CCC Wednesday Communique — April 10, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

This is the Community Caring Collaborative Weekly Communiqué where we share announcements about trainings, meetings and other events, including announcements from our collaborative partners.  Look for links to meeting minutes and agendas in the Meetings section, training registration forms and flyers in the Events section, and job postings and other items of interest in the Announcements section.  Subscribe here to get the Communiqué.  Make sure to add Community Caring Collaborative to your contacts at  Gmail users, check for the Communiqué under the Promotions tab. This mailing goes out every Wednesday, so if you have announcements, please send them to Christine by 5 pm Monday to be included.  Thanks!

Photo above: Sign up for the Mandated Reporter Training on May 1st – full training on extended lunch hour.  More info and Registration here.


Spring Into Your New Career!  The Machais CareerCenter (53 Prescott Drive, near old Sears Building by Hannaford) is holding a job fair on Wednesday, April 24th, from 10 am to 1 pm. They have room for 4 more employers. If interested, please contact Dodie at or 255-1933.  More information here.

Basic Record Keeping Class: Sunrise County Economic Council is holding a two-hour workshop on the basics of record keeping.  Participants will learn how to turn data into the reports they need.  Presented by Sharon Foster on April 29th, 9–11 am at 7 Ames Way, Machias.  Register here.

AARP Maine Community Conversations:  AARP Maine is hosting community conversations to address the high cost of prescription drugs and you are invited. State Legislators and community members are invited to discuss the challenges Mainers are facing when trying to afford their prescription drugs, and highlight the opportunities to make a difference at the state and federal levels. We encourage all Mainers to raise their voice and #StopRxGreed. Friday, April 12, 2-3:30 pm at the East Machias Town Office, 32 Cutler Street (191 South), East Machias, ME, 04630.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Register here.

Trauma 101: There’s still time to sign up for the CCC’s free training, Impacts of Trauma on Students & Families, April 24th at the CCLC.   Learn more here.

Job Offer: Healthy Acadia is hiring a Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator. Learn more about this role and how to apply in the Needs & Offers section of this Newsletter.

Your announcement could go here: email the details to Christine by 5 pm Monday for inclusion in Wednesday’s Weekly Communiqué.  Photos and links are appreciated.


This is where we post updates on programs, research, initiatives and pending legislation.

Expanded DHHS hours in Calais: The Calais DHHS office is now open 2 days a week — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 am to 4 pm (closed for lunch).  The office location has moved down the hall in the same building at 392 South Street.

One-Time Events  

Impacts of Trauma on Students & Families:
April 24, 2019
This free training, presented by Julie Redding, LCPC, from 9 am to 12 noon at the Cobscook Community Learning Center, is designed for staff at all levels in Family Futures Downeast partner organizations featuring scenarios and content with a specific focus on Washington County early and higher education. Participants will learn the definition of trauma and how it impacts a person, including:

  • Toxic stress and the role of cortisol
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • How the brain is impacted by ACEs and toxic stress
  • Factors that mitigate effects of ACES, trauma, and stress
  • What it means to become Trauma Informed

This training is an introduction (101 version) to trauma and its impacts. Staff from other CCC partner organizations who find this relevant to their work are welcome to attendShare this flyer with staff and colleagues.  Register here.

SAGE Maine Spring Symposium:
April 27, 2019
SAGE Maine (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) invites you to a spring symposium with reception following at Maple Hill Farm Inn and Conference Center in Hallowell, from 8 am — 5 pm.  Speakers include Governor Janet Mills and Serena Worthington (SAGE USA). Workshop Themes include:

  • LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness
  • The Power of Relationship to Reduce Isolation
  • Creating Programming in our Communities
  • Building ‘Age Friendly’ LGBTQ+ Communities

and MANY OTHER FUN EVENTS.  Online Registration will be on the SAGE Maine website after March 15th.

Basic Record Keeping Class: 
April 29, 2019
Sunrise County Economic Council is holding a two-hour workshop on the basics of record keeping.  Participants will learn how to turn data into the reports they need.  Presented by Sharon Foster on April 29th, 9–11 am at 7 Ames Way, Machias.  Register here.

Mandated Reporter Training:
May 1, 2019
CCC is hosting a free mandated reporter training presented by Barbara Koch, Community Educator with the Washington County CAN Council.  Participants will be registered with the State of Maine and receive a certificate of completion in the mail. This training will be in the format of a brown bag lunch in the large conference room at Sunrise County Economic Council, 7 Ames Way, from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm on May 1st.  Bring your lunch – CCC will provide beverages and dessert.  Sign up for this training by emailing Christine.  Download a flyer to share with colleagues.

