Our community needs people like you who want to build a better future for ourselves and our neighbors. Working together under our community’s shared vision, Thrive2027, we will give children a strong start, empower everyone to thrive – not just survive, and help people live longer, better lives so that we all thrive together.
While southern Maine is a great place to live and work, not everyone is doing well:
Nearly 1/3 of Cumberland County third graders do not read at grade level
More than half of our neighbors don’t have sufficient resources for housing and other necessities
Adults with major mental illness die 14 to 32 years younger than the general population
The consequences of these lost opportunities are staggering – both economically and socially.
We already have hundreds of organizations, employers, parents, caregivers, and individuals engaged in the Thrive2027 work. Where do you see yourself in this movement? Begin by showing your support by signing a letter of endorsement, then see where your heart takes you…
Join our efforts to support a better future for ourselves and our neighbors. The first step, is signing a statement of endorsement to show your support for our community’s vision. The second step is to sign a statement of alignment, demonstrating your organization’s commitment to aligning your work with one or multiple Thrive2027 goals. As your organization goes deeper into the Thrive2027 work, you may consider step three, to work with other community partners, and step four, to report data to help demonstrate the impact your work, along with others, is having in the community.
ORGANIZATIONS AND EMPLOYERS
Be the One to…
Adopt-a-school – Engage in the Partners for Children program
Fund a mobile food unit that goes to social service sites children and families already visit such as health clinics or community hubs
Hold a book drive for new, high quality, developmentally appropriate books in coordination with community or school needs
Connect youth to STEM/STEAM experiences, such as job shadow opportunities, guest speakers, and hands-on projects
Offer or connect students to paid or unpaid internships and youth apprenticeships that, depending on length, earn high school and college credits
Provide employees and their dependents with access to comprehensive benefits for physical, behavioral, and mental health that eliminate barriers to care
Provide meaningful internships to high school and college students
Support employees by providing comprehensive, affordable health benefits
Offer employees access to educational opportunities to enhance their skills–Find more ideas in our Employer Best Practices document
You can make a financial contribution to Thrive2027 via United Way of Southern Maine. Your gift is an investment in positive change in our community and will help to give kids a strong start, empower our neighbors to thrive – not just survive, and help us all live longer, better.