CCC Wednesday Communique — January 25, 2023

George Townsend & Kelsey LaCoote utilized The Joy Fund to purchase their new home in Calais).  Learn more about this CCC program to help first time homebuyers pay for home inspections.  (Photo courtesy of Georgie Kendall)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Save the Date – Finding Our Way

Wayfinder Schools is excited to announce the return of Finding Our Way on May 4th! Join us as notable Mainers and Wayfinder grads share stories of finding their way, live from the stage of The Camden Opera House. We’re lining up a fabulous cast of speakers for 2023. More details are coming soon. Be sure to follow us on social media to get updates. You won’t want to miss it!

Agriculture Leadership Ambassador program

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is offering its Agriculture Leadership Ambassador program from March 7–April 18. The program, open to all teens ages 14–18, will focus on understanding the Maine food system, exploring careers and building advocacy skills. As formal agricultural programs at local high schools disappear, students lack opportunities to learn about critical food systems and discover careers in agriculture. The 4-H Agriculture Leadership Ambassador program seeks to provide teenagers with opportunities to consider a future in agriculture and connect with others who have similar goals. Additional details about the program can be found on the program website. The program will begin with a series of online learning and will conclude with an in-person visit to the UMaine campus in Orono. The spring 2023 cohort will meet from 3:30–5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons from March 7–April 18, with an in-person celebratory luncheon in Orono on April 20. To register, visit the event website. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Sadee Mehuren; 207-342-5971;

3 Indoor Playgroups
The Sunrise Prevention Council is excited to offer an indoor option to all THREE of our area Playgroups!   Stay connected, join us for a cup of coffee and let your kiddos get the wiggles out at:
  • Calais – 21 Calais Avenue, the Former Calais First Congregational Church, every Tuesday at 10 am
  • Machias – 1491 US Highway 1A, Harrington, the Old Headstart Building, every Wednesday at 10 am
  • Ellsworth -12 Avery Lane, Downeast Community Partners building, every Tuesday at 10 am

Year Round and Summer VISTA Member

Healthy Acadia is continuing to recruit for both a year round and a summer VISTA member to work with our food security team increasing food access throughout the county. These positions are an incredible asset to our food security work helping us to get more healthy food out to those people who most need it. It is a great way for a young person new to the job market, to gain firsthand experience working at a small non-profit. This flyer is for the year round position; we will have a summer flyer out soon. The summer position primarily involves outdoor work in community gardens and supporting gleaning efforts. Feel free to reach out to Regina if you have any questions. Interested applicants, young and elder, can contact me directly.

Wayfinder Schools celebrates 50 Years
We are thrilled to be kicking off our 50th anniversary in the midcoast! Back in 1973, Dora Lievow and Emanuel Pariser had a new idea for schooling in Maine, an innovative school that centered on the needs and voices of students as they strove to meet their graduation goals. Fifty years later, we are thrilled to continue this work throughout the midcoast and beyond, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach this milestone. Stay tuned for interviews, performances, and events all the year through!

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