Lunar Moth spotted by Raven Berry in Roque Bluffs (photo courtesy of Abby Frutchey)
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June G.E.A.R. Workshops
The G.E.A.R. Parent Network is presenting the following free, virtual workshops this month.
- “Summer Safety: Keeping it Cool, Preventing Heat Related Illness and Sun Safety for Children,” June 17th from 9 — 11 am. Sunburn, heat cramps, heat stroke and skin cancer often are not thought of when you are enjoying the outdoors. Learn about the importance of keeping your children and yourself safe while having fun in the sun! Parents are welcomed in sharing their challenges and ideas how they deal with the sun protection and other summertime problems.
- “Autism and Strategies,” June 22nd from 1 — 3 pm. Participants will gain a basic understanding of autism along with some general strategies to use while interacting with individuals on the spectrum. These strategies relate to sensory, communication, behavioral and social deficits that often interfere with an individual’s ability to process information
- “Toxic Chemicals and Our Children’s Developing Brains,” June 24th from 1 — 3 pm. Why is environmental health so important? Consider the following information: Twelve million American children or 17 percent of all Americans under the age of 18 have one or more developmental, learning or behavioral disabilities; more than 1.5 million Americans are autistic. In the 1970s, autism was estimated to have affected about 1 in 2,500 to 5,000 children and today it is 1 in 54; 127,000 adults and children in Maine are identified as having learning
disabilities; and 37 percent of the children receiving special education services in our public schools have learning or attention disabilities. Learn why it is important to protect your family from toxic chemical exposures.
- “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop,” June 29th from 11 — 3 pm. This unique and interactive program allows participants to experience the same Frustration, Anxiety and Tension that children with learning disabilities face in their daily lives. See how teachers, social workers, psychologists, parents, and friends who have participated in Richard Lavoie’s workshop reflect upon their experience and the way it changed their approach to children who have a learning disability.
The 2021 Recovery in Maine program is offering 2 free, drive-in screenings across Maine of the documentary, Jacinta. A deeply intimate portrait of mothers and daughters and the effects of trauma, JACINTA follows a young woman in and out of prison as she attempts to break free from an inherited cycle of addiction, incarceration, and crime.
Doors are open at 7:30 pm – please arrive by 8:15 pm. Late entries may not be permitted. FREE POPCORN & SODA for each attendee!
Flaherty Center accepting Summer & Fall Applications
The Flaherty Early Childhood Education Center on UMM’s Campus is now accepting applications for the summer and fall. Flaherty ECEC enrolls children 6 mos to 5 years old. Call Enrollment at 664-2424 or Flaherty ECEC 255-1441, or visit their Facebook page.
Updates on programs, research, initiatives and pending legislation
CCC Staff Retreat
CCC staff and consultants came together for a 3-da
y working retreat in scenic Roque Bluffs. We reviewed our commitments to community response, looking for ways to improve going forward, and began work on a new strategic plan. So wonderful to be in each other’s company again!
Fairs, trainings, conferences and more in the state of Maine
Summer Safety Workshop
June 17, 2021
The G.E.A.R. Parent Network is presenting “Summer Safety: Keeping it Cool, Preventing Heat Related Illness and Sun Safety for Children,” a free, virtual workshop facilitated by Shannan Boyorak, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, on June 17th from 9 — 11 am. Sunburn, heat cramps, heat stroke and skin cancer often are not thought of when you are enjoying the outdoors. Learn about the importance of keeping your children and yourself safe while having fun in the sun! Parents are welcomed in sharing their challenges and ideas how they deal with the sun protection and other summertime problems. Register here.
Caregiving Stereotypes and Race
June 17, 2021
Autism and Strategies
June 22, 2021
The G.E.A.R. Parent Network presents “Autism and Strategies,” a free, virtual workshop on June 22nd from 1 — 3 pm. Participants will gain a basic understanding of autism along with some general strategies to use while interacting with individuals on the spectrum. These strategies relate to sensory, communication, behavioral and social deficits that often interfere with an individual’s ability to process information. Register for here.
June 23, 2021
The 2021 Recovery in Maine program is offering a free, drive-in screening across Maine of the documentary, Jacinta. A deeply intimate portrait of mothers and daughters and the effects of trauma, JACINTA follows a young woman in and out of prison as she attempts to break free from an inherited cycle of addiction, incarceration, and crime. Doors are open at 7:30 pm – please arrive by 8:15 pm. Late entries may not be permitted. FREE POPCORN & SODA for each attendee! June 23rd at the Saco Drive-In, Saco, ME | Register here!
Toxic Chemicals and Our Children’s Developing Brains
June 24, 2021
The G.E.A.R. Parent Network presents “Toxic Chemicals and Our Children’s Developing Brains,” a free, virtual workshop on June 24th from 1 — 3 pm. Why is environmental health so important? Consider the following information: Twelve million American children or 17 percent of all Americans under the age of 18 have one or more developmental, learning or behavioral disabilities; more than 1.5 million Americans are autistic. In the 1970s, autism was estimated to have affected about 1 in 2,500 to 5,000 children and today it is 1 in 54; 127,000 adults and children in Maine are identified as having learning disabilities; and 37 percent of the children receiving special education services in our public schools have learning or attention disabilities. Learn why it is important to protect your family from toxic chemical exposures. Register for here.
How Difficult Can This Be?
June 29, 2021
The G.E.A.R. Parent Network presents “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop,” a free, virtual workshop on June 29th from 11 — 3 pm. This unique and interactive program allows participants to experience the same Frustration, Anxiety and Tension that children with learning disabilities face in their daily lives. See how teachers, social workers, psychologists, parents, and friends who have participated in Richard Lavoie’s workshop reflect upon their experience and the way it changed their approach to children who have a learning disability. Register here.
