2017 Pulliam Grant recipients announced

CASTINE — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine has announced that eight Maine institutions have earned its Pulliam Grants for 2017.

The Pulliam Social Justice Grants were created to honor the memory of the late Deborah Pulliam, a longtime member of the congregation and benefactor of a variety of social justice causes in Maine and elsewhere.

Pulliam Grants are made by a committee composed of members from three UU congregations — Castine (host), Ellsworth and Belfast.

The 2017 recipients are:

  • Community Compass, Blue Hill, $5,000 to expand its “Parents as Leaders” program that helps newborns and their parents thrive during the critical first year of their lives.
  • Volunteers for Hancock County Jail Residents, $3,500 to facilitate the jail library, provide GED materials, expand materials on addiction treatment and self-help and provide social opportunities for residents.
  • MUUSAN (Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network), Augusta, $4,500 to inform and advocate for Unitarian Universalist principles for a more just society in the State Legislature and in the public square.
  • Peninsula Free Health Services, Blue Hill, $5,000 to provide professional health services for those who have no medical insurance and cannot afford private medical care.
  • Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, Augusta, $5,000 to change policies and practices throughout Maine, especially to allow in-person visits between residents and their families, and to advocate for paid stipends and employment while residents are incarcerated.
  • Food AND Medicine, Brewer, $4,000 to create opportunities and support for low-income people to be leaders, act collectively, and advocate for themselves.
  • Open Door Recovery Center, Ellsworth, $2,000 to provide high-quality outpatient rehabilitation and treatment services for those suffering from addiction and/or mental illness, and their families.
  • Families First Community Center, Ellsworth, $5,000 to break the cycle of homelessness by equipping families with minor children with the skills they need to gain self-sufficiency.

“These grants are only one of the many ways in which Deborah Pulliam’s generosity is reflected in our community,” said the Rev. Margaret Beckman, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine’s minister. “”We congratulate the awardees and take great pleasure in being able to assist them in their missions.”

Pulliam Grants are made annually. Applicants, deadlines and ground rules for the 2018 round of grants will be published early next year on www.uucastine.org.

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