The Maine Women’s Giving Tree has contributed a record $82,500 in grants to 13 local nonprofit groups to support programs for women, children and families in the Midcoast area.
Since the nonprofit organization awarded its first grants in 2012, it has contributed more than $480,000 to area programs.
“This is the first time we have been able to recommend full funding for each finalist’s application,” said Giving Tree President Jane Cabot of Harpswell.
Due to rising covid cases, an awards ceremony was held online May 11.
ARTVAN: $7,500 to bring healing Art Therapy to under-resourced youth in their home communities.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF BATH/BRUNSWICK: $6,000 to support The Volunteer Recruitment Project to generate more interest in becoming a Big Brother/Sister.
BRUNSWICK – TOPSHAM LAND TRUST: $8,000 to expand the New Mainers Growing program with new garden beds and increased growing opportunities.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY MEDIATION: $7,500 to establish an Outreach Coordinator and Scholarship Program for the midcoast area to support families in need of mediation.
THE GATHERING PLACE: $5,000 to support the new Direct Service Delivery Program that secures emergency supplies and delivery of food to the homeless.
GROWING TO GIVE: $5,000 to expand the Growing, Giving, and Learning program to strengthen educational offerings to schoolchildren about solutions to hunger and healthy food.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY / 7 RIVERS MAINE: $5,000 to support the ongoing material costs for the Critical Repair and Modification Program for elderly or disabled homeowners.
INDEPENDENCE ASSOCIATION: $10,000 to fund the New Mainer Hiring Initiative to Support Vulnerable Low-Income Mainers with Disabilities to hire and train New Mainers.
MID COAST HUNGER PREVENTION PROGRAM: $9,000 to continue support for the School Pantry Program that provides in-school snacks and weekend meals for hungry school-aged children.
MIDCOAST LITERACY: $3,000 to sustain the Read Together tutoring program for school-age children.
MIDCOAST YOUTH CENTER: $7,500 to supply the Merrymeeting Support Collaborative for Youth Experiencing Homelessness program with basic care items for homeless youth.
PEOPLE PLUS BRUNSWICK AREA TEEN CENTER: $4,000 to sustain funding for the Brunswick Area Teen Center to provide afterschool and summer meal programs to disadvantaged youth.
TEDFORD HOUSING: $5,000 to continue funding for the Breaking Down Barriers Fund to help female clients gain independence.