Fostering Connections to Nature for Lifelong Fun and Learning
June 29, 2021
The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging invites you to a webinar on June 29th from 12 — 1:30 pm on Fostering Connections to Nature for Lifelong Fun and Learning. It’s clear that engaging a connection with nature has proven to be a positive influence on our minds and our bodies in many ways – not only physically, but emotionally and socially as well. From outdoor playgrounds and accessible walking trails to creative nature-based programing, many communities are looking to find ways to promote and engage the natural world in our daily lives. We’ll be hearing from a few communities and programs across northern New England who are offering exciting and innovative nature-based experiences and learning opportunities for older adults. Register here.
July 1, 2021
The 2021 Recovery in Maine program is offering a free, drive-in screening across Maine of the documentary, Jacinta. A deeply intimate portrait of mothers and daughters and the effects of trauma, JACINTA follows a young woman in and out of prison as she attempts to break free from an inherited cycle of addiction, incarceration, and crime. Doors are open at 7:30 pm – please arrive by 8:15 pm. Late entries may not be permitted. FREE POPCORN & SODA for each attendee! July 1st at the Skowhegan Drive-In, Skowhegan, ME | Register here!
Governor Mills’ 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit
July 15, 2021
Governor Janet Mills will host her 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on Thursday, July 15th. The summit’s theme, “Perseverance, Prevention and Promise” reflects the resolve of our state to continue to work together to promote and achieve wellness and recovery in all communities across our great state. We will hear from Attorney General Aaron Frey and the Director of Maine CDCP Nirav Shah, MD, J.D. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion with leaders in opioid response from the Biden-Harris Administration. There will be twelve breakout sessions throughout the day covering topics across the domains of Prevention, Treatment, Harm-Reduction and Recovery Support. This is a live, virtual event from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm EST. Learn more and register now.
River Camp: Apply Now!
July 31-August 14, 2021
Cobscook Institute’s River Camp is a two-week summer camp for teens interested in outdoor careers, conservation, ecology, and outdoor skill building. This year the camp runs from July 31 – August 14. Apply by May 31: Click here to learn more!
Bouncing Forward to Build an Age-Positive Culture in Maine
September 21, 2021
Save the date of September 21st for the 8th Annual Maine Wisdom Summit, a virtual event, hosted by the Maine Council on Aging. We will explore what it will take to build an age-positive culture in Maine. Our keynote speaker will be Louise Aronson, MD MFA, who is a leading geriatrician, writer, educator, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The author of the New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elderhood, she is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the New England Journal of Medicine among other publications. Her book has transformed how people think and feel about aging, and we know she will help inspire us all to action! More info here. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact email@example.com or 207-592-9972 for more information, or visit this page.
Maine Roads to Quality Fall Conference
September 25, 2021
Save the date of September 25th for the Maine Roads to Quality fall, in-person conference at Washington County Community College. This conference is for early childhood and out-of-school time professionals. See flyer for details.
Zero to Three Virtual Conference
October 25-29, 2021
Registration for the ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference 2021 will open in June. We’re excited to welcome you this year. Get ready to register early! This year’s theme is Take Heart. Join us to advance our shared goals, grow your professional network, and deepen your learning and practice. Throughout the conference, you will Take Strength from this community. Be inspired by one another and empowered by what we can and will do together. Take Chances and be a brave learner with us. We’ll share new perspectives and have courageous conversations about the most pressing issues young children and families face that we must work together to solve. Take Action and be an advocate. Your voice matters. Take Care before, during, and after the conference. When we take care of ourselves, we take better care of our babies. We know the last year has been hard. Join us to reflect, renew and imagine what we can accomplish together. $499 for Early Bird thru 8/10 (Members receive an additional $75 discount!) Group Discounts Available. Sign up for updates.
Event Calendars & Series
Quick view of event calendars and offerings by one host
Downeast Recovery Center Event Calendars
Download the June Calendar of Events for Downeast Recovery Center’s 2 sites: Calais and Machias.
Preserving the Maine Harvest
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a new series of monthly webinars about preserving Maine foods beginning with one scheduled for noon–12:45 pm June 15. “Preserving the Maine Harvest” begins with a session about drying, or dehydrating, food as a preservation method. Webinars to follow will focus on boiling water bath canning, pressure canning, fermenting and more. Instructors share recipes and techniques in an interactive format in this series that continues through the fall. Registration is required; a $5 fee per session is optional. Register on the program webpage to receive the link and resources. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty, 207-781-6099; firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H annual June Jamboree
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Hancock County 4-H will hold its annual June Jamboree June 5–July 11 with at-home activities and outdoor workshops for local youth. “4-H June Jamboree” is open to UMaine Extension 4-H members, friends and family in Hancock and neighboring counties. “Full STEAM Ahead!” is the theme for activities and workshops, which have elements of science, technology, engineering and environment, art and math. Participating organizations include the Ellsworth Public Library; Blue Hill Heritage Trust; Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Hancock; Lone Spruce Farm, Dedham; and ArtWaves, Bar Harbor. Youth do not have to be Maine 4-H members to participate. Parents or guardians are welcome to attend. The event is free; required registration closes May 30. Outdoor workshops limited to 10 participants. Register and find more details on the event webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Joyce Fortier, 207-667-8212; email@example.com.
Facts VS Myths about Vapes workshop
Healthy Acadia is hosting a FREE Facts VS Myths about Vapes workshop every month (see poster for schedule). The next workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 at 4 pm. Any pitching you could provide to your families, friends, school contacts, family groups etc would be greatly appreciated.
Is My Maple Business Profitable?
