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25 September 2019

BRUNSWICK — Signaling what appears to be the definitive end to the 50-year-old charity, volunteers from Brunswick’s Santa Claus Fund on Tuesday donated the organization’s entire toy inventory to the Waterville-based Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers. The mood was somber as volunteers from the Brunswick-based group boxed up hundreds of toys, mittens, puzzles books and games stored in a sweltering Fort Andross storage unit. “It’s the end of an era,” said Nancy Campbell, fund secretary....




06 August 2019

A surge in enrollment at a local elementary school and increasing demand for pre-k services in central Maine are pointing to what observers see as a positive trend: More families coming to the area are seeking out high-quality early education for their children. But a number of challenges stand in the way of that growth, including accessibility and affordability of programming; the cost for program centers and schools providing the services; and a lack of available housing stock that would help...




06 February 2019

Nationwide, more than 4 out of 5 students graduate high school within four years of starting ninth grade. In Maine, it’s closer to 9 out of 10. With so many students getting their diploma on time, it’s easy to forget about those who don’t. Fortunately, for one group of students, Maine has the Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School. The school, started as part of Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers and now also aligned with the Waterville High School alternative education program, has for more...




01 February 2019

WATERVILLE, ME – Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fourth consecutive time that Maine Children's Home has earned this top distinction. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added...




19 January 2019

Teen birth rates in the United States have been on a steady decline, but there are still more than 200,000 babies born to teen mothers every year, including about 600 born in Maine. Young mothers are at high risk of dropping out of school because of the pressures they face. According to some national estimates, only 40 percent earn a high school diploma. But there are a few schools in Maine that are designed specifically to help teen parents stay on track, and guide them toward different life...




15 January 2019

WATERVILLE — Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers will join the Maine Association of Nonprofits from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the 16th annual Maine Nonprofit Day in the Hall of Flags at the State House on State Street in Augusta. Nonprofit Day provides an opportunity for nonprofits and government to assert their commitment to working together in order to creatively, efficiently and effectively serve the people of Maine, according to a news release from the children’s home....




14 January 2019

WATERVILLE — An early childhood education and care center at the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers will have to scale back its services by summer if it does not receive funding help, according to the Children’s Home’s executive director. Richard Dorian said this week that The Children’s Place Early Care and Education Center, which serves 53 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, has not been able to find a grant partner or funding from the state or federal government to help sustain it and...




12 January 2019

SEARSPORT, Maine (WABI) - The JMG program at Searsport High School is putting on a polar plunge fundraiser on Wednesday, February 13th from 3-4:30 p.m. The event will take place at the boat landing on Steamboat Avenue in Searsport. Proceeds from the event will go to Maine's Children's Home for Little Wanderers, which helps send children of low-income families to summer camps who wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise. View full article on WABI .




28 November 2018

(NEWS CENTER Maine)-- The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville has been running it's Christmas Program since the 1960's. The program provides Christmas packages for families in need. This year the home is expecting to provide for just under 1900 children. The application process begins in early November and usually gets capped shortly thereafter as the need is great. Not just for help, but for people willing to donate. "There have been some moments where we have really...




26 November 2018

WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers needs your help to make Christmas dreams come true for more than 1850 Maine kids. They provide clothing, toys, and books to income-eligible children ages 0-12. Some of the most urgent needs are pajamas, full outfits, and specific toys. View full article on WABI TV.




15 September 2018

WATERVILLE, Maine. (WABI)- "A little chilly, a little naked but pretty proud of the things we accomplished." That was two members of the Low 12, Central Maine Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association. They put together a ride and fundraiser to benefit The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers Christmas Program. "Most of us are masons and a lot of us are Shriners, all of us are masons I should say. In our charitable oath, one of the things that we do is help kids, kids in need,...




