CCC Wednesday Communique — July 25, 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: Check out Downeast Family Fun for great free/low-cost activities for your family this summer and beyond.  Illustration by Robert McCloskey from his 1948 children’s book “Blueberries for Sal.”


CCC Job Posting: The Community Caring Collaborative is hiring!  See our job offer under Needs & Offers below, along with other important requests and information from CCC Partners.

Donna Beegle Institutes in Maine: This is your last chance to register for Donna Beegle’s Poverty & Coaching Institutes, and the NEW If Not Me, Then Who Training and Train the Trainers. Visit Communications Across Barriers to learn more about these opportunities (also posted under One-Time Events below). All these events will be hosted at the UNE Portland Campus – Pharmacy Building, Room 204 (Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04103).  There is a special discount available for the Poverty Institute for groups of 5 or more –  20% off each seat. Call Armando at (503-590-4599) to process this discounted group rate.  Send/phone in  your questions to Armando at 503-590-4599 or

Wooden Play Set Needs Assembling: Look for this request for volunteers by Next Step under Needs & Offers below.

Summer Lunch Rocks: The Eastport Summer Lunch Program is in full swing with Summer Lunch Rocks! – lunches and combo lunch/dance parties beginning July 25th in Eastport at various locations.  See flyer for locations, times and dates.

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.

One-Time Events 

Poverty Institute:
July 30-31, 2018
Donna Beegle will be holding a Poverty Institute at the University of New England in Portland this summer – download flyer here

Coaching Institute:
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 MAS Community Health, 60 Main Street.  Download this flyer for more information.

Fundraiser for Walk to End Alzheimer’s
September 8, 2018
Join Russ’s Angels at the Columbia Town Hall (106 Epping Road, Columbia) from 5:00-7:30 PM for a supper and raffle to raise funds for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  More details in this flyer.

Wisdom Summit:
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:
6-8 pm
Maine Roads to Quality invites Early Care & Education professionals to join one of 2 community practice groups (see flyers below):

For more information or to register, please contact Theresa Fisk, District Early Childhood and Youth Coordinator –  207-956-2070 or email:

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.

Standing Meetings

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 here. Our next meeting is from 1–3:30 pm on August 1st at SCEC.  Download an agenda here.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Christine at  Thanks!

Needs & Offers

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

Substance Use Coordinator: The CCC is seeking a full-time staff person to contribute to substance-use informed collaborative programming and capacity building in Washington County.  Responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to all aspects of the CCC’s value of being substance-use informed
  • Lead the collaborative design process for substance use recovery and employment programming
  • Deliver trainings on the topic of Substance Use Disorder and its impacts
  • Contribute clinical expertise to existing county-wide efforts to address substance use challenges

Applicants should have:

  • Demonstrated collaborative leadership experience within multi-sector initiatives
  • Experience leading trainings or other educational initiatives that support new skills, knowledge, and values for broad audiences
  • Clinical expertise in Substance Use Disorder and evidence-based substance use treatment
  • Comprehensive knowledge of community health, mental health, treatment, recovery, employment and financial resources.

Cover letter and resume should be sent to: Community Caring Collaborative, Attn: Angela Donaghy, P.O. Box 224, East Machias, ME or  A fuller job description will be posted on the CCC’s website shortly.

Volunteers needed: Next Step is looking for able bodied volunteers that would be willing to put together a child’s wooden play set (swings, slides, etc). We’d like to get this play set up before the end of the summer. For more information or to volunteer, call 255-4934.

Summer Lunch Rocks: The Eastport Summer Lunch Program is in full swing with Summer Lunch Rocks! – lunches and combo lunch/dance parties beginning July 25th in Eastport at various locations.  See flyer for locations, times and dates.

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 MachiasDownload this flyer for information on summer meals at Rose M. Gaffney and Elm Street Schools.

Favorite Resources

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

Downeast Family Fun: join or just visit this facebook group administered by Julie Redding for great free/low-cost ideas for family activities.