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and University of Vermont Extension will offer a weekly four-part business management class for maple syrup producers online from 7–8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 8–29. “Is My Maple Business Profitable? Finances for Maple Producers” is designed to provide financial management education for maple business owners and the skills to understand their operational cost of production and profitability. The fee is $20; class size is limited to 25 participants. Register and find more information on the event webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Becky Gray, 207-781-6099; firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H At-Home Aquaponics Project
University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is partnering with the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research and UMaine Aquaculture Research Institute to offer a 4-H At-Home Aquaponics Project, an experiential learning program for youth ages 9–18 delivered virtually from June 15 to October. The project includes learning experiences in introductory aquaponic systems and design, fish husbandry, aquaponic gardening, cooking and nutrition and more. With program leaders as mentors, youth complete their individual projects at home and are also members of a statewide group participating in the project together. Prior experience with aquaponics is not required. All project information will be provided; some materials will be required before the project starts. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. Register and find more information on the aquaponics project webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Carla Scocchi, 207-667-8212; email@example.com.
Free Community Trainings
Sunrise County Prevention Council is offering 8 FREE, virtual trainings this May and June. Topics include:
- Co-parenting through Separation & Divorce
- Parenting in Recovery
- Active Parenting: First Five Years
Download a flyer for the full training list and details.
GEAR Upcoming Events
Download a copy of our statewide schedule of workshops
being offered this spring. If you are interested in signing up for one or more of these workshops, you can register online
or call 1-800-264-9224 and one of our staff will take your information and register you. Also, we are in week 2 of the G.E.A.R. Parent Network and Maine Parent Federation conference. We are offering two educational or supportive events each day of the conference that we have entitled “Parent Pandemic Survival Toolkit
”. Due to the continuing pandemic all events will be offered virtually and we have made it super easy for you to register by providing a link after each event description!
G.E.A.R. Families please note that we are still hosting weekly Parent Support Groups on the following days:
- Monday evenings 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
- Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Call 1-800-264-9224 or email Shannan Boyorak, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, to sign up.
Recovery Coaching Basics
Healthy Acadia is excited to offer 12 free CCAR Recovery Coaching Basics training from 9 am–2 pm. CEUs and contact hours provided. Download flyer for dates and other details.
3 upcoming Virtual Recovery Coach Trainings
Healthy Acadia is holding 3 virtual recovery coach trainings in academic year 2020-2021:
Serial Classes & Groups
Classes, play groups, support circles and other repeating events
Online read-aloud program for youth
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Washington County is offering a free, online read-aloud program for youth ages 4 to 9 beginning May 4 from 3:30–4:15 p.m. The series continues each Tuesday through June 8. “Food, Fun, and Reading” will feature an interactive activity about MyPlate, based on the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition guidelines, and a read-aloud story with a different Washington County library each week. The series is free; registration is required. Register on the program webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-255-3345; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Business of Maine Lobster
Washington County Community College’s Workforce and Professional Development Division and Machias Valley Center for Entrepreneurship (a program of Sunrise County Economic Council) have partnered with Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association, Acadia Seafood, and Ready Seafood to develop a program offering 3 college credits, or up to 10 workshop participation opportunities, statewide for FREE! We collectively bring to you… THE BUSINESS OF MAINE LOBSTER a 10-week virtual asynchronous course providing inclusive education and practical application of Maine Lobster Industry components, functions, challenges, and opportunities. The sessions are led by a variety of guest lecturers who are subject matter experts in the industry. See flyer for details and registration.
UMaine Extension Healthy Recipe Series for Families Online
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free, online nutrition series for families in Washington, Hancock, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties from 3:30–4:30 p.m. starting May 5, continuing each Thursday through June 23. “Create Family Meals” will include family-friendly recipes and tips for making healthy meal choices. Participants who join four or more classes will receive a gift bag with cooking supplies and a cookbook. The classes are free; registration is required. Register on the program webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-255-3345 or email email@example.com.
Washington County Adult Education is partnering with Woodfords Family Service to offer an online Behavioral Health Professional training program. The training will prepare community members for employment though local social services agencies. The program can be started at any time and finished at your own pace. The course requires completion of 12 online modules, then two 4-hour live sessions. Once the modules are completed, enrollees will receive free online blood borne pathogen training and virtual First Aid & CPR training if they do not already possess those certifications. The entire training requirements will take about 45 hours. Course fee is $25. Must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent to register. Contact Cassidy Stevens to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 370-4139.
National Diabetes Prevention Program
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is the CDC’s program for those that are in risk of developing type 2 Diabetes. Healthy Acadia’s mission is to help those with pre-diabetes lower their risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Our program goals include at least a 5% body weight loss and 150 minutes of activity each week. To make these goals attainable, we provide education, support and a simple, but engaging program. The National DPP is a 12-month hybrid program that is delivered virtually via zoom on your mobile phone or computer, and/or in-person, following all covid-19 guidelines. The National DPP is a private secure experience that includes:
- Weekly lessons for initial 4 months followed by monthly lessons
- Unlimited Lifestyle Coach engagement for 12 months
- Online community to share experience with individuals in your group
- Lifestyle Coach to lead your program and give personal feedback throughout 12-month program
- Scheduled in-person scale check-ins with each participant throughout the 12-month program
- Meal photo-journaling, activity tracking, recording parameters for Lifestyle Coach customized feedback regarding your progress.
If you would like to Join This Program, please click on this link
and fill out National Diabetes Prevention Program Intake form. Classes are free; enrollment is required. For enrollment information or to learn more about the program, please contact: Angela Fochesato at 255-3741, ext. 103 or email@example.com
. 2021 Program begins: Tuesday, May 18, 2021, class times being offered are:
- 8:00 am to 9:00 am
- 12 noon to 1:00 pm
- 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
4-H starts citizen science club
University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will offer a citizen science club for grades 4–8 meeting weekly 3:30–4:30 p.m. from May 5–June 9. This virtual 4-H citizen scientists club encourages youth to practice citizen science in their own backyard, with a variety of citizen science opportunities to consider, and report their observations while making connections with fellow citizen scientists in their community and around the state. Youth will need online access and the ability to take and share photos. The club is free to join; enrollment is limited to 15 members. Register on the 4-H club webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-581-8206; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downeast Rainbow Alliance 10 minute Self-Care Zoom
Fridays at noon. Join Annie Hopkins and Guests! 10 minutes of centering & connection. zoom link at downeastrainbowalliance.com.
