CCC Wednesday Communique — December 16, 2020


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Kitchens and dining rooms transformed into Santa’s workshop
Photo courtesy of Women for Healthy Rural Living – preparing for their online Christmas Tree Festival held last week

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New this Week


Starting at Zero

Join MaineAEYC for a virtual screening of the new documentary Starting At Zero from December 15th through 17th.  Produced by the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation and Firestarter Interactive, and directed by Willa Kammerer, Starting at Zero explores the power of investing in high-quality early childhood education so that all children and families have the opportunity to attain the American Dream.  The film screening will be accompanied by brief panel discussions with political leaders and early childhood experts on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early childhood education in America, and the critical role of high-quality early learning for our nation’s recovery and ensuring a brighter, more equitable tomorrow for all children and families.  Watch the film!

Call Them by Their Names – registration open

Register here for this virtual Downeast Rainbow Alliance event that takes a deep look into the importance of using affirming pronouns for gender non-conforming youth.  Learn more in the One-Time Events section of this newsletter.

SUD Patient Navigator

The Regional Medical Center at Lubec Northern Maine HIV Program is excited to add a new staff member to the team and tailor this outreach service to meet the needs of people living in Washington County. If you know someone who is passionate about reducing overdose deaths in our community and supporting those wishing to begin their journey of recovery, please pass this along and feel free to contact Erica Famous, Director of HIV Programs, with any questions.  Read Job description here.

Treatment for Suicidal Ideation, Self-harm, and
Suicide Attempts Among Youth

SAMHSA has released a new publication by the above title. The goal of this guide is to provide interventions to treat for suicidal ideation, self-harm, and suicide attempts among youth. It provides research on implementation and examples of the ways that these recommendations can be implemented.  Download the guide here.

You Can’t Get There From Here

Introducing, “You Can’t Get There From Here,” a new variety show presented by Wayfinder Schools. Episode One aired December 10th and Episode Two will be released on December 17. Please share this email or the link above with your friends, your family and your favorite book lover! Your support will help more Maine youth graduate from high school and make a better future for themselves and their families.
(Editor’s note — this was the funniest video I’ve watched in a while — do yourselves a favor and tune in!)


Updates on programs, research, initiatives and pending legislation

The Open Channel to the Soul

“In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul.  It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our education.  But the channel is always there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of ourselves.”  -Saul Bellow, reprinted in UMaine Aging Research and Education Update December 2020, Volume 7, Issue 12, the newsletter produced by UMaine Center on Aging.  Must read articles in this edition include:

One-Time Events  

Fairs, trainings, conferences and more in the state of Maine

Starting at Zero
December 15-17, 2020
Join MaineAEYC for a virtual screening of the new documentary Starting At Zero from December 15th through 17th.  Produced by the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation and Firestarter Interactive, and directed by Willa Kammerer, Starting at Zero explores the power of investing in high-quality early childhood education so that all children and families have the opportunity to attain the American Dream.  The film screening will be accompanied by brief panel discussions with political leaders and early childhood experts on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early childhood education in America, and the critical role of high-quality early learning for our nation’s recovery and ensuring a brighter, more equitable tomorrow for all children and families.  Watch the film!

Build Your Supervision Toolbox
December 18, 2020

Being an effective supervisor is more “art” than science. Too often, managers are left on their own to figure out how to foster strong employee and team engagement and performance. The Maine Association of Nonprofits has partnered with colleagues in Minnesota to offer Models of Volunteer Management, December 18.

Call Them by Their Names
January 13, 2021
The Downeast Rainbow Alliance is holding a virtual event that takes a deep look into the importance of using affirming pronouns for gender non-conforming youth.  Call Them by Their Names is designed to support folks who would like to improve their Allyship to LGBT2Q+ community members. Educators, Healthcare Workers & Social Service Providers are all encouraged to attend to create open & affirming environments at their workplaces. The session is also open to family & friends of queer youth who would like to better support their loved one. The Community Caring Collaborative will be co-hosting this Zoom event from 3 — 4:30 pm.  Register here.

