What we stand for:
Our Giving Back initiative is about more than growth and profits; it’s about making a difference in people’s lives. As CEO of Strategic Media, I have the privilege to be exposed to organizations throughout our community that support not only the people working at SMI but also the people who make Portland the place we call home. From the beginning, I felt it was important to be part of the community that supports our business operations by giving back. The staff of SMI feels the same way, which is why we have introduced an employee matching program. This year, we are putting our charitable donation emphasis on local organizations that have a positive impact on the lives of people in Maine. Some of our favorite organizations are highlighted here.
Who we support:
We extend a heartfelt thank you from each child and family who will benefit from your contribution. The support you provide The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center is truly invaluable.
Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. The Barbara Bush Hospital was rated the fourth safest hospital in the U.S., and its nurses were recently rated in the top 3% world-wide for nursing excellence. Donations support the Neotanal/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, with such necessities as transport ambulances, clinics for children in need of specialized care, monitors, incubators, access to educations resources, and more.
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation. Maine Adaptive is the largest year-round adaptive recreation program in the state of Maine for adults and children with physical disabilities. The program provides over 3,500 lessons, winter and summer, free of charge, thanks to the support of individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations.
The Center for Grieving Children. The Center for Grieving Children, based in Portland, Maine, serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children has served more than 66,000 children, teens, and their families.
Toys for Tots. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year, during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.
American Lung Association. The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research. They are truly "Fighting for Air."
Junior Achievement of Maine. Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success.
The Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Good Shepherd Food Bank. The mission of the Good Shepherd Food Bank is to eliminate hunger in Maine. In addition to distributing food to Mainers in need, the Good Shepherd Food Bank is leading a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education, and strategic partnerships, as well as by mobilizing the public in the fight to end hunger.
Tri for a Cure. Tri for a Cure supports the Maine Cancer Foundation's ongoing mission to provide funding for cancer research, education and patient support programs in Maine. Maine Cancer Foundation is unique in its top-to-bottom approach to fighting cancer. While research makes up the core of their grant funding program, each year MCF provides financial support to dozens of patient and education programs state-wide. Cancer tries. We Tri harder.
Gary's House. Gary Pike was a bright and adventurous 18-year-old from Kennebunk, Maine. Diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 1989, Gary believed that every family should have a place to stay when a loved one is seriously ill. Gary lost his battle with cancer in 1991, but Gary's House honors his memory as a safe, comfortable, and affordable home-away-from-home for families and individuals with loved ones receiving medical treatment in any Greater Portland area hospital.
American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society takes a comprehensive approach to combatting lung cancer through funding research, providing information, and with services that help people with lung cancer and their families cope with the disease. The Society also takes an active role in fighting tobacco, the leading cause of lung cancer.
Maine Cancer Foundation. Since 1976, Maine Cancer Foundation has worked diligently to provide grant funding for cancer research, education and patient support programs in Maine. Whether you choose to make a one-time gift or a lasting endowment, you can be confident that your donation is directed to effective organizations leading the fight against cancer.
YMCA Portland Maine. Founded in 1853 and incorporated in 1860, the Portland YMCA is the twelfth oldest of the 2,283 YMCA’s in the United States and the largest in Maine. Donations provide a safe, welcoming place for at-risk individuals, as well as one-on-one support, week-long adventure programs for children, and a nurturing place for up to six months for refugee families.
World Bicycle Relief. World Bicycle Relief is transforming individuals and their communities through the Power of Bicycles – envisioning a world where distance no longer prevents access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity. The organization has distributed over 24,000 bicycles, empowering survivors of the Indian Ocean Tsunami as well as other major disasters and challenges. Their website includes detailed reports regarding the results and impact of their efforts.
Sweetser Home. With a history dating back to 1828, Sweetser is one of Maine's most comprehensive behavioral healthcare organizations for children, adults and families. Sweetser offers services that address emotional disturbances, mental illnesses, behavioral disorders and learning disabilities through a network of educational programs, preventive services, community support services, residential homes and outpatient services.
Portland Trails. This non-profit urban land trust maintains a 50-mile network of trails in Greater Portland. By engaging the participation of neighborhoods, schools, and the business community in trail use and land stewardship, it helps to make Greater Portland a model for people-powered recreation and transportation.
Wounded Warrior Project. The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
Camp Sunshine at Point Sebago. Nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake, Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses, as well as their immediate families, through various stages of a child’s illness. The year-round program is free of charge to all families and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness.
Almost Home Rescue. Almost Home Rescue is a non-profit all-breed rescue organization dedicated to saving lives and finding forever homes for stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs in danger of euthanasia. Most of AHR’s dogs have come from over crowded shelters in Arkansas and most recently Mississippi; however, they also take dogs from local shelters, veterinarians, and other situations that require rescue.