages 5-18, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, Portland Support for programs and services including after-school academic assistance and mentoring for young people ages 5-18, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances.

Bowdoinham Public Library, Bowdoinham To provide for a Bowdoinham Summer Reading Support and Family Literacy Program for low-income children and their families.

Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine, Portland Support for programs and services including after-school academic assistance and mentoring for young people ages 5-18, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances.

Brunswick Area Respite Care, Brunswick Support for home care services for the elderly.

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Camp Sunshine, Casco Support for Maine families and children with life-threatening illnesses.

Cancer Community Center – South Portland Support for the well-being of individuals and their families living with cancer.

Catholic Charities Maine, Portland Support for the Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage and Hope Program (SEARCH), connecting elderly people to volunteer support to enhance independence, community integration and self-sufficiency.

Center for Wisdom's Women, Lewiston To provide general operating support for a drop-in Center for low-income women providing food, clothing, and personal hygiene products. The Center also supports women by providing dental, medical, and mental health services including domestic violence and sexual assault services as needed.

Charlotte White Center, Dover-Foxcroft To provide meals and maintain decent, safe, affordable supported housing for low-income adults who have serious prolonged disabilities for one year.

Child and Family Opportunities, Ellsworth To increase access to early care and education services in Washington County.

Coastal Enterprises Inc., Wiscasset To provide assistance to New Americans around business development with an existing program called StartSmart.

Community Caring Collaborative, Washington County To provide short term or one time financial support to meet critical needs of poor families.

Community Concepts, Lewiston To provide low-income seniors, veterans and cancer patients with rides to critical and preventative medical care, mental health services, social services and prescription pick-up.

Community Dental – Farmington Support for the purchase of dental supplies to provide needed services at the Farmington Dental Center.

Community Financial Literacy, Portland To provide general operating support for financial literacy information specific to immigrants and refugees.

Consumers for Affordable Healthcare, Augusta Support for the Consumer Assistance Program to help low-income adults and families find affordable health insurance coverage or health care services.

Counseling Services Inc., Saco Support for mental health services to children diagnosed with mental illness that are underinsured or uninsured.

Cultivating Community, Portland Support to improve low-income access to fresh food by supporting small scale, local farmers to provide a sustainable food supply in Greater Portland.

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Downeast Health Services, Ellsworth To support dental services for uninsured individuals and maintain unlimited access for individuals insured by Medicaid through Maine Coast Community Dental clinic.

Down East Hospice Volunteers, Calais To provide for the unmet needs of Washington County individuals who are terminally ill and want to spend their final days at home.

Downtown Education Collaborative, Lewiston Support for increasing educational attainment and college aspirations for youth and adult residents of Lewiston's poorest neighborhoods.

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East Parish Housing Ministry, Starks To support general improvements to homes with substandard conditions.

Easter Seals, Portland Support for early intervention services that provide physical, occupational, speech and language therapies to children with disabilities or special needs.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Bangor To provide access to both short-term and long-term programs that will inform and educate older adults on their individual risk of falling and also recommend environmental and physical changes they can incorporate in their daily lives to reduce those risks and ultimately increase independence within the home.

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Family Violence Project, Augusta Support for transportation needs of domestic violence clients seeking community services.

Food and Medicine, Brewer To provide a 50% discount for EBT (food stamp) users who purchase food at two farmers markets in Bangor and through a farm share program.

Food for Maine's Future, Sedgwick Support to provide fresh food to migrant farmworkers.

Four Directions Development Corporation, Orono Support for financial counseling and training for Maine tribal members.

Frannie Peabody Center, Portland Support for services to people in Maine living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

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Good Shepard Food Bank, Auburn Support for the Mainers Feeding Mainers program to utilize purchase partnerships with Maine Farms, dairies and fisheries to increase the flow of healthier and fresher foods to food pantries serving needy families and individuals.

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Healthy Acadia, Bar Harbor To provide Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares to low-income households in Hancock County during the 2013 growing season.

Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin, Farmington To support the Mobile Health Unit Program, a nurse's station on wheels providing access to health care services and screenings in communities in Franklin County.

