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Adapting with Purpose - A New Series

by Kelly McCormack

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.

Face masks made by Donna Brookings, Quilts of Valor

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!

Photo credit: Waldo CAP

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.

Photo credit: Chewonki

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!

We look forward to continuing to shine a light on these examples of innovation and resilience in Maine’s nonprofit sector and we hope you find inspiration in the ingenuity of your peers. We’re doing our best to track all of your work, but we always love to hear from you directly. Please take a moment to let us know what you’re up to by filling out this form.

Additional COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

3 thoughts on “Adapting with Purpose – A New Series

Judy Hamilton says:

I am a long time volunteer for various non-profits but part of the large group of 75+ in isolation. Have you seen which shows how to safely get groceries and take out? Is there a way to connect young adults out of school with elderly who need someone to grocery shop?

Kelly McCormack says:

Hi Judy, great questions and thank you for your dedication as a volunteer! The Press Herald just posted this very helpful article today about disinfecting groceries and protecting oneself while shopping: https://www.pressherald.com/2020/03/31/coronavirus-how-to-how-to-protect-yourself-while-shopping/.

As for connecting young adults with elderly folks who need assistance, we haven’t heard of any specific groups due to the safety precautions being taken. The Meals on Wheels programs throughout the state are actively accepting volunteers to assist with that side of things. We will keep our eyes and ears open for more opportunities!

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