We are excited to share that The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator. This is the first time that The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers has earned this top distinction!
Stephen Mayberry, development director; Diana Rafuse, finance director; and Rick Dorian, executive director proudly pose with The Maine Children's Home's Charity Navigator 4-star certificate.
"The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers' exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public," according to Michael Thatcher, president & CEO of Charity Navigator. "Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world's most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers."
Congratulations to the board, staff and many people who have worked to make this possible. It's a positive sign that The Maine Children's Home has a strong history, is moving in the right direction and is being a responsible agency.
Agency Monthly Report
There's Still Time to Send a Kid to Camp!
Although we've had a strong response, we still need more help to get kids to camp. We have already registered more than 90 children for summer camp through the Summer Camp Scholarship Program, with nearly 100 more children still on the waiting list for their life-changing week. As we have advertised more broadly, requests have also increased.
We have donations and commitments of more than $25,000 but need to raise at least $5,000 more by mid-July to meet our $30,000 goal. It only takes $250 to sponsor one child for a week at overnight camp. Though we are incredibly fortunate to have contributions from the George Keller Campership Fund, private donations, corporate and foundation support, and gifts from the Friends of The Maine Children's Home, more support is needed.
Each year, The Maine Children's Home and many supporters work to send at least 120 Maine children to summer camp through the Summer Camp Scholarship Program.
Since 1967, the agency has conducted an annual special fundraising campaign to provide an overnight camping experience for children who could not afford to attend otherwise. The activities, friendships, and positive role models they experience in that one week can shape a child's character in enduring ways.
For more information, please call Cristen Sawyer at 207-872-0261. We are so very thankful for your help and generosity.
Friends' Annual Yard Sale
On Saturday, June 4, the Friends organization held their annual yard sale at The Maine Children's Home campus in Waterville.
This year, in the largest yard sale to date, more than $3,700 was raised which will help send 15 children to overnight summer camp for a week through the Summer Camp Scholarship Program.
Special thanks to many Friends, staff from New Balance and more than 20 other community volunteers who worked for weeks to pick up donated items and organize and tag the items.
As always, thank you to the community members for your donations and contributions!
Concert with Big E (Eric Lunt) and Friends
We were thrilled to have the great talents of Eric Lunt (Big E Live) and many of his friends on the night of June 4 for Big E Live and Friends to present Share the Gift.
There were more than 15 talented performers from across the Kennebec Valley who came to share their gifts to support Maine Children's Home's Summer Camp Scholarship Program.
The Friends volunteers provided refreshments and a 50/50 drawing was held. We were honored to have the talents of Steve Fotter on guitar with a number of his students. Through ticket sales, the 50/50 and a matching donation, $1,568 was raised. This will help support six children to attend summer camp. Special thanks to Eric Lunt for the careful recruitment, organization and talents shared.
Third Annual Children's Place Family BBQ & Fun Day
On Sunday, June 26, more than 50 children and families enjoyed spectacular weather, food, and fun activities at The Maine Children's Home campus for a Family BBQ & Fun Day!
There were bubbles, face painting by Mimi Nancy Strout, a photo booth provided by the McKenney family, a bounce house, a dunk tank, Kennebec County Deputy Sheriff Galen Estes and his patrol car, and a musical performance by Zach, Sam & Vanessa of Hello Blue Sky.
A special thanks to following families who planned and organized the event: Meg and Mike Loubier, Danielle Mann, Lindsay Bragdon, Racheal and Davis McKenney, and Raya Kouletsis.
Sincere appreciation to the following sponsors: Central Maine Motors, Skowhegan Savings Bank, and the Sheridan Corporation, as well as discounts and donations from Joseph's Meat Market and Gifford's Ice Cream.
A special shout-out to Easton Howard, Mike Loubier, Sam Murphy's mom Amanda, and Gabe and Michael's Uncle Ryan for volunteering to climb in the dunk tank! It was a great way to kick off a summer full of smiles!
Save the Date: Passion for Fashion
Thursday, September 22
6 - 9 p.m.
Country Manor (formerly John Martin's Manor),
College Avenue, Waterville
Calls are already coming in for the Passion for Fashion Event. It has been scheduled for Thursday, September 22, from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Country Manor (formerly John Martin's Manor) on College Avenue in Waterville. There will be a silent auction, live auction, fashion show, a fun game and dinner. Tickets are $30 and should be ordered in advance by calling the development office at 872-0261.
Don't miss this enjoyable and important event benefiting the Teen Parent School Program. Hope to see you there!
Teen Parent School Needs
This past month, our dedicated Development Associate/Christmas Program Director Cristen Sawyer celebrated her birthday, and in lieu of gifts or cards, asked her family and friends to contribute diapers to the Teen Parent School Program's students and babies. Thank you, Cristen for your contributions, and to those who made Cristen's birthday wish a success!
We are always and gladly accepting donations for our Teen Parent School Program students and children--from diapers to safety latches and other equipment to high chairs. Thank you for your support.