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Giving 1% More: Midcoast Literacy

We are thrilled to provide you with an update on our 1% for Maine® efforts. For Q2, our initiative was Education;
we committed to devoting our money to organizations focused on providing extra support and opportunities, both in and out of the classroom to Maine’s children to ensure that they have the tools and skills they need to succeed.  The strength of the spring real estate market helped to increase our donation amount and we ended up having $52,000 to divide among many wonderful grants. After much consideration, we chose to support seven different nonprofits in three Maine counties.

The first grant we chose to support was one submitted by the Midcoast Literacy Here are the quick details:

Organization Mission:  Midcoast Literacy's mission is “Improving lives through literacy.” Through a wide range of programs and projects, we strive to help people of all ages have access to appropriate reading materials and develop their literacy skills, so they may become competent, healthy, caring individuals who are capable of succeeding through all stages of life.

Grant Mission:  To fund the Read Together Program, providing one-on-one tutoring to 30 children (6-14) in Bath/Brunswick who are struggling to read, write, and/or speak English at grade level.

Midcoast Literacy’s Read Together Program provides free, individualized tutoring to school-age children, both native English speakers, and English Language Learners. We match them with trained tutors, ensure they have good books to read and provide support to their parents through periodic conferences. Tutors use a variety of self-selected materials and techniques to incorporate phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and the joy of reading into their sessions. We maintain an extensive library and also give books to students so they have easy access to reading material at home. 

Grant Money Allocated: $5,000
Learn more about the organization here

Throughout the next few months, we will be sharing information on the grants we funded for seven local organizations and the impact these funds will have on Maine’s youth. We hope you follow along!

In the meantime, we would love to have you check out our Mid Year Report or visit our 1% for Maine® website. (link to both)

Thank you for supporting Maine’s youth and helping to make 1% for Maine® an incredible success!

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