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Serial Classes & Groups  

Classes, play groups, support circles and other repeating events

CNA Training Program

First Atlantic HealthCare, Marshalls Healthcare, and Washington County Adult Education have partnered to bring a CNA class to Washington County for January.
SKILLS DAY: February 15th
CLINICALS START: February 16th
COST: $400
For more information contact Beth @ 207- 615-3869 or

Online CRMA Class

 Do you want to increase your skills? As a CRMA you can work in assisted living or group homes administrating medications.  Washington County Adult Ed is offering a great training to either get you started in the health care profession or advance your skills. This will be an online class except for the mock med pass at the end. Class Dates: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from January 12th to February 11th, Time: 5:30 PM- 9:30PM. Location: Online/Zoom – A computer and an internet connection is required.  Instructor: Brenda Duggan.  Fee: $395 (scholarships are available from Sunrise County Economic Council. Call Jen @ 255-0983).  To sign up please contact Cassidy @ 207-370-4139 or email

Circle of Parents Support Groups

Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council is offering three Circle of Parents support groups in November and December.  These are parent–led groups with topics evolving around the pressure and demands the upcoming holiday season will bring. Topics include: Family demands, family obligations, social media pressure and managing finances during the holidays:

  • Circle of Parents: Parenting in Recovery, every Monday at 11:30 am-12:30 pm via Zoom (see flyer)
  • Circle of Parents: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, first and third Mondays of the Month at 10 am Via Zoom (see flyer)
  • Circle of Parents:  Parents with children who have special needs, second and fourth Mondays of the Month at 5 pm Via Zoom (see flyer)

To register or for more information please call/text 263-5270.

Workforce Certificate in

Substance Use Disorder & Recovery

Washington County Community College is excited to announce a free program in Substance Use Disorder & Recovery that results in a certificate and 30 credit hours transferable to their Associate of Applied Science in Health and Human Services degree.  Successful completion also meets requirements to apply to sit for the Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor exam.  See flyer for details. Technology resources are available for students without access to wireless and/or tablets, as well as potential student supports from partner services.

Parent Enrichment Programs from Families CAN

Shannan Boyorak, Regional Parent Support Coordinator of GEAR Parent Network, is sharing 4 parent enrichment programs offered by Families CAN. At this time, all of their programs are being offered through Zoom.

GEAR’s Fall workshops

The GEAR Parent Network is offering a series of supportive educational workshops FREE to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional or behavioral health concerns this fall. See flyer.  Visit to register or call 1 (800) 264-9224.

ECHO now open to non-medical providers

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence-based educational model developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico using videoconferencing to connect interdisciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians. Each 90-minute ECHO session will include a brief lecture, a case presentation and discussion between participants and faculty. CME credits are available. These are now open to non-medical providers that are engaged in substance use response (i.e. recovery coaches).  See flyer for details and schedule.

GEAR Support Groups 2x/ Week

G.E.A.R. Parent Network is offering offering support groups twice a week in an effort to accommodate more people’s schedules. They will be held on Monday evenings from 7 pm-8 pm and Wednesday afternoons from 1 pm-2 pm, and you may sign up to attend one or both if you like.  See flyer for details.

Eating Your Way
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free, self-paced, three-part online nutrition series for Washington County parents and adults with children living at home. “Eating Your Way” includes information on nutrition, simple cooking demonstrations, and child-friendly nutrition resources. On completion of the series, participants will receive a gift bag including a cookbook and relevant cooking utensils available for pick-up at the UMaine Extension Washington County office. Register for the free series here. Details in this flyer. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact or 207-255-3345.

3 upcoming Virtual Recovery Coach Trainings

Healthy Acadia is holding 3 virtual recovery coach trainings in academic year 2020-2021:

For more information, contact Terri Woodruff.

10 Steps to a Healthier You

Are you or someone you know interested in improving you and your family’s health, saving money at the store and basic nutrition tips?  University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators now have the resources to conduct EFNEP nutrition education classes at a distance with the option of classes taught one-on-one or in small groups.  Choose either telephone or online series.  Learn more here.

FrontLine WarmLine

Maine DHHS is launching a volunteer support service to Help Maine’s Health Care Workers and First Responders Manage Emotional Toll of COVID-19 — FrontLine WarmLineRead the full press release here.

