The Midcoast Chapter of the Maine Women’s Network has donated $250 to New Hope for Women.

“Thanks to our meeting sponsors, we have some discretionary funds which we have tried to use to make a difference in women’s lives,” said Kim Palermo, Midcoast chapter chairwoman, in a news release. “For instance, knowing what a difficult economy it was last year, we paid half the registration fees for our chapter members to attend the Maine Women’s Network Annual Event, and we are hoping to do the same this June. Our members voted this past month to give this $250 to New Hope for Women, and we are so proud to be able to do so.”

For almost 30 years, New Hope for Women has been the sole agency providing services in Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties to all persons affected by domestic and dating violence. It provides both crisis response and ongoing prevention programs. New Hope also operates Time for Change, a batterer intervention program certified by the state of Maine. The range of programs and services is extensive: a 24-hour hotline, support groups for survivors of violence, legal guidance and services, emergency housing, information and referral services, school outreach and prevention programs, education and trainings for community groups and organizations (police, doctors, emergency room personnel, clergy, businesses and service organizations). New Hope’s transitional housing program has units for a total of six families in the tri-county coverage area.

The check was presented to Kathleen Morgan, executive director; Glen Rainsley, development director; and Diane Norton, board president, at the MWN meeting on March 3 in the chapter’s 15-second introduction circle. Surrounded by 35 women, Morgan graciously accepted the donation.

“We’re deeply touched and grateful to the Midcoast Chapter of the Maine Women’s Network for their generosity and support of our work,” Morgan said. “Our thanks to all the members of the network for their welcome gifts.”

“This kind of gift truly touches and encourages us,” Rainsley said. “We’re grateful for the donation to our programs and services, and we’re grateful that the Maine Women’s Network recognizes the value of our ongoing work in the communities we serve.”

MWN’s mission is to increase women’s professional growth and leadership skills through networking and education. A statewide organization with multiple chapters, including Portland, Androscoggin and the Midcoast, membership is open to all, regardless of gender. Through monthly chapter meetings, the statewide annual event, and other programming, MWN represents and supports hundreds of women in business across the state.

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