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Adapting with Purpose - Part 3

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.

Sea Change Yogathon attendees

SeaChange Yoga in Portland stretched into a new pose by turning their annual Yogathon to a fully virtual, live-streamed event within a matter of days. Usually their largest fundraiser of the year, registration for this year’s Virtual Yogathon was free and turned out to be a big success. 300+ participants tuned in throughout the day, and they surpassed their fundraising goal of $50,000. Namaste!

Tune In… The Ecology School in Saco has taken environmental education to the airwaves with their new podcast, Ecology is Everywhere. Each episode features a current or former educator from The Ecology School who shares how their teaching experiences have impacted lives and careers in interesting and sometimes unique ways. Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Promise EEC teachers Ms. Sue and Ms. Tirabassi

The educators at Promise Early Education Center in Lewiston continue to help their students learn and grow virtually through daily online videos and activities including story times with Ms. Provost, caterpillar updates with Ms. Ready, dancing the Milkshake with Ms. Kaiser, science lessons with Ms. Crystal, and so much more! Special shout out to the teachers’ kids and families who have been making guest appearances in their videos!

Apex Youth Connection in Biddeford is providing goodies to go through their new Apex Community Hub, where each Friday they provide Healthy and Active Care Packages to Apex families and others. These free packages contain: healthy snacks, a physical activity, a service project to can do at home, and a personal care product to help keep you safe and healthy!

Apex Youth Connection’s Healthy and Active Care Packages ready to get distributed

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 your organization is up to by filling out this form.

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