The Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation, through its Children’s Health Small Grants Program, has awarded grants to 15 Maine organizations.
Since its founding in 2007, the Foundation has advanced its mission of supporting the health of Maine’s children by awarding more than $1.2 million to support 155 projects. These projects have advanced Maine children’s health, focusing on prevention and increasing access to needed services for underserved populations, according to a news release from the foundation.
The list of 2022 recipients and their funded work follow below:
● Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food & Energy Assistance — $5,000: Funds will support the Weekend Meals Program that provides weekend packets of healthy meals and snacks to school-aged children living in food insecure households.
● Augusta Food Bank — $10,000: Funds will help meet the growing demand for the Weekend KidsPaks program, which sends home six healthy, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks to Augusta area youth.
● Camp CaPella, Inc. — $10,000: Funds will provide camperships for campers with an array of physical and developmental disabilities to attend a week-long summer camp that expands campers’ abilities and allows them to enjoy a traditional summer camp program.
● Consumers for Affordable Health Care — $10,000: Funds will support a multi-pronged outreach effort to assist 1,000 children in gaining health insurance coverage.
● Kids First Center — $5,000: Funds will support the Intensive Co-Parenting Education programming, a nine-week psychoeducational program that teaches parents about conflict resolution and examines the impact on children of continued exposure to parents’ high conflict relationships.
● Locker Project — $10,000: Funds will support various programs and events that provide low-income children and their families in Greater Portland with regular access to fresh food, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables.
● American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine chapter — $10,000: Funds will allow for expansion of a successful HPV vaccination learning collaborative launched last year with expansion to additional practices, a partnership with the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement, and implementation of a toolkit from the AAP and American Cancer Society.
● Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition — $5,000: Funds will help MIRC scale up their food program to provide over 3,000 culturally appropriate hot meals each week to immigrant and refugee individuals and families living in shelter hotels in the Portland area. These families are without the means (no kitchen facilities, limited food budget) to prepare their own fresh food.
● Patient AirLift Services, Maine chapter — $10,000: Funds will provide free flights for low-income and rural Maine children and their families in need of long-distance medical care. Maine has become PALS’ primary geographic focus due to the state’s vast rural geography that lacks local access to specialized medical care.
● Piscataquis Regional Food Center — $10,000: Funds will enable the center to employ its refrigerated delivery truck and existing delivery driver to launch an ongoing emergency food delivery service for families and individuals not able to reach a food pantry.
● Robbie Foundation — $10,000: Funds will contribute to the Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Technology/Therapy Treatment Program, which provides essential items and services to Maine children with developmental disabilities to increase quality of life for children living with developmental disabilities.
● Rosati Leadership Academy — $5,000: Funds will contribute to Rosati’s five free weekly after-school sessions that use soccer coupled with mindfulness activities as a tool to develop physical health as well as positive social behaviors and to improve academic achievement.
● Safe Families for Children, Maine chapter — $5,000: Funds will help support under-resourced families in times of crisis and address the needs of parents to prevent child neglect and abuse and keep children out of foster care.
● Sunrise County Economic Council — $10,000: Funds will contribute to a collaborative program that helps families overcome food insecurity and generational poverty by teaching them about safe food preparation and preservation, gardening, meal planning, couponing, bulk buying and label reading.
● Youth-LED Justice — $10,000: Funds will allow Restorative Justice’s Youth-Led Justice program to add an in-house clinical treatment program, making immediate mental health support available to youth and families who have experienced harm, conflict, or corrections system involvement.
For more information, visit sadieandharrydavis.org.
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