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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: Summer meals are underway – find out where, when and whom to contact at Maine Families of Washington County’s website.
Touch-a-Truck Event: Calling all parents! Bring your kids to the Flaherty Early Care Education Center (UMM Campus, behind the Reynolds Center) on Saturday, July 21st from 9 – 11 am for a chance to get up close and personal with trucks of all kinds. Share this flyer with your friends!
CNA Certification Training: Axiom Education & Training Center has rescheduled the cancelled CNA Certification Training with instructor Rosemary Nevala, RN, to begin on September 10th. Read this flyer for more information.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s: The Alzheimer’s Association Eastern Maine Chapter is preparing for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2018 at the Darling’s Waterfront on October 20th. The walk is the largest annual fundraising event held by this non-profit organization. The money raised from this event will provide funding for vital research and fund local programs and services that benefit those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders, as well as their families. A local team participating in this walk, Russ’s Angels organized by Mardi Russ, is hosting a fundraiser at the Columbia Town Hall (106 Epping Road, Columbia) on Saturday, September 8th from 5:00-7:30 PM. More details in this flyer and in the Needs & Offers section of this newsletter.
Nominations for community volunteers & agencies: Lois-Ann Kuntz has forwarded these important deadlines for nominations for awards honoring & supporting community volunteers & agencies:
- 7/27, Deadline to nominate a volunteer or agency that is helping to make the community a better place for the NEWS CENTER Maine 6 Who Careand 2 Those Who Care awards. Each winner receives money to donate to their favorite nonprofit!
- 8/24, Deadline to nominate someone for Camden National Bank’s Leaders & Luminaries awards. Do you know a board leader who has used passion, innovation and resourcefulness to advance their organization and help our communities thrive? Four $5,000 awards!
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.
Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave:
Last week, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee held a hearing examining current legislative options regarding paid family leave, such as the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act (S.337/H.R. 947). This bill would establish a national paid leave program and is currently the strongest and most well-rounded proposal to ensure that caregivers across the lifespan have access to paid leave. (Learn more from the National Alliance for Caregiving)
G.E.A.R. Network Family Picnic:
July 21, 2018
Join the G.E.A.R. Parent Network for the annual family picnic from 11 am to 3 pm at Lake George Regional Park, Canaan. See flyer for details, including rain date and registration.
Reflective Supervision Training:
July 23, 2018
CCC Clinical Director, Julie Redding, LCPC, presents a FREE 6-hour training on Reflective Supervision, a distinct form of supervision that explores parallel relationships between practitioner and supervisor, between practitioner and parent, and between parent and infant/toddler, (read a fuller description of reflective supervision here). CEU’s ($5 fee) and Contact Hour Certificates (no fee). 9 am to 3:30 pm at Kay Parker in Machias – morning refreshments and lunch provided. Registration is closed for this event.
August 1-2, 2018
Donna Beegle will be holding a Coaching Institute at the University of New England in Portland this summer – download flyer here
If Not Me, Then Who? Institute:
August 3, 2018
Donna Beegle will be holding a 4-hour skill-building workshop and 2 hour train-the-trainer session designed to improve skill sets for home visitors and those who work directly with people who live in the crisis of poverty. Organization leaders will also benefit as they gain tools for systemic change that is responsive to assisting people to move out and stay out of poverty. UNE Portland Campus. More information here.
G.E.A.R. Machias Workshop:
August 3, 2018
The G.E.A.R. Parent Network invites you to Last One Picked – First One Picked On: Learning Disabilities and Social Skills, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. at MAS Community Health, 60 Main Street. Download this flyer for more information.
Next MRBN membership meeting:
August 30, 2018
9 – 11 am at Educare, 56 Drummond Avenue, Waterville – Special Celebration! In addition to conducting a small amount of MRBN business, the primary focus of our August meeting will be to gather to celebrate one of MRBN’s founders, Sue Mackey Andrews. Sue will be stepping down from MRBN leadership as she focuses her time on training and facilitation. Please join us!
