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: Registration is still open for the June 12th Cultural Competency Training at UMM with a distance learning option at WCCC – more details and registration here.
No Communique next week: There will be no Wednesday Communique on July 4th, Independence Day – enjoy this fun, summer holiday!
Car Seat Check: Maine Families is holding a free car seat safety check on July 14th from 10 am to 1 pm in the parking lot of the Camden National Bank in Milbridge. Download this flyer for friends and clients.
Wisdom Summit: Save the date of September 12th 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.
G.E.A.R. Summer Workshops: Download this flyer on the G.E.A.R. Parent Network Summer Workshops – all are offered free to parents/ grandparents/ caregivers/ educators of children with emotional/behavioral health concerns. Pre-registration is recommended, so we may notify you if a workshop is rescheduled or cancelled. Changes will also be posted to our Facebook page. If you are unable to attend in person many workshops are available with Go ToMeeting™.
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.
Bill to fund Medicaid expansion: Last week, the Maine legislature voted to send LD 837, a bill to fund Medicaid expansion, to the governor’s desk. This bill faces a potential veto. Maine Equal Justice Partners doesn’t know if the legislature will be able to override a veto, but one thing is certain: “Mainers will not give up until every eligible person in our state has access to the health care granted to them by the voters.”
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.
Car Seat Check:
July 14, 2018
Maine Families is holding a free car seat safety check from 10 am to 1 pm in the parking lot of the Camden National Bank in Milbridge. Download this flyerfor friends and clients.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting or housing needs.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Applications are now being accepted for this volunteer home repair program for low-income households from Jonesport to East Machias. Common repairs include wheelchair ramps, doorsteps, mobile home skirting, porches and decks, bulkheads, roofs and exterior painting. Down East Maine Missions oversees this volunteer work during July and August. Contact David Grainger for an application at PO Box 286, East Machias, ME 04630; or at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 207-299-5706.
Summer Meals in Machias: Download this flyer for information on summer meals at Rose M. Gaffney and Elm Street Schools.
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Supported Decision-Making Resource Library: Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is an alternative model where people with disabilities keep their rights and their decision