April 2022 News: The Buzz about our Workplace Giving Campaign

April 2022 News: The Buzz about our Workplace Giving Campaign

Here at MaineShare, we are buzzing about the great success of our recent Workplace Giving Campaign. We are thrilled to share that in this campaign, we raised $275,178.22 for our 40 member groups! This success comes from our more than 45 local workplace partners and 1,315 participating employees. Most of the funds raised in this campaign come from recurring payroll deductions— even a small donation each month really adds up! Thank you for all who participated– read on to learn more!

March 2022 Newsletter: The Growth that Surrounds Us

March 2022 Newsletter: The Growth that Surrounds Us

As we wind down March, signs of growth are all around us.  The MaineShare member groups motivate us with their growth and the emergence of new ideas.  New collaborations have formed to fight for equity in our state.  Our members have welcomed new staff, adding innovative perspectives and growing new leaders committed to justice in our communities. The growth of the Maine Initiatives team has led to fruitful discussions about how to better support MaineShare’s member groups and connect them to the community and each other.  Please read on about the growth that surrounds.
February 2022 Newsletter: Exciting member distributions and updates

February 2022 Newsletter: Exciting member distributions and updates

As someone who loves the seasons of Maine, I cannot decide if I relish these winter glimpses of warmth that surprise us in winter, or dread them as they melt the serene snow.  I do know that I love the days getting longer and all the extra minutes of light and sunshine that brings.  Here at MaineShare, we have been spending our days integrating with Maine Initiatives and enjoying strategic discussions about the future as well as getting to know the rest of the amazing team. 

I am excited to share that last month, we distributed $130,589 to our member organizations!  This money raised is evidence that our community wants to invest in sustainable social change for a better Maine, that they believe in what our member groups do, and that the community sees the incredible impact of the work done by our member organizations.  Thank you to all of the supporters who make this funding possible.  And thank you to our member groups, many of whom have exciting updates that we are pleased to share here.

 

January 2022 Newsletter: Change and Excitement in the New Year

January 2022 Newsletter: Change and Excitement in the New Year

As we turn the page into a new year and continue to navigate much uncertainty, one thing remains constant, and that is change. Here at MaineShare, we are welcoming 2022 with exciting changes and a future bright with opportunities for growth.  We are delighted to share that MaineShare is now a program of Maine Initiatives. Maine Initiatives is a foundation with a mission complimentary to that of MaineShare, and its progressive work is focused on social change in our community. They fund grassroots organizations committed to justice in Maine, and will provide resources and opportunity for collaboration that will allow MaineShare to better support its member groups.  Please read on for more information about this transition as well as updates from our member groups!
December 2021 Newsletter: Reflecting on a year

December 2021 Newsletter: Reflecting on a year

Are you someone who approaches the end of the year with a sense of reflection on the months prior, or eyes forward with hopes for the days ahead?  I find myself falling somewhere in the middle, while also trying to revel in every moment of the present day.   A best friend of mine often reminds me, “Keep your head where your feet are,” a useful mantra for the times where either dismay over the past or worry for the future distract me from the joy and beauty in the here and now.  I think this time of year, we can often feel pulled by the past as well as the future.  As long as we remain grounded, it can be a beautiful thing to reflect on how far we have come, our resolve and resilience, and feel the emotions arising from the hard times.  It can also be rejuvenating to set our hopes and intentions for the future and be curious about the unknown ahead.

Here at MaineShare, we have recently spent time looking back, through the development of our Annual Report and celebrations with our Board and Member Organizations.  We are also looking forward to good times ahead, as our Annual Appeal has been sent out, and we are finalizing details of exciting changes ahead.  We look forward to sharing more with you all in 2022!

Continue to be kind to yourself during this time of year, and read on to reflect with our member organizations.