This past summer, Mano en Mano won a competitive bid with Maine’s Department of Education to run the Blueberry Harvest School for migrant children (ages 3-13). Over 130 students participated in our experiential learning program and had the opportunity to study ocean life, visit farms, sail, swim, hike, and more. For many participants, this was the first time they were able to experience all that Maine’s coastal environment has to offer. Mano en Mano also provided services directly in the migrant camps to young adults (ages 14-21) including workshops, field trips, leadership days, and a college trip.
Our drop-in English program uses non-traditional teaching techniques to help adult language learners achieve their personal goals, whether that is to learn English for shopping, their jobs, for communicating with their children’s teachers, or to pass a driving exam.
Comienza en Casa / It Starts at Home, utilizes technology (iPads) to promote school readiness for migrant preschool and kindergarten students and their parents. This year, eight families received instruction on various applications on the iPad that promote early childhood literacy, math, and science skills. Activities are done on and off the iPads, in the home, outside, and on field trips.
Finally, I’d like to especially highlight our longest standing program, Access to Essential Services. This program provides hands-on support for our clients to ensure they are able to access the services they require to meet their basic needs including transportation, interpretation, referrals, and advocacy.
Your generous gift today will help sustain all of these programs and more! So far this year, we’ve already raised $26,000 in donations. We need your help to raise an additional $9,000 by December 31. We’ll put your investment to work immediately by continuing to provide these essential services to hard-working Mainers and their families.
How will your donation help?
$750 keeps our drop-in center open for one week and responds to 18 requests for assistance.
$250 supports one community workshop for clients seeking employment.
$150 funds our drop-in resource center open for one day.
$75 provides transportation to and interpretation at a doctor’s appointment.
When it comes to our mission to build a stronger and more inclusive Downeast Maine, every dollar counts. You may donate online at the following links, through the Network for Good or through MaineShare, and earmarked for Mano en Mano. Your contribution in any amount is appreciated.
Ian F. Yaffe