Free, Virtual Parent Support Groups
Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council offers a variety of parent support groups. All are free, held virtually and open to the community. It’s a wonderful place to meet other families and talk about your successes and challenges in an open environment. Download flyer
. To register or for more information please contact Monica Olivares at 263-5270. Use Zoom ID: 384-800-5813 and Password: Support to attend these Zoom groups:
- Circle of Parents: Parenting in Recovery, every Monday at 11:30 am-12:30 pm
- Circle of Parents: General Parent Support Group, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 4:30pm-5:30pm
- Circle of Parents: Parents with children who have special needs, 2nd and 4th Mondays of the Month at 5:00pm-6:00pm
The Prevention Council also offers virtual playgroups! All are free, held virtually and open to the public.
Get a chance to meet other parents in your area and talk about the ups and downs of parenthood. To register or for more information please contact Monica Olivares at 263-5270 (use same Meeting ID and Password above):
- Calais Area Virtual Playgroup– Every Tuesday at 10am – new time (see flyer)
- Machias Area Virtual Playgroup – Every Wednesday at 10 am – new time (see flyer)
Monday Night Music
Cobscook Institute’s longstanding Monday Night Music Circle is taking place weekly over Zoom during the pandemic. Community members near and far are invited to drop-in to participate or simply listen. Staff is available to provide tech support for anyone that needs it. Details here.
Workforce Certificate in
Substance Use Disorder & Recovery
Washington County Community College is excited to announce a free program in Substance Use Disorder & Recovery that results in a certificate and 30 credit hours transferable to their Associate of Applied Science in Health and Human Services degree. Successful completion also meets requirements to apply to sit for the Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor exam. See flyer
for details. Technology resources are available for students without access to wireless and/or tablets, as well as potential student supports from partner services.
Maine DHHS is launching a volunteer support service to Help Maine’s Health Care Workers and First Responders Manage Emotional Toll of COVID-19 — FrontLine WarmLine. Read the full press release here.
Daily Virtual Recovery Support
The Downeast Recovery Support Center is offering daily virtual recovery support meetings Monday through Friday from 10-11 am and 4-5 pm. Open discussion, all recovery meeting are for individuals impacted by substance use disorder or affected others. Visit their facebook page for more information. To join a group by Zoom:
Meeting ID: 373 022 686
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An Initiative Dedicated To Helping Caregivers Take Care of Themselves
The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit public health initiative, has announced Sherri Snelling, caregiving expert and corporate gerontologist, is taking a leading role with Caregiver Monday, a program dedicated to supporting the self-care of 65 million family caregivers by offering weekly health and wellness practices, research and collaborative activities through partner organizations. Family caregivers are under added stress now, with older people being more vulnerable to COVID-19. The Caregiver Monday program will be offered through Caregiving Club, a leading organization founded by Snelling that calls attention to the issues facing caregivers by offering practical health, wellness and resource-based information. Every month, the program will offer a themed article with evidence-based research information on specific topics related to caregiver self-care, as well as provide weekly practices and health promotions related to that monthly theme. Organizations supporting the campaign can access these materials on the updated Caregiver Monday site.
Caregivers Facebook Group
The CCC is launching a private facebook group for caregivers in Washington County – professional caregivers like RNs and CNAs, and informal caregivers like family members providing care for a spouse, parent, specials needs child, sibling or the neighbor across the street. Our goal is for this group to provide a platform for caregivers to talk to each other, ask questions, offer solutions based on experience with similar challenges, and point to helpful resources. Use this link to join.
Standing Meetings & Calendars
Monthly and quarterly meetings, agency/initiative calendars at a glance and other meeting schedules
Maine Roads to Quality
Our Community of Practice meetings continue in Washington County! We have combined our Calais and Machias groups, and are meeting as the Downeast Regional Community of Practice every month on the 4th Monday via Zoom. Please contact MRTQ District Coordinator Theresa Fisk for more information: email@example.com or 207-956-2070.
WC Food Pantry Network (WCFPN) Meeting Notice
2021 Pantry Network Meeting Dates by Zoom, fourth Thursdays quarterly, 1-2:30 pm:
- June 24, 2021
- October 28, 2021 (might it be too much to hope that we have an in-person gathering to celebrate the harvest year?… if we are safely able, let’s consider it!)
Downeast Public Health Council Meetings
Schedule for Downeast Public Health Council Meetings in 2021, for Downeast Public Health Council Members and Stakeholders: Third Friday of the month in January, March, May, July, September, and November 2021. Meetings will be virtual until in-person meetings are allowed.
Work Group & Poverty Busters
This is a meeting of direct service providers to share resources and network with other providers in your area. This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 1 — 3 pm. Due to the current public health COVID-19 shutdown, we are meeting via Zoom. Notes from June meeting coming soon. Our next meeting is July 7th. Register here
. Send your questions about this meeting to Christine
Needs & Offers
Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting
or housing needs.
Flaherty Center accepting Summer & Fall Applications
The Flaherty Early Childhood Education Center on UMM’s Campus is now accepting applications for the summer and fall. Flaherty ECEC enrolls children 6 mos to 5 years old. Call Enrollment at 664-2424 or Flaherty ECEC 255-1441, or visit their Facebook page.
Summer Craft Supplies Resource Drive!
The Prevention Council is excited to launch a Craft Supplies Drive for the month of June in preparation for summer! We are kindly soliciting supplies for our summer craft kits. We want the children in our community to have healthy activities this summer to stimulate their little minds and use their creativity. All gifts are appreciated and will benefit the children directly. The supplies we hope to receive are listed on our Amazon Wish List.