Maine Association for Infant Mental Health Conference: 
May10, 2019
Save the date for “A New Look at Mindfulness in Our Work with Families” — the 32nd annual conference at the downtown Freeport Hilton Garden Inn. Michael Trout, M.A. is the featured speaker.  Details in conference brochure.   Please contact Debra Nugent Johnston with any questions at

Elder Abuse Summit:
May 16, 2019
The 2019 Elder Abuse Summit will be held on May 16th from 9:30 am — 4:15 pm at the Augusta Civic Center. Cost of attendance is $45 (limited scholarships available upon request).  This is a day-long, multidisciplinary event for professionals working to prevent, detect, and respond to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The day will include presentations from local and international experts in the field (see Summit Agenda and read speaker bios).  Contact and registration information here.

MCH & Substance Exposed Infant Conference:
May 22 & 23, 2019
DHHS’s Maternal and Child Health & Substance Exposed Infant Conference, Building Pathways of Hope and Success, at  Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.  Registration coming soon. This two day conference is an educational opportunity for clinicians, medical and social service providers, prevention professionals, public health professionals, behavioral health professionals, community members, parents, and others to discuss strategies to optimize maternal and child health. The presenters each day will provide a host of information related to Health Equity, Trauma Informed Care, Eat Sleep Console, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Maternal Depression, Prenatal Substance Exposure, and the many resources available to this population at large.

Lesson’s Learned from Maine’s Lifelong Communities Movement: 
May 30, 2019
Save the date for this special learning and networking event specifically designed for lifelong communities initiatives including Age-Friendly Communities, village models, and independent lifelong community planning efforts, sponsored by the University of Maine Center on Aging in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor, 10:30 am — 4:30 pm.  Details in this flyer.  Full Program will be announced shortly, but registration is already open.

Maine Geriatrics Conference: 
June 13-14, 2019
Early Bird registration ends May 1st for the 29th annual Maine Geriatrics Conference “where policy meets practice,” at the Harborside Hotel, Bar Harbor.  Speaker lineup includes:

  • Wendy Lustbader, MSW, University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, WA.
  • Toni Miles, MD, PhD, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Lewis A. Lipsitz, MD, Institute for Aging Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Boston, MA
  • Mikhail Kogan, MD, George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine, Washington, DC

Details in this brochure and class schedule with descriptions.

Innovations in Dementia Care: 
October 28, 2019 (revised date)
Save this date for the Fourteenth Annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium, 8 am-4 pm at the Wells Conference Center, University of Maine. Orono, ME. Anticipated topics include:

  • Population Health, Prevention, Genetics, Risk, & Resilience
  • Environments of Care
  • Screening & Diagnosis
  • Dementia & Driving
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • What is High Quality Dementia Care?

Registration Information Coming Soon.  Details in this flyer.

Serial Classes & Groups  

classes, play groups, support circles and other repeating events

Gerontology Course Summer 2019: The UMaine Center on Aging announces a 7-week online course in Gerontology this summer: May 20 through July 10, 2019.   GRN 502: Interprofessional Care of Older Adults in Diverse Settings (3 cr.) GRN 502 is one of 3 online courses in the UMaine Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology. More information on the Certificate Program here.

2019 WC CAN Council Classes: 

  • Active Parent Connection, a 4-week course for parents with children 0-5 (in Machias on Wednesdays from 1-2:30 beginning Jan 16th and in Calais on Tuesdays form 3-4:30 beginning Jan 15th)
  • Co-Parenting Connection Classes: in Calais on Tuesdays 5 — 7 pm, beginning January 22nd; and at Sunrise Opportunities (232 Court Street), Wednesdays 3 — 4:30 pm beginning January 23rd

Contact Mandie Pepperman with questions about any of these classes at 263-5270.

Nurturing Program: The CAN Council invites parents to a multi-session educational program sharing tips and tricks to help navigate the difficult challenges of parenting.  Lots of opportunity for discussion and questions – free refreshments and childcare.  Text/call Mandie at 263-5270 to sign up.  See flyer for locations and dates.

Calais Circle of Parents Playgroup:
The WC CAN Council with partner Maine Families is holding a playgroup on Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm beginning in September at the Calais Recreation Center, 344 Main Street. “Get a chance to meet other parents while your kiddo gets some energy out.” Contact Mandie Pepperman with questions at is 263-5270.

Community of Practice Groups:
6-8 pm
Maine Roads to Quality invites Early Care & Education professionals to join one of 2 community of practice groups:

  • Calais Community of Practice meets on the third Tuesday of each month at WCCC – Riverview Hall, Room 115 (Multi Media Room
  • Machias Community of Practice meets on the 4th Monday of each month at UMM – Torrey Hall, Room 228

For more information or to register, please contact Theresa Fisk, District Early Childhood and Youth Coordinator –  207-956-2070 or email:

Standing Meetings  

Monthly and quarterly meetings  

2019 MRBN: Save these dates for Maine Resilience Building Network meetings held at EduCare in Waterville:

  •  May 30, 2019
  •  Sept 26, 2019
  •  October 31, 2019

Washington County Food Pantry Network: Here are the NOTES From the March Meeting on this shared google doc. Apologies for the gaps in the note-taking. The presentations were so interesting! Please fill in if you can update the information.  The network offers technical and infrastructure support and education to all of the county’s pantries as well as to provide an opportunity for pantries to share successes and struggles. Dessert, beverages and gas cards will be provided to all food pantry participants. Meeting dates (Thursdays) and locations for 2019 are as follows:

  • June 6, 1-4 pm at Lubec Community Outreach Center, 44 South St in Lubec (the old high school).  We will update you as to whether internet connection in Lubec can support virtual participation. Conference call in info will be provided.
  • Oct 3,  1-4 pm; Location to be determined.

Questions? Contact Regina Grabrovac at our Machias Healthy Acadia office by phone at 255 3741 or by email at

Calais Area Breast Cancer Support Group: meets on the 4th Friday of each month at 3 PM at the Calais United Methodist Church, 849 Main St. (downstairs parlor), in Calais.  This free “gathering” is a comforting and safe environment to find encouragement and hope.  Open to all that have a breast cancer diagnosis.  FMI call Marianne at 454-0501. Download a flyer for more information.

Caregivers Support Group:  Join other family/informal caregivers monthly for a supportive meeting at the Maine Veterans Home in Machias, facilitated by Lisa King, LCPC, on the first Friday of the month from 2-4 pm. Contact Lisa King for more information.

Work Group & Poverty Busters: Join this meeting of direct service providers to share resources and network with other providers in your area. The next meeting is May 1st, in the large conference room at SCEC, 7 Ames Way, from 1 — 3:00 pm with another 30 minutes for informal networking and discussion.

Needs & Offers 

Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting or housing needs.

Healthy Acadia is hiring: Healthy Acadia seeks an experienced Nutrition Educator to join a dynamic team passionate about making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives. Reporting to the Food Programs Director, the Maine SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator promotes nutrition-based education to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible people throughout Washington County.  Download full job description. send a cover letter, resume and three professional references, in a single document, to Katie Freedman – Accepting applications through April 26th, 2019, or until a suitable candidate is found. Please email or call 207-667-7171 with any questions.

Free Financial Coaching: Thanks to support from Downeast Community Partners, Joseph Connors has been able to continue offering free coaching on any financial matter to individuals and families in Washington County, following the termination of this program at the end of March by the Consumer Protection Bureau.  To make an appointment with Joe, call him at 207-598-5657 or email

FFD now accepting applications for Cohort 4!!  Family Futures Downeast uses a two-generation approach to income eligible families providing services and supports for parents to succeed in college, while their child is assessing high quality early childhood education.  FFD also providing the family with coaching services, barrier removal, tutoring, college preparatory services and so much more. For more information or to request an application visit, e-mail or call Jasmine Bassett- Enrollment & Eligibility Assistant at 207-255-0983 ext. 234. Download a flyer to share with colleagues and friends.

Eastport Health Care is Hiring 2 Key Positions:

  1. Chief Executive Officer:  Eastport Health Care, Inc., located on the ocean in beautiful Downeast Maine, is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) that provides dental, medical, behavioral health, podiatry, radiology, outreach and enrollment services. We are searching for a dynamic and experienced leader to join our company in the role of CEO (Chief Executive Officer). The desired candidate for this position will share EHC’s commitment to exemplary quality of care and services, as well as our vision to improve health outcomes in Washington County by leading through listening, learning through partnership, and serving through collaboration. To apply, send an e-mail with a cover letter detailing your qualifications, a resume with three professional references, and salary requirements to Roxanne Woodworth, HR Coordinator-Administrative Assistant ( Resumes will be considered until the position is filled. For more information, please view our website.
  2. General Dentist: Eastport Health Care, Inc., located on the ocean in beautiful Downeast Maine, is a federally qualified health center (FQHC), that provides dental, medical, and behavioral health services. EHC is looking for a full-time General Dentist to provide oral health education and care to patients, ages 6 months and up. Your expertise will be embedded into an integrated care clinic that follows patient-centered medical home guidelines and principles. Must be a graduate from an accredited dental school. Possess the ability to relate to people of all socioeconomic levels. To apply, send an e-mail with a cover letter detailing your qualifications, a resume with three professional references, and salary requirements to Roxanne Woodworth, HR Coordinator-Administrative Assistant ( Resumes will be considered until the position is filled. For more information, please view our website.

Ed Tech III: Child Development Services is seeking a 40 hour per week, calendar year position with our CDS Downeast office in Ellsworth. This position may be based out of the Ellsworth or Machias location, depending on where the successful candidate lives and where the need is greatest.  Local Travel is required. This is a Part C position, working with children ages birth to two. Experience working with young children and their families, using the Early Start Denver Model of service delivery (ESDM), is preferred.  Details and application information here.

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