A Decade of Supporting Children and Families
Coming up on its tenth-year anniversary, the Hope Fund helps Washington County families working with CCC partners to overcome barriers to family success and reach their goals. The Hope Fund provides for one-time financial supports, such as buying new tires so a parent can safely get to work and keep their job, or paying a deposit on a new rental so a family has safe, stable housing. Applications are considered in areas relating to housing, transportation, medical, mental health, dental, employment, and education. The Hope Fund has changed outcomes for over 600 families since its inception, contributing over $350,000 for auto repairs or purchases and over $230,000 for housing requests. Families share this feedback:
“If it wasn't for the Hope Fund we would be sleeping on the
“I have clean hot water because of the Hope Fund. I have 2 kids, I can't even explain how important this is.”
“The Hope Fund allowed me to have a safe vehicle to get to work and class without having to fall behind in other living expenses.”
The Dream Fund was created in 2016 when founding director, Marjorie Withers, retired. Marjorie had a vision of a fund that could support children and young adults with dreams for opportunities that would bring them joy but were beyond the financial capacity of their families. Five years later, the Dream Fund is still kindling hope and creating access to experiences that build self-esteem, resilience, and skills. That has looked like dance lessons and leotards for two sisters in Calais, enrolling a child from Machias in a camp where she learned boater safety and hunter safety, and paying for an indigenous-crafted instrument so a Passamaqouddy youth could learn traditional drumming. Over 200 Dream Fund awards worth $65,000 have allowed young people to pursue their passions and build relationships with peers and caring adults. All of these funds come from donors like you.
The Dream Fund helped rebuild bridges between a twelve-year-old boy suffering from PTSD and his mother. Mom applied to the fund for a digital camera so her son could document their visits to nearby parks after observing his interest in photography. Photography not only helps him with his PTSD, it enhances the quality time spent with his mother creating a positive outcome for this family.
Please help us continue providing these awards in support of a young person’s dream.
Both of these Funds are accessed through CCC partner organizations with applications reviewed by a small cross-agency committee. Your donation can be made in support of either the Hope or Dream Fund, or can be split between the two.