The John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $960,650 to 62 nonprofit organizations in every Maine county to provide low-income residents food, clothing, heating assistance, furniture, prescription drugs, transportation, medical care and counseling.

The grants will benefit Mainers of all ages — from children to seniors — and will cover basic needs for residents struggling financially, according to a press release from the foundation.

The grants will also provide a variety of services for cancer patients and their families and mental health counseling for some of the state’s most vulnerable groups, including young children, recent immigrants and the homeless, the release said.

The John T. Gorman Foundation is an independent statewide foundation that focuses on improving educational achievement for children, promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth, helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible, according to the release.

The foundation’s work is guided by data, evaluation, national best practices and lessons from the initiatives in which we invest, the release said. It also “seeks to inform and influence practice and policy on issues affecting disadvantaged children, youth, families and seniors.”

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Grants to organizations active in central Maine include:

Lutheran Social Services of New England Inc., which helps people with mental illlness issues in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, Sagadahoc and Somerset counties; $10,000.

New Beginnings Inc., which provides support for an emergency shelter for youth, the only 24-hour shelter for runaway and homeless teens in Maine, in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and York counties; $20,000.

Community Concepts, which provides funding so seniors and veterans with a cancer diagnosis in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties can access life-enhancing treatment via Community Concepts’ transportation program, Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties; $20,000.

Safe Voices, which provides general operating support fir direct services such as emergency housing to men and women fleeing domestic violence situations in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties; $15,000.

SeniorsPlus, which provides Meals on Wheels to older adults in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties; $20,000.


Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, which provides operating support for victims of sexual violence across Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties; $15,000.

Rural Community Action Ministry, which provides operating support for programs aimed at alleviating hunger and homelessness in Androscoggin, Kennebec and Oxford counties; $15,000.

Catholic Charities Maine, which provides funding to support program services and volunteers to isolated seniors so they can remain independent for as long as possible in Androscoggin, Kennebec and Sagadahoc; $15,000.

American Cancer Society Inc., which provides ongoing funding to support the patient navigation programs at Maine Medical Center and Maine General Medical Center in Cumberland, Kennebec and Somerset counties; $20,000.

Midcoast Maine Community Action, which provides funding to support families and individuals with emergency needs and complete accessibility repairs to enable the elderly to remain at home, in Cumberland, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties; $15,000.

East Parish Housing Ministry Inc., which provides support for general improvements to homes with substandard conditions in Franklin and Somerset counties; $15,000.


Augusta Food Bank, which provides funding to buye food and lunch bags for low-income children in local schools during the weekend and over vacations in Kennebec County; $10,000.

Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, which provides direct care and bereavement services for hospice patients with a cancer diagnosis, in Kennebec County; $10,000.

Maine Farmland Trust, which provides money for the local Food for Seniors program, in Kennebec and Waldo counties; $15,000.

Pine Tree Hospice, which provides operating support to assist clients and families experiencing the challenges and needs that accompany end of life and bereavement, in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset countied; $15,000.

Cancer Community Center, which provides support for the Cancer Survivorship Program, which provides free classes, support groups and resources to help cancer survivors transition from active treatment to life after cancer, statewide; $15,000.

Grahamtastic Connection, which provides laptops, tablets and Internet access for children in Maine who are battling cancer, statewide; $15,000.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, which provides general operating support for legal services to Maine’s low-income immigrants, statewide; $15,000.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Massachusetts Chapter, which provides assistance with travel and other expenses to Maine patients undergoing cancer treatment, statewide; $15,000.

Biddeford Free Clinic, which provides non-narcotic medication to people living in poverty without health insurance and assists low-income residents in paying for expensive life-saving medications, statewide; $18,000.

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