Foundation funds 12 children's health projects in Maine



About the Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation

The foundation’s mission is to advance the health of Maine’s children. The foundation focuses its resources primarily on improving the oral health of Maine children, including support for "From the First Tooth," a program operated by MaineHealth. The foundation’s goal is to reduce significantly the incidence of dental disease in Maine by increasing access to preventative oral health care for children.

Its small grants program — which awards multiple grants annually ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 with an application cycle that begins in mid-April — has funded nearly $700,000 in over 90 organizational projects during the past 11 years. Projects must advance Maine children’s health, increase access to needed services for under-served populations, focus on prevention, and build strong local programs that can extend to have statewide impact, among other priorities.

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The Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation has awarded grants totaling $100,000 to 12 organizations through its Children’s Health Small Grants Program.
Here are the recipients and their children’s health projects:
Appalachian Mountain Club, Portland. Maine Woods Community Youth and Environment Program ($7,500): To provide environmental education and outdoor recreation opportunities for physical, mental and academic benefits to K-12 youth in rural Piscataquis County. 
Dunk the Junk, Caribou. Fighting Childhood Obesity and Diabetes in Aroostook County ($9,000): To reach nearly half Aroostook County schools with pediatrician Dr. Kevin Strong’s Dunk the Junk program on obesity prevention and reversal through the arts and digital media. 
Girls on the Run, Portland. Program expansion in northern Maine ($9,000): To expand Girls on the Run teams into Aroostook, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties through a subsidy for participation in this physical activity-based youth development program which includes curricula on health eating, exercise and self-esteem.  
Kennebec Behavioral Health, Waterville. Homeless Youth Outreach Program ($9,000):
To provide services — from basic needs (food, water, safe place to sleep) to behavioral health and substance abuse — to youths in Somerset and Kennebec counties who are experiencing homelessness.
KidsPeace, South Portland. Kids Peace Wellness Kits for Families ($9,000):
To provide personal hygiene kits to over 800 high-need families through KidsPeace behavioral health and human service programs in order to meet basic hygiene needs and provide a tool for teaching daily living skills to parents and children. 
Maine Access Immigration Network, Portland. Enrolling Maine Children in Health Insurance Coverage ($15,000): To provide resources to identify and reach uninsured refugee and immigrant families eligible for health care coverage through Medicaid and CHIP (children’s health insurance program) and aid these families and children in enrolling, renewing or appealing coverage for which they qualify.  
Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Brunswick. Backpack Program ($9,000):To provide bags of food to schools which teachers put in the backpacks of children experiencing hunger to be used as weekend groceries. 
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine, Bangor/Portland. Keeping Families Close ($5,000): To support two guest rooms at the Ronald McDonald House homes that serve families of seriously ill children by providing food and lodging during medical visits to nearby hospitals. 
Somali-Bantu Community Association of Lewiston-Auburn. Kasheekee Tell and Heal ($6,000): To provide facilitators for the “Tell and Heal” programs of Kasheekee, a Lewiston-Auburn traditional arts and literacy arts therapy program during weekends which teaches Somali-Bantu youths reading, writing and oratory skills to help focus on the impact of post-traumatic stress, identity-based challenges and ways to develop overall well-being. 
Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast. Catch Up Waldo County Immunization Project ($5,250): To improve Waldo County’s lowest-in-state childhood vaccination numbers (43% compared to 73% statewide) through a six month program of Immunization Catch-up Clinics during non-traditional office hours at primary care practices. 
Washington County Council of Governments, Calais. Kids on Bikes! ($6,250): To support a Washington County effort to improve childhood physical and emotional health through youth-led bicycle repair and riding program that also provides education, equipment and training for a safe start. 
YWCA Central Maine, Lewiston. Children’s Healthy Eating and Nutrition Education Program ($10,000): To support a preventative healthy eating and nutrition program — including a cook/nutrition educator — at Lewiston-Auburn YWCA Early Learning Center and Afterschool Program, addressing long-term hunger, food insecurity and health effects of families living in poverty.