Monday, June 16, 2014

Participate in The Solutions to Poverty Project

Maine Equal Justice Partners (MEJP), along with Dr. Sandy Butler at the University of Maine, School of Social Work, is doing a research project about poverty in Maine. They want to hear directly from people in communities throughout the State who may be having difficulty making ends meet.  We encourage you to please consider participating in the MEJP study by sharing a short survey with your clients, so they can tell MEJP a little about themselves, their opinions, and what laws or policies they think would be the most effective in helping to reduce poverty in Maine.   

MEJP will summarize the information from respondents in a report that will come out this fall. This report, including the recommendations from the survey, will help MEJP advocate for policies that increase opportunities for all Maine people. 

Who is Maine Equal Justice? 
Maine Equal Justice is a non-profit legal aid provider, whose mission is to find solutions to poverty and improve the lives of people with low income in Maine. Their work is focused on the issues that affect people’s daily lives – access to affordable health care, food and income security, supports for working families, and higher education and training opportunities. Their work is informed by what we hear from Maine people with low income and others who are committed to increasing opportunity for all Maine people. 

What are we asking you to do?
If you decide to help, please contact Chris Rusnov at MEJP ( She will send you paper surveys. Alternatively, if your clients have access to the internet, you can share the survey by passing along the link included at the end of this message.  It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete the survey.  By completing the survey, respondents are giving MEJP permission to include the responses (without their name attached) in a report on the study findings. 

For more information about The Solutions to Poverty Project, please contact Chris Rusnov at Maine Equal Justice Partners at 626-7058 ext. 204 or

Survey link:
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