WinterKids helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. We create opportunities for children to be active, vibrant and healthy in the outdoors.
WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.
Students at the Dedham School in Dedham, Maine, getting outside as part of the WinterKids 5th Anniversary Winter Games Play-Along Track
The WinterKids Team is Passionate about Helping Kids to be Active Outdoors!
It takes unique people to fill important positions in a small nonprofit with such a large reach. Our team excels at what we do and takes great pride in our programs. We work hard. We have fun. We laugh a lot. We love winter. And we love kids!
WinterKids App Committee Chair
Maine Olympic Luger
2-time Maine Olympic Gold Medalist in Snowboardcross
L.L. Bean and WinterKids have been partners for 17 years. Given its rich outdoor heritage, L.L. Bean supports nonprofits that engage more young people in activities such as camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. L.L. Bean applauds WinterKids for our efforts in creating lifelong outdoor enthusiasts! In addition to their annual sponsorship of our programs in Maine & New Hampshire, L.L. Bean is involved with WinterKids through board membership and community events. The Outdoor Discovery School offers snowshoe lessons at our Welcome to Winter Festival and L.L.Bean employees participate in the WinterKids Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf. L.L. Bean has given more than $14 million to local, state, regional, and national outdoor conservation and recreation organizations in the last ten years.
Agren is proud to be working with WinterKids again this year. Since 1975, Maine’s largest independently owned appliance and mattress retailer has been serving Maine communities. Today, with six locations, community involvement and charitable participation within our communities remain core values. Agren is excited to support an organization focused on creating healthy habits and opportunities for the children of Maine.
We strive to give back to the communities in our service area by undertaking responsibilities in the neighborhoods where we work, in the schools we support, and in the environment. Our corporate sponsorship and community service programs are designed with one goal in mind: to care for the people we serve.
Harvard Pilgrim is proud to support WinterKids.
Harvard Pilgrim and its family of companies provide health benefit plans, programs and services to more than 3 million customers in New England and beyond. A leading not-for-profit health services company, we guide our members – and the communities we serve – to better health.
WEX believes that corporate giving is both an opportunity and a responsibility to give back to our local communities. The company’s giving is centered at its heart and headquarters in South Portland, focusing on larger gifts that benefit greater Portland and the state of Maine as a whole. WinterKids and WEX have partnered for several years through programming and event initiatives. WEX employees have a large team presence at the WinterKids Downhill 24, and believe in long-term effective partnerships with the nonprofits they support.
Zachau Construction has been a proud sponsor of WinterKids since 2016 and has a large presence at the Downhill 24, having helped found the Skin-up division.
Zachau Construction is one of Southern Maine’s leading commercial construction management companies, working with the state’s most recognized corporations, institutions, and non-profits. Above all else, their dedication to maintaining honest relationships and partnerships has carried them from their founding in 1969 by Earle Zachau into where they are today. As a 3rd-generation company, they care deeply about our people, projects, and community.
WMTW is the official television partner of WinterKids. WMTW, Maine’s Total Weather and News, serves the Portland television market with studios in Westbrook. Channel 8 WMTW won a dozen honors at the 2015 Maine Association of Broadcasters annual awards ceremonies. From PSAs to on-air talent hosting our events, WMTW supports WinterKids throughout the year.
Our Areas of Impact
MOVE! LEARN! EXPLORE!
GET OUTSIDE! BE ACTIVE! HAVE FUN!
THE SNOWBALL EFFECT!
Students at Leroy-H.-Smith-School in Winterport, Maine, enjoying a day on the ice as part of the 2022 WinterKids Winter Games Competitive Track