Adapting with Purpose - A New Series
In response to COVID-19, Maine’s nonprofits are stepping up without hesitation to serve their communities. This means learning to adapt in a temporary ‘new normal’ by continuing to provide services, modifying existing programs, creating new ones, and delivering information in ways they’ve never had to before. We see you and the great work you’re doing!
To foster idea-sharing and inspiration, we will use our new blog series, Adapting with Purpose: Nonprofit Innovation + Resilience in Unfamiliar Times, to highlight the resourcefulness and creativity of nonprofits who are forging ahead in these trying times.
From patchwork to protective gear. Maine Quilts of Valor’s team of volunteers have halted production on their quilts for service members and veterans and are turning their quilting materials into medical masks that are being shipped all throughout New England. Executive Director Donna Brookings has sewed more than 1,000 herself just this week!
Grab ‘n Go Food + a little extra. Waldo Community Action Partners held two drive-thru food pantries this week and gave away more than 225 bags to members of the Waldo County community. Another 50 bags went to the Belfast Soup Kitchen. Each bag also contained a packet of community resources, children’s songs to sing, and activities to do at home with children.
How about crustaceans for kids? Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries in Stonington is coordinating with local fishermen to provide donations of live lobster to local schools to help feed students. For more information on how to participate, contact Pat Shepard at 207.460.7991.
Cute costars and creative locations… that’s the name of the game for Chewonki in Wiscasset. Their wildlife educators provide daily interactive lessons (complete with live animals!) through Facebook Live. And can we talk about their great video shoot set up in the barn? Those costars may steal the show!