During this time of giving and gratitude, I would be remiss to not thank YOU- our MaineShare community. Our MaineShare community has raised unrestricted funds to make our member organizations more sustainable and adaptable in meeting the needs of their communities. You have increased awareness of the incredible work done by our groups to make Maine more just, vibrant, and equitable. You have allowed groups the opportunity to build relationships, empowering each other and sharing knowledge and resources. But of course, the work is not over! Learn more about our plans for growth and hear what our groups have been up to- Read on here!
This is a tragic and devastating time. The right words to say don’t exist during some of the darkest of days here in Maine. We all have been impacted in a myriad of ways, and I share my deep sympathy to the loved ones of the victims and solidarity with the communities touched by this terrible tragedy.
There is no manual for how to respond to trauma like this, and healing takes time. As we grieve and heal, let’s continue to take care of ourselves and each other. I encourage you to take time in community, as well as time of solitude and reflection, as it feels right to you. To read member statements on this tragedy as well as member news, because their amazing work does not stop, please read on.
Late summer and early fall have been a busy season for MaineShare members related to gatherings and events! I have been lucky enough to attend a handful of these, and they always provide me with knowledge, inspiration, and a renewed gratitude and appreciation for the work our members do, and the ways that MaineShare supports them.
One event that inspired me was that from the Maine Center for Economic Policy. They held a talk that featured Chris Smalls, the founder of the Amazon Labor Union. At this event, we heard from speaker Chris Smalls, the facilitator Taifa Smith Butler, president of Demos, and others in community who have had experience in labor organizing. This event helped cement for me the power of organizing, as well as the connection between worker power and democracy. The rights of the working class in America are key to the foundation of our democracy, and we will not see positive social change without a greater investment in worker rights. Advocacy is not a one-time practice– it is a long game, which requires conviction and commitment.
I was so pleased that MECEP held this event and to learn more about how their focus on workers rights is a key to advancing economic justice in Maine. MECEP does policy research on economic issues in the state, and is a key part of coalitions to better the financial stability for all in the state. For example, they were part of the coalition who were instrumental in the successful policy initiative for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Maine. They also advocate for other policies that support economic justice such as increased minimum wage, rights of those with student loans, tax credits for families and the working class. MECEP is a key advocate for a better Maine for us all, often behind the scenes, and I encourage all to learn more about the impact of this organization! https://www.mecep.org/
Image courtesy of Maine Center for Economic Policy
Being a good citizen is personal– there is more than one way– and practicing citizenship is a great way to strengthen our local communities. Read on to learn more about how our MaineShare groups are practicing good citizenship and improving communities in Maine!
We are fast approaching MaineShare Workplace Giving season! Last year, we raised over $309,000 in pledges in our workplace giving campaign, which supports the growth and sustainability of the amazing work of our member groups! This year, our aim is even higher, as we add additional giving options to our campaign. Giving to MaineShare allows you to support your community in a way that is values-aligned and creates sustainable impact. Read on to learn more about Workplace Giving, and also to read about member news and events!