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 email@example.com. 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!
Soils & Garden Class: The Sunrise County Food Alliance will hold their 6th annual Soils and Gardens Class on Saturday, April 28, at Washington County Community College gymnasium in Calais from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Presenter is Mark Fulford, a well-known farm consultant and educator, who will be addressing soil improvement, increasing diversity on small farms, and how to deal with current climate conditions, including preparing for drought and increased insect pressure on crops, as well as other topics. There is no charge for the class; donations will be accepted. Bring your lunch. For more information, call 454-3364.
Open House: Please join the UMM Psychology & Community Studies Faculty and Senior Students for an open house on Wednesday May 2nd from 3:30-5:00 pm in the Frederick Reynolds Center Conference Room. Students will be presenting on their final senior projects they developed with community partners.
FMI: Dr. Lori Schnieders, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Maine at Machias. Phone: 255-1460, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Senior Project Presentation” in the header.
Anah Shriners Pre-Screening clinics: Anah Shriners’ purpose is to help children. We do this in many ways, including these Screening Clinics. There is no charge to attend a pre-screening and no appointment is necessary. Pre-Screening clinics are held from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday May 12, 2018 at the locations on this flyer.
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This is where we post updates on programs, initiatives and pending legislation.
Leveraging Investments in Families for Tomorrow: It’s official! LD 1774, An Act to Reduce Child Poverty by Leveraging Investments in Families for Tomorrow (LIFT 2.0) is now the law in Maine. The bill became law over the weekend without the governor’s signature…The new law will utilize available federal funds to create the Higher Opportunity for Pathways to Employment (HOPE) program. HOPE will have slots for 500 eligible parents at a time and will increase their access to programs that provide industry-recognized credentials and degrees.
Specifically, the new law will:
- Leverage federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds already available to Maine to help low-wage parents successfully achieve associate degrees or industry-recognized post-secondary credentials leading to jobs in any field that has at least an average job outlook as determined by the Department of Labor;
- Help low-wage parents successfully achieve bachelor’s degrees leading to jobs in the health care, technology or engineering fields;
- Guarantee that all HOPE participants will have access to wrap-around support services, such as child care and transportation, to help them succeed in their education programs; and
- Provide increased capacity for educational institutions to provide navigators that will work one-on-one with program participants helping them to overcome obstacles that threaten their educational goals.
Please feel free to contact Joby Thoyalil, Policy Analyst with Maine Equal Justice Partners, directly with any questions you may have at 626-7058 x207.
Period of Purple Crying:
April 20, 2018
The Washington County CAN Council invites parents and providers to a free community workshop on a new way to help all families and providers better understand this stage of a baby’s life from 3-4 pm at Sunrise Opportunities at 232 Court Street, Machias. See flyer to register.
Suicide Prevention & Bullying:
April 23, 2018
Washington County Community College is hosting an event at 6 pm on this important topic. Guest speaker is Kelly Ela who will share her story of bullying and attempted suicide. See this flyer for more information.
Employee? Or Independent Contractor?:
April 24, 2018
SCEC is holding a free business workshop from 9 am to 12 pm at the Whiting Town Hall with presenters from the Maine Dept of Labor to help employers determine this important distinction. See flyer for details and registration info.
Soils & Garden Class:
April 28, 2018
The Sunrise County Food Alliance will hold their 6th annual Soils and Gardens Class at Washington County Community College gymnasium in Calais from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Presenter is Mark Fulford, a well-known farm consultant and educator, who will be addressing soil improvement, increasing diversity on small farms, and how to deal with current climate conditions, including preparing for drought and increased insect pressure on crops, as well as other topics. There is no charge for the class; donations will be accepted. Bring your lunch. For more information, call 454-3364.
