Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.


Poverty in the United States could reach highest levels in over 50 years

April 16, 2020 – Families

New research from Columbia University’s Center on Poverty & Social Policy uses a new application of the Supplemental Poverty Measure framework to estimate poverty trends at varying levels of unemployment. The authors suggest that if unemployment reaches 30 percent in the coronavirus pandemic’s aftermath, poverty could increase to nearly 19 percent. #covid-19 #workforce

A coronavirus recovery: How to ensure older workers fully participate

April 16, 2020 – Seniors

Once the worst of the outbreak is over and social distancing measures are relaxed, policies to help older workers will be needed to ensure they share in the recovery. Older workers who lose their jobs in a recession are more likely to be unemployed for long periods. The Economic Policy Institute posits a detailed list of actions to be taken to protect older workers. #covid-19 #workforce

Coronavirus Will Require Changes in Schools When They Reopen to Protect Students

April 16, 2020 – General

Schools will likely need to modify their practices so that teachers, staff, and students maintain social distancing standards when they return. Just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out interim guidance about safety practices for essential workers, a federal agency could issue guidance for schools based on expert opinion and available knowledge about the feasibility of various social distancing practices carried out in the past. #covid-19 #education

During COVID-19, States Should Continue Waiving TANF Work Requirements and Time Limits

April 16, 2020 – Families

A recent publication from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) suggests several actions that states can take to increase access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly known as welfare) during this economic and public health crisis. One way to do this is to waive work requirements or grant good cause exemptions for those impacted by COVID19. States that have already waived or temporarily suspended TANF work requirements include Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, and Washington. Additionally, some states— such as California, Connecticut, and Minnesota—have temporarily frozen time limits on the number of months a family can receive TANF over a lifetime. #covid-19

Mental and Behavioral Health System Fixes During the COVID-19 Crisis, and Beyond

April 16, 2020 – Families

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) published a brief suggesting that the pandemic is producing “cultural trauma” that will trigger adverse mental health outcomes. The brief suggests expansions of federal funding for behavioral health services and staff and addressing gaps in telehealth delivery (including reconsidering regulations around accessing therapy through text and phone app). The brief also suggests ways that states can waive requirements around pre-authorization for services, utilizing presumptive eligibility, and determining medical necessity of mental health services to deliver services more quickly. #covid-19

Your Unemployment Call Could be Answered by the National Guard

April 16, 2020 – General

Pew Trusts reports that states are struggling to process the high volume of unemployment calls, particularly with departments’ outdated technology. Many states, including Florida and Texas have transferred staff from other state agencies and hired new workers, New Hampshire and West Virginia have requested call center support from the National Guard, Georgia and New Jersey have asked retired state employees to return to work, and New York has shortened forms to speed processing time. A summary of changes to unemployment compensation rules and administrative responses by state is available from the National Conference of State Legislatures. #covid-19 #workforce

How Child Welfare Leaders Can Help Older Youth During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 15, 2020 – Older Youth

As the nation grapples with the public health crisis of COVID-19, child welfare systems must prioritize the urgent and unique needs of older youth in foster care and those who have left (or aged out of) foster care without permanent family connections. The Casey Foundation urges action on the a set of priority needs. Child welfare leaders, advocates, policymakers, philanthropists and others must work with communities, young people, families and systems to improve policies and practices to help youth and young adults. #covid-19

School district responses to the COVID-19 pandemic: Round 2, districts are up and running

April 15, 2020 – General

New survey results from the second wave of the American Enterprise Institute’s COVID-19 Education Response Longitudinal Survey (C-ERLS) reveal the dramatic shift in school district actions over just an 11-day period. This nationally representative survey of public school districts showed that the percentage of schools with remote instructional programs increased from 43% on March 27 to 71% by April 7, 2020. The full report also details that by April 7, the majority of schools—68%—had daily meal pickups organized on school sites and 66% had some kind of technology assistance available to families. #covid-19 #foodsecurity #education

Resources for Maine nonprofits

April 14, 2020 – General

The Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) has created several lists of information and resources for nonprofits regarding the #COVID-19 crisis. Their main resource page includes information and advice for leaders, staff and volunteer management, fundraising and communication, how to leverage technology, and more. This includes a specific resource page regarding financial relief and available options.

Will Students without Home Internet Fall Behind During Coronavirus Shutdowns?

April 12, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Analysis from the Public Policy Institute of California found that that most vulnerable studentsduring the coronavirus pandemic – those who are low income, Latinx, African American, or rural – are less likely to have broadband access at home. Almost 50 percent of low-income households with school-aged children did not have broadband at home. Without anchor institutions like libraries, recreation centers, and restaurants to provide public Wi-Fi, students have fewer public solutions available, which has serious implications for educational equity. #covid-19 #education

COVID‐19: How Can Rural Community Pharmacies Respond to the Outbreak?

April 11, 2020 – Families

New research commentary from The Journal of Rural Health describes how pharmacists can play an important role in public health, especially in rural areas with limited primary care providers during coronavirus pandemic. With “about 90% of Americans living within 5 miles of a community pharmacy” (2), pharmacists have an opportunity to advise patients on symptoms and refer patients to higher levels of care when necessary. #covid-19 #rural

CBPP: Most States Are Easing SNAP Participation Rules and Providing Added Benefits

April 10, 2020 – Families

States have capitalized on new flexibilities to the SNAP (food stamp) program granted under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to help manage rising administrative demands and ensure that participants maintain much-needed benefits. CBPP provides a state-by-state analysis, including Maine's work to make SNAP more accessible to those in need. #covid-19