Daily Virtual Recovery Support

The Downeast Recovery Support Center is offering daily virtual recovery support meetings Monday through Friday from 10-11 am and 4-5 pm.  Open discussion, all recovery meeting are for individuals impacted by substance use disorder or affected others.  Visit their facebook page for more information.  To join a group by Zoom:…

Meeting ID: 373 022 686
Password: 091927

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Caregiver Monday:
An Initiative Dedicated To Helping Caregivers Take Care of Themselves

The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit public health initiative, has announced Sherri Snelling, caregiving expert and corporate gerontologist, is taking a leading role with Caregiver Monday, a program dedicated to supporting the self-care of 65 million family caregivers by offering weekly health and wellness practices, research and collaborative activities through partner organizations. Family caregivers are under added stress now, with older people being more vulnerable to COVID-19.  The Caregiver Monday program will be offered through Caregiving Club, a leading organization founded by Snelling that calls attention to the issues facing caregivers by offering practical health, wellness and resource-based information. Every month, the program will offer a themed article with evidence-based research information on specific topics related to caregiver self-care, as well as provide weekly practices and health promotions related to that monthly theme. Organizations supporting the campaign can access these materials on the updated Caregiver Monday site.

Caregivers Facebook Group

The CCC is launching a private facebook group for caregivers in Washington County – professional caregivers like RNs and CNAs, and informal caregivers like family members providing care for a spouse, parent, specials needs child, sibling or the neighbor across the street.  Our goal is for this group to provide a platform for caregivers to talk to each other, ask questions, offer solutions based on experience with similar challenges, and point to helpful resources.  Use this link to join.

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Standing Meetings & Calendars

Monthly and quarterly meetings, agency/initiative calendars at a glance and other meeting schedules 

Maine Roads to Quality

Our Community of Practice meetings continue in Washington County!  For now, we have combined our Calais and Machias groups, and are meeting every other week via Zoom.  Please contact MRTQ District Coordinator Theresa Fisk for more information: or 207-956-2070

Work Group & Poverty Busters

This is a meeting of direct service providers to share resources and network with other providers in your area.  This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 1 — 3 pm.  Due to  the current public health COVID-19 shutdown, we are meeting via Zoom.  Read notes from the December meeting.  Our next meeting is January 6th — register here. Send your questions about this meeting to Christine.

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Needs & Offers 

Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting
or housing needs.

SUD Patient Navigator

The Regional Medical Center at Lubec Northern Maine HIV Program is excited to add a new staff member to the team and tailor this outreach service to meet the needs of people living in Washington County. If you know someone who is passionate about reducing overdose deaths in our community and supporting those wishing to begin their journey of recovery, please pass this along and feel free to contact Erica Famous, Director of HIV Programs, with any questions.  Read Job description here.

Get up to Speed

The Maine Broadband Coalition is launching a statewide speed test mapping initiative. The goal of the “Get Up To Speed” initiative is to gather data from across the state to generate the most comprehensive map of both the presence and quality of internet in Maine to date.  Residents are being asked to help the initiative by taking this less-than-a-minute test to map their own speed through the Maine Broadband Coalition’s website. We strongly encourage you to share this link with your community, so that we can get the most accurate map possible. The Maine Broadband Coalition will aggregate, document, and visualize the speed testing information to provide users and state officials with up-to-date service maps. Participants can view their results (while personal information remains confidential) and watch the public map of Maine grow in real time.

Assistant Pre-school Teacher

Downeast Community Partners is seeking a full-time Assistant Preschool Teacher, 40 Hours per week, 51-weeks per year for the Ellsworth Early Care and Education Center.  Read the full job description with application instructions here.

“Swab and send” site at UMM

The University of Maine at Machias is becoming the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ newest “swab and send” site, providing free COVID-19 tests to people who think they need a test, regardless of symptoms and without the need for a referral from a health provider.

Testing will be available on Mondays from noon to 4 p.m. starting, Nov. 23 and will continue at the Machias campus through at least the week of Jan. 25, 2021, when in-person instruction resumes across the University of Maine System for the spring semester. Appointments are required and will be available via online scheduling starting Nov. 19; visit the Keep Maine Healthy website for more information.

