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Adapting with Purpose - Part 2

by Kelly McCormack

In response to COVID-19, Maine’s nonprofits are stepping up with innovative ways to serve their communities. To foster idea-sharing, we have launched this Adapting with Purpose series as a way to highlight the resourcefulness and creativity of Maine nonprofits.

Photo credit: My Place Teen Center

Take it on the road and go further. My Place Teen Center continues their work of sustaining youth with comfort, meals, resources, and hope, and they have expanded their reach to all members of the community with their Daily Mobile Food Pantry. Over the past two weeks, four members of their staff prepared 981 dinners, passed out 256 snack and hygiene kits, and made 60 wellness checks each day.

New Hope for Women has launched an online chat service that allows them to continue to provide critical support and services to residents in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo Counties. The chat service can be found on the left-hand side of their homepage and is in addition to their 24-hour helpline, since speaking by phone is not always the safest or easiest option for people who are stuck at home. If you need to speak with an advocate and are able to do so, call: 1-800-522-3304.

317 Main Board Member Peter Haynes

Tap into your volunteers and let their talents shine! 317 Main Community Music Center Board Member Peter Haynes shared his gift of song in a Sunday morning Instagram post playing Danny Boy on the piano.

The Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC) is creating access + awareness for New Mainers with their collection of COVID-19 resources (flyers, fact sheets, help guides, press releases, videos, etc.) translated into multiple languages including: Arabic, Farsi, French, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Portuguese, Spanish, Tigrinya, and more.

Bonus for Zoom Users! Friend of MANP Knack Factory dove into their archives and created Maine-themed Zoom backgrounds to spice up your teleconference aesthetic. Download one or all of them today and be sure to give them a virtual thanks. Shout out to Marvin, our Education and Events Manager, modeling one of their scenic coastal backgrounds.

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

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