CCC Wednesday Communique — August 24, 2022

Summer fun at the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival Pie-eating Contest
(Photo courtesy of Sarah Dedmon)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Substance Use & its Impacts

The CCC is excited to announce an in-person training at the beautiful facilities of Cobscook Institute on September 28th.  Abby Frutchey, LMSW, LADC, CCS, will be presenting Substance Use and its Impacts: supporting recovery across communities, a core CCC training developed for Family Futures Downeast Partners, but open to all CCC partner staff.  Topics include a review of substance use disorders, bias, the change process, building resiliency through strengths-based approaches, the importance of person-centered language; and expanding knowledge of community resources.  Join us at noon for a light lunch and opportunity to network, followed by the training from 1 – 4 pm.  CEUs will be offered ($5 check or cash payable to UMM).  Everyone will receive a CCC certificate for 3 contact hours.  We expect this training to fill up fast, so don’t delay!  Register now.

Machias CareerCenter Hiring Fair

Job seekers are invited to visit the Machias CareerCenter at 53 Prescott Drive (near Hannaford) on September 20th from 11 am — 2 pm for a job fair.  Contact contact Emerson at for more information.  Download a flyer to share.

What’s Wrong with the “S” Word?

Did you know the American Medical Association Manual of Style was edited in 2019 to read, “Because terms like seniors, elderly, the aged, aging dependents, old-old, young-old, and similar “other-ing” terms connote a stereotype, avoid using them,” and the Associated Press Stylebook was similarly edited to read, “Do not use “the elderly” as reference to a group”?  Join the Maine Council on Aging for a virtual conversation about why this and other language really matters, Wednesday, September 14th from 12 – 1:30 pm.  Access this event when you register for the Maine Wisdom Summit.

Biz Fit Fridays

Every first Friday of the month, join the Women’s Business Center for a casual meet-up with other businesswomen and aspiring female entrepreneurs (virtual) from 8 – 9 am. Bring your tea, coffee, or smoothie and join the conversation.  September’s Biz Fit is happening on September 8th (we’re taking Labor Day off so you can relax).  Molly Brubaker, founder of Baby Booty Workout and mom to baby Ella, will join us for a discussion about finding your tribe, filling a gap, and building a business.  Learn more and register for this meeting here.

Maine Climate Corps RFA

The Volunteer Maine office is pleased to announce that our Request for Applications for the Maine Climate Corps is now open. The pilot Climate Corps program will focus on Energy Efficiency Education and Outreach and Home Energy Management and Conservation. We are prioritizing these areas due to the potential impact on reducing pollution, saving money for Mainers in need, and workforce development opportunities in the Clean Energy sector. Due to the energy crisis and rising costs, there is increased urgency for the Climate Corps to respond to this challenge. We welcome applications from Maine public or private non-profits, State/county/local units of government, higher education institutions, faith-based organizations, labor organizations, federally recognized Tribes, and regional organizations that will support members entirely within Maine. Up to $201,310 is available through this grant award. Applications are due on September 23, 2022.  Please visit our webpage to learn more about the RFA and save the date for our information session on August 26, 2022.

PTLA Seeking Attorneys in Machias and Bangor

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is seeking Eviction Prevention Litigation attorneys for the Machias and Bangor offices. These positions will provide high-quality, low-barrier services to tenants with low incomes who are at risk of losing their housing. The attorneys will provide direct legal advocacy, ranging from legal advice and brief legal assistance to negotiations, mediation, and full legal representation of low-income tenant households facing eviction and potential homelessness. Read full job description with application information here.

What I Learned When I Became My Parents’ Caregiver

(From: Good Housekeeping | Published: July 26, 2022)    I didn’t volunteer to become a caregiver to my elderly parents. Instead, I was slowly initiated into the role. It started by doing little things to help. Even though they were in their mid-eighties, they insisted on staying in Pensacola, Fla., their home of 50 years. Since I lived in Virginia, I called twice a week to check on them and shopped for them online. With each visit, I tried to notice things that would tell me if they were doing all right.  (Read more)

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