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We creatively push boundaries of giving by transforming barriers & investing in Mainers through 1,000 little solutions

Our Solution Investment Program fosters our belief that at some point in all of our lives we will be a receiver and a giver of a much-needed boost.

At our inception in 2016, our founders, Reade and Martha Brower of Camden, ME provided one-time financial lifts to people who needed a small amount of money to get back on their feet. Through trial & error as well as learning about evidence-based research from Communications Across Barriers, we realized the power a 1,000 little solutions create ripples & changes lives.

Graphic of some kind – Most charities have strict funding guidelines & can assist people only for reactive crisis issues – At OCMV we focus on proactive gap solutions to prevent an issue turning into a crisis – grantees pay it forward through self-selected volunteerism

SOLUTION INVESTMENT PROGRAM: We work with 3rd parties to help neighbors prevent temporary barriers turn into a financial, self-confidence, or well-being crisis when no other resources are available. A person – facing a barrier that could snowball into a bigger problem applies through a designated third-party for a small grant. Grantees pay it forward through self-selected volunteerism – thus making it a hand up, rather than a handout. Grant-eligible issues relate to employment, youth aspirations, senior independent living, transportation, and well-being.