LEWISTON – The Many and One Coalition recently received a $6,708 grant from a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

The purpose is to support the organization in conducting at least four workshops to provide hands-on training for existing and emerging community leaders and active coalition members in how to take concrete actions in support of the coalition’s mission.

Many and One’s Education Committee is planning the first phase of this project – an all-day retreat – this summer.

“This grant will allow us to strengthen leadership capacity within our membership, as well as within our ally organizations,” said Tracy Gregoire, Many and One coordinator. “The coalition is in a phase of organizational development and the key is to provide support and training for existing and emerging leaders around issues of racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination, as well as leadership skills and community organizing.”

The Many and One Coalition was founded in the fall of 2002.

Its mission is to work for the eradication of all forms of prejudice, discrimination, racism and oppression from the communities, and for the construction of safe, peaceful and just communities for everyone.

The coalition has four working committees that carry out work throughout the year: community building, education, public affairs and organizational development.

Founded in 1983, the Maine Community Foundation makes grants and provides leadership to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, visit the foundation’s Web site at www.mainecf.org or call toll free 1-877-700-6800.

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