October 2015 Table of Contents
Message from the CEO
Spotlight on Grantee
Grant News
Women of Maine: Highlighting Triumphs from Around the State
Maine Women's Fund on Maine Public Radio
The Power of She 10K
News, Grant Opportunities & Events
2015 Grantees


How many times have women or girls waited in long lines to use the bathrooms at public facilities, while men do not? I can recall many a symphony, airport or sporting event where this was a common problem. Imagine my delight, when at the end of a day of biking 55 or even 75 miles up Maine hills, I was able to walk right into a hot shower without waiting in line! I passed the men's line, queued-up for their turn to use their showers (and complaining a bit) because there were many more men than women on the ride, with an equal number of showers available...and I heard several of them say "Well, now we know what it's like for you ladies most of the time, having to wait while we don't!"
That was just a tiny part of my BikeMaine 2015 experience: 357 riders from 35 states and 4 countries, with an average age of 65 (and oldest age 79) biked 350 miles from Kittery to Bethel and back. All along the way, wearing a white shirt emblazoned with the Fund logo and our funding priorities within economic security, I talked, answered questions and had great conversations with people about the Fund and the work of womens' funds around the world. A tremendous effort of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine along with literally hundreds of volunteers of all ages from Rotary clubs, Kiwanis, Lions, churches, football and other sports teams and community groups from eighteen towns made the logistics (imagine preparing, serving and cleaning up after providing food for 357 people burning about 3000 calories riding each day) and safe riding work for everyone from the 10 year old twin brothers to the 79 year old, and all of us in between! The road, rest stops, meals and social times provided ample opportunity for people to learn more about economic security challenges for women and girls in Maine and how the Fund and its grantees address them.
I learned about what caring communities we have in places like York and Oxford counties, and how a challenge like riding such distances day after day can build people, and even more community. Athleticism has been linked time and again to leadership so I hope more women will participate in rides like BikeMaine. The 2016 ride will be held September 10-17, 2016 in Washington County, featuring the "Bold Coast". Who will join me and learn about some of the most economically-challenged, remote and breathtakingly beautiful parts of our state? It might make the wait longer for the shower if more women participate, but I promise you an unforgettable experience of Maine and its people. See you on the road!

Sarah Ruef-Lindquist 
SPOTLIGHT ON GRANTEE: Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center
In mid-September, the Fund visited the Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center in Bangor. 

The 2015 Maine Women's Fund grant supports the Health Center's Gaining Access Project (GAP), which helps meet the basic healthcare necessities of the uninsured and people with low incomes. By providing services at reduced fees, the Heath Center ensures that there is no gap in routine, preventative health care services for women while they move from economic instability to economic security.

Mabel Wadsworth, Health Center namesake and one of five founders
Founded in 1984, the Mabel Wadsworth Center is the only private, not-for-profit, free-standing independent feminist women's health care center in the state and one of only fourteen left in the country. They provide educational and clinical services in sexual and reproductive health care to women regardless of age, ability, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status.  

The Center has nine staff providing clinical and administrative services, along with education and outreach. They offer innovative, state of the art services including infertility treatment and hormone therapies for patients in the transgender community, in addition to prenatal care, annual exams, abortion services, cancer and other testing, treatment, and screenings. The Health Center sees an average of 1,300 patients at more than 3,000 visits a year from all over the state, as well as Canada.

MWF staff and board members enjoyed touring the facility, hearing about the challenges faced, opportunities they're taking advantage of, and the importance of grant funding at an organization that does not accept federal or state funding but still provides comprehensive care to women in some of Maine's most economically deprived areas, no matter what their circumstances.

2014-15 Report to the Community

Watch for the annual report coming soon!

BIKEMAINE 2015: MWF CEO Completes a 350+ Mile Trek

Maine Women's Fund CEO, Sarah Ruef-Lindquist joined more than 350 cyclists as they toured the state and pedaled 350 miles by bicycle from September 12-19, from Kittery to Bethel and back. This was the third annual ride organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, founded to promote the state as a bicycling destination and to use cycling as an economic development tool for local communities. 

Each day, Sarah sported a jersey showcasing one of our six funding areas: education, entrepreneurship, healthcare, leadership, personal safety and public policy, and the Fund logo. She met with hundreds of participants, volunteers and community residents along the way and had the opportunity to share information about the issues women and girls face related to economic security here in Maine.

If you missed the media blitz, wall check out our

GRANT NEWS: LOI Application will be available November 2
Applicant organizations should note a few changes related to the grants program:
To better address the goals and intent of the Karen Moran Leadership Fund, the LOI will include a revised definition of leadership (as a funding area) and an opportunity for applicants to talk about their organization's leadership work with women or girls.
Beginning in the fall of 2017, organizations who have then received three consecutive years of funding will be ineligible to apply for a year.  In other words, after three consecutive years of funding, organizations will be ineligible to apply for a grant for one year.  This new policy will not affect eligibility with this year's process (FY2016), but it will require applicants to consider and plan for what this might mean for them in coming years. This will broaden access to more organizations for funding and will encourage greater organizational sustainability among all the grantee community, which has long been a goal the focus of much of the Fund's recent capacity-building workshops.

