Common Good Grant Recipients

Common Good Grant Recipients
Common Good Grant Recipients

Grants were awarded to 13 incredible organizations at our Awards Ceremony in May 2022. Our 2022 Common Good Grant Recipients are: 

Downeast Institute (DEI):

The mission of DEI is to improve the quality of life for the people of downeast and coastal Maine through marine research, marine science education, and innovations in wild and cultured fisheries. Located in Washington County, the organization works all along the coast of Maine. 

Home to Home:

Founded in 1996, Home to Home makes supervised visitation accessible for Maine families, providing opportunities for children to have positive, safe, conflict-free access to their noncustodial parents during periods of transition and helping to protect families that may be caught in domestic abuse cycles.

Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership: 

The organization supports access to environmental education for students at the Nobleboro School and empowers students to become future leaders, researchers, and agents of social and environmental change.

In Her Presence: 

The organization impacts over 500 women and families through its mission of empowering immigrant women and girls to achieve their career goals and ensure financial security. With their current programs, such as English language classes, career development classes, storytelling workshops, and networking programs, the organization helps integrate and provide success. They plan to develop job-targeted language training and a tutoring program that will offer customized and site-specific teaching.

Maine Boys to Men

This organization seeks to end all forms of male violence and self-harm while advancing gender equity. They look to de-stigmatize mental health and support the development of self-aware, empathetic boys and men. Through their interactive curriculum, students learn specific skills and strategies to challenge negative attitudes and behaviors while limiting the occurrence of harassment, dating violence, sexual assault, and self-harm in their schools, families, communities, and future interactions.

Maine Community Integration

Maine Community Integration helps New Mainer girls and their families settle into their new communities across Androscoggin County while also respecting and preserving the cultural diversity and richness these families bring. Powered by its volunteers, Maine Community Integration offers a variety of unique programs that bridge migrant families and the local community to create common understanding. These programs also have larger social change impacts, such as broadening gender equity in the STEM field, decreasing the risk of substance use disorders, and educating New Mainers about human trafficking.

Midcoast Youth Center:

This organization works tirelessly to provide a range of programs and services to improve the lives of youth and advocate for young people experiencing homelessness in their community. The center runs an after-school program, and also works to provide critical outreach services to at-risk youth where they receive assistance in accessing healthcare, food, clothing, and shelter. 

New England Arab American Organization:

This organization was founded with the intent of helping Maine’s Arab population integrate into their new cultural environment. In the six years since its inception, this organization has been an invaluable resource for the Arab community, offering a multitude of programs from English classes to parenting groups. Currently, it operates in Westbrook where there has been a large influx of Arab immigrants due to the rising cost of living in towns like Portland.

Oasis Free Clinics: 

Oasis is a nonprofit, no-cost primary care medical practice and dental clinic that provides exceptional, patient-centered care to uninsured members of our community. Founded in 1995, Oasis was initially a clinic devoted to caring for the homeless in the Tedford-Oasis Shelter in Brunswick and now provides close to $1 million in free medications each year.

Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine: 

SASSMM was founded in 1983 and is dedicated to advocacy for those affected by sexual violence as well as prevention of sexual violence through education and outreach. They provide training to educators on their K-5 prevention education curriculum that helps educators learn more about sexual abuse prevention. Additionally, they offer educational programming to elementary and middle schoolers.

Sunlight Media Collective:

Sunlight Media Collective organizes events and provides video and written news coverage of environmental threats to the Wabanaki communities and their homelands that affect each and every one of us. Their activism and the content they produce seeks to address the public lack of understanding of native issues that is a detriment to the Wabanaki Tribes’ environmental health, cultural survival, and sovereignty, and to Tribal-State relations.

Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness:

Established in 1996, Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness provides “community-driven, culturally centered public health and social services” to Wabanaki and Indigenous individuals across Maine.

Youth-LED Justice:

Youth-Led Justice is a youth-led restorative justice program that diverts and supports youth aged 11–18 who are in trouble with the law, school, or community. Volunteers facilitate conversations between affected parties to help youth respondents avoid incarceration, school expulsion, and other life-changing punishments. Ultimately, YLJ’s 3-6 month restorative process mends relationships between youth in need and their communities, creating healthy, strong, and more connected communities.