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June 2021 eNews

While we are not on the other side of this pandemic yet, we hope you are finding joy and reconnecting(in real life!) with friends, family, and places after many months behind our screens.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Closing and Thank You

Wow, thank you so much to everyone that participated in yesterday’s 40th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance: A Virtual Teach-In and Call to Action! Rev. Dr. King’s legacy was honored by the 1,600 Mainers that participated in the day’s offerings to learn, connect, and act in support of Black leadership and Black liberation. We hope you […]

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Steering Committee

Thank you to everyone who is serving on the Steering Committee for the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance. In 2021 this event is being transformed into a Virtual Teach-In and Call to Action and is being organized in association with the NAACP in Maine. To register for the event please visit: bit.ly/MLK40th

eNews November 2020

Dear Friends, Though the days have become colder and darker, we’re keeping spirits up by heading into the winter season with more virtual opportunities to connect and be in community. For instance, see below to learn more about our upcoming “Racial Justice &… Series” and other pieces of good news, something we can all use […]

October 2020 eNews

Dear Friend, Do you need a dose of joy this morning? One of our Board Members shared this sweet video with us and we can’t get it out of our heads! So, in addition to these updates below we share this delightful song with you that reminds us all to keep going on. In community, The […]

Activism is Community Care

Dear Friend, Our systems are broken. The lack of charges against Breonna Taylor’s murderers is another painful reminder of the way racism is baked into the laws and policies of our country. This denial of justice reflects a pattern of incalculable harm done to Black and Indigenous communities over many generations, and still today. Meanwhile, […]

Support Education Equity

If you would like to support organizations working on education equity, consider the following organizations: Indigo Arts Alliance Indigo Arts Alliance’s purpose is to build global connections by bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds of the African Diaspora to engage in their creative process with an opportunity to serve as both mentors and mentees. An integral aspect […]

August 2020 eNews

Dear Friend, What has put a smile on your face lately? For us, it’s been the sweet notes we’ve received from community members like you. Just a few weeks ago, an “almost 11 year old” named Lily from Brunswick baked and sold cookies, bars, and cupcakes to raise funds to help those in need during […]

July 2020 eNews

Dear Friend, How is it nearly August?! We hope you’ve been able to enjoy these summer weeks (despite the chaos of the world), and that this July newsletter provides you with some important updates about the ongoing justice work happening across the state. In solidarity, The Maine Initiatives Team IMPORTANT UPDATES: Nonprofit Relief Fund On […]

June 2020 eNews

Dear Friend, It has been a tough month. The pain and frustration caused by the ongoing pandemic and persistent racial injustices have been felt within our community and across the country. But there have also been feelings of hope and possibility. There is no doubt that this is a transformational moment, and that the voices […]

It is time.

Black Lives Matter Dear Community: Black lives matter. It’s easy to say these words, and ever so important in this moment. But it’s not enough. As a community, we recognize that this is a transformational moment. Now is not the time to rest, but the time to work. Today, we make the following commitments: We […]

Remembering Alain Nahimana

Honoring a Community Leader and Dear Friend Dear Community, It is with deep sadness that I write about the passing of Alain Nahimana this past weekend. As many of you know, Alain was a smart, thoughtful, engaging and committed leader. He was a tireless and effective advocate – for immigrants and for justice – both […]

We are Minneapolis

Dear Community: It is with deep pain that we write this today. Pain for George Floyd. Pain for Breonna Taylor. Pain for Ahmaud Aubery. Pain for so many Black lives lost – taken – because we as a community and as a country have not valued Black lives as we should and must. Pain for […]

May 2020 eNews

Dear Friend, Have you been spending more time outside? We are feeling grateful for all the beauty that Maine’s spring season offers us – even in these hard times. While we wish we were seeing all your lovely faces at our annual Changemakers Celebration next month, we are excited to find new ways to connect […]

April eNews

Dear Friends: Can you believe it’s been over a month that we’ve been living in this strange new reality? Our team is starting to get into the groove of working remotely, and we hope that you are finding some sense of normalcy and self-care during your days. During this time of nearly all virtual communications, […]

COVID-19 Community Care Fund

DONATE HERE Dear Friend, If you are like me, you are feeling overwhelmed. We are in uncharted territory. Our lives are being disrupted in ways many of us have never experienced and, perhaps, never even imagined. But, the truth is that this crisis brings into sharp focus the central question that is at the heart […]

2019 Watering Can Award Winners- Video

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for the Changemakers Celebration. It was an amazing evening highlighting 25 years of grantmaking and honoring four inspiring activists with our Watering Can Awards. In case you missed it, check out the video below highlighting our award winners: Dawn Neptune Adams, Pious Ali, Deborah Felder, and Joseph Jackson.  