The campus-based testing center will have the capacity to conduct an average of 150 tests per week and will send specimens to the State Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta.

In addition to the swab and send agreement with DHHS, the testing at UMM is made possible through another agreement the University of Maine System reached with the Maine Emergency Management Agency to coordinate requests for assistance and deployment of resources in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Q+ Youth connect on Discord

The Downeast Rainbow Alliance (DRA) and Healthy Acadia have joined together to create a new forum for LGBT2Q+ youth, ages13-22, to connect. “Downeast Q+ Discord” is available 24 hours a day for peer to peer support. Discord is a secure online server that is often used as a communication tool for gaming communities. There are youth and adult moderators present in the space for safety. Q+ youth need open and affirming environments and time and time again we find that our schools are not able to create a reliable network of Q+ youth,” says Anne Shields Hopkins, lead administrator for the DRA. “Being affirmed of your identity as LGBT2Q+ can literally be life saving. This project is being created out of that need.”  Join the server or contact Corrie Hunkler with questions.

Narcan by Mail

Healthy Acadia is now offering free Narcan through the mail (or a person can schedule a time to pick it up).  Use this link to a Google form to request this service.  Please share this information.

MSCM Christmas Program

Each year at Christmas time, Maine Seacoast Mission distributes holiday gifts to children, families, the elderly, and nursing home residents and this year, the Mission is having a virtual Elves Workshop. This opportunity is for families who need extra help this year with gifts for their children.  Before COVID 19, people could choose the gifts at our Elves Workshops. We miss that and want to give you a way to select the gifts even if you can’t be here in person. This year we have created a personal elf shopper for you to speak/text/or virtually meet with to pick the gifts (Spanish language available). If you have any questions, you can call or text 207-598-1467 or you can email Click here for the virtual elves Christmas order form.  Please note that the Christmas Program serves the following towns: Addison, Beals Island, Cherryfield, Columbia/Columbia Falls, Deblois, Harrington, Jonesboro, Jonesport, Milbridge, Steuben, MDI and the Islands of Matinicus, Isle au Haut, Cranberry Isles, Frenchboro, Islesboro, North Haven, Vinalhaven, and Monhegan.

Diaper Drive

Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council is excited to kick off our First Virtual Diaper Drive!!  Many families in our community are struggling to make ends meet on a weekly basis during normal times.  Now, add in the financial impact of COVID- 19 and many will not be able to maintain their household bills let alone have the money to purchase diapers and wipes.  Your support in keeping our local babies healthy from the bottom up means more than ever!! 100% of donations will go straight back to families in YOUR community! All Diapers purchased on Amazon will be sent directly to the Prevention Council for distribution in the community. Donating is Simple:
Copy and paste the Amazon link and send a mass email sharing the link and the importance of the diaper drive to our community.
2. Use all of your contacts: email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TIkTok, Snap Chat, etc. Please let everyone know the Prevention Council is hosting a virtual diaper drive. Your generosity is truly appreciated and will
benefit so many!  Click Here For Diaper Drive Flyer

Safe Harbor Accepting Applications

Safe Harbor, a recovery residential program in Machias, is now accepting applications! Safe Harbor was created in partnership with Healthy Acadia, The Community Caring Collective, Downeast Community Partners, and Aroostook Mental Health Center. Our mission is to provide safe, supportive, housing for women in recovery and their children. This program is appropriate for women (18 years or older) with or without children who self identify as in recovery from substance use disorder. We require a negative screen for alcohol, THC, and medications or drugs not prescribed by a doctor upon admission. We also require an ability to pay rent, however temporary scholarships may be available. Most importantly applicants are expected to show a commitment to recovery and personal growth as well as a willingness to actively engage in recovery goal settings. Our residence features 5 furnished units, 3 full bathrooms, and a kitchen fully stocked with cooking supplies and plenty of room for food storage. Thanks to community support, Safe Harbor is well stocked with supplies, furniture, food donations, and a helpful network of recovery resources. See flyer for details.

