CAMDEN — “Finding Our Voices,” the Camden-based, grassroots nonprofit organization marshaling survivor voices and faces to break the silence of domestic abuse, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation.
Diane Grimsley, The Sunshine Lady Foundation president and board member since 1996, said “This grant was approved knowing that the Sunshine Lady Foundation founder and funder, Doris Buffett, would have agreed wholeheartedly that ‘Finding Our Voices’ will continue to play a vital role in raising awareness in Maine about the prevalence of domestic violence and the crushing burden of the stigma that goes with it. We know that Doris would have challenged the Maine charitable-giving community to join her in supporting ‘Finding Our Voices.’”
“We are thrilled, for both the validation of our bold and creative way of waking people up to the domestic abuse all around us, and for the good this money will do to help women and children all across Maine,” said Patrisha McLean, founder and president of Finding Our Voices, along with board directors Jon Wilson, Sarah McLean and Nicole Gogan. “We are inspired by Doris Buffett’s legendary heart of gold and the Sunshine Lady Foundation’s meticulous approach to giving, and very grateful to the foundation for this generosity.”
Patrisha McLean and Doris Buffett
The signature campaign of “Finding Our Voices” during the pandemic is huge downtown-business window banners featuring the faces and voices of 30 Maine domestic abuse survivors, aged 18 to 81, sharing messages of “You are not alone” and “We got out, and so can you,” along with the domestic abuse hotline number. The 2-foot x 4-foot banners launched in Knox County in April 2020 with the advent of the pandemic, and have been traveling the state, community by community, since then, with the help of lead business sponsor Camden National Bank. Last week, Patrisha and banner buddies Linda Leonard and Donna Porter got the banners up all over Oxford County and Biddeford.
For more information about “Finding Our Voices” contact Patrisha McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit findingourvoices.net.
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