FFD Seeking Evening Program Staff
Downeast Community Partners (DCP) is currently recruiting the following staff for the evening childcare program of Family Futures Downeast in Calais and Machias:
- Food Service Technician, Calais – 8 hours per week; Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-7:00PM
- Food Service Technician, Machias – 8 hours per week; Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-7:00PM
- Lead Infant/Toddler Caregiver, Calais- 10 hours per week; Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-9:00PM
- Assistant Infant/Toddler Caregiver, Calais-10 hours per week; Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-9:00 PM
- Assistant Preschool Teacher, Calais – 10 hours per week; Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-9:00 PM
- Assistant Preschool Teacher, Machias – 10 hours per week; Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-9:00 PM
- Preschool and Infant/Toddler float staff (additional to teaching staff) – Machias and Calais – 10 hours per week; Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-9:00 PM
Silent Auction to Benefit Downeast Gleaning Initiative
Healthy Acadia invites you to join us throughout the month of June for a special online silent auction fundraiser benefiting the Downeast Gleaning Initiative. The auction features an array of local experiences to bid on, including a private four-course dinner for eight people prepared by Sassafrass Catering, an overnight stay in Lubec, fresh Maine lobster, a Bar Harbor getaway package and a lakeside sauna and dinner. All proceeds from the winning bids will benefit Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative, which makes nutritious local produce available to people who are experiencing hunger in our communities. The program visits local farms to harvest surplus fruits and vegetables and delivers the fresh produce to a broad network of food pantries and free meal programs. Since 2013, the Gleaning Initiative has distributed over 300,000 pounds of healthy food to food security organizations across Hancock and Washington counties. Click here to access the Healthy Food For All auction. For questions please contact Sara Willett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeking Overnight Coverage at Recovery Residence
Safe Harbor Recovery Residence for Women and Children, located in Machias, has an immediate opening for overnight coverage. We are seeking a small group of volunteers, and will provide stipends, training, and potential for long-term engagement with the residence and with Healthy Acadia. See flyer for details.
Part-time Adult Basic Education Instructor/
Workforce training and Readiness Coordinator
Washington County Adult & Community Education is looking for a candidate with an undergraduate or higher college degree. This position will be teaching students that need to review or learn skillsets to enter high school level classes. College and Career Preparation will be the other population of students supported by this position. The other responsibilities will be working with the Director on workforce development and training programming along with working as part of the marketing committee. Skills that are desired are good communication skills, writing various types of documents such as lessons for students, marketing documents, etc. Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, and social media platforms. We can train in these areas if needed. Career pathways are a series of connected education and training strategies and support services that enable individuals to secure employment within a specific occupational sector and to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment in that sector. Each step on a pathway is designed to prepare the participant for the next level of education and employment. Workforce development aligns adult education and the labor market. Please send resume to: email@example.com.
Child Tax Credits
Maine Equal Justice asks how much do you know about the Child Tax Credit? We’ve developed a guide to help parents claim this new tax benefit, because at up to $3,600 per child, it could make a huge difference for Maine families. Can you help us make sure this guide reaches every family in Maine (nearly everyone qualifies)? We don’t want to see any families leave this money on the table, especially those who have shouldered the pandemic while losing income, child care, or access to other supports. The IRS has estimated that there are 32,346 potential “non-filers” in Maine. These are people who don’t typically have a tax return filing requirement because they have very low incomes, and as a result, may not be in the IRS’ system. That’s why we’re working so hard to make sure that this support reaches everyone who is eligible. We’re encouraging people to file taxes by May 17 to get into the IRS’ system now. This will ensure the IRS has the information it needs when it comes time to start issuing the Child Tax Credit, which will be available on a regular basis (most likely monthly) starting in July.
LCOC is Recruiting for Youth Serving Positions
Lubec Community Outreach Center is accepting applications for full time, seasonal Youth Programs Manager and Youth Program Assistants for the 2021 Summer Recreation and Enrichment Program. Download this flyer for more information and how to apply.
AgrAbility offers free fuel identification stickers
Maine AgrAbility has designed fuel identification stickers for use on farm tractors to help prevent potential mechanical issues and production downtime if the wrong fuel is mistakenly used. Request free fuel identification stickers and view all available safety stickers on the Maine AgrAbility website. For more information about the program, call 207.944.1533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Maine
Finding Our Way Down East – Virtual Race 2021!
Wayfinder Schools are excited to announce that registration is now open for Finding Our Way Down East
– our Summer ’21 virtual race! You can choose the full summer Kittery to Calais race, or opt for one of the shorter routes and complete your miles in June, July or August. Sign up today!
There is still time to become a sponsor for this event. Please contact us at email@example.com
for more information. Share event information with your running groups, cycle classes, personal trainer, local gym, etc. and help us get the word out about this new event!
Mission Scholarships 2021
The Maine Seacoast Mission’s scholarship programs help recent high school graduates and adults from Maine islands and Downeast communities continue their educations and achieve their dreams. Our scholarships support students of many different backgrounds, especially students who will be the first members of their families to attend college. Students meeting our selection criteria are welcome to reapply each year, for up to four years. To apply for one of the available scholarships a student must have: an expected family contribution not exceeding $15,000, a minimum 2.5 GPA; a student must be a high school graduate from Washington/ Hancock Counties, or an island served by the Mission, and participate in an interview. Here is the application form with specific requirements for each Mission scholarship.
New Website for Start Up Downeast
Start Up Downeast now has a new website with a recording of the program overview available, and a place for interested participants to request an application for their open enrollment. This program is designed to improve economic outcomes for individuals in low-income households by providing access to post-secondary education while developing financial and self-employment readiness skills. Success will be achieved through coaching, advising, workforce and business development support, and barrier removal.
