We believe in a better Maine.
We've shared this belief with Mainers since 1989 and thousands who believe in this vision have trusted us to help make it happen.
Our goal is to inspire people who believe in a better Maine to support organizations making significant progress toward this goal. 
MaineShare's vision is nothing less than realizing the full potential of people to help ensure healthy and safe Maine communities and fair treatment for all. By partnering with leaders who have the ability to inspire others we offer our easy and efficient way to support groups making progress every day. By inspiring you to do what you can to make a difference, we are making progress and realizing our goal.
We thank you for all you do to make Maine a better place for all.

MaineShare member groups are out there every day
 providing important services and resources for the people
and communities of Maine.
For four weeks each August, Mano en Mano hosts the Blueberry Harvest School, a summer educational program for migrant children in Washington County for the wild blueberry harvest. Last year the program featured projects, guest presenters, and field trips that blended math, reading, and science together to promote learning in active and fun ways. 113 students had the opportunity to explore themes such as Identity, Conservation, and Maine's forests and coasts.

Students were met each day by 30 talented faculty and staff from across Maine, the United States, and Canadian Maritimes. 63% of the staff spoke Mi'kmaq or Spanish, the two most predominant home languages for BHS students apart from English. Youth over 14 years of age who were raking blueberries were provided with tutoring, English classes, a University visit, and workshops on healthy relationships and job skills.  Many parents reported that their children returned home focused and ready to learn. www.manomaine.org
Southern Maine Workers' Center helped win a year-long campaign to raise the minimum wage in Portland to $10.68, becoming the first city in New England to do so. SMWC played a leading role in passing the new ordinance, while also defeating amendments that would have excluded young workers, reduced the wage to $8.50, and eliminated indexing. SMWC built and strengthened its coalition partnerships with organizations like Portland Racial Justice Congress and the Maine Women's Lobby: both powerful organizations that share SMWC's vision for worker justice. www.maineworkers.org

Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community, has a new name and logo. Their new name better reflects their all-inclusive mission to help people all over Maine venture in new directions with their careers, businesses, and personal finances.
Thanks to New Ventures Maine's (NVME) Financing Your Future class and the Family Development Account (FDA) matched savings program, Gail was able to go back to college part-time while working full-time. Gail attained her Associate Degree and graduated debt-free in 2010. She went to work at Lane Construction. Gail has been an active ambassador for NVME for 5 years, and a dedicated spokesperson for them.  She has helped to plan the annual Totally Trades conference for girls in Presque Isle and also presents workshops.  Gail has also helped plan the ALL for Women leadership conference. Gail is a prime example of how to "pay it forward." She took what she learned, and has used it to benefit others.
Maine Farmland Trust, the state's leading force in protecting farmland.
Lois Whitcomb and her late husband Colby bought Springdale Farm in Waldo in 1951. Over 60 years later, Lois decided to honor the family's farming legacy by protecting 488 acres with an easement. Today, Lois's granddaughter Carrie manages the farm, and produces milk, rose veal, pork, beef, lamb, and highbush blueberries. Up until her death in January of this year, Lois continued to be involved in the farm, raising the calves and nurturing award-winning replacement heifers, and inspiring the next generation of farmers.
Connecting Maine Communities through the airwaves.

MaineShare welcomes its first broadcast media groups! MPBN and WERU joined as new Member Groups last year . Radio can be a powerful way to connect communities in a rural state like Maine. Here are two stories of connections.
For the past three years MPBN Radio has posted stories from across Maine of people sharing pieces of music that have inspired them and influenced their lives. This series is very moving and has inspired listeners to share their own stories online through a specially designed webpage on MPBN.NET. A interesting aspect of the initiative is MPBN's call for musical instrument donations of instruments that still can be played. In partnership with The Gifts of Music, MPBN collects donations in our Portland, Bangor, and Lewiston locations and works to get the instruments to needy student performers across the state. In 2015, over 250 instruments were collected ranging from tubas to violins to harps to flutes.  www.mpbn.net

During a WERU public affairs call-in program dealing with homelessness a listener called in to say that a friend had recently become homeless due to a house fire. Hearing that, another listener called in to say that she had a second house that was not currently being occupied that she would offer as temporary shelter for the woman whose house had burnt down. This instance demonstrates one way that WERU functions as a megaphone for fostering community.   www.weru.org
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