CCC Wednesday Communique – June 21, 2017

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 courtesy of Jen Peters


Exhibitors for Addiction Summit: The Addiction, Recovery & Workforce Summit on July 13th at UMM will have a resource fair component in Kilburn Hall during the summit lunch hour (12-1).  This is an opportunity for agencies, health centers and businesses who provide services and supports for employers, employees and individuals related to addiction and recovery, to meet employers and hand out promotional material. Please contact Christine by June 30th if your organization would like to participate in the resource fair.

Date Correction for Three Stories of Hope & Resiliency: Please note that the date for this event is actually July 18th, not June 18th.  See the full announcement in the Events section below.

Partners helping to promote the Lung Health Study:  There’s still time for people to enroll in the Rural Maine Lung Health Study at SCEC in Machias on June 26th.  Details are in this press release, and poster.  Please remember that we can’t directly recruit people.  However, we can support their enrollment by providing access to a phone/email and transporting them to the focus group.

Free Summer Series: St. Croix Regional Health Center will be offering a Summer Series on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  The series offers a mix of interest sessions with guest presenters on a variety of engaging topics from health and wellness to financial protection and fascinating historical accounts. Light refreshments and a time for catching up with friends new and old will follow. This program is Free and open to all! For more information please contact Christine Morris at 796-5503. 

Your announcement could go here: email the details to Christine by 5 pm Monday for inclusion in Wednesday’s Weekly Communiqué.


Now listed chronologically, so make sure to scroll down for items just added!

Giant Yard Sale: yard sale on June 24th at Maine Seacoast Mission, 8 am to 1 pm, to benefit the Downeast Table of Plenty.  Please print and post this flyer!

Active Bystander Training: ACLU of Maine has partnered with Prevention.Action.Change. to offer free opportunities for Active Bystander Intervention Training open to the public age 16 and up. The training provides ways to address harassment whether you are the target or a witness. Participants will explore ways to de-escalate volatile situations and how to intervene directly, indirectly and through distraction. Saturday, June 24th, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Bangor YMCA, 17 2nd Street. Register here.

Addiction, Recovery & the Workforce Summit: Registration is now open to business owners and human resource staff for the July 13th  Addiction, Recovery & the Workforce: a summit for Washington County businesses of all sizes. This is a free event from 8:30 to 3 pm in Science 102 at the University of Maine, Machias. Participants will learn and discuss challenges to hiring and employing people in recovery; hear strategies for success and dealing with challenges from a panel of experts; plus gain foundational information on addiction and available treatment and recovery supports. Registration is requested to help with planning food and materials. We are firming up an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists that includes Garrett Martin, Executive Director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy, delivering the keynote address.  Finalized flyer with more info – please circulate to business owners/HR managers you know. More information about the summit is available at the event site.

Three Stories of Hope & Resiliency: Join in a community conversation & suicide awareness training at the Sipayik Bingo Hall in Pleasant Point on July 18th from 5-8 pm. Hear stories of those with lived experience and be a part of a local action plan. No registration required. Brought to you by NAMI-Maine.  Contact Nickie at 207-622-5767 Ext. 2312 or  Please circulate this flyer to people who might be interested.

Save the Date: Sue O’Clair of MaineHousing invites you to save the date of September 22nd for the 2017 Maine Affordable Housing Conference at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. This event will provide a forum for housing partners to gather and share information about what is being done currently – and what more needs to be done – in the affordable housing arena to bridge the gap between housing needs and housing availability.  There will be a mix of keynote speakers and workshops to choose from that will be targeted to all partner groups.  MaineHousing is still pulling together info on the conference agenda and speakers and hopes to have more info and a registration portal ready to go by June 1st.

Needs & Offers

NHN Home Repair:  Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a program of Down East Maine Missions, is a home repair program servicing the needs of low income folk in the communities from Beals Island to Eastport.  Eight work teams will be hosted by NHN this summer beginning next week, headquartered at the historic Jacksonville Campground in East Machias.  If you have folks with grants for repairs that need to be done, NHN may be able to help. Likewise, if you know folks who need repairs, then you are welcome to provide them with a copy of this application. Contact David Grainger, NHN Director, with any questions.

Next Step Support Group:  Next Step is offering a support group for those experiencing or affected by domestic violence. It occurs each Tuesday during the day. Call 255-4934 for the time and location. Please help spread the word, and refer anyone who might find it helpful.

Homeless Outreach Services: PATH Peer Navigator, Jessica Hatch, has developed a new flyer with information on 3 agencies delivering Homeless Outreach Services – to youth (Shaw House), to veterans (Preble St. Veterans Housing) and to adults who have mental illness (CHCS – PATH team).

Family Advocate Referrals: WHCA’s Family Advocate Program has openings in Washington County to work with low income families and individuals who would like support as they work toward family, personal, and occupational goals.  Referral forms can be faxed to WHCA at 664-2430 or mailed to WHCA, 248 Bucksport Rd., Ellsworth, ME 04605.

Oil Tank Programs: The Maine Dept of Environmental Protection (DEP) is running a campaign to alert people to dangers posed by old, leaky oil tanks that includes a helpline to call if you suspect your oil tank might be leaky or in need of replacement.  DEP also has several programs providing financial assistance to help pay for replacement oil tanks.  Read this brochure for details.

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Early Childhood Meeting: Please join CBHS and CDC for a Public Health discussion on strategies and planned funded activities for early childhood and school mental health services. We will meet Friday June 30, 2017 from 11 to 12:30 at the SCEC House, 7 Ames Way, Machias.

Work Group & Poverty Busters:  Minutes from last week’s informative meeting will be posted soon.  Next meeting is July 5th, 1-3:30 at the SCEC House.  Guest Speakers are Aldene Saucier from Spurwink and Nikki Busmanis from United Way on 2-1-1.  It’s never too early to RSVP!

St Croix Community Connections: This is Poverty Buster’s sister group in Calais, organized by Christine Morris. This group meets monthly – new members welcome!

Photo courtesy of Nicole Sevey