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End of Year Giving 2023

Hello friend of People’s Inclusive Welding,


We want to wish you a warm holiday season! As you consider your end of year giving, we ask you to add People’s Inclusive Welding to your list of donations.


People’s Inclusive Welding (PIW) is a local nonprofit welding school geared towards creating a safe space for underserved and underrepresented communities to learn the skilled trade of welding. In just two years we have accomplished a lot! We ran 8 intensive courses graduating 34 students. The majority of our students are women, queer, and/or BIPOC. We are passionate about opening the trade to people who have been historically excluded. This spring we expanded our course offerings to women incarcerated at the Windham Correctional Facility, and we are very proud to count them amongst our graduates. Read about their experience here. We are People’s INCLUSIVE welding, we were built for all who want to learn.


The President of the United States recognized the importance of programs like ours in this speech here when he visited Maine. He affirmed what we already know, we need more skilled laborers in Maine. This is why we offer high quality training that prepares our students to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. The majority of our graduates are now working, many in unions, as welders and fabricators right here in the state!


I am reaching out to you today because essential programs like ours don't operate for free and we need funding to continue. We work closely with Maine community partners to find scholarships and resources, as well as offer a sliding scale so that finances are not a barrier for our students. To continue to offer high quality training that is accessible, we need your help. We need funds to cover operational, instructional and material costs.


Your support in any amount creates opportunities for people in our community to enter a skilled trade and earn a living wage.


  • $50 pays for one welding hood.

  • $63 is the cost of one tank of argon gas (we use 18-20 tanks per class).

  • $250 pays for the injury prevention course by the awesome Labor Movement.

  • $500 provides 100 lbs of welding rod which students use in one week.

  • $4000 pays for one student to attend the full 8 week course.


Donate here or send a check to:

People's Inclusive Welding

20 Park Ave

South Portland, ME 04106


Do you have any questions? Check out our website here to get more information and learn more about our organization. We would love to talk to you more about PIW. We look forward to getting your support.


With gratitude,

Jo and the PIW Board

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