Music Therapy Brown Bag Lunch:
May 2, 2018
You’ve heard of “music therapy,” but you still have questions about what it actually is and how it could help your clients reach their goals. Learn what makes music a useful tool for therapy; hear clinical examples of music therapy in a variety of clinical settings; and find out how to access these services. Join us for this fun and informative presentation by Carla Tanguay, MA, MT-BC, a board-certified music therapist with over 15 years of experience in clinical practice and healthcare management. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide beverages and dessert. Please RSVP to save your seat in the large conference room at SCEC from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm.
Psychology & Community Studies Open House:
May 2, 2018
Please join the UMM Psychology & Community Studies Faculty and Senior Students for an open house from 3:30-5:00 pm in the Frederick Reynolds Center Conference Room. Students will be presenting on their final senior projects they developed with community partners. FMI: Dr. Lori Schnieders, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Maine at Machias. Phone: 255-1460, Email: email@example.com with “Senior Project Presentation” in the header.
Washington County Provider Meeting:
May 4, 2018
Children’s Behavioral Health invites direct service providers working with children to a meeting from 10:30 to 12:30 pm at SCEC. Focus of this meeting will be on how to meet the needs of specific children waiting for HCT and RCS services Washington County. See Flyer for details and RSVP to Cheryl Hathaway.
Elder Abuse Summit:
May 10, 2018
5th annual conference on Elder Abuse, hosted by the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Augusta Civic Center. See flyer for details or visit MCEAP’s website.
Anah Shriners Pre-Screening clinics:
May 12, 2018
Pre-Screening Clinics for Children. There is no charge to attend a pre-screening and no appointment is necessary. Pre-Screening clinics are held from 9 a.m. to Noon at the locations on this flyer.
Childcare Provider Training – Calais:
May 15, 2018
The Washington County CAN Council is offering a free Strengthen Maine Families training for childcare providers from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Frank Beckett Center Conference Room, 19 Eaton Street, Calais. See flyer for details. Free dinner and childcare provided.
Maine Infant Mental Health Conference:
May 18, 2018
Registration is open for the 31st annual Maine Association for Infant Mental Health Conference in Freeport featuring Jayne Singer, PhD. See brochure for details.
Estate Planning Seminar:
May 22, 2018
Washington County Thriving in Place is bringing Rebecca J. Sargent, Esq. of Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC in Ellsworth, to Machias for a three-hour seminar on Estate Planning Basics. This free event will provide strategies to give caregivers and family members the legal and financial resources to care for loved ones and themselves. Topics include Powers of Attorney, Advanced Care Directives, Wills & Trusts and asset protection. This seminar will be held at the Kay Parker Building of Sunrise Opportunities in Machias from 1 to 4 pm. Register here and share this flyer with friends, colleagues and clients.
Maine Geriatrics Conference:
June 14-15, 2018
Early bird registration for the 28th annual Maine Geriatrics Conference at the Harborside Hotel in Bar Harbor begins now through May 1st. CEUs and contact hours from the UNE. Sponsorship funding is available to support community older adults participating in the conference. See the brochure for descriptions of this year’s exciting workshops, fireside chats and more.
Maine Child Welfare Conference:
June 21, 2018
Save this date for the 24th annual Maine Child Welfare Conference, Navigating Pathways for Families in Recovery, with Keynote speaker, Nancy K. Young, PhD, MSW, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. See flyer for details.
Serial Classes, Groups & Play Dates
Healthy Solutions for Wellness:
Thursdays from 12 noon to 1 pm
Eastport Health Care and the Cancer Support Center of Maine are offering free classes for patients and community members on fitness, weight management and stress reduction at Eastport Health Center.
Separation & Divorce:
The Washington County CAN Council is holding free parent connection classes for Calais area and Machias area parents:
- Calais Parents: Tuesdays, April 3rd — May 22nd from 5-7 pm at Washington County Community College. See flyer for registration.
- Machias Parents: Wednesdays, April 11th — May 30th from 5-7 pm at Sunrise Opportunities/232 Court Street, Machias. See flyer for registration.