03 October 2017

The University of Southern Maine Foundation launched a campaign to raise $15 million to fund its Promise Scholarship program, money that would provide up to 100 students with as much as 50% of their costs to attend the university. The campaign will fund scholarships of an average of $5,000 a year, and is aimed at students who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend college. The program works with 21 community partners to identify students who qualify, which the university cites as a unique aspect...




30 December 2016

WATERVILLE, Maine — Today, The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers announced that the Harold Alfond Foundation has awarded the nonprofit with a $400,000 grant to support the agency's Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program endowment fund. The Teen Parent School, founded in 1974, is an alternative high school program open to pregnant and parenting teens across Maine. The program provides prenatal and parenting instruction, as well as academic and life skills courses. All students are...




29 August 2016

WATERVILLE, Maine — On Thursday, September 22, The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers will host its twelfth annual Passion for Fashion fundraiser to benefit the agency's Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Vintage Manor Event Center—formerly John Martin's Manor—on College Avenue in Waterville. The Passion for Fashion event includes a fashion show with clothing and accessories from Divine Consigns of Waterville. There will also be a game, dinner, and live and...




29 June 2016

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers' strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the agency a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator , America's largest independent charity evaluator. This is the first time that The Maine Children's Home has earned this top distinction. Stephen Mayberry, development director; Diana Rafuse, finance director; and Rick Dorian, executive director proudly pose with The Maine Children's Home's...




25 February 2016

~ Program joins the top eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs nationwide ~ WATERVILLE, Maine — The Children's Place Early Care and Education Center, as part of The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) — the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. The Children's Place Early Care & Education Center "We're proud to have earned the mark of...




20 January 2016

WATERVILLE, Maine — On Thursday, January 14, The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers' leadership team presented the agency's awards at its annual celebration. Each year, the awards recognize an employee and volunteer of the year, and community partners that support the nonprofit in a variety of ways. Employee of the Year Lindsay Bragdon with Executive Director Richard Dorian More than 120 board members, staff, donors, Friends of The Maine Children's Home, and local business leaders...




10 November 2015

Richard Dorian, a unanimous selection based on his experience and proven leadership WATERVILLE, Maine — Today, The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers announced that after a thorough nationwide search and selection process, Richard Dorian will serve as the nonprofit’s new executive director starting on January 1, 2016. Dorian has extensive experience and credentials that made him a unanimous choice to lead one of Maine’s oldest nonprofit agencies. His nonprofit background includes 27...




15 June 2015

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers has been awarded $4,500 for the agency's Summer Camp Scholarship Program through Colby College's Learning by Giving: Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy course. From left to right: Lindsay Bragdon of The Maine Children's Home accepts grant money from Colby College students Jordan Nathan, Aquib Yacoob, and Brad Gaffin. Taught by Colby College Department of Sociology assistant professor, Matthew Archibald, the college seminar...




06 February 2015

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers has announced The Harland A. Turner Counseling Center has received the licensing needed to provide case management services for children with behavioral health issues from birth through age 20. From left to right, top to bottom: Pat Tobey, Elizabeth Dostie, Jackie Dupont, Rebecca Judd, Rebecca Martin, Debra Levenseller. The Harland A. Turner Family Counseling Center, one of seven programs of The Maine Children's Home, is licensed...




28 January 2015

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers has announced the agency's annual award recipients. The awards were presented as part of The Maine Children's Home Annual Celebration held at the Waterville Elks Lodge on Jan. 22. The Annual Celebration, held each January, included an introduction of new board members, a silent auction, and an award ceremony. To recognize the Teen Parent School Program's 40th anniversary, a panel of four former graduates representing the four...




13 January 2015

WATERVILLE, Maine — On Thurs., Jan. 22, The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers will host their Annual Celebration at the Waterville Elks Lodge at 6 p.m., and will focus on the 40th anniversary of the agency's Teen Parent School Program. The dinner held each January includes an awards ceremony honoring employees, volunteers, and community members for their contributions and dedication to the agency, an introduction of new board members, and a silent auction. This year, a panel of former...