Each year, the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, provides a cash donation of $30,000 to a different Maine charity as a way to support and benefit the state. The chosen organization also benefits from fundraising activities and opportunities and publicity through its association with one of Maine’s premiere sporting events. The TD Charitable Foundation has now donated $600,000 to Maine charities over the 20-year history of the TD Beach to Beacon 10k Road Race.
My Place Teen Center is a free, year-round, after-school youth development program for kids at-risk in Greater Portland.
My Place Teen Center is a Westbrook-based nonprofit organization that each year serves approximately 570 youths, ages 10-18, who are most at risk, including homeless, disabled, food insecure, cognitively delayed, low-income, immigrants and refugees. In addition to serving 14,500 meals annually, MPTC also provides life-skills development and academic assistance through tutoring, study skills, a learning technology lab as well as science, technology, English, the arts, and math.
My Place Teen Center helps kids stay in school, yearn for something beyond their present moment, and accept social responsibility. For more information, visit www.MyPlaceTeenCenter.org, call (207) 854-2800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Find MPTC on Facebook and Twitter.
Good Shepherd Food Bank is Maine's largest hunger relief organization. The organization distributes nutritious food to 600 partner agencies across the state, including food pantries, meal sites and youth programs. Together with its network, the Food Bank leads a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education and strategic partnerships. In 2014, Good Shepherd Food Bank distributed 17.5 million meals to families, children, and seniors in need throughout Maine. For more info, visit www.feedingmaine.org or call 207-782-3554.
Rippleffect is a Portland-based non-profit youth and community development organization leading outdoor adventure programs on Cow Island, in area schools and in the mountains of western Maine. Rippleffect provides Maine youth with opportunities to emerge as leaders among their peers through adventure. Using kayaks, a ropes course, island exploration and more, Rippleffect served over 2,500 Maine children in 2013. Community generosity makes it possible for young people of all backgrounds to access these outdoor adventure and experiential education programs in the greater Portland area out of Cow Island in Casco Bay.
The Opportunity Alliance is comprised of over 40 integrated community based and clinical programs serving more than 20,000 people annually. For more than 50 years, the Opportunity Alliance have provided early education and child care, nutrition programming, advocacy, information and referral, mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as basic needs for people living in poverty. The Opportunity Alliance continually seeks ways of integrating our programs into a seamless continuum of care. Learn more at www.opportunityalliance.org. For more information, please contact Kelsea Dunham at 207.523.5063 email@example.com.
The Center for Grieving Children is a Portland, Maine-based nonprofit organization providing support to bereaved children and families. The CGC serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults each year through peer support, outreach, and education. Offering services at no charge for as long as people need them, the Center’s mission is to provide loving support that encourages the safe expression of grief and loss and fosters each individual’s resilience and emotional well-being. For more information about the Center’s programs and volunteer opportunities, call (207) 775-5216 or visit www.cgcmaine.org.
Day One provides substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare programs for Maine youth. The agency targets substance abuse at all stages with a wide-range of programs designed to meet the needs in communities across Maine. Headquartered in South Portland, Maine, Day One has been providing alcohol and drug treatment services since 1973 and mental health services since 1980. For additional information about Day One, including contact phone numbers and e-mails for concerned parents and family members seeking help, visit www.day-one.org.
Junior Achievement of Maine (JA) is a non-profit organization providing economic education programs that help inspire Maine children to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviors of success in a global economy. Through JA classroom programs and Job Shadow experiences, JA of Maine, based in Portland, brings volunteers from the community face to face with students to make economic concepts relevant, raise aspirations, and challenge the students to excel. For more information on JA of Maine programs or to become a volunteer, call 207-347-4333 or visit online at www.jamaine.org.
Maine Adaptive, a non-profit organization that promotes year-round education and training for children with physical disabilities by developing skills and providing enjoyment through active recreation. Based in Newry, Maine, Maine Adaptive provides lessons in winter and summer, free of charge and with the help of more than 400 volunteers – making it the state’s largest year-round adaptive recreation program for children and adults with physical disabilities. FMI, call 800-639-7770 or visit online at www.maineadaptive.org
The Susan L. Curtis Foundation is the sponsor of Camp Susan Curtis, a summer camp dedicated to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged Maine children ages 8-18. The organization provides traditional camping experiences interwoven with a leadership development and life skills curriculum. For more info, visit www.susancurtisfoundation.org.
STRIVE is a non-profit organization that serves 400 teens and young adults with intellectual and emotional disabilities by helping them use resources and participate as viable members of the community. Founded in 1999 and based in South Portland, STRIVE offers a range of programs and services through a safe and chem-free environment. For more info, visit www.pslstrive.org.
The Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation (CEEF) is a non-profit organization that enriches learning for Cape youth by funding innovative projects. CEEF also works to serve as a resource in helping other Maine towns interested in starting education foundations. CEEF was founded in 2001 by the Cape Elizabeth community with a goal to support the community's tradition of excellence in public education and prepare students for a lifetime of success by fostering a love of learning.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, a non-profit youth development organization, provides programs, activities and a nurturing environment to thousands of children in Maine. Combining a safe and supportive environment, trained professional staff and a nationally-recognized “curriculum”, the Clubs focus on developing skills in teamwork, personal health and safety, conflict resolution, resisting peer pressure, and citizenship and community service.
Riding To The Top (RTT) provides therapeutic horseback riding services to children and adults with physical, emotional and/or learning disabilities. Formed in 1993, RTT believes that caring for horses and horseback riding are powerful tools for improving the lives of people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, brain injury, developmental delays, autism, and for children deemed “at risk.”
Seeds of Peace, founded in 1993 by award-winning author and journalist John Wallach, is recognized as the leading international conflict resolution program for youth. Each summer, hundreds of teens identified as their nation’s best and brightest spend a month at Seeds of Peace International Camp in Otisfield, Maine, living side-by-side with people they have been led to hate.
Opportunity Farm opened in 1910, offering boys a safe home, a good education and hands-on farming skills. Its core mission has remained the same. While its 300 acres still includes a farm, Opportunity Farm has adapted to modern times. The dozens of boys and girls who live at the Farm, usually between the ages of 10 and 13, attend local public schools, participate in extracurricular activities and prepare for many different vocations in life. Daily life at the Farm follows the Family Teaching Program, modeled after the well-known course at Boys Town.
Founded as a partnership between Resources for Divorced Families and the Junior League of Portland Maine, Inc., the Kids First Center fills a much-needed gap in the social services available to children and parents. Through support groups for four different age groups, children are provided with a safe and neutral place to share their experiences and talk about what’s happening to their families. Trained facilitators, who are mental help professionals, design activities that focus on helping children build self-confidence.
Set on an idyllic 12-acre, 16-room farmhouse off Route 100 in New Gloucester, Turning Point Farm is for young boys and girls who have been abused or neglected and are in the care of the Maine Department of Human Services. The program is designed to allow for healing and growth while nurturing attachments with others, including animals.
Camp Sunshine supports critically ill children and their families. The camp has the distinction as one of the only programs in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a critical illness on every member of the immediate family—the ill child, the parents, and the siblings.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has been the nation's preeminent youth-service organization for nearly a century. The service is based on volunteers, and has been a proven success in creating and nurturing relationships between adults and children.