Operation Warmth

Fedcap Inc. provides an array of services to individuals receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits throughout the state of Maine.  The Washington County office is asking for gift cards or new winter clothing for children and adults to support their “Operation Warmth” project for program participants and their families living in poverty.  Interested donors may contact Mary Pelletier, Calais/ Machias Site Manager, at, or 207-454-4480.

EMDC Workforce Development Services

EMDC provides a variety of employment and training services to eligible individuals within EMDC’s nine county service area. Those aged 16 to 24 years old should contact Leah Gulliver at All other interested individuals need to attend EMDC’s Virtual Information Session. Visit the following link to register for the session: The Virtual Information Session is held Tuesday mornings at 11 am via Zoom, provides a brief overview of EMDC’s services, and is the first step for individuals interested in registering for EMDC’s workforce programs.

PTLA Tuesday Eviction Info Sessions

Join Pine Tree Legal Assistance online every Tuesday at 9 am to get your questions answered about eviction.  Learn about the process and how it differs right now during the COVID lockdown.  See flyer for more information.

Therapy for the Uninsured

The Community Health & Counseling Services Ellsworth Office is pleased to announce an exciting new therapy opportunity for uninsured people within our community this Fall.  People can access this special offer both in-office or remote telehealth via Zoom.  The CHCS Ellsworth office will be hosting Kiana Woodworth, a Husson graduate student beginning in September. Kiana is a 2nd year Husson University Graduate School student pursuing her LCPC- Licensed Clinical and Professional Counseling degree who will be able to see adults and children for outpatient 1:1, short-term counseling between the months of September 2020-December 2020. She will be based in our Ellsworth office and can see both in-office clients or remote telehealth clients via Zoom.  She could also offer Telehealth therapy via Zoom to any client in the CHCS Region! Clients in the Washington County Region could go to the Machias CHCS office if they do not have in-home Zoom capabilities. This is a great opportunity for folks who do not have any current health insurance to gain some brief, short-term counseling support. As part of her University program requirement, some of the sessions will need to be video-recorded so that she can receive educational supervision for skill development purposes.  Interested people can call our Ellsworth office at 610-8016.

   Donations Needed for Shelter Guests

NextStep DV Project is gratefully accepting donations of new & unused household items for their shelter guests.  See list of items needed.  Please contact Marcie or Jasmine to arrange for drop-off of items or for more information.

Community Learning for ME
Island Readers & Writers has been collaborating with a group of organizations for several months, originally coming together as schools shut down to respond to the needs of teachers and families. Our initial idea was to create a curated and vetted selection of Maine based, quality resources in one place to help address the overwhelming inundation of resources that people were facing. As we have moved along we recognized the need for ongoing support and that we had an opportunity to uplift multiple Maine organizations through one collaborative site. As an organization, you can also provide resources by submitting a form.

Social Call Service

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new challenges. It has also offered an opportunity for our community to come together in support of one another. Healthy Acadia’s Maine RecoveryCorps and MDI Hospital are partnering to respond to the isolation many community members are facing through a new Social Call service.

Social Calls are to be made by trained recovery coaches. Their recovery coach training and background has steeped them in a culture of empathy, support, compassion, and resilience. The callers are able to provide information on resources and offer reflective listening, encouragement, and honesty.

There are several avenues available to request a social call. One may discuss it with their provider who can send a referral on their behalf. The Healthy Acadia website has both on online form and one to print and return. Additionally Beth Alteri is available to 207 – 460 -2312 to take requests over the phone as needed. She can also be reached at or receive faxes at 207-331-5423.

Social calls offer an opportunity for connection and can serve to buffer the negative effects of physical distancing. These calls are not intended to replace an individual’s need to connect with their mental health professional, but rather be an additional service for them to tap into. If you or someone you know could benefit from a Social Call please reach out to us. We are here to help.

Sunrise Scholarship Fund

Has your job been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic? For the immediate future, Washington County residents who answer yes to that question are eligible to apply for up to $500 to assist with training that will increase your opportunities for employment regardless of prior income levels!  Click here for an application.  Visit  Call Jen at 255-0983 with any questions.

