Irene Chadbourne Community Programs Receives $15,000 Grant

By Lura Jackson

Fresh on the heels of receiving $10,000 from the Maine Community Foundation, the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry and the programs it operates has received more welcome news: The John T. Gorman Foundation has gifted the ICEFP with $15,000 to offset its operating costs to enable it to continue providing valuable services to the community. 

The John T. Gorman Foundation is committed to working with organizations that strengthen families and their surrounding communities. According to its website: “The Foundation recognizes that one of the most important things that we can do to prevent poor outcomes for Maine’s children and youth in the future is to invest in ideas and opportunities that can help improve outcomes for parents and caregivers in the present.”

The goals of the Irene Chadbourne Programs strongly coincide with that of the Gorman Foundation. The Chadbourne Programs support parents and guardians with young children through the Food Pantry, Calais Food for Thought Education Programs, Elementary School Backpack Program, Fuel Fund, Thrift Store and Emergency Shelter. The number of families reached by the programs continues to rise, prompting the need for additional funding sources.

“It is with sincere appreciation that we recognize the significant support The John T. Gorman Foundation has offered our programs,” grant writer Helen Messemer-Thomas said. “With this generous award for operating expenses, we can continue to move forward implementing, building and expanding our programs in both traditional and innovative ways to assist the community through services, programs and education seminars.”


The community thrift store is currently undergoing an expansion of its services, and volunteers from the community are requested to assist in its operation. If you have a few hours to spare a week to commit to making a positive impact in our community, please contact Helen at 454-2558.