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Adapting with Purpose - Part 4

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.

Stylin’ and supportin’ local… the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association partnered with local screen printer Loyal Citizen Clothing to produce a limited-edition t-shirt that encourages safe distancing… in nautical terms. Funds raised go towards their efforts to continue to support Maine fishermen including developing and curating online resources, producing webinars and information for fishermen, and advocating for fishermen and the working waterfront in any stimulus packages. Sorry folks, so many people wanted to support their efforts that they ran out of shirts!

The partnerships that Educare Central Maine has with the families they serve are essential, and distance won’t dissuade them from letting the students know they care! In addition to providing meals, diapers, mental health support, and soon, art supplies, the Educare team virtually collaborated to produce this special video for the children and families in their program to bring their message home.

Volunteers keep calling… like those from Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County who have formed the Ring of Caring program to provide support for local seniors in partnership with the City of Belfast. More than two dozen trained volunteers are picking up the phone to call Belfast area seniors – providing a chance to brighten their days with some normal conversation, but also using the calls to make sure they have what they need to feel prepared and safe during the pandemic.

Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk is temporarily closed to the public, but that’s not stopping them from sharing inspiring ideas for kids and their pets! Humane Educator Brie’s enrichment activities on Instagram encourage kids to use items found in their homes to create fun playthings for their pets – and wow did some people really deliver, like Nora with her bunny play area out of recycled materials! (Note: AWS is making adoption appointments for serious inquiries only.)

AWS Humane Educator Brie Roche inspired Nora’s bunny playpen with recycled paper towel tubes

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.

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