Support
the Center

Because of our generous supporters, we’re able to offer our services to thousands of families free of cost. We can’t thank you enough -- without your donations, we couldn’t do the work that we do.

Become a “Friend of Hope!” Select the monthly giving option to join our Friends of Hope monthly giving program! Giving monthly is a popular way to support our work, because making easy payments throughout the year helps you be as generous as you want to be. You can lower or increase your monthly giving at any time. For your tax purposes, we'll send you in January a statement of the past year's total.

Please note, in light of Blackbaud’s cybersecurity breach that took place between February 7, 2020 and May 20, 2020, the Center does NOT use Blackbaud as our cloud software and data management system. Donors can rest assured that your personal and financial information has and continues to remain secure when you donate to us online.

Other
Ways to Give

Bill Hemmens Legacy Society

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Bill Hemmens Legacy Society

We all want to know that we have made a difference in our lifetime, especially for a cause that is close to our hearts. By joining the Bill Hemmens Legacy Society, you can ensure that
the Center is here to meet children’s and families’ need for grief support far into the future.

By joining the Bill Hemmens Society, you create a lasting gift of hope for grieving children and families.

The Society is named in honor of Bill Hemmens, who founded the Center following the death of his sister. In trying to find help for his niece Erin, Bill recognized that children need peers and caring adults to support them through their grief, because death profoundly affects every aspect of their lives.

For further information about the Bill Hemmens Society, please contact Lisa Morin, Director of Philanthropy, at 207.775.5216 or lisa@cgcmaine.org.

Give in Memory

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Give in Memory

Gifts made in memory of a loved one are a special honor for the Center to receive. Those who give them say it’s comforting to contribute to our support of children and families experiencing loss.

The Center also accepts tribute gifts that honor a living person or mark a special occasion such as a wedding, birth, anniversary, birthday, or graduation.

The Center will also send an acknowledgement of your gifts to the person or the family of the person whose life or occasion you memorialized or honored.

 

For further information about making a gift in memory, please contact Lisa Morin, Director of Philanthropy, at 207.775.5216 or lisa@cgcmaine.org.

Star Memorial Wall Donation

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Star Memorial Wall Donation

Our Star Memorial Wall is a home for golden stars shining on a purple-tinged wall, in memory of loved ones. It is located at the Center in the room where families gather for an evening’s opening circle.

The wall was inspired by the story, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The little prince learns he can recall happy memories of a friend who has died by looking up at the night sky “as if all the stars were laughing.”

For a donation of $250 or more, the Center will arrange to have a Memorial Star inscribed with the name of someone you want to memorialize. The star becomes a permanent part of the wall—a wall inside a building that can be filled with the emotions of grief but also happy memories and laughter. There’s a lot of laughter heard at the Center at night, as if all our stars on our wall are laughing.

Purchase a star as an individual—like the child who did just that with the money she asked friends to give her as a birthday present—or with contributions from a group of people.

If you would like to purchase a star, or want additional ideas for doing so, please contact Lisa Morin, Director of Philanthropy, at 207.775.5216 or lisa@cgcmaine.org.

Become a Corporate Partner

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Become a Corporate Partner

Our Corporate Partners support all we do here at the Center. These companies support our peer support programs, our community outreach, facilitator trainings, and more—and ensure that all of our services remain available to children and families at no cost, for as long as they need them.

Thank you to our 2020-2021 Corporate Partners!

Corporate Luminaries:

Corporate Leaders:

Corporate Partners:

Corporate Friends:

                           

Our Corporate Partners provide year-round support to our Center families. This personal and fully customizable partnership allows companies offers numerous recognition opportunities throughout the calendar year while helping to ensure our services remain available to families at no cost. To learn more about our Corporate Partnership program or individual event sponsorships, please contact: Emma@cgcmaine.org

To see our upcoming sponsorship opportunities, check out our events.