The CCC and Women for Healthy Rural Living have teamed up to help support up to 75 families who wish to grow a garden. In addition to the seeds, we offer a blog called Seeds and Sprouts with information, ideas and support that can help you throughout the season. We have seed collections in three convenient sizes for families in Downeast Maine. These seeds are intended for any Washington County family with children who would like to have a vegetable garden, but find it a hardship to purchase seeds at this time. Learn more here.
Executive Assistant Position with Down East Hospice Volunteers
Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County is looking for an Executive Assistant/Office Manager for our Calais office. Please go to our web site to see the full job description. Requirements: People person with excellent professional and communication skills; general office skills including basic bookkeeping and knowledge of or capacity to learn QuickBooks. Provides support to the Executive Director and the hospice Board of Directors. Compensation negotiable. To apply please send your resume and cover letter to: Down East Hospice Volunteers, 24 Hospital Lane, Calais, Me. 04619. Call – 454-7521 ext. 126. Resume or inquires may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FFD Accepting Applications for Cohort 6
Do you want to attend college but do not know where to begin? If you have a child under 8 years old and are a Washington County Resident, Family Futures Downeast may be able to assist you. Contact us today for more information! Email Angela, call/text 812-2005, or check out our website!
Hospice Volunteers 30th Anniversary Cobscook Bay Race
Celebrating 40 Years of Compassionate Care, Down East Hospice Volunteers of Washington County will be having our 30th Anniversary Cobscook Bay Race Challenge 2021 taking place in early June. Just like last year, there will be no group race, no prizes and no post race get together. No meeting of a large group in one place. Each participant will run or walk a 10K or 5K course where it is safe and convenient for them to do so due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Folks can run in their own backyards if they want to. We want to keep our organization’s financial situation viable by holding onto this event with this new approach until it’s safe to have a group gathering once again. DEHV depends on donations, grants and fund raising events such as the Cobscook Bay Road Races – Challenge 2021. Sponsors are needed to make this event happen.
You can become a sponsor/donor with a donation in your name and/or in someone’s memory or honor. Sponsor/donor categories: Platinum – $1000 + Gold – $500 – $999 Silver – $250 – $499 Bronze $100 – $249. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, Barbara Barnett, directly at 207-726-5087 or email@example.com. Last year was our most successful hospice race to date even though it did not take place as an in person event. Help us reach that goal again this year. Register here to participate in this event as a walker or runner.
Peer Specialist Opening in WC
SUD Patient Navigator
The Regional Medical Center at Lubec Northern Maine HIV Program is excited to add a new staff member to the team and tailor this outreach service to meet the needs of people living in Washington County. If you know someone who is passionate about reducing overdose deaths in our community and supporting those wishing to begin their journey of recovery, please pass this along and feel free to contact Erica Famous, Director of HIV Programs, with any questions. Read Job description here.
Get up to Speed
The Maine Broadband Coalition is launching a statewide speed test mapping initiative. The goal of the “Get Up To Speed” initiative is to gather data from across the state to generate the most comprehensive map of both the presence and quality of internet in Maine to date. Residents are being asked to help the initiative by taking this less-than-a-minute test
to map their own speed through the Maine Broadband Coalition’s website. We strongly encourage you to share this link with your community, so that we can get the most accurate map possible. The Maine Broadband Coalition will aggregate, document, and visualize the speed testing information to provide users and state officials with up-to-date service maps. Participants can view their results (while personal information remains confidential) and watch the public map of Maine
grow in real time.
Q+ Youth connect on Discord
The Downeast Rainbow Alliance (DRA) and Healthy Acadia have joined together to create a new forum for LGBT2Q+ youth, ages13-22, to connect. “Downeast Q+ Discord” is available 24 hours a day for peer to peer support. Discord is a secure online server that is often used as a communication tool for gaming communities. There are youth and adult moderators present in the space for safety. Q+ youth need open and affirming environments and time and time again we find that our schools are not able to create a reliable network of Q+ youth,” says Anne Shields Hopkins, lead administrator for the DRA. “Being affirmed of your identity as LGBT2Q+ can literally be life saving. This project is being created out of that need.” Join the server or contact Corrie Hunkler with questions.
Narcan by Mail
Healthy Acadia is now offering free Narcan through the mail (or a person can schedule a time to pick it up). Use this link to a Google form to request this service. Please share this information.
Safe Harbor Accepting Applications
Safe Harbor, a recovery residential program in Machias, is now accepting applications! Safe Harbor was created in partnership with Healthy Acadia, The Community Caring Collective, Downeast Community Partners, and Aroostook Mental Health Center. Our mission is to provide safe, supportive, housing for women in recovery and their children. This program is appropriate for women (18 years or older) with or without children who self identify as in recovery from substance use disorder. We require a negative screen for alcohol, THC, and medications or drugs not prescribed by a doctor upon admission. We also require an ability to pay rent, however temporary scholarships may be available. Most importantly applicants are expected to show a commitment to recovery and personal growth as well as a willingness to actively engage in recovery goal settings. Our residence features 5 furnished units, 3 full bathrooms, and a kitchen fully stocked with cooking supplies and plenty of room for food storage. Thanks to community support, Safe Harbor is well stocked with supplies, furniture, food donations, and a helpful network of recovery resources. See flyer for details.
PTLA Tuesday Eviction Info Sessions
Join Pine Tree Legal Assistance online every Tuesday at 9 am to get your questions answered about eviction. Learn about the process and how it differs right now during the COVID lockdown. See flyer for more information.
Donations Needed for Shelter Guests
NextStep DV Project is gratefully accepting donations of new & unused household items for their shelter guests. See list of items needed. Please contact Marcie or Jasmine to arrange for drop-off of items or for more information.
Social Call Service
The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new challenges. It has also offered an opportunity for our community to come together in support of one another. Healthy Acadia’s Maine RecoveryCorps and MDI Hospital are partnering to respond to the isolation many community members are facing through a new Social Call service.
