At the onset of the pandemic, Eliane, a former student at Portland High School, struggled with her anxiety and fell behind in school. Greater Portland Health’s (GPH) School-Based Health Center team worked collaboratively to help Eliane and establish behavioral health services.
For Mangasa (Mangasi) and Kawaya, two GPWI Bridge to CDA (Child Development Associate) and CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) program participants, Greater Portland Workforce Initiative provided opportunity, a career pathway, and financial stability while addressing the growing workforce shortage across Southern Maine.
For many families, childcare is a growing expense. Lindsey and her husband, Jonathan, pay $18,000 in childcare costs for their two daughters. Even as a dual income household, the family could not cover the amount without compromise.
From her family to her community, Cassandra prioritizes helping others.
“No matter what I do in life, I’m always going to help people…that’s what I love,” said Cassandra.
In her personal life, Cassandra cares for her three-year-old son Tyson and is always free to lend a hand to friends and family. But her selflessness doesn’t stop there. As a student and professional Cassandra gives back to her community. It all started when Cassandra was a practicum student, working toward her associate degree.
Jump aboard United Way of Southern Maine’s Virtual Bus Tour with superstar volunteer drivers Rodney Mondor (UW Emcee) and Carolyn Brady (former Miss Maine)! We will visit five funded partner programs across Cumberland and York County. At each… Read More
The Home Team: Life Saving Human Connection In a year when more people have died of drug overdose, Brooks and Courtney, from Home Team, have seen a greater need for human connection. The duo seeks out people… Read More
Yancil’s Story: Avesta Housing and Brick & Beam Society The pandemic challenged educators, care providers, families, and kids across our community, leading to learning loss and other compounding issues. That’s when our community stepped in. Avesta Housing… Read More
First Job Inspires New Future for Formerly Homeless Teen Learn to Earn Helps Teens Like Nelma Get Vital Job Experience Nelma needed a job. For nearly two months, the Portland teenager submitted application after application, without success. Even… Read More
Women United and Project WIN was Fatouma’s “light in the darkness” Help women like Fatouma achieve their dreams in Southern Maine United Way of Southern Maine‘s Women United is helping mothers and their children in Greater Portland achieve their dreams. One of those women is Fatouma. In November of… Read More