CCC Wednesday Communique — January 31, 2018

Happy Wednesday!

This is the Community Caring Collaborative Weekly Communiqué 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 Events section, and job postings and other items of interest in the Announcements 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. This mailing goes out every Wednesday, so if you have announcements, please send them to Christine by 5 pm Monday to be included.  Thanks!

Photo above: Freezing spray warnings in our weather forecasts lately – This is what happened to a lighthouse in Cleveland Harbor, Ohio  – photo courtesy of Mark Duncan, AP


Certificate in Grandfamilies Leadership program: The University of Maine Center on Aging is pleased to once again offer an online certificate program for professionals and volunteers who work with grandfamily caregivers. The online Certificate program provides core education, technical support, and leadership development for professionals delivering grandfamily and kinship programming across the country.  The course will begin on Monday, February 26, 2018. Participants will complete the 9 modules over a 12-week period until May 20, 2018. Registration is now open! Space is limited, and participation is on a first come first served basis, so please visit and register now.

Next Step Advocacy Training: Next Step will be holding a free Core Advocacy Training (formerly the hotline training) in Machias for those interested in becoming dv advocates or volunteers. This training is used statewide by all domestic violence agencies in Maine, and once completed will qualify you to work at any DV agency. In this training you will learn: How to define/identify domestic violence, social change advocacy, lasting impact, affects on children, safety planning, and more. The first meeting will be March 3, 2018. For more information or to sign up, please contact Nancy Hunt-Remick at OR call 667-0176.

WIC Clinic in Eastport: Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) will be holding a one day walk in clinic at Eastport Health Care February 8th from 10am – 2pm. See flyer for details.

Training Topics for Parents: Just a reminder that here is a form you can print to bring to home visits to find out what training topics parents might want for the family event CCC and partners are planning in April.  Completed forms can be turned in at CCC meetings, dropped off at the CCC office (front desk) or scanned to Christine.

Your announcement could go here: email the details to Christine by 5 pm Monday for inclusion in Wednesday’s Weekly Communiqué.


This is where we post updates on programs, initiatives and pending legislation.

Hope Fund to Close: With a record number of applications submitted this fall/winter, the Hope Fund has reached its capacity and will be closing to new applications on Thursday morning, Feb 1st.  If you are a provider working with a family on a Hope Fund application, make sure to submit the application by the end of today, Jan 31st.

Events (Chronologically Listed)

WIC Clinic in Eastport: Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) will be holding a one day walk in clinic at Eastport Health Care February 8th from 10am – 2pm. See flyer for details.

3 ACEs workshops: the Maine Resilience Building Network is bringing international author and teacher Sarah Peyton to Maine in March for:

Online Registration & Payment here. / Mail-in registration here.
Online payment if you are already registered!  The deadline for registration AND PAYMENT is FEBRUARY 23, 2018.

Families & Youth in Transitions Conference: Save the date of March 10, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Maine General Hospital in Augusta for Families & Youth in Transitions – a conference for families and youth with emotional and behavioral needs, special needs, and special health care needs transitioning through high school to adult life. Youth and parent workshops will be offered.  dynamic mental health speaker and circle drummer Mike Veny will be the keynote.  More information here. Sponsored by the Maine Parent Federation and G.E.A.R. Parent Network.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training: Save the date of April 12, 2018 for NAMI Maine’s Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at the Cherryfield Academy Community Center.  Details about this event are here. You can also Download general information about Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings.

Elder Abuse Summit: Save the date of May 10th for the 5th annual conference on Elder Abuse, hosted by the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Augusta Civic Center.  See flyer for details or visit MCEAP’s website.

Needs & Offers

Downeast Feast 2018: Download the flyer for February and March!

PTAC Advisor: The Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of PTAC Advisor. This Machias based professional position works with Washington County businesses to help them sell goods and services to the local, state, and federal government.  For a full job description and application requirements, please visit or contact Jen Peters at or 207.255.0983.  The deadline for applications is Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 5pm.

Training Assistance: Have you or a family member worked on a farm (blueberries, livestock, vegetables, aquaculture, etc.) within the last 2 years?  If so, you may be eligible for training assistance for various career paths in areas such as healthcare, commercial driving, and more.  Contact Chris Huh (951-0840; to find out if you qualify for the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP).

We Care Baby Center is now providing delivery service for the Machias area on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month for families that cannot get to the center due to lack of transportation, illness, or other issues. Call 255-8903 or send a message to We Care’s Facebook page to get on the delivery list.

Storm Window Kits for Seniors: Maine Seacoast Mission has reusable, plastic, interior storm windows that  are easy to install and help block drafts to lower heating costs.  They will measure and install the windows for seniors by appointment – see flyer for more information

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

Favorite Resources

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

Senior Guidance.orgThis organization provides comprehensive lists of Assisted Living Facilities, Senior Care Homes and Senior Living Communities, broken down by state and county.  22 such facilities are listed for Washington County.


Work Group & Poverty Busters: The next meeting of this combined group is on February 7th from 1 — 3:30 pm in the large conference room at SCEC. Download the agenda here. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, and don’t forget to bring your completed forms with training topics requested by parents (see more about this in the announcement section).

Photo courtesy of Susan Bennett