In 2016, Reade and Martha Brower, owners of several Maine media and publishing companies* founded the 501c(3) charity One Community Many Voices (OCMV) in Midcoast, Maine. OCMV provides proactive solutions to prevent a temporary barrier turning into a financial, self-confidence, or well-being crisis when no other resources are available. In return, recipients pay it forward through self-selected volunteerism.
In order to expand the charity’s work statewide and make it financially sustainable; the long term vision was to start some type of “for good” business. The expectations for the business was to support Maine businesses, create jobs, and produce enough revenue where all profits after taxes would go to OCMV.
In 2020, Made in Maine Shop was launched. This digital marketplace blends together the integrity of Maine media with Maine makers in order to create enough revenue to provide a hand up to fellow Mainers, who through self-selected volunteerism use their skills in their community for good. This truly is a win-win for keeping Maine strong.
* Companies include: Masthead Maine (publisher of 5 Maine daily papers and over 25 Maine weeklies), state-wide digital sites, travel and real estate magazines, Maine Senior Magazine, Maine Women’s Magazine and “MailMaine”