Creating meaningful change for Washington County families requires meaningful supports. As people make their way out of poverty, something as seemingly simple as a full gas tank or help with a security deposit can mean the difference between forward progress and moving backwards. As the CCC creates and supports changes at the system level, we also work to remove barriers to individuals and families motivated but struggling to go to school, find and keep employment, and provide for their children. It’s a critical part of our mission and work.
You can help! While the CCC engages in very little fundraising from individuals, we accept donations that we can put to use removing barriers for families as they achieve their goals and realize dreams for themselves and their children. Donate here.
The Hope Fund was established in 2012, and supports Washington County families working with CCC partners as they overcome barriers to family success. The Hope Fund provides for one-time financial expenses that threaten a family. It is designed to be one part of an overall plan of services or supports for families. Applications are considered in areas relating to housing, transportation, medical, mental health, dental, employment, and education. The Hope Fund has changed outcomes for over 300 families since its inception. It simultaneously strengthens the safety net for families and expands the resources available to providers.
The Dream Fund is a new initiative of the CCC that will allow children and young adults to pursue their interest in something that gives them joy and may be beyond the financial capacity of their family. The goal is to kindle hope and encourage experiences that build self-esteem and mastery. That may mean buying a guitar and paying for lessons, enrolling a child in a camp where he or she can ride horses, or paying for the equipment and fees so a child can play on an athletic team. The Dream Fund allows young people to master the skills about which they feel passionate and build relationships with their peers and caring adults.
Flex Funds are immediately-available resources for families during emergencies or for small, important expenses. Integral to the success of CCC model programs like ECCO and Bridging, Flex Funds may be used for childcare during a medical appointment, meal vouchers for parents whose infant is in the hospital, specialized equipment for children with mobility challenges, or simply helping a family buy diapers. Flex Funds help service providers respond quickly to barriers that pop up unexpectedly. Left unaddressed, these barriers can set a family back or stop progress altogether.
How you can give: The CCC can accept electronic payments on our Network for Good site here, or checks and money orders payable to the Community Caring Collaborative at this address:
Community Caring Collaborative
PO Box 224
East Machias, ME 04630
To be as responsive as possible, the CCC will direct your support wherever it is most needed. Your gift will be processed by our fiscal sponsor, Sunrise Opportunities, and is fully tax-deductible.