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, Gardiner Support for outreach workers providing services to families with substance abuse issues whose children are enrolled in either Head-Start program or the Home Visiting programs.

H.O.M.E., Orland Support for food, shelter and employment opportunities for men, women and children in Hancock County.

Hospice of Southern Maine, Scarborough To provide for the essential needs for terminally ill patients and their support networks.

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Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Portland To support the Asylum Program, which provides legal representation and services such as: attorney consultations, legal rights orientations for immigration detainees, assistance with immigration applications for employment authorization, permanent residency, citizenship, Temporary Protected status and family-based visas.

Island Institute, Rockland To provide weatherization for low-income homeowners and reduce current heating costs on Monhegan, Matinicus and Isle au Haut.

Island Nursing Home, Deer Isle Support for transportation needs for elderly residents.

ITN Portland, Westbrook To support a transportation fund for low-income seniors and visually impaired adults at places of worship in the Greater Portland area (13 towns within a 15 mile radius from downtown Portland).

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Jobs for Maine Graduates, Augusta To support a Pathway Specialist in the communities of Brewer, Windham, Portland and Bath to help high school students attain a high school diploma and identify plans for educational and employment opportunities after high school.

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Kennebec Behavioral Health, Waterville To provide direct care to youths between the ages of 10 and 17 who are homeless, runaways or at risk of homelessness, to help them move toward stable living options and to reduce youth homelessness in central Maine.

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Waterville To provide support for a WorkReady session which is designed to assist unemployed individuals achieve employment.

Kennebec Valley Dental Coalition, Waterville To provide dental supplies to 3,500 patients serviced at the Community Dental Center.

King Middle School, Portland To support the Student Centered Assessments Program, aimed at raising math and reading scores of students who are underserved.

Knox County Health Clinic, Rockland Support for health care services including preventative care and mental health for those without health insurance.

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LearningWorks, Portland To provide transportation and food to as many as 35 students attending LearningWorks' Youth Building Alternatives program, a 48 week alternative education program for out of school youth ages 16,24.

Legal Services for the Elderly, Augusta Support for 595 hours of free legal help to 150 low-income seniors most at risk of foreclosure.

Lincoln County Healthcare, Damariscotta Support for free comprehensive dental exams and x-rays to individuals in Lincoln County.

Literacy Volunteers Androscoggin, Auburn Support for literacy tutors and English conversation partners to work with immigrants and refugee students in Androscoggin County.

Lubec Youth Collaborative, Lubec To support approximately the Fall and Spring 2012-2013 sessions of the After School Program.

Lutheran Social Services of Northern New England, Westbrook Support for Camp Sign-A-Watha in Monmouth for Maine's deaf adults with developmental disabilities.

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Mahoosuc Kids Association, Bethel To provide after school programming specific to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for up to 450 youth.

Maine Farmland Trust, Belfast To provide low-income people facing food insecurity with access to local farm products through free farm shares in Waldo and Kennebec counties.

Maine Kids-Kin, Bangor To provide programs for grandparents or family members who are raising children due to family separation.

Maine Sea Coast Mission, Cherryfield Support for programs meeting the needs of at-risk populations in Hancock County.

Mano en Mano, Milbridge To provide assistance to migrant workers in accessing health care, job training, housing, and education services in Washington County.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Brunswick Support to purchase food for food pantry clients during the next 12 months.

Midcoast Maine Community Action, Bath To provide support for a Sustainable Wellness Program offering families and children access to healthy food.

Mission Possible Teen Center, Westbrook Support for youth programming for youth, ages 10 -18.

Mitchell Institute, Portland To support the Promise Fund, an emergency fund for Mitchell Scholars from low-income families.

Morrison Center, Scarborough Support for a recreation program for children with disabilities.

MSAD 75 School Based Health Center, Topsham To provide student health services at Mt. Ararat High School for low-income students.

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Neighborhood Housing League, Lewiston To support the Lead Notification Project which will educate low-income residents about ambient lead dust and provide them with proper lead dust cleaning kits in an effort to reduce lead dust exposure and elevated blood lead levels in children.

New Beginnings, Lewiston Support for housing and support services for disadvantaged and disconnected youth in Androscoggin, Franklin, Cumberland, York, and Kennebec counties.