Women of Maine: Highlighting Triumphs from Around the State
Corrie Roberts 
On Friday October 2nd, Marine Patrol Specialist Corrie Roberts made a daring leap onto a 40-foot lobster boat that was discovered circling in rough waters off of Rockland Harbor. The coordinated attempt to save Robert Staples, 78, of North Haven who died aboard the Legacy from natural causes, combined the efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard, Maine Marine Patrol, the Maine Ferry Service, the Rockland Fire Department, and members of Rockland EMS.
Maine Marine Patrol is a subset of the Maine Department of Marine Resources and when fully staffed, includes 52 uniformed state law enforcement officers who are charged with investigating and providing protective services work including patrolling an assigned coastal area by land and sea, protecting marine resources, coastal property, and the public; enforcing applicable laws; and investigating complaints and incidents. 
Roberts has been a Marine Patrol member for ten years and is one of three women on the Marine Patrol staff. Of her harrowing experience boarding a moving vessel Roberts says, "The Patrol usually doesn't have so much coverage of these kinds of maneuvers, but this one was so close (to Rockland), it got a lot of coverage. Officers do this kind of thing all the time." Read more and watch the video...

Listen for the Maine Women's Fund on Maine Public Radio & Win a Cake!
When you hear our sponsorship on Maine Public Radio, email us (lauren@mainewomensfund.org) with the date & time you heard it, along with your name, email and phone number.

All verified notifications will be entered to win a generously donated, sumptuous freshly baked, custom, 8-inch, three layer cake from
Lisa Parker Cakes For All Seasons! All entries will be verified the week of November 22 and the cake raffle winner will be announced on November 30th just in time for holiday parties & gatherings!    
Melinda Shain, Natalie Solotoff and Robin Lin Hodgskin
On October 11, three Maine Women's Fund Board Members, Robin Lin Hodgskin, Melinda Shain, and Natalie Solotoff participated in the first annual Power of SHE 10K in Portland. The event featured prizes for the best costumes and age group awards, and benefited the Maine Women's Fund.

Robin Lin Hodgskin was very excited to run in the first Power of She. Her last races were multiple appearances in the Bonne Bell Women's Mini Marathon (10k) in Boston in the 1980s. After a long diversion to other athletic endeavors, Robin was inspired to return to running; the 2015 Yarmouth Clam Festival 5-miler is her only race in over 30 years prior to the Power of She. Robin has served on the Fund's Investment Committee for eighteen years.

Melinda Shain's preferred race distance is the marathon. She has completed seven races since her first marathon in 2011 including the Mount Desert Island marathon in 2014 and the 2015 Sugarloaf Marathon. She also enjoys shorter distance races and is a regular in various 10K and 5K distance races locally. She especially loves racing for a great cause and over her two appearances in the Boston marathon raised $5,500 as a charity runner. She was thrilled to be running and fundraising for the MWF in her very first all-female race. Melinda is the former board president and currently serves on the Fund's Governance committee.

MWF Board President, Natalie Solotoff started running races in middle school, as a track and field miler. Although she gave up running competitively to focus on playing soccer in high school and college, she continued to run races for fun. Natalie and her sisters, who live in Florida and North Carolina, trained separately and then got together to run the Virginia Beach Rock and Roll Half Marathon in 2008. Her most recent race was the Big Lake Half Marathon in Lake Winnipesaukee, NH in 2010. After a long-enough break from participating in races since her son was born, Natalie was excited to run in the Power of She 10K in honor of the inspiring work of the Maine Women's Fund.

Donations from the race will help us provide critical assistance to nonprofit organizations that advance the economic security of women and girls. Thank you to everyone who participated!  View the WMTW news spot here.  

Join the Maine Women's Policy Center on Friday, October 16, 2015 for the Maine Women's Summit on Economic Security at the Augusta Civic Center from 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM. The Keynote Address will be presented by Caroline Fredrickson, author of Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over.

Register today!

Other guests include: Pronita Gupta, Deputy Director of the Women's Bureau for the U.S. Department of Labor; Representative Sara Gideon, Assistant Majority Leader of the Maine House of Representative; Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, President & CEO of Goodwill of Northern New England; Laura Fortman, Deputy Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the US DOL (and former Maine Commissioner of Labor); Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, CEO of the Maine Women's Fund; and Pat Ryan, who served as Executive Director of the Maine Human Rights Commission for more than three decades. 


New Ventures Maine (formerly Women, Work and Community) will submit the best business plan for a chance to win $70,000 in prizes at a national competition in Washington in March, 2016! NVME is looking for entrepreneurs and innovators who have an existing business or an idea for a product or service that will improve and empower the lives of women and girls. Submit your business plan to InnovateHER, New Ventures Maine, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330-9410, ATTN: Eloise Vitelli. Deadline: November 9, 2015. For contest rules, submission information and application details please click here.


The Maine Women's Fund has awarded grants totaling $98,000 to organizations working to build the economic security of Maine women and girls. This includes grants from donor-advised funds, resources established by individuals who make recommendations as to how the funds are spent. Read More...



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On behalf of the staff and board of the Maine Women's Fund, thank you for reading and for all you do to support Maine women and girls.

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