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.
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. Meet our staff and consultants here. As we are not a 501(c)(3) organization, Sunrise Opportunities, headquartered in Machias, is our fiscal sponsor. 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.
Aroostook Mental Health Center
Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
Centre Street Congregational Church
Community Health and Counseling Services
Downeast Recovery Support Center (Calais Facebook Page) (Machias Facebook Page)
Eastern Maine Development Corporation
Harrington Family Health Center
Healthways/ Regional Medical Center at Lubec
Indian Township Tribal Government
Legal Services for the Elderly
Lubec Community Outreach Center
Maine Department of Health & Human Services
Maine Families of Washington County
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Maine
Northeastern Workforce Development Board
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
The Next Step Domestic Violence Project
Passamaquoddy Health Center (Facebook page only)
Safe Harbor Recovery Home for Women and Children
St. Croix Regional Family Health Center
Sunrise County Economic Council
University of Maine at Machias
Vanceboro United Methodist Church (Facebook page only)
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)