CCC Wednesday Communique — August 17, 2022

Summer fun at Bog Lake  (Photo courtesy of Abby Frutchey)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Breaking the Limits: Cultivating a Vision for Equity in Aging
Registration is now open for the Maine Council on Aging’s 9th Annual Maine Wisdom Summit. The event will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. We are thrilled to announce Dr. Tracey Gendron, one of the foremost researchers on ageism, will be joining us as our keynote speaker at the Wisdom Summit! Dr. Tracey Gendron serves as Chair for the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology and Executive Director of the Virginia Center on Aging. In addition she is the author of the recently released, “Ageism Unmasked”. We are thrilled to have her join us for this year’s Wisdom Summit and special thanks to our Exclusive Premier Keynote Sponsor, Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice.

NAMI Basics Online Class

Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 4 – 20, 5:30 – 8 pm: NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers, and other family members who provide care for youth who are experiencing mental health symptoms. When you participate in NAMI Basics, you’ll realize that you’re not alone. You’ll find support and shared understanding from people who truly get your situation.  Details and registration here.

NAMI Family-to-Family Online Class

A free, 8-week education program for the family and friends of someone who is living with a mental health condition. Learn how to support a loved one with compassion, manage your own stress, find and use local support services, and handle a crisis. Receive up-to-date information on mental health conditions, current treatments, and emerging therapies. 3 starting dates to choose from:

Learning and Growing from the Outside In

Maine Roads to Quality is thrilled to announce a Washington County conference for early childhood and out-of-school time professionals. Learning and Growing from the Outside In will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 9-3 at Washington County Community College in Calais. Come and join us for a day filled with fun, learning, and connecting with nature! Conference t-shirts, give-aways, refreshments/lunch, and a chance for door prizes ~ all for a modest registration fee of $10. Registration opens on Monday, August 15th. Questions? Contact Theresa Fisk, MRTQ District Coordinator at or 207-956-2070 (text or voice).  Download a flyer to share.

INSPIRE Recovery Center to Host Overdose Awareness Day Event
Healthy Acadia’s INSPIRE Recovery Center, located at 24 Church St. Ellsworth, will host an International Overdose Awareness Day event to remember and honor the lives lost to overdose, and to support the families and friends impacted. A candlelight vigil will be held in the INSPIRE parking lot on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, from 5:30 to 6 pm.  In addition to the candlelight vigil, 56 pairs of shoes will serve to represent the 56 lives lost to overdose in Hancock County from 2017-2021 and a memory board will provide a space for community members to share images and remembrances of friends and loved ones lost to overdose. Community members will also speak to the impact of overdose in our community, offer a moment of silence, and Healthy Acadia will have harm reduction resources available including Naloxone and Fentanyl Test Strips.

Updated Farris Foundation Grant Guidelines

The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation is now accepting concept proposals for the Supporting Bold Leadership in Community Mental Health & Wellness Initiative. One of our Maine Community Foundation partners shared these updated guidelines for up to $50,000 for one year of support.

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