About Us

Our mission is to nurture and sustain collaboration that expands resources and increases hope, health, and well-being for people in Washington County, Maine. The challenges of poverty, trauma, substance abuse, major health issues, the process of aging, or other factors can make people vulnerable. Our focus is on increasing awareness of the impacts of those challenges, removing barriers to well-being that diminish potential and hope, and increasing opportunities to help people reach their dreams.

Our Story

The Community Caring Collaborative started in 2007 to address the issues of at-risk infants, young children, and their families. The goal was to create a strength-based system of care that would meet emerging needs in order to improve outcomes for our youngest population and their families.

Equally important was the creation of a collaborative that removed barriers between agencies and worked together to change the quality of services and the outcomes for people in Washington County.

The CCC’s model of authentic collaboration promotes individual agencies’ effectiveness as well as working together to develop place-based, responsive programming. CCC-developed programs such as Bridging, Early Childhood Consultation and Outreach, and the Hope Fund have served to strengthen the continuum of supports in Washington County and reflect the success of our dual commitment to supporting individuals and organizational partners at the same time. Collaboration across systems is essential to develop transformational change and to address broader issues of increasing success and opportunities. To this end, we have learned that we must address poverty and its impact on health, education, and well- being.

Single agencies and entities cannot do the work alone. It requires ongoing collaboration and the ability to build and advance a shared agenda holistically and responsively. For individuals living in poverty to achieve increased health or educational attainment, for instance, communities must remove the barriers that impede these hopes and goals. The Community Caring Collaborative has become a backbone organization that convenes and supports partners in incubating programming that is effective and collective. The CCC utilizes its history, partnerships and values to respond to new areas that must be addressed collaboratively in order to improve lives in Washington County.

Dedicated to the work of expanding resources and opportunities and promoting far-reaching change, the CCC is poised to not only continue its work on shared issues such as addressing poverty and deepening authentic collaboration, but also developing a viable means of measuring its impact across agencies and in the lives of community members.

Who are we?

We are a small staff who work with a talented team of consultants and an expanding partnership of organizations across Washington County.  Meet our staff and consultants here.

Partner Organizations

Addison Point Agency

Aroostook Mental Health Center

Axiom Education and Training Center

Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

Calais Elementary School

Calais Regional Hospital

Centre Street Congregational Church

Child & Family Opportunities

Child Development Services

Cobscook Community Learning Center

Community Health and Counseling Services

Discovery House

Down East Community Hospital

Eastern Maine Medical Center– NICU

Eastport Health Care, Inc.

Health Equity Alliance

Healthways/ Regional Medical Center at Lubec

Healthy Acadia

Indian Township Tribal Government  

Legal Services for the Elderly

Lubec Community Outreach Center

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Department of Health & Human Services

Maine Department of Labor

Maine Families of Washington County

Maine Sea Coast Mission

Mano en Mano

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Maine

The Next Step Domestic Violence Project

Office of Local Public Health

Passamaquoddy Health Center  (Facebook page only)

Pine Tree Legal Assistance

Pleasant Point Health Center

Safe Families for Children

Sunrise County Economic Council

Sunrise Opportunities

United Way of Eastern Maine

University of Maine at Machias

Vanceboro United Methodist Church  (Facebook page only)

Washington Academy

Washington County Commissioners Office

Washington County Community College

Washington Hancock Community Agency

Wayfinder Schools – Passages Program

We Care Baby Center (Facebook page only)

Wings for Children and Families