Food Security Initiative (2013 - 2014)
With funding from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, the Center addressed issues of food security across the state of Maine. Carried out under the auspices of the Center's ENCorps program, technical assistance and small grants were provided to food security programs across the state to support their work at the same time that older adults learned about hunger and poverty in Maine and explored ways to help children and adults in their communities get the food and nutrition they need.
Maine Rural Relatives as Parents Outreach Project
A state-wide service project that focused on providing online support and learning opportunities for Maine's rural parenting relatives, youth within kinship families, and support group facilitators who work with kinship families. Dr. Lenard Kaye, Professor of Social Work and Director of UMCoA, had overall administrative and supervisory responsibility for the project and Jennifer Crittenden, Research Associate at UMCoA, served as the Program Coordinator. This project was funded by the Brookdale Foundation.
AmeriCorps*VISTA Senior $ense:
The UMaine Center on Aging was awarded a 3 year ($1.3 million) grant by the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2003 to develop a statewide program of financial, employment, and consumer counseling services and resources for seniors living in poverty. The goal of the Senior $ense program was to recruit and place 30 VISTA members in 15 different community organizations throughout the state.