New this week:
- Register for youth track. May 2nd from 12:30 — 5:30 pm
- Register for parent/provider track. May 5th from 9 am — 2 pm
- The Mandated Reporter training focuses on your role and responsibilities under Maine Law as a mandated reporter. Participants will learn to identify indicators of child abuse and neglect, and how to make a report if abuse is suspected. A mandated reporter is a person who, because of his or her profession, is legally required to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the relevant authorities. These laws are in place to prevent children from being abused and to end any possible abuse or neglect at the earliest possible stage. No trainings scheduled at this time. Contact Monica Olivares to request a training at 263-5270 or email@example.com.
- The Front Porch Project is a community training that looks at why people do (and do not) get involved when they see unusual situations and behavior from a caregiver, parent, or provider towards a child. For example, you see an uncomfortable situation between a parent and child at the grocery store, library, or youth sports game. This training provides strategies on how you can help by stepping in and showing support to the family. Three trainings scheduled. See flyer for dates, times and how to join the Zoom.
FREE Community Baby Shower
Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council invites all expectant parents and parents of newborns to a free Community Baby Shower on Sunday, May 22nd, from 1 – 3 pm at the Kay Parker Building in Machias. See flyer for details. Bring your partner, family member, or BFF. We will have gifts, games, information, prizes, refreshments and more!
Nationally-acclaimed author Gigi Georges has created the Downeast Exploration Fund to support rural, Downeast youth. In 2021, Ms. Georges published the non-fiction book, Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America with publisher Harper Collins. Following the first edition printing, Ms. Georges expressed interest in establishing a scholarship with Maine Seacoast Mission to honor the continued strength and resilience residing in the young populations of the Downeast region of the state. Beginning in spring 2022, the Fund will provide financial support to eligible applicants who wish to explore their own passions and pursue experiences not otherwise available to them. Learn more here.
This program offered by the Sunrise Prevention Council is for any family who is in need of supplemental heating assistance. A family must live in Washington or Hancock County, have a child under the age of 18 living within the home, experiencing financial hardship and earn less than $40,000/ to be eligible. This is a supplemental program, meaning this can be used in addition to any assistance the family may already be accessing. All applications are to be submitted by a provider to the Prevention Council. The Prevention Council will pay the vendor directly once the application is approved. Families can receive up to $200 for the heating source of their choice. This is a one time use. For an application or questions, please contact Monica Olivares at 255-8273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.