CCC Wednesday Communique — July 26, 2023

Abby Frutchey, CCC’s Substance Use Response Coordinator, was asked to be a voice of recovery at the Governor’s 5th Annual Opioid Response Summit in Portland last week.  Learn more about this exciting gathering here.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Effectively Communicating Across Barriers

The Community Caring Collaborative and Working Communities Challenge invite you to an impactful morning workshop with national poverty expert Dr. Donna Beegle on September 13th, from 9 am to 12 Noon.  In this 3-hour, in-person training, Dr. Beegle uses activities to engage service providers, leaders and educators to explore the impact of life experiences on communication styles and provide a framework for improving communication and relationships with people who live in the war zone of poverty. Washington County Community College is hosting this event in their St Croix Lecture Hall (Gym building).  Morning refreshments and Contact Hour Certificates will be provided.  Please register here by September 5th — this is a free event.  Seats are limited so don’t delay!  Download a flyer to share.

MRTQ Fall Conference

Maine Roads to Quality is excited to be in the midst of planning for our 4th annual fall conference at WCCC in Calais! Collaboratively sponsored by Maine Roads to Quality, Washington County Community College, and the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children, Recharging our Heroes: Self-Care for Early Care & Education Professionals will be taking place on Saturday, September 30th from 9am – 3pm.  Registration opens mid-August. Feel free to contact Theresa Fisk with questions. Download a flyer to share.

Spousal Caregiving

Among the tens of millions of family caregivers, about 12% of them are caring for an ill or disabled spouse or partner. Elements of caring for a spouse or partner differ from other types of caregiving relationships. On average, spousal caregivers provide more hours of caregiving, do more intense care-related tasks and do it all with less assistance compared to other types of caregivers. Professionals who understand the nuances of spousal caregiving can be better positioned to help these individuals. Join the American Society on Aging on August 2nd, online, from 1 – 2 pm for a presentation on spousal caregiving.   Participants in this webinar will be able to:
  • Learn about the prevalence and characteristics of spousal caregivers
  • Understand the challenges unique to spousal caregivers
  • Discover support and resources for spousal caregivers

Washing, Dressing, and Personal Care

Join the UK’s Dementia Carers Count on August 8th from 8:30 — 10:00 am (EDT) for a webinar about the difficulties with washing and dressing a person with dementia can face and how you can support them. The session is for you if you would like to …
  • Explore the different needs an individual has in personal care activities
  • Consider strategies that will support positive personal care interactions
  • Spend time with experienced healthcare professionals who will answer your questions in a safe and supportive environment
  • Meet other people who are taking care of a friend or family member with dementia who maybe having similar experiences

Washington County Food Pantry Network Meeting

See announcement with location for this in-person meeting, new time, and remote option link in the Standing Meetings section of this newsletter.

Welcome and Resource Centers
Mano en Mano is planning for our Welcome and Resource Centers (WRC). We are looking forward to having in-person WRCs with lots of partners to help us welcome seasonal farmworkers back to Maine. We are inviting you to join us.  These centers are hosted for new and returning migrant farmworkers to Downeast Maine, with the purpose of welcoming and appreciating people (not just as workers, but as full human beings) and connecting them to essential resources and services. Locations:
  • July 30th in partnership with Wabanaki Public Health at the Millbridge Elementary School 2pm-6pm
  • August 4th  at the Millbridge Elementary School from 4pm to 8pm
  • August 11th at the Millbridge Elementary School from 4pm to 8pm

We are hoping to provide clothing support, food access, hot meals, connection to educational services, information about housing, information about COVID testing and vaccines, child care resources, and tables for agencies to share their information. We are asking for organizations/agencies that participate to assist us in: Setting and clean up of the event, welcoming people as they come in, taking on a role at the food or children’s table, ensuring workers understand your program, and sponsoring a hot meal if you can.  Contact Juana Rodriguez for more information.

Local Food for Schools Funding Available
Schools! Have you applied for the Maine Department of Education’s Local Foods for Schools funding yet? The deadline to apply is August 18, 2023. This fund is used to match $1 for every $3 a school administrative unit pays for produce, value-added dairy, protein or minimally processed foods purchased directly from a farmer, farmers’ cooperative, local food hub, local food processor or food service distributor in the State. In 2022, the cap per administrative district was $5,000. The cap for 2024 is not listed on the website. First come first served. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program purchases do not count towards this reimbursement.  Community members! With many school staff on break at this time, if you are able to spread the word or let staff know about this funding, it would be well appreciated.

For more information try this link.  To apply, contact Stephanie at or 215-9437.

FFD Accepting Applications

Family Futures Downeast is accepting applications for Cohort 8.  Our contact information is 207-812-2005 – Call or Text, Find Us On Facebook and Instagram – Family Futures Downeast – For more information or to apply go to  Download a flyer to share.

Part-Time ESL Teacher Wanted

Washington County Adult & Community Education is are seeking a highly qualified and enthusiastic English Language Teacher to join their team. As an ESL teacher, you will be responsible for planning, implementing and delivering effective English Language lessons and Citizenship classes to students at various levels and backgrounds. Your primary goal will be to foster a positive and engaging learning environment, helping students develop English Language skills in listening, reading, speaking, writing and digital skills when needed. The position is also required to do intake/testing with new and returning students. Position is up to 25 hours and requires some travel (mileage is paid).  Read more about this role and how to apply here.

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