Grief Support Group to begin in Calais:
Beginning April 5, 2018, 6-8 pm
Anthony Giard of Mays Funeral Home and Pam Helmstadter, LCPC, with Don Greene of Downeast Hospice Volunteers, are starting a support group for people who have lost loved ones. The group will meet for 2 hours twice a month to help people connect with others who are grieving for social support as well as to learn some techniques to help cope with grief and loss. There is no charge to attend. The first meeting will be held at the Calais United Methodist Church at 849 Main Street. For more information, contact Anthony 454-3141 at or Pam at 454-0407.
Winter Playtime for Tots & Parents:
April 5, 19, 26 and May 3, 2018, Thursdays, 1-2:30 pm
Bring your babies & toddlers to the UMM lower gymnasium for unstructured activity time. Plenty of floor mats and lots of space for running, jumping and playing . See flyer for details.
G.E.A.R. Classes in Machias:
April 6, May 4, and June 1, 2018, 10 am to 12 Noon
Misty Day, Regional Parent Support Coordinator for the G.E.A.R. Parent network, is presenting free Parent Learning & Support classes at MAS in Machias. Read the flyer for information on each class and how to register.
Rent Smart Classes:
April 25, May 3, May 10, May 17 from 10 am -12 noon
Downeast Community Partners (DCP) and The Next Step are joining to bring a community renter’s education class to a location in Machias this spring. The class is for renters and will meet weekly. Class size is limited, so please respond by April 13th to reserve your space, using this form.
Next Step Calais Support Group:
Beginning in May, 2018
Next Step will be offering a 6 week educational support group in Calais that will meet once a week with the purpose of exploring domestic violence within the context of a relationship. The group will begin at the end of May. Topics will include: How community and cultural supports affect families experiencing DV, effects on children, co-parenting with an abusive ex-partner, coping mechanisms, dating, new relationships, and effects of battering on the victim. See flyer for more information or contact Mary Mitchell at 255-4934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVVY Caregiver Training:
August 24 – September 28, 2018, Fridays, 2-4 pm
This free course provides skills,knowledge and emotional support to assist informal caregivers who are caring for a family member or friend with dementia. Lisa King will present this 2-hour class each Friday over a 6-week period beginning August 24th at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Machias. See flyer for details and forward to caregivers who could benefit.
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: Next Meeting is May 2nd from 1 — 3:30 pm at SCEC, with guest speaker Samantha Williams of Bold Coast Yoga. RSVP to Christine
Needs & Offers
Summer Meals to More Kids: The Maine Department of Education is looking to expand its Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals to children 18 and under in Washington County, and throughout the State. We can do this a number of ways:
- Provide outreach and advertising for sites and sponsors to increase participation at existing sites (see list of sponsor sites)
- Find the pockets of congregating kids in the summer throughout the county and locate a nearby sponsor and enquire about sateliting meals to these areas (thus creating new sites!)
- Find nonprofit organizations, municipalities and or tribal organizations that are willing to become a sponsor for Summer Meals and coordinate their own meal sites
Sponsor responsibilities include:
- Attend a Maine DOE sponsored training on the Summer Food Service Program ( April 25th 2018)
- locating eligible areas for meal sites
- Supervise staff and volunteers
- Monitor sites
- Prepare claims for reimbursement
- Make sure food being served meets the applicable meal pattern
The Summer Food Service Program offers three different reimbursement rates depending on what type or meals or meals you wish to offer. Contact Kaitlin Fayle for more information.
Help a Teenager, Help Yourself: Repairing steps, installing railings and handicapped access, winterization, fixing leaky roofs, walls and windows, are all part of the mission of All Souls Students in Service to Jesus Christ. In preparation for this summer’s mission, prospective homeowners are asked to submit a copy of the application found either at Bangor City Hall or Eastport Labor of Love, 137 County Road. Sponsored by All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor and the Greater Eastport Ecumenical Churches Association. Visit Eastport Labor of Love to learn more.
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