Northern York County Family YMCA, Biddeford To provide affordable and subsidized full-day child care for children from ages six weeks to five years at their Community Childcare Center.

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Oasis Health Network, Brunswick Support for preventative care and mental health services to very low-income clients.

Oncology Support Project, Bangor Support for low-income patients with basic needs while undergoing treatment at CancerCare of Maine at EMMC in Brewer.

One Tree Wholistic Learning Center, South Portland Support for high-quality child care services for low income families in the Redbank area of South Portland.

Opportunity Alliance, South Portland Support for the mental health care needs of individuals in the Greater Portland area.

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Penobscot Community Health Care, Bangor To provide access to dental care for those with lowest incomes and greatest need.

Penobscot YMCA, Rockport Support for transportation and food to children and families in the Rockland area attending summer programs at the YMCA.

People's Plus, Brunswick Support for the Volunteer Transportation Network Program, providing rides for local seniors.

Penquis Community Action Program, Bangor To support the Intensive Case Management program

Pine Tree Hospice, Dover Foxcroft Providing operating support for end of life care to low-income individuals and families.

Portland Adult Education, Portland To provide operating support for adult education in Portland.

Preble Street, Portland Support for food programs, including food purchases, transportation, storage and preparation.

Progress Center, Norway To provide operating support for a soup kitchen that serves up to 200 meals per day, three times per week.

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Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, Belfast To support the Court Diversion program juvenile/young adult offenders.

Riverton School, Portland To build a sustainable school garden for educational and healthy nutritional purposes at Riverton School while reinforcing academic skills during the summer months.

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Safe Voices, Auburn To provide security rental deposits for safe housing for women fleeing domestic violence.

Seeds of Independence, Freeport Support for at-risk youth (young juvenile offenders) primarily in the Freeport, Brunswick and Topsham area.

SeniorsPlus, Lewiston To provide meals to seniors currently on the waiting list of the Meals on Wheels program.

Sexual Assault Response Services Southern Maine, Portland To provide operating support for victims of sexual violence in southern Maine.

Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Scarborough To provide Meals on Wheels to homebound people in York and Cumberland counties who are under 60 and disabled.

Spectrum Generations, Augusta To provide meals through the Meals on Wheels program to homebound adults and seniors in Somerset County.

St. Apollonia Dental Clinic, Presque Isle To support dental services to 1,300 low-income children in Aroostook County.

St. Mary's Nutrition Center, Lewiston To support continued education and support for people with limited incomes, and/or facing food insecurity, in accessing fresh foods through coordinated local food initiatives.

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Tedford Housing, Brunswick To support the operating costs of the Brunswick adult and family shelters serving the Mid-Coast Maine region.

Trekkers, Inc., Tenants Harbor To support experiential mentoring program for at risk youth.

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United Way of Greater Portland, Portland To support the Keep ME Warm Fund to be distributed statewide for heating assistance for low-income Mainers this winter.

Unity Barn Raisers, Unity To provide meals and increase the nutrition value of those meals for low-income families in Waldo County.

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Volunteers of American Northern New England, Brunswick To support employment service programs for clients that are veterans, formerly incarcerated, mentally ill, and/or homeless.

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Waldo Community Action Partners, Belfast To support early education services for children and adults from low-income and underserved households.

Washington County Children's Program, Machias To provide oral health care services to children through two-week long clinics in collaboration with the New York University College of Dentistry.

Washington Hancock Community Agency, Ellsworth To provide operating support for programs serving low-income clients.

Wayside Food Programs, Portland Support for the Food Rescue Program which sources food from over 20 vendors and redistributes it to more than 60 food pantries.

Western Maine Community Action, East Wilton Support for the Keeping Seniors Home program, providing needed weatherization and safety upgrades to homes for low income seniors.

Women, Work and Community, Augusta To support career planning and small business development for low-income women in order to realize economic self-sufficiency.

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York County Community Health Care, Sanford To provide dental care for uninsured patients through an existing oral health care program.

York County Shelter Programs, Alfred Support for food and mental health/psychiatric services at the Homeless Shelter in York.