CCC Wednesday Communique — December 13, 2023

The Washington Academy Chorus and Band serenaded the CCC Team with a  surprise Christmas Concert at our holiday party.  Learn more in the Updates Section of this newsletter.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

From Trauma to Trauma-Informed 

Registration is now open for From Trauma to Trauma-Informed: enhancing the customer experience, a CCC training for FFD Partners but open to all CCC partner organizations.  Julie Redding, LCPC, presents a resilience-oriented approach, moving from trauma information to neuroscience-based action, supporting practical skills to build greater capacity for self-regulation and self-care in both service providers and clients.  January 12th, 9 am — 12 pm on Zoom. Participants will receive a certificate for 3 contact hours.

Recovery-Friendly Workplace Network

Sunrise County Economic Council and Community Caring Collaborative are pleased to announce the launch of the Washington County Recovery Friendly Workplace Network.  Developed through a collaborative, responsive, place-based approach supported by the Maine Community Foundation, a local design team of business leaders, human resource professionals, community members in recovery, the Maine Department of Labor, and public health staff created the framework of this newly launched Network.  You may be thinking, ”What is a Recovery Friendly Workplace?”  A Recovery Friendly Workplace supports a workplace culture that encourages wellness and recovery through connection to resources and services and encourages open communication that supports mutual success. Read full press release to learn more.

Wayfinder Great Escape Auction

Only 2 days left to bid on Wayfinder Great Escape Auction.  All funds raised support Maine youth who need a second chance at high school graduation. Visit the Auction site to learn more.

Beating the Winter Blues with Laughter Yoga

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center is happy to welcome back Chris Chapman as she leads Beating the Winter Blues with Laughter Yoga, a special session to start the new year.  All are welcome to join us online on January 9, 2024, from 9 am to 10 am for this virtual event.  Laughter Yoga works with the breath, while bringing child-like playfulness into one’s life. We turn off the analytic part of the brain and let the fun begin!  By practicing prolonged laughter, the body chemistry changes and it gets the feel-good endorphins moving throughout the body, which in turn can assist in lowering blood pressure as well as creating a positive state of mind. Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in and have a glass of water nearby.  This free event will be online via Zoom and is open to all. For more information or to register for this event and receive the link call the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at 664-0339 or email:  To register go to:

WinterKids® Winter Games

WinterKids® Winter Games Registration is now open for the 2024 WinterKids Winter Games!  WinterKids Winter Games offers four weeks of fun, outdoor learning challenges for elementary school students. One elementary school in each of Maine’s 16 counties may compete in the Competitive Track. Any elementary school can participate as part of their Play-Along Track. Click here to read more.

January Biz Fit
Is Maine Made a Good Fit for your Business? Friday, January 5th at 8-9am.  Our January guest speaker is Tammy Knight, Program Manager for Maine Made. Maine Made is a program offered through the State of Maine, which builds recognition for Maine products, their producers, and Maine industries.  Tammy will share an overview of how Maine Made helps makers and artisans grow their business, and how and when small businesses should apply. If you are interested in scaling your business, leveraging the Maine brand identity, increasing your own brand awareness, and connecting to wholesale buyers, you won’t want to miss this informative networking event. Bring your coffee and questions and join us!  Learn More or Register.

CHEF Program to Promote Regional Food
Security and Social Connection of Older People

For far too many older people, hunger and loneliness are a part of everyday life. Thanks to a $1.3 million grant from Hannaford Supermarkets, the Maine Council on Aging (MCOA) is thrilled to announce that we have launched the Connection, Health and Equity Through Food (CHEF) Program, to improve older people’s access to food and social connection across New England and New York.  Read the press release to learn more.

FFCC’s Community Tree

Families First Community Center is collecting gifts under our tree from generous donors, so that those in need can come in and grab what they need. If you’re interested in donating OR receiving contact us. We are so happy to help.

Dying Broke

Dying Broke is a joint investigation by KFF Health News and The New York Times into America’s long-term care crisis. Founder, Anne Tumlinson, took part in KFF’s webinar last week, The Long-Term Care Crisis-Why Few Can Afford to Grow Old in America. Click HERE to view.

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