Opioid Overdose Rescue BBL:
September 5, 2018
Mark your calendar for 11:45 to 12:45 at SCEC for a brown bag presentation by Joseph Locke from Bangor Public Health and Community Services. Would you know what to do if someone was experiencing an opioid overdose? Join us on September 5th to learn some risk factors for experiencing an overdose, symptoms of an overdose, and how to respond to reverse an overdose. It’s not too early to RSVP to Christine if you plan to attend.
G.E.A.R. Machias Workshop:
September 7, 2018
The G.E.A.R. Parent Network invites you to Being a Trauma-Informed Parent: Linking Childhood Trauma to Long-Term Health & Social Consequence, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.at MAS Community Health, 60 Main Street. Download this flyer for more information.
September 12, 2018
Save this date for the Maine Council on Aging’s 5th Annual Wisdom Summit: Charting the Pathway Forward, at the Augusta Civic Center. We will take a look at the current state of aging in Maine, examine current challenges and opportunities in housing, transportation, long term supports and services, and health care delivery, and work together to identify strategies for making sure we have what we need to live healthy, engaged lives no matter the type of support we might need. A recent report issued by the Cutler Institute of Health & Social Policy, Charting the Pathway Forward: Redesigning and Realigning Supports and Services for Older Mainers, offers us a framework for the work. If you are interested in exhibiting at the Summit or would like to help with a sponsorship, visit this link to sign up.
Serial Classes, Groups & Play Dates
CNA Certification Training:
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Axiom Education & Training Center has rescheduled the cancelled CNA Certification Training with instructor Rosemary Nevala, RN, to begin on September 10th. Read this flyer for more information on this 180 hour evening course in Machias.
Community Practice Groups:
Maine Roads to Quality invites Early Care & Education professionals to join one of 2 community practice groups (see flyers below):
- Calais area – 6-8 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at WCCC, room 301
- Machias/Harrington/Milbridge area – 6-8 pm on the 3rd Monday each month at a Machias location tbd
For more information or to register, please contact Theresa Fisk, District Early Childhood and Youth Coordinator – 207-956-2070 or email: email@example.com
SAVVY Caregiver Training:
August 24 – September 28, 2018, Fridays, 2-4 pm
This free course provides skills,knowledge and emotional support to assist informal caregivers who are caring for a family member or friend with dementia. Lisa King will present this 2-hour class each Friday over a 6-week period beginning August 24th at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Machias. See flyer for details and forward to caregivers who could benefit.
Calais Area Breast Cancer Support Group: meets on the 4th Friday of each month at 3 PM at the Calais United Methodist Church, 849 Main St. (downstairs parlor), in Calais. This free “gathering” is a comforting and safe environment to find encouragement and hope. Open to all that have a breast cancer diagnosis. FMI call Marianne at 454-0501. Download a flyer for more information.
Caregivers Support Group: Join other family/informal caregivers monthly for a supportive meeting at the Maine Veterans Home in Machias, facilitated by Lisa King, LCPC, on the first Friday of the month from 2-4 pm. Contact Lisa King for more information.
Work Group & Poverty Busters: Join this meeting of direct service providers to share resources and network with other providers in your area. Notes from June meeting coming soon. Our next meeting is from 1–3:30 pm on August 1st at SCEC.
Needs & Offers
Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting or housing needs.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s Fundraiser: The Alzheimer’s Association Eastern Maine Chapter is preparing for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2018 (in Bangor at be held at the Darling’s Waterfront on October 20th). Mardi Russ’s team, Russ’s Angels, will be hosting a fundraiser at the Columbia Town Hall (106 Epping Road, Columbia) on Saturday, September 8th from 5:00-7:30 PM. We would greatly appreciate any help you could provide. This could come in the form of a monetary contribution, an item to be auctioned, a basket for our raffle, food or drinks for the event or deciding to join our team! The walk is the largest annual fundraising event held by this non-profit organization. The money raised from this event will provide funding for vital research; and fund local programs and services that benefit those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders, as well as their families. More details in this flyer.
Summer Meals in Machias: Download this flyer for information on summer meals at Rose M. Gaffney and Elm Street Schools.
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More Summer Meal Information available on the Community Resource guide at Maine Families of Washington County website, including dates, times, locations and phone numbers to call.