Wish List

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Wish List

Gift Cards

  • Artists and craftsman
  • Hannaford
  • Walmart 
  • Staples
  • Best Buy
  • Gas Cards
  • Amazon

Toys & Arts & Crafts

  • LED Candles: unscented, please
  • Arts & Craft Supplies: (No kits please)
  • Big Rolls of Paper: white, brown, and black roofing paper
  • Fimo Soft Polymer Clay
  • Bottles of School Glue & Modge Podge
  • Tape: dispensers, masking tape, scotch tape, duct tape, and colorful tape
  • White t-shirts, pillowcases, & tie-dye supplies
  • Toys – We can accept new toys. We cannot accept used toys.
  • Dress Up Clothes: Child-Size Doctor Coat & toy stethoscope
  • Puppets
  • Soft Foam Balls and Blocks

Cleaning and Household Supplies

  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Cloth Dish Towels
  • Dish Soap & Dishwasher Detergent
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Hand Soap
  • Light Bulbs
  • Napkins
  • 3 or 5 oz paper or plastic cups
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trash Bags – kitchen size

Office Supplies

  • Office Supplies: 8 ½ x 11 White Laser Printer Paper; 8 ½ x 11 Colored Laser Printer Paper; Green or White Binders (1 Inch Width); Green Folders; Manila File Folders; Notebooks and Notepads; Paperclips; Post-It Notes; Staplers, staples
  • Flip Chart Pads and markers
  • Storage totes/bins
  • Batteries: double or triple A

Garden and Facility

  • New Floor Lamps
  • New Extension Cords and Power Strips
  • New Floor Fans

Please Note:  Items the Center does NOT need: Character Items, Coloring Books, Crafting Kits, Crayons, Used Toys; Board Games and Puzzles, Stuffed Animals; Beanie Babies

If you are interested in donating an item please call the Center at (207) 775-5216 or email us at cgc@cgcmaine.org.

Your Community Event

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Your Community Event

We are so lucky to be a part of a community that wants to give back. We would love to hear from YOU! Should you wish to host a fundraiser, community event, or private reception to benefit the Center, please reach out to Emma at emma@cgcmaine.org. We look forward to making your ideas a reality.

 

Keep up with Our
Community

If you’d like to get involved in supporting the Center for Grieving Children, keep an eye out for our upcoming events and stay up-to-date on the latest news and happenings.

Volunteer
Opportunities

Peer Support Group
Facilitator

Facilitators work with children and their families one evening or afternoon a week (depending on the program).

  • Volunteer Facilitators are asked to make a commitment of one-year.
  • All facilitators must complete an intensive 30+ hour training. Volunteers in the Intercultural Program receive additional training.
  • To ensure the safety of our families and volunteers, background checks are conducted.
  • Facilitators must be at least 18 years old.

Interested in learning more? Click below to view the next dates we will be holding our information sessions.

Volunteer Application
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Philanthropy & Special Events - Office Support - Board Opportunities

All volunteers must first attend an information session. Click below to view our upcoming dates.

Philanthropy & Special Events

Events are a key way we raise funds and visibility for the Center’s services. Helping with these events includes projects leading up to and during events. Some of our major events include the Auction & Dinner Gala, TD Beach to Beacon, our Golf Tournament, the MidSummer Night’s Soiree, and running events throughout the year.

Office Support

General support is always needed, from helping with mailings, data entry, filing, answering phones, organizing group rooms or closets, and working on special projects. We have a use for any time or skill you would like to contribute. If you have a special gift, such as art, marketing, graphic design, or fundraising, please let us know! Some volunteers will even organize small fundraising events. Fun ideas are always welcome!

Board of Directors

The Center is proud of its excellent board of directors who are heavily involved in fund-raising, promoting the organization, and cultivating donors. They bring a variety of abilities and experience to the Center and give counsel. Our effective board are connectors within our community. They bring their passion to move the Center’s mission forward for the children, teens, families and community.

Contact Anne Heros at Anne@cgcmaine.org to share your interest in Board Opportunities

Does your employer participate in community service? We gladly accept volunteer help from local businesses as part of their community giving programs. We fulfill company volunteering hours with projects such as painting, cleaning, organizing, bulk mailing, gardening, and more. If you’re interested in signing your business up for volunteer hours, please contact us. We welcome the opportunity to work with you!

Let’s get started!

The first step for all Center volunteers is to attend a one-hour information session. Please register by emailing beth@cgcmaine.org

You may complete the application prior to attending an information session or just come to the session to learn more. If you prefer to complete a paper application, just ask for one and we will send you a PDF of the application.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Volunteer Information Session Schedule

  • Tuesday, October 20 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Virtual