DCT Offers Virtual Services to Support Opioid Recovery

As a result of new virtual services, same-day access to anyone with opioid use disorder (OUD) who wishes to begin medication assisted treatment (MAT) is now available to anyone across Washington and Hancock counties. In response to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, the Downeast Treatment Center (DTC) in Ellsworth has begun offering immediate, virtual, rapid access to MAT for all in the Downeast region…. Patients can expect a virtual intake over phone or Zoom, prescriptions called to pharmacies near them; ongoing, remote access to a medical provider, and access to virtual group or individual sessions with a behavioral health provider. Anyone who does not have insurance or who cannot afford their insurance deductibles or copays can apply for financial support from Healthy Acadia’s Treatment Fund.  Read the full press release from Healthy Acadia.

If you are Aware of a Senior in Need….

Healthy Acadia would like to share an Eastern Area Agency on Aging link to refer people for all services including the Meals on Wheels program. Please share this information widely!

 Free Financial Coaching
Thanks to support from Downeast Community Partners, Joseph Connors has been able to continue offering free coaching on any financial matter to individuals and families in Washington County, following the termination of this program at the end of March by the Consumer Protection Bureau.  To make an appointment with Joe, call him at 207-598-5657 or email

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Favorite Resources  

Send us your favorite links to share with other Communique readers. 

Connecting with Opportunities

Eastern Maine Development Corporation would like your help sharing the exciting news about Maine’s Connecting with Opportunities Initiative.  This initiative is focused on addressing the opioid crisis by providing support, encouragement and financial resources to people impacted (personally or indirectly) by opioid use disorder.  We have lots of resources right now. We need participants.  This initiative is also available to unemployed workers who haven’t been impacted by opioid use disorder, but want to play a role in addressing the opioid crisis. For these non-impacted individuals, the career paths are focused in the substance use disorder treatment, mental health or recovery fields.  Connecting with Opportunities complements Maine’s other workforce development offerings, such as the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) program. If you know anyone who could benefit from financial assistance and a supportive team to start school, enter a training program or move directly into meaningful employment, please contact Doug Dunbar by e-mail ( or calling 207-299-5626. He’s ready to take referrals and welcomes the chance to provide a brief presentation to businesses and organizations. Referrals can also be sent to

National Digital Equity Center Upcoming Webinars

What else would you like to learn? Most of our online classes are now offered at various times in the next month. Topics range from learning new devices, programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more, Using Online Games for Age 55+, Social Media platforms, Word Press, QuickBooks, Online Safety & Much More! Click here to register for upcoming online courses.

2019 National Survey of Drug Use and Health

Last week the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The annual survey is the nation’s primary resource for data on mental health and substance use among Americans.  Read the report here.

New Guidelines for Unemployment Benefits

Wondering what the new executive order means for your unemployment?  You don’t need to do anything if you’ve already filed. Maine Equal Justice has new guides to help you understand  the temporary additional $300 benefit and work search requirements on our COVID-19 website. If you have questions about work search, the new $300 benefit, or other unemployment issues, you are certainly not alone. You can contact MEJ legal services through their website for help. You can also join the Maine Unemployment Insurance Assistance facebook group for help from legal and labor groups and your fellow Mainers.

AMHC 24-hour Recovery Resource & Support Referral Line

AMHC has launched a 6-month pilot program providing a 24-hour recovery resource and support referral line: 1-833-NVR-GVUP or 207-454-1999.  Read more about this here.  Share this flyer.

Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19

SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19.  Our TA programs are delivering great resources during this time. View the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation.  Download flyer for more information.

Neighbor4Neighbor Fund

The “neighbor4neighbor” Fund (n4n) a program of Healthy Acadia, provides one-time mini-grants of up to $500 to seniors in Washington and Hancock counties who are facing any one of many life crises that can arise unexpectedly and for which they may not have adequate funds. n4n funds may be used for eyeglasses, dentures, medical equipment, emergency household repairs, or other one-time challenges which may undermine a senior’s ability to live independently and have a high quality of life. Learn more about n4n here.  To apply for a n4n Fund mini-grant, click here.

