Finding Our Voices, the grassroots survivor-powered nonprofit breaking the silence of domestic abuse, was awarded $4,150 from the International Women’s Club of New England at a luncheon Jan. 21 in York. Every January the IWCNE selects charities supporting women and children and spends the entire year hosting a variety of events to fund these charities.

Finding Our Voices, which is based in Camden, was picked as the 2022 fund-recipient along with WomenAde and Grahamtastic out of New Hampshire, and Youth Journalism International out of Auburn.

Patrisha McLean, founder, and president of Finding Our Voices, accepted the check in the ballroom of the York Harbor Inn, with Mary Lou Smith, a survivor on the domestic abuse-awareness posters that have papered more than 60 towns across Maine. With Maine Governor Janet T. Mills joining this campaign, the posters now feature the faces and voices of 40 named Maine survivors aged 18 to Mary Lou’s 82.

In addition to the posters and bookmarks providing education and awareness to the general community about domestic abuse, Finding Our Voices also provides sister-support that includes direct giving to Maine women to empower them to get out and stay out of dangerous relationships, and get and keep their children safe as well.

To learn more about Finding Our Voices and the women’s club, visit or