Pull Up Fund’s efforts in Maine are inspired by its state’s residents, who have been incredibly welcoming to the founder’s family and who, like many other communities around the country, have demonstrated a desire to create a more racially just world.
As with the work in Prince George’s County, Pull Up Fund focuses on resourcing organizations that help to drive civic engagement and address economic insecurity among vulnerable populations, especially those that are Black-, Indigenous-, and People of Color-led.
Roughly 13% of Mainers are living below the poverty level.
Pull Up Fund focuses on helping those who are most vulnerable build lives that break cycles of poverty.
Though Maine’s prison population is mostly white and male, Black people, particularly Black youth, are charged for more serious crimes, and are more harshly sentenced than their peers. Pull Up Fund supports community-led efforts to address and eliminate racial inequalities.
Over 47,000 immigrants call Maine home and add over a billion dollars to Maine’s economy.
Pull Up Fund’s grants invest in immigrants’ workforce development, housing initiatives, and legal advocacy.
Check out what some of our grantees are doing in their communities:
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) is Maine’s only statewide immigration legal services organization. Pull Up Fund’s support has helped ILAP provide critical services to vulnerable communities including asylum seekers, children and survivors of domestic violence, crime and trafficking.
people reached through direct legal services and community legal education last year
of pro bono time donated by volunteer attorneys representing immigrant youth and individuals seeking asylum in 2020
Preble Street provides accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and advocates for solutions to these problems. With support from Pull Up Fund, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Preble Street has met basic and urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness and living in poverty — including individuals and families, youth, adults, Veterans, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of human trafficking — and empowered them to reach their full potential. Additionally, Pull Up Fund support helped offset increased demand for Preble Street Emergency Food Programs, aiding the distribution of 100,000 meals per month to vulnerable people during a global health crisis.
meals distributed per month to vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Maine Initiatives, a fund for change, cultivates social, economic, and environmental justice through grants and other support to grassroots organizations in Maine communities. Pull Up Fund supports Maine Initiatives’ efforts to resource Black-, Indigenous-, and People of Color-led leaders with the support needed to build grassroots-driven community and civic engagement organizations.
This grant from The Pull Up Fund will enable us to distribute more money than ever before in support of organizing and advocacy led by Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. We are deeply grateful for this act of solidarity with grassroots leaders in Maine.
— Maine Initiatives