Here’s a Puppy

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Looking through my archived posts, I realized that there is just WAY too much business-related content on here. But let’s be real for a moment: everyone knows that what people REALLY want is puppies.

There are cat people and there are dog people. Most people, whether they fall into camp A or B, think kittens are cute. What there aren’t are people who don’t like puppies. They are fluffy little balls of love and energy. When they bite you, it doesn’t even hurt, and people misconstrue those little acts of aggression as playing. And it’s STILL cute.

So, here you go! An adorable puppy.

FocusMaine – Small Business Video

 

Last year, I worked with FocusMaine, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the prevalence of internship programs in the state, to create a video intended to convince businesses of the need for strong internship experiences as a talent pipeline.

Working with key stakeholders at companies like WEX, L.L.Bean, and MedRhythms, we worked to craft a story that does justice to the strengths of these Maine-based companies and why interns and businesses alike should work toward creating these networks for young professionals.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project – Leandre, Former Client

 

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project is a Portland-based non-profit that provides free legal services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers across the state of Maine.

When Leandre arrived in America, forced out by instability in his home country, he began again at square one. Left behind were his friends, his family, his possessions, and everything that he had worked so hard to attain. As he began to rebuild a life and a home, Leandre faced a new challenge: the legal intricacies that come with attempting to gain legal status in the United States. That’s where ILAP came in. Working closely with Leandre, they helped him work through the complex legal documents and procedure that mark the beginning of any immigrant’s life in America.

Listen to him tell his story. For more information, or to find out how to support the organization, visit ilapmaine.org.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project – Zaineb, Former Client

 

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project is a Portland-based non-profit that provides free legal services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers across the state of Maine.

When Zaineb was finally able to gain refugee status after many years spent living in Iraq, Jordan, and Syria, she was unable to ensure her infant son could come with her. Her son, born in Syria, was not afforded the same protections and refugee status that Zaineb, an Iraqi native, was. With little choice, Zaineb came to the United States, but never stopped fighting to bring her son with her. ILAP stepped in to help with her case and, after many months, Zaineb was reunited with her son.

Listen to her tell her story. For more information, or to find out how to support the organization, visit ilapmaine.org.

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project – Jane, Volunteer Attorney

 

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project is a Portland-based non-profit that provides free legal services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers across the state of Maine. I was privileged to work with their wonderful development director, Loretta Prescott, on a series of videos that would act as bookmarks between their levels of giving.

Featuring interviews with former clients, board members, and volunteers, these short documentaries were meant to show the tremendous impact the organization has across our community. 

As a lawyer with more than forty years of experience, Jane was looking to find a way to use her skills to support the Portland community. That’s when she heard about ILAP. Familiar with the intricacies of the legal back-end of the immigration process, Jane works with ILAP clients to cut through the dozens of pages of legalese to make sense of a process that is fraught with emotion and hardship. Thanks to her tireless efforts, Maine has been able to welcome many new citizens.

Listen to her tell her story. For more information, or to find out how to support the organization, visit ilapmaine.org.