Grants for Change 2016 Grantees

Each of these 10 organizations embody a unique approach to racial justice and racial equity issues in Maine. Chosen through a radically participatory community-based process, Maine Initiatives hopes this cohort will offer inspiration and opportunities to advance justice and equity. We encourage you to explore each organization’s web-presence to learn about their work, and to get involved as a volunteer, donor, and advocate for racial justice and racial equity in Maine.

In Her Presence : Organized and led by immigrant women living in Maine, In Her Presence strives to bring together immigrant women from across communities and generations to ensure that Maine’s economic agenda includes the aspirations and needs of immigrant women. IHP creates spaces that support women’s empowerment and personal ambitions without losing their unique identity and connects immigrant women and girls for collective empowerment in their communities to address common challenges and issues.

Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition : The Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition strives to improve the legal, social and economic conditions experienced by Maine’s Immigrants – enhancing their lives and strengthening Maine – through advocacy, information sharing, and fostering collaboration among member organizations.

Maine Inside Out : Maine Inside Out initiates dialogue, develops leadership, and builds community across boundaries with collaborative original theater, inside and outside correctional facilities. They are committed to dismantling all forms of oppression and building a movement for transformative justice in our communities.

Maine-Wabanaki REACH : Maine-Wabanaki REACH advances Wabanaki self-determination by strengthening the cultural, spiritual and physical well being of Native people in Maine. They see a future where Maine and Wabanaki people join together, acknowledging truth, promoting healing and creating change. REACH initiated the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and supported the Commission as it worked in Wabanaki and Maine communities.

Mano en Mano : Mano en Mano builds a stronger and more inclusive Downeast Maine by working with diverse populations to provide educational and affordable housing opportunities, remove barriers to health and social services, and advocate for social justice.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows : The Martin Luther King Jr. Fellows (King Fellows) advance racial equity and social justice through a multidimensional enrichment and leadership program for youth of color dedicated to systems reform.

New Mainers Tenants’ Association : The New Mainers Tenants’ Association (NMTA) creates housing justice through empowerment-based education, outreach, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy on behalf of the new Mainers communities.

Raise-Op Housing Cooperative : Raise­-Op provides housing where Social and Financial Equity can be developed and sustained for all current and future members. The four principles that support this mission are: Respect for other people and cooperative property; Accountability to the cooperative and to each other; Integration across different social groups; Solidarity with individual members who face various social and economic challenges, and ​Solidarity ​with the movement for safe and affordable housing.

Somali Bantu Mutual Assistance Association of Lewiston/Auburn : The Somali Bantu Mutual Assistance Association of Lewiston/Auburn (SBCMALA) assists members of the refugee community at large on housing, employment, literacy and education, health, and safety matters. This includes empowering children and families to achieve lifelong success through personal and social change, by providing them with information about how to connect to a new life in the United States.

Tree Street Youth : Tree Street Youth Center supports the youth of Lewiston-Auburn through academics, the arts and athletics while providing a safe space that encourages healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development while building unity across lines of difference.

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