2022 Race Beneficiaries
Each year, the volunteer organizers of the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon select a group of charitable organizations in our community to receive proceeds from the race. Below are the 2022 race beneficiaries. All of these amazing organizations benefit directly from your race registration fee — and they are all among the list of charities you can make additional donations to when signing up for any of this year’s events.
Based in Maine, Stop Trafficking US was established by Catherine Ann Wilson to motivate people to stop the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through community education, prevention, and outreach. As a survivor herself, Catherine speaks to audiences across the country, sharing her story and raising awareness about the effects of childhood abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Their mission is to educate the public that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused; that abuse of children is the precursor to sex trafficking, addictions, incarceration and more. Their goal is to prevent this trauma and the domino effect of social ills through effective teaching and training. Their vision is to stop the sexual abuse of children.
In collaboration with local partners and all affected by abuse, TTD’s mission is to create innovative responses, mobilize our community, promote safety, and challenge oppression and systems of violence. They envision a world where all people are safe, respected, and supported in their relationships and communities, where everyone’s basic needs are met and they can lead whole, fulfilling lives.
Wayfinder is a student-centered school that provides opportunity for students to discover their strengths and succeed in meeting their goals. From the moment they enter the school students quickly understand that Wayfinder is there for them—and will do all they can to help them earn their diplomas.
Over the years, they’ve become a state- and nationally-recognized model of alternative education that has helped hundreds of Maine teens realize their goal of earning their high school diplomas. Using social justice, strength-based and relational strategies, they reengage youth who are over-age and under-credited and at risk of not earning their high school diploma.
Empowering, inspiring, and strengthening communities by helping every individual discover, understand, and act on their capacity to dream of and create meaningful change. Their focus is on providing basic essentials and support to children and families, so they can succeed and thrive. World of Change aims to harness the collective compassion and goodwill within everyone’s hearts, empowering people of all ages and all walks of life to perceive and believe in themselves as change makers, and inspires action through a range of accessible opportunities.