The Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation through its Children’s Health Small Grants Program has awarded grants to fifteen Maine organizations. Since its founding in 2007, the Foundation has advanced its mission of supporting the health of Maine’s children by awarding more than $1.1 million to support 140 projects. These projects have advanced Maine children’s health, focusing on prevention and increasing access to needed services for underserved populations. For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website: www.sadieandharrydavis.org.
The list of 2021 recipients and their funded work follow below:
- Augusta Food Bank, $10,000: Funds will support the Food Bank's KidsPaks program, distributing critical weekend food to school-aged children.
- Center for Grieving Children, $5,000: Funds will support the Center's Bereavement Peer Support Group, which has been offered virtually throughout COVID, broadening the Center's audience to include families and children in rural parts of the state.
- Downeast Community Partners, $10,000: Funds will increase the Maternal and Child Health Nursing Services capacity via the hiring of an additional RN for their Nurse Bridging program.
- Foundation for Portland Public Schools, $10,000: Funds will support food insecure asylum seeking and immigrant students whose families cannot access SNAP and/or experience cultural barriers to accessing food pantries.
- Full Plates, Full Potential, $10,000: Funds will help launch an innovative partnership with Jobs for Maine's Graduates (JMG), actively involving JMG students in solving the problem of child food insecurity as it relates to school food service.
- Grahamtastic Connection, $10,000: Funds will furnish seriously ill children with "Backpacks Full of Joy,” which include an iPad or laptop as well as comforting, joyous items. The grant will also provide a year of high-speed internet for a portion of these children.
- Kids First Center, $7,500: Funds will contribute to the scholarship budget for the Center's Intensive Co-Parenting Education (ICOPE) program, a 9-week psychoeducational series that was created at the request of Maine judges to help parents in high conflict.
- Locker Project, $10,000: Funds will allow the organization to continue growing it's Fresh Food Program to serve more food insecure families in the Greater Portland area and to keep good food out of the waste stream.
- Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, $10,000: Funds will augment the Home's model of support for teens in their programs, engaging the "Making Sense of Your Past Worth for Teens" curriculum, which focuses on empowering youth to change their narrative and find the truth of their own worthiness.
- Maine Resilience Building Network, $5,000: Funds will allow the organization to take their "Cultivating Mattering in Maine Youth" initiative, which was launched in fall 2020, into the next phase of implementation.
- My Place Teen Center, $10,000: Funds will support general programs and operations, including youth leadership and professional training programs, outdoor recreation opportunities, and a sex education curriculum, as well as provision of daily nutritious food to youth participants.
- Patient AirLift Services (PALS), $10,000: Funds will directly support free flights (including other associated transportation costs) for low-income and rural Maine children and their families in need of long-distance medical care.
- Robbie Foundation, $10,000: Funds will increase the organization's budget for their cornerstone "AAT" program, which provides adaptive equipment, assistive technology, and therapy treatment that cannot be paid for by insurance or state programs to Maine children with developmental disabilities.
- United Way of Aroostook, $5,000: Funds will support a newly launched "Traveling Totes" program that provides bags of nutritious weekend food to children living in food insecure households in Aroostook County.
- YWCA Central Maine, $5,000: Funds will be used to purchase food, supplies, and equipment as well as to support staff capacity to meet the growing demand on the YWCA's multi-faceted Food & Nutrition Program.