Congratulations to Area Interfaith Outreach, Grahamtastic Connection and Sunrise Opportunities for being selected as FairPoint Connected Communities grant recipients. Each organization will be awarded a $16,000 grant and technology package customized to help advance its charitable mission. Learn more about the impressive work of these non-profits below.
Area Interfaith Outreach
Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO), of Rockland, Maine, is an all-volunteer food pantry and emergency assistance facility serving Knox County. With food insecurity increasing in Maine in recent years, AIO serves anywhere from 25 to 50 families each operating business day, in addition to its Weekend Backpack Program which provides weekend meals to 300 children in 17 schools across the county. Beyond food services, AIO assists individuals who are facing eviction, are unable to pay heat or electric bills, need assistance getting to a medical facility, and any other emergencies that may arise.
Grahamtastic Connection, of Springvale, Maine, provides free technology to children with life-threatening illnesses for educational purposes. Founded in 1998 by Leslie Morissette in honor of her son, Graham, who lost his battle to cancer at the age of eight, Grahamtastic Connection allows children receiving long-term care to remain connected to school, family and friends without the financial strain of accessing the necessary technology to do so. Grahamtastic Connection has served 1,400 children since 1998.
Sunrise Opportunities, of Machias, Maine, serves hundreds of children and adults throughout Eastern Maine. Celebrating 60 years of service in 2017, Sunrise Opportunities provides creative services and environments in which individuals can thrive, enjoy a high quality of life, make impactful friendships and achieve personal goals. The organization also offers housing for people with disabilities, seniors and low-income individuals.