Our Commitment

Dear Members of the Maine Initiatives Community,  We are pleased and proud to share with you the opening of the 2019 Grants for Change application process. In 2016, Maine Initiatives made a multi-year commitment to prioritizing racial justice and racial equity in all aspects of our work. As we kick off the 2019 Grants for […]

Announcing our 2019 Watering Can Awardees!

We are excited to share that we will be honoring four inspiring leaders and activists in our community as recipients of this year’s Watering Can Awards! This is our 3rd Annual Changemakers Celebration, and is a special event as it marks 25 years of grantmaking at Maine Initiatives. Join us in honoring these community leaders that are […]

We’re Hiring an Americorps VISTA!

We are pleased to announce that we are hiring a full-time one-year Americorps VISTA member to be our Communications Engagement and Grantmaking VISTA, starting July 2019. Are you looking to get more involved with racial justice in our state? Do you enjoy thinking critically about communications? Do you have ideas about how to engage the […]

Letter to Sen. Susan Collins re: Brett Kavanaugh

September 21, 2018 The Honorable Susan M. Collins United States Senate One Canal Plaza, Suite 802 Portland, ME 04101 Dear Senator Collins: With the character of a Supreme Court nominee so clearly in question, we, the undersigned, are asking you to take a stand. The prevalence of sexual violence in our society is shameful and […]

June eNews

eNews: June 2018 Advancing economic, social, and environmental justice in Maine. Greetings, June has been an incredibly eventful month for us at Maine Initiatives – and we continue to stay busy. We will be sending out a series of communications in the coming weeks as we ramp up our Grants for Change 2018 program, so expect […]

May eNews

eNews: May 2018 Advancing economic, social, and environmental justice in Maine. We have been keeping very busy at Maine Initiatives this month! Read on to learn what our Grants for Change Cohort has been up to, as well as updates about our upcoming Changemakers Celebration and our next grantmaking cycle! There’s Still Time to Join […]

Charlottesville: A Response

Dear Friends: Maine Initiatives exists to advance justice and equity in our state. Over the past year and a half, we have prioritized the specific issues of racial justice and equity in our work and, in so doing, we have come to understand that issues of justice and equity broadly – and racial justice and […]

We’re Hiring! New Americorps VISTA position at Maine Initiatives

We are pleased to announce that we are hiring a full-time one-year Americorps VISTA member to be our Communications and Engagement Associate, starting this July. Are you looking to get more involved with racial justice in our state? Do you enjoy thinking critically about communications? Do you have ideas about how to engage the Maine […]

Changemakers: We couldn’t do it without you!

As we head into Changemakers this evening, the Board and Staff at Maine Initiatives wanted to extend a huge thank you to our event sponsors!   Visionary Sponsors Partner Sponsors Margaret E. Burnham Trust Sustainer Sponsors Solstice Fund Anonymous Knack Factory Supporter Sponsors Polychrome Collective MaineShare Northeast Delta Dental Allergy and Asthma Associates Tracy Cooley […]

We Stand With Maine’s Immigrant Community

We affirm that immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers enrich our community economically, socially, culturally, and politically. We reject attempts to divide, isolate, or segregate our communities. We commit to support immigrants, refugees, and asylee communities in our state and the organizations working to ensure their well-being and success in Maine. And so, we establish the […]

Perhaps this is our moment

Have you ever thought about who would you have been if you had been born in a different time? Would you have been the same you: same values, same character, same moral judgments? Or would you have been someone different? And if you were different, would you have been someone unrecognizable, even unadmirable, to your […]

Giving Tuesday: Thank You.

THANK YOU. I’d like to thank everyone who participated in Giving Tuesday yesterday – whether it was supporting Maine Initiatives directly or any of the other wonderful Maine-based nonprofit organizations that are working to make sure our state reflects the motto “the way life should be.” As a social media phenomenon, it was a whirlwind […]

Inertia, Entropy, and the Arc of the Moral Universe

Martin Luther King, Jr. often included in his writing and his speaking a quote from Theodore Parker, a nineteenth century abolitionist. It’s one that President Obama has also been known to cite as well, namely, that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” This hopeful notion is an article […]

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