Our plan is to help as many people as possible along the way. But in order for us to help others, we are asking you to help us first!

Donate Online- PayPal Mail a Check |Donate Goods/Gear |More Way to Help

See our Donor Appreciation Wall for list of individuals and business that have supported us. As, of August 6, 2011 contributions total $5000. Whether it’s $1 or $1,000, a home-cooked meal or creative fundraiser every offering of generosity supporting the Walk is appreciated and empowers the Making Strides Mission to connect with more people who need a helping a hand, document their stories, and inspire individuals and communities to come together so more can Rediscover the American Dream.

In addition, thanks to our non-profit supporter The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers -a registered 501C3 charity, donations that are ‘mailed in’ are deductible on your taxes.

To get charitable donation receipt your checks from Making Strides need to be mailed directly to our supporting organization. If you send a check with “Making Strides” in memo they will send you a receipt as proof of your charitable donation deductible for tax purposes. Click here for mailing instructions

We accept online donations via PayPal*
*at this time we cannot provide tax receipts for online donations, but your online donation is easy to do and available to us immediately for supporting our walk.

We encourage and appreciate material contributions as well. The following is a list of items needed for the walk:

Netbook/tablet computer Donated by Verizon of Waterville, ME
Small video camera
Walking/hiking shoes (we’ll still need several pairs!!!)  Donated by Rebook
Two mid-size packs
Ground pads
Sleeping bags
Miniature stove
Water purifier
First aid kit
Non-cotton shirts  Custom logo shirts donated by Deb and Dukes
Rain gear

If you are interested in donating any of these items, other items or helping out in any way- we encourage you to contact us at or 207.651.1251

Mailing Information – for tax deductible donations!
Write check to: Maine Children’s Home

Mail to:
Finance Manager, The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers
93 Silver St.
Waterville, ME 04901

Write check to: Maine Children’s Home
In memo area write: Making Strides ( So they can track the donations intended for our walk!)
The Maine Children’s Home is a 501c3 charity- you will receive a receipt for tax purposes if you donate by check.


If you would prefer to donate online- We are also accepting donations via PayPal

*You can donate online with debit or credit card- there no need to create a PayPal account to donate via PayPal!

At this time we cannot offer PayPal donations a tax deductible receipt, so if you want one please mail a check! (see mailing address above)

Thank you! We could never do this without the love and support of our family, friends, the community and you!

More Way to Help:

There are many ways to help support the walk- here’s an example an artisan who  is donating 1/2 of sales to our walk. You may have a creative fundraising idea or wish to help out in some way, if so please contact us!

Jewelry Artisan Mig Lemire of Scarborough Maine generously has offered 50% of each sale to go to Making Strides. Just type “For Making Strides” in the buyer’s instruction box. Click here for more information.

Spread the Word

Let your friends and community know about Making Strides, share on your community newspaper, or website/ blog. We’ve created a ‘copy and paste’ article about Making Strides to share, and  you are welcome to link to our blogs or content from our website as well.

If you are connected to a nonprofit, organization, or family that could use our help or work please let us know. Soon we placing our tentative walk route online.

In addition, if you work in publicity or media, or have friends in the media who can help spread the word about the walk locally or nationally this would go along way in helping us reach more people.



Making Strides

Rediscovering the American Dream

Special Thanks to

The Maine Children's Home

Your donations to Making Strides are now
tax deductible under their 501c3 charity
For more information see our donation page

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