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September 21, 2023 2023 Giving Guide

Center for Grieving Children

2024 Goals

Our vision is that all children and families have access to grief support at no cost for as long as necessary. We want every person in Maine to know about the Center’s services so that no child has to grieve alone.

Goal 1: Provide high-quality grief peer support programs for Maine children and their families in-person at the Center’s Portland and Sanford locations, and virtually.

Goal 2: Support schools, workplaces and agencies through crisis response services and grief-related education and training.

Goal 3: Act as thought leaders in grief in our community, responding to challenges and emerging needs related to supporting bereaved children and families.

Goal 4: Meaningfully recognize the volunteers, donors and business sponsors who keep the Center’s services free for families.

Fundraising events/Opportunities

The Center for Grieving Children hosts both small and large-scale events throughout the year. Please visit our website for the latest details, or to support us today. This winter, we look forward to our annual LOVE Gala, the Center’s largest fundraising event. Both sponsorships and individual tickets will be available for this meaningful evening of connection and community.

Our Corporate Partner Program also provides local businesses with great visibility and employee volunteer opportunities. Depending on the giving level, year-round partnerships include recognition at our events, webinars, conferences and tailored communications. Beloved business supporters can also donate a percentage of sales or create their own customized fundraiser to support the Center. Many opportunities are available!

TV anchor Erin Ovalle at the Love Gala, the Center’s largest fundraising event.

Giving Opportunities.

  • Individual Donors help create dependable revenue for the Center by making annual gifts.
  • “Friends of Hope” is our monthly giving program that spreads giving throughout the year.
  • Corporate Partners invest in a relationship with great returns for businesses, employees, the community and the Center.
  • Contributions are made to the Center in memory or honor of a loved one, or to mark a special occasion or company milestone.
  • Bequests leave a legacy of support, by joining the Bill Hemmens Society, ensuring our services will be available for children and families for years to come.
  • #GivingTuesday – Nov. 28, 2023.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are at the heart of the Center’s service and work throughout the community.

  • Program Facilitators make a weekly commitment to our peer-based grief support groups for children and their adult family members. The Center provides excellent training and ongoing support.
  • Event volunteers help make our fundraising events successful. We welcome individuals and groups of employees to assist at our events.
  • Office volunteers assist with a variety of projects on a one-time or ongoing basis.
  • Employee volunteer groups can hold their own fundraiser to benefit the Center or complete special projects in collaboration with the Center.