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 use, 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 of 6 who work with a talented team of consultants and an expanding partnership of organizations across Washington County.

CCC Staff

CCC Consultants

Sunrise Opportunities, headquartered in Machias, is our fiscal sponsor, providing us with 501(c)(3) status.  Sunrise is a private non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors, founded in 1957, that offers residential, subsidized housing, and outpatient services to adults and children with an intellectual disability, autism or a mental health diagnosis.

Partner Organizations

Aroostook Mental Health Center

Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

Calais Elementary School

Calais Community Hospital

Centre Street Congregational Church

Child Development Services

Cobscook Institute

Community Health and Counseling Services

Discovery House

Downeast Community Partners

Down East Community Hospital

Downeast Coastal Conservancy

Downeast Rainbow Alliance

Downeast Recovery Support Center (Calais Facebook Page) (Machias Facebook Page)

Eastern Maine Development Corporation

Eastport Health Care, Inc.

Family Futures Downeast

Harrington Family Health Center

Health Equity Alliance

Healthways/ Regional Medical Center at Lubec

Healthy Acadia

Heart of Maine United Way

Indian Township Tribal Government


Legal Services for the Elderly

Lubec Community Outreach Center

Maine Access Points

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

MCD Global Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Maine

Northeastern Workforce Development Board

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

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

Safe Harbor Recovery Home for Women and Children

SaVida Health

St. Croix Regional Family Health Center

Sunrise County Economic Council

Sunrise Opportunities

University of Maine at Machias

Vanceboro United Methodist Church  (Facebook page only)

Washington Academy

Washington County Adult & Community Education 

Washington County Commissioners Office

Washington County Community College

Washington County Emergency Management Agency

Wayfinder Schools – Passages Program

We Care Baby Center (Facebook page only)

Wings for Children and Families

Women for Healthy Rural Living (WHRL)