Portland Glass: Prioritizing Youth Initiatives

Portland Glass: Prioritizing Youth Initiatives

We are excited to welcome Portland Glass as a key contributing sponsor to WinterKids programs this season!

To learn more about why they’re committed to supporting programs like WinterKids, we reached out to Steve Butler, President of Portland Glass for a quick interview. Here’s what he had to say…

What drew you to the WK Mission and how does it align with Portland Glass’ band values?

Portland Glass likes to do things that directly help our communities – specifically youth and youth sports initiatives. We believe that active kids are healthier, do better in school and learn lifelong lessons through activities of all sorts. Keeping kids engaged and busy is always good for them and helping all kids have more opportunities to be active is something that we take pride in!

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Teacher and students at Bowdoinham Community School, enjoying the WinterKids Story Walk as part of the WinterKids WinterGames.

What excites you the most about your partnership with WinterKids?

We’re proud to support programs like WinterKids that get kids – and adults – of all ages outdoors for physical activities, especially during those winter months when it can be tough to get motivated and stay active. It’s our hope that programs like WinterKids will foster a lifetime of fitness and healthy living in the community.

Tell us a little bit more about Portland Glass’ community initiatives.

Portland Glass is active in our communities. We aren’t always the best at “tooting our own horn” about all that we do. Here are just a few of the things that we do to help support our community. We sponsor several little league teams, support high school and College athletics in various ways, hold an annual food drive donating 1000’s of pounds of food to our local food pantries, and support the Barbra Bush Children’s annual radiothon through both donations and volunteer time.

Portland Glass Team at Barbara Bush

We are so grateful for Portland Glass’ partnership! To learn more, visit PortlandGlass.com

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Students, Teachers, and Families Impacted in Maine & New Hampshire since 2010!

WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.  

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are “winter kids.”



With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

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We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.