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: June 21st is the 24th annual Maine Child Welfare Conference, Navigating Pathways for Families in Recovery, with Keynote speaker, Nancy K. Young, PhD, MSW, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. See brochure for speaker schedule and conference details. Check their facebook page for updates.
Really Big Yard Sale: Maine Seacoast Mission is holding a giant yard sale on June 23rd from 8 am to 1 pm at their Cherryfield campus to benefit the Downeast Table of Plenty – plus a free lunch for kids 18 and under from 11 to noon. Download this flyer to learn what and how to donate.
Creating Dementia Friendly Communities: The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging invites you to a free webinar on this topic from 12 pm — 1:30 pm on June 25th. Presenters are Meredith Hanley, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Dementia Friendly America; Stephanie Holmes, Dementia Friendly Alabama; and Marty Williman, Ohio Council on Cognitive Health, Dementia Friends Initiative. Details and Registration link here.
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is this Friday, June 15th.
Some prevention strategies from Legal Services for the Elderly include:
- Stay busy and engaged in life. Try not to become isolated. Cultivate a strong support network of family and friends.
- Take good care of yourself – for life. Older adults in declining health can become more vulnerable to abuse because of the increasing dependence.
- Assert your right to be treated with dignity and respect. Be clear about what you will and will not tolerate, and set boundaries. You have the right to make your own decisions.
- Trust your instincts. Listen to the voice inside you when it tells you something is not right. Ask for help if you need it.
- Plan ahead. Talk with family members, friends, and professionals you trust and plan for your future.
Supporting LGBTQ Youth Training:
June 15, 2018
OutMaine invites people who work with LGBTQ youth in our communities or schools to a Supporting LGBTQ Youth training from 9 am to 12 pm at Maine Seacoast Mission, 6 Weald Bethel Lane, Cherryfield. Contact hours available – see flyer for details.
Active Play Workshop:
June 18, 2018 at the Machias High School gym – see flyer
June 20, 2018 at the Wabanki Culture Center, Calais – see flyer
June 21, 2018 at the Moore Community Center, 133 State St, Ellsworth – see flyer
Healthy Acadia invites you to an active play workshop with Dr. Diane Craft from 6-8 pm at three locations and dates (see above). This is a free training, however pre-registration is required. Course includes booklet and DVD ($25.00 value) and a healthy meal. This training is open to anyone working with children ages 0-6, including childcare providers and teachers pre-K & K. Two credit hours will be available for all attendees. A healthy, light supper will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as this is an active, hands-on, and super-fun workshopPlease wear comfortable shoes and clothes as this is an activities-focused workshop. To register please contact Georgie at 255-3741 or email@example.com or Katie at 667-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Clergy Training for Veterans:
June 19, 2018 – St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Calais
June 20, 2018 – St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Machias
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Downeast Maine Military Community Network is offering a training session to community clergy that brings awareness, resources, and tools designed to support you and your veterans. The training is presented by certified VA Chaplains that support the Community Clergy Training Program though the VHA Office of Rural Health. This is a first of its kind for Downeast Maine as it is designed specifically for clergy. If the clergy member cannot attend we invite deacons, laypeople, staff, etc. or a representative from the house of worship that can bring this information home to your town. Please see this flyer and register for one of the two trainings being offered by simply clicking on the link. Our Canadian neighbors are invited to attend as well.
Expanding Reach On Your Business Facebook:
June 20, 2018
Facebook has changed! Get smart on how to maximize Facebook for business to better reach your audience, free business training from 9:00am to 11:00am at Sunrise County Economic Council, 7 Ames Way, Machias, Register here: sunrisecounty.org. Sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and The Women’s Business Center at CEI.
June 20, 2018
The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging invites you to its Spring Summit, Embracing the Options: Supporting End-of-Life Care in Your Community, 8:30 – 1:30 pm, Fireside Inn, Lebanon, NH. This shared learning experience will explore the powerful resources and tools available to help us talk about death and dying and make decisions about how we want to live. This event will explore hospice, Death Cafes, Death Doulas, advance directives, games that help you start the conversation, and much more. These amazing resources available in our communities can help us all be more thoughtful about how we live and provide care as we approach the end of life. Register here. Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities are available. Click here for more information.
Maine Child Welfare Conference:
June 21, 2018
Save this date for the 24th annual Maine Child Welfare Conference, Navigating Pathways for Families in Recovery, with Keynote speaker, Nancy K. Young, PhD, MSW, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. See brochure for speaker schedule and conference details. Check their facebook page for updates.
Really Big Yard Sale:
June 23, 2018
Maine Seacoast Mission is holding a giant yard sale from 8 am to 1 pm at their Cherryfield campus to benefit the Downeast Table of Plenty – plus a free lunch for kids 18 and under from 11 to noon. Download this flyer to learn what and how to donate.
Creating Dementia Friendly Communities:
June 25, 2018
The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging invites you to a free webinar on this topic from 12 pm — 1:30 pm. Presenters are Meredith Hanley, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Dementia Friendly America; Stephanie Holmes, Dementia Friendly Alabama; and Marty Williman, Ohio Council on Cognitive Health, Dementia Friends Initiative. Details and Registration link here.
June 26, 2018
Free Business Training from 9:00am to 12:00pm at at Sunrise County Economic Council, 7 Ames Way, Machias. Registration Link Coming Soon! Sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and The Women’s Business Center at CEI.
Nature Walks – East Machias:
June 26, 2018
Maine Families invites you for a breath of fresh air with your babies and toddlers from 10-11:30 am, starting at the Mill River Park bandstand. Bring a stroller for a walk along the river. Activities provided. See flyer for details and get updates on their facebook page.
Run for Recovery & Swing for Success:
June 30, 2018
Healthy Acadia invites you to a full day of fun activities to benefit Downeast Project HOPE at Rocky Knoll Golf Course, 14 River Road, Orrington. Details & registration links here. Print a flyer for the Recovery Run and Golf tournament. This event is sponsored by the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Rocky Knoll Golf Course, and Healthy Acadia.
Cultural Competency Training:
July 12, 2018
Register now for a free, 4-hour training on Cultural Competency from 10 am — 3 pm presented by Elizabeth Neptune who will facilitate a panel to include community educators & advocates for Latinx community members from Mano en Mano and statewide health equity expert, Lisa Sockabasin. The training will be held in Science 102 at the University of Maine, Machias, with a distance learning option at Washington County Community College. CEUs and Contact Hour Certificates. Print a flyer for your staff and colleagues. Register here.
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. Please register by July 16th. Print a flyer for supervisors in your organization.
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.
Serial Classes, Groups & Play Dates
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
Next Step Calais Support Group:
Beginning in May, 2018
Next Step will be offering a 6 week educational support group in Calais that will meet once a week with the purpose of exploring domestic violence within the context of a relationship. The group will begin at the end of May. Topics will include: How community and cultural supports affect families experiencing DV, effects on children, co-parenting with an abusive ex-partner, coping mechanisms, dating, new relationships, and effects of battering on the victim. See flyer for more information or contact Mary Mitchell at 255-4934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Read minutes from the May meeting here (June notes coming soon). Please note that we will not be meeting in July, as the standing meeting date is July 4th! Our next meeting is from 1–3:30 pm on August 1st at SCEC.
Needs & Offers
Next Step DV Training: The Next Step Domestic Violence Project is offering education for health care professionals on how to screen for domestic violence. Screening for domestic abuse during a health care appointment is a crucial link for someone receiving the help they need. In this training you will learn how to recognize the signs of domestic abuse, how to ask screening questions in order to obtain the most amount of information in a short period of time, and what to do if someone discloses abuse. This training is mostly for healthcare professionals (i.e. doctors, nurses, PAs, dentists, etc.), but it can be tailored to fit your program. To find out more or to schedule a training, contact Cheyenne Robinson-Bauman at 255-4934 or email email@example.com.
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National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement newsletter – the June 8th issue of Building Foundations for Economic Mobility, focuses on housing, with information on webinars like Helping Families Achieve Their Housing Goals and The Relationship Between Housing and Economic Mobility, and resources like the interactive learning series Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness.