Maine Organizations Receive Small Children’s Health Grants from the Davis Foundation

The Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation, through its Children’s Health Small Grants Program, has awarded grants to 15 Maine organizations.

Since its inception 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 the health of Maine’s children, focusing on prevention and increasing access to needed services for underserved populations, according to a press release from the foundation.

The list of 2022 recipients and their funded works follow below:

● Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food and Energy Assistance—$5,000: Funds will support the Weekend Meal Program which provides healthy weekend meal and snack packets to school-aged children living in food insecure households.

● Augusta Food Bank — $10,000: Funds will help meet growing demand for the Weekend KidsPaks program, which sends six healthy, easy-to-prepare meals and snacks home to youth in the Augusta area.

● Camp Capella, Inc. — $10,000: Funds will provide camps for campers with various physical and developmental disabilities to participate in a week-long summer camp that develops 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 help 1,000 children obtain health insurance coverage.

● Kids First Center — $5,000: Funds will support Intensive Co-Parenting Education, a nine-week psychoeducational program that teaches parents about conflict resolution and examines the impact on children of continued exposure to conflicting relationships parents.

● Project Locker — $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, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.

● American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter—$10,000: Funds will expand a successful HPV vaccine learning collaboration launched last year with expansion into other practices, a partnership with the Maine Medical Association Center for Quality Improvement and the implementation of a toolkit from the AAP and the American Cancer Society.

● Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition—$5,000: Funds will help MIRC expand its food program to provide more than 3,000 culturally appropriate hot meals each week to immigrant and refugee individuals and families living in shelter hotels across the Maine. Portland area. These families do not have the means (no cooking facilities, limited food budget) to prepare their own fresh food.

● Patient AirLift Services, Maine Chapter—$10,000: Funds will provide free flights to low-income and rural Maine children and their families in need of long-distance medical care. Maine became the primary geographic center for PALS due to the state’s vast rural geography that lacks local access to specialty medical care.

● Piscataquis Regional Food Center — $10,000: Funds will allow the center to use its existing refrigerated delivery truck and delivery driver to launch an ongoing emergency food delivery service for families and individuals unable to reach a pantry.

● Robbie Foundation — $10,000: Funds will support the Adaptive Equipment Treatment/Assistive Technology/Therapy Program, which provides essential items and services to children in Maine with developmental disabilities to improve the quality of life of 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 combined 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 underresourced families in times of crisis and meet the needs of parents to prevent child neglect and abuse and prevent children from be placed in foster care.

● Sunrise County Economic Council — $10,000: Funds will support a collaborative program that helps families overcome food insecurity and generational poverty by teaching them safe food preparation and storage, gardening, planning meals, coupons, 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 involvement of the correctional system.

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