Financial Planning for Memory Loss Caregivers

 “Becoming a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is demanding. You’ll need to help your loved one with daily tasks as well as with financial decisions. Despite the challenges, being a caregiver can also be rewarding. It provides the opportunity to oversee important decisions and to ensure quality support for your loved one.  This guide helps caregivers prepare for the expenses associated with caring for someone with memory loss and offers caregiver resources that can help make the journey easier.”

From: | June 29, 2020 — See more.

VA Maine Caregiver Support Program

The VA has a new caregiver support program that provides a range of supports to caregivers of veterans, including education & training, peer support mentoring, home and community based care, and more.  They will be holding their first ever summit which will be on a virtual platform.  Details about that coming soon as this is still under development.  See their fact sheet and flyer.

Helpful Wifi Resources

Lois-Ann Kuntz has 2 free WiFi resources to share:

  • An updated map of ‘Study-From-Car’ sites where WiFi guest access is available for outside of buildings is now available.  For each site, please check the website information provided for availability and connection information.
  • The Maine State Library has this on their website a list of libraries that have their WiFi on 24/7 with available parking within range. I don’t see how to sort this by county.
Maine Families of Washington County publishes a comprehensive list of free Wi-Fi access in their online community resource guide.

Washington County Recovery Resources

The CCC in collaboration with Healthy Acadia has created a comprehensive, up-to-date list of recovery resources with contact info for Washington County.  As we know, services have shifted in light of COVID-19.  We want to ensure providers and community members are aware of the current available resources to support individuals impacted by substance use disorder. Here is a link to a “live” document that will be updated regularly.  Please keep checking back for the most up-to-date information.  We will be adding a Hancock County resource list soon!  If you are aware of other recovery resources in Washington County or believe an edit needs to be made to this document, please contact Abby Frutchey at or Penny Guisinger at

Bolstering General Assistance

Under the Governor’s March 31 Executive Order, all applications for General Assistance will be processed as emergency applications for eligibility purposes, and certain other requirements are waived. The order also allows eligible individuals to reapply after 60 days rather than 30 days for ongoing assistance.  General Assistance is funded through communities, with DHHS reimbursing 70 percent of municipalities’ costs. Under the Executive Order, DHHS will use existing funding to increase reimbursement to Maine Tribes to up to 100 percent. General Assistance can be used for basic necessities including food, housing, electricity and medical expenses. Assistance is not provided directly to eligible individuals, but rather it is issued in the form of vouchers used to pay vendors who provide goods and services to eligible individuals.

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CCC’s Response to the COVID-19 Situation

In light of CDC recommendations about social distancing, all ECCO services have moved to phone or tele-health connections. Any new referrals will be contacted via phone and follow similar protocols.

CCC staff will continue to work from home, and meetings will be held using Zoom technology until further notice.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using either the form or email/phone contacts listed on the Contact Us page of our website.  We also encourage people to share needs and offers in this newsletter, and remind service providers that we have a needs & offers platform for you on facebook: Poverty Buster Resource Connection.

We encourage people to consult the Maine CDC website which provides helpful guidance in the FAQ section.  We are developing our own resources that we will share with you asap and are gearing up to respond to any requests for help with online trainings and convenings as you and your staff lean more on virtual tools to conduct business, provide services and address community needs.  To request an online training, please use our Training & Technical Assistance Request form.

About the Wednesday Communique

This is the Community Caring Collaborative’s weekly newsletter 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 One-Time Events section, and job postings and announcements about services and programs in the Needs & Offers section.  Subscribe here to get the Communiqué.  Make sure to add Community Caring Collaborative to your contacts at  Gmail users, check for the Communiqué under the Promotions tab.Want to change how you receive these emails?  You can  update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

This mailing goes out every Wednesday, so if you have announcements, please send them to Christine by 5 pm Monday to be included.   Thanks!

The mission of the CCC is to nurture and sustain collaboration that expands resources and results in greater hope, health and wellbeing for Washington County people.

Contact: Christine Laurel, Communication & Training Coordinator
Community Caring Collaborative

PO Box 224, East Machias, ME 04630
Phone: 207-249-3318
Fax: 207-835-4500


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