Social Calls are to be made by trained recovery coaches. Their recovery coach training and background has steeped them in a culture of empathy, support, compassion, and resilience. The callers are able to provide information on resources and offer reflective listening, encouragement, and honesty.
There are several avenues available to request a social call. One may discuss it with their provider who can send a referral on their behalf. The Healthy Acadia website has both on online form and one to print and return. Additionally Beth Alteri is available to 207 – 460 -2312 to take requests over the phone as needed. She can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or receive faxes at 207-331-5423.
Social calls offer an opportunity for connection and can serve to buffer the negative effects of physical distancing. These calls are not intended to replace an individual’s need to connect with their mental health professional, but rather be an additional service for them to tap into. If you or someone you know could benefit from a Social Call please reach out to us. We are here to help.
Sunrise Scholarship Fund
Has your job been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic? For the immediate future, Washington County residents who answer yes to that question are eligible to apply for up to $500 to assist with training that will increase your opportunities for employment regardless of prior income levels! Click here for an application. Visit www.sunrisecounty.org. Call Jen at 255-0983 with any questions.
DCT Offers Virtual Services to Support Opioid Recovery
As a result of new virtual services, same-day access to anyone with opioid use disorder (OUD) who wishes to begin medication assisted treatment (MAT) is now available to anyone across Washington and Hancock counties. In response to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, the Downeast Treatment Center (DTC) in Ellsworth has begun offering immediate, virtual, rapid access to MAT for all in the Downeast region…. Patients can expect a virtual intake over phone or Zoom, prescriptions called to pharmacies near them; ongoing, remote access to a medical provider, and access to virtual group or individual sessions with a behavioral health provider. Anyone who does not have insurance or who cannot afford their insurance deductibles or copays can apply for financial support from Healthy Acadia’s Treatment Fund. Read the full press release from Healthy Acadia.
If you are Aware of a Senior in Need….
Healthy Acadia would like to share an Eastern Area Agency on Aging link to refer people for all services including the Meals on Wheels program. Please share this information widely!
Free Financial Coaching
Thanks to support from Downeast Community Partners, Joseph Connors has been able to continue offering free coaching on any financial matter to individuals and families in Washington County, following the termination of this program at the end of March by the Consumer Protection Bureau. To make an appointment with Joe, call him at 207-598-5657 or email email@example.com
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Us Against Alzheimer’s
On the latest Daughterhood Podcast, Rosanne Corcoran talks with Brooks Kenny the Executive Director of the Women’s Network of “Us Against Alzheimer’s” about their new tool, Brain Guide. Scientists believe that the brain changes seen in Alzheimer’s and dementia may begin many years before symptoms appear. So, it is more important than ever to treat our brains as vital organs and pay attention to our brain health. Brooks was also a long-distance caregiver to her mother-in-law and has practical and innovative tips on long- distance caregiving.
Children and Adolescents Managing Crohn’s Disease
The National Alliance for Caregiving is proud to present Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Caregivers of Children and Adolescents Managing Crohn’s Disease, a new resource designed to help caregivers navigate their journey caring for a child or adolescent with Crohn’s disease. The centralized guidebook offers effective information and tools that have helped other caregivers in similar situations. If you or someone you know cares for a child or adolescent living with Crohn’s disease, make sure to check out the guidebook at www.caregiving.org/guidebooks.
Tick Lab 2020 Surveillance Program
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab 2020 Surveillance Program data is now compiled and available on the Maine Tick Data webpage
. In 2019, the UMaine Extension Tick Lab began testing tick samples for Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis; the three most common tick-borne diseases. In 2020, an additional testing panel was added to screen for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and tularemia. Also included is new data related to personal protection as well as COVID-related behaviors. More information on different tick species in Maine, tick management, tick-borne diseases, and submitting tick specimens to the lab is available on the tick laboratory website
, or by contacting 207-581-3880, 800-287-0279 (in Maine); tickID@maine.edu
Cooperative Extension Gardening Bulletins
VA Maine Caregiver Support Program
VA Maine’s Caregiver Support Program has been hard at work building wrap-around services for Caregivers of all Veterans! Read our first quarterly newsletter for information about our team, our programs and some of the services we offer. A new newsletter will be coming out in April. The General Caregiver Support Program is similar to case management for caregivers – we check in with them yearly, perform risk assessments and offer services listed below. Please help us get the information and resource out to all staff and caregivers who desperately need support and encouragement! See this brochure for more information.
Daughterhood.org’s mission is to support and build confidence in women who are managing their parents’ care. The daughterhood blog, website and social media links connect you — the care manager — to resources and a wholly unique perspective on our health and elder care systems. Through her writing and curation of resources, daughterhood’s founder, Anne Tumlinson, coaches women and men to insist on excellent care and a meaningful experience for their parents. Daughterhood is what happens when we put our lives on hold to take care of our parents. Unlike motherhood, we don’t expect daughterhood. And, even if we did, it’s shocking how hard and time consuming it is. Daughterhood.org is an incredible resource for caregivers offering informational podcasts with show notes you can download on topics such as Elder Law and 911 Emergency! Now what? The website also offers inspirational blog posts, recommended reading lists, and support on how to start a local support group “daughterhood circle” and private facebook group to stay in communication.
The Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach Naloxone and Safety (OPTIONS) initiative is a coordinated effort of the Maine Office of Behavioral Health and other state agencies to improve the health of Mainers using substances through harm reduction strategies, helping them on the road to recovery, and dramatically reducing the number of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses. Visit the OPTIONS website for information on how to respond to an overdose, view data, search for resources by county and topic, listen to personal recovery stories or share your own story.
Connecting with Opportunities
Eastern Maine Development Corporation would like your help sharing the exciting news about Maine’s Connecting with Opportunities Initiative. It’s focused on addressing the opioid crisis by providing support, encouragement and financial resources to people impacted (personally or indirectly) by opioid use disorder. There are lots of resources right now. Participants are needed. This initiative is also available to unemployed workers who haven’t been impacted by opioid use disorder, but want to play a role in addressing the opioid crisis. For these non-impacted individuals, the career paths are focused in the substance use disorder treatment, mental health or recovery fields. Connecting with Opportunities complements Maine’s other workforce development offerings, such as the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) program. If you know anyone who could benefit from financial assistance and a supportive team to start school, enter a training program or move directly into meaningful employment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or your organization would like to receive a brief presentation, contact Doug Dunbar (email@example.com).
Seeds & Sprouts
Introducing “Seeds & Sprouts,” a family-friendly garden blog, collaboratively created and edited by Incredible Edible Milbridge and the Community Caring Collaborative. Seeds & Sprouts features monthly posts about family-friendly gardening activities, tips and tricks for your garden, and more. Check us out here.
Child Care Business Lab
CEI is starting an intensive 6-month program to help people interested in starting a child care business in selected counties, including Washington. The program, which starts in March, is called the Child Care Business Lab: we integrate small business start-up education with child care management techniques and coaching through the licensing process. Access to capital in the form of loans is also available. The Child Care Business Lab consists of formal workshops delivered via video, an online, on-demand component, live panels with existing child care providers who provide “been there / done that” insight – and participants work one-on-one with a business advisor and a child care mentor to tailor plans that work for them and their community. CEI Business Advisor Ruth Feldman encourages people to “take a look at the Child Care Business Lab website and let me know if you have any questions. (My colleague @Cynthia Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org), who runs the program, is also happy to answer questions.) I hope you’ll consider applying!” Ruth can be reached at Ruth.Feldman@ceimaine.org.
National Digital Equity Center Upcoming Webinars
What else would you like to learn? Most of our online classes are now offered at various times in the next month. Topics range from learning new devices, programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more, Using Online Games for Age 55+, Social Media platforms, Word Press, QuickBooks, Online Safety & Much More! Click here to register for upcoming online courses
AMHC 24-hour Recovery Resource & Support Referral Line
AMHC has launched a 6-month pilot program providing a 24-hour recovery resource and support referral line: 1-833-NVR-GVUP or 207-454-1999. Read more about this here. Share this flyer.
Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19. Our TA programs are delivering great resources during this time. View the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation. Download flyer
for more information.
The “neighbor4neighbor” Fund (n4n) a program of Healthy Acadia, provides one-time mini-grants of up to $500 to seniors in Washington and Hancock counties who are facing any one of many life crises that can arise unexpectedly and for which they may not have adequate funds. n4n funds may be used for eyeglasses, dentures, medical equipment, emergency household repairs, or other one-time challenges which may undermine a senior’s ability to live independently and have a high quality of life. Learn more about n4n here. To apply for a n4n Fund mini-grant, click here.
Financial Planning for Memory Loss Caregivers
“Becoming a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is demanding. You’ll need to help your loved one with daily tasks as well as with financial decisions. Despite the challenges, being a caregiver can also be rewarding. It provides the opportunity to oversee important decisions and to ensure quality support for your loved one. This guide helps caregivers prepare for the expenses associated with caring for someone with memory loss and offers caregiver resources that can help make the journey easier.”
From: Insider.com | June 29, 2020 — See more.
Lois-Ann Kuntz has 2 free WiFi resources to share:
- An updated map of ‘Study-From-Car’ sites where WiFi guest access is available for outside of buildings is now available. For each site, please check the website information provided for availability and connection information.
- The Maine State Library has this on their website a list of libraries that have their WiFi on 24/7 with available parking within range. I don’t see how to sort this by county. https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/directories/wireless.shtml
Maine Families of Washington County publishes a comprehensive list of free Wi-Fi access
in their online community resource guide.
Washington County Recovery Resources
The CCC in collaboration with Healthy Acadia has created a comprehensive, up-to-date list of recovery resources with contact info for Washington County. As we know, services have shifted in light of COVID-19. We want to ensure providers and community members are aware of the current available resources to support individuals impacted by substance use disorder. Here is a link to a “live” document that will be updated regularly. Please keep checking back for the most up-to-date information. We will be adding a Hancock County resource list soon! If you are aware of other recovery resources in Washington County or believe an edit needs to be made to this document, please contact Abby Frutchey at email@example.com or Penny Guisinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bolstering General Assistance
Under the Governor’s March 31 Executive Order, all applications for General Assistance will be processed as emergency applications for eligibility purposes, and certain other requirements are waived. The order also allows eligible individuals to reapply after 60 days rather than 30 days for ongoing assistance. General Assistance is funded through communities, with DHHS reimbursing 70 percent of municipalities’ costs. Under the Executive Order, DHHS will use existing funding to increase reimbursement to Maine Tribes to up to 100 percent. General Assistance can be used for basic necessities including food, housing, electricity and medical expenses. Assistance is not provided directly to eligible individuals, but rather it is issued in the form of vouchers used to pay vendors who provide goods and services to eligible individuals.
CCC’s Response to the COVID-19 Situation
In light of CDC recommendations about physical distancing, all ECCO services have moved to phone or tele-health connections. Any new referrals will be contacted via phone and follow similar protocols.
CCC staff will continue to work from home, and meetings will be held using Zoom technology until further notice. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using either the form or email/phone contacts listed on the Contact Us page of our website. We also encourage people to share needs and offers in this newsletter, and remind service providers that we have a needs & offers platform for you on facebook: Poverty Buster Resource Connection.
We encourage people to consult the Maine CDC website which provides helpful guidance in the FAQ section. We are developing our own resources that we will share with you asap and are gearing up to respond to any requests for help with online trainings and convenings as you and your staff lean more on virtual tools to conduct business, provide services and address community needs. To request an online training, please use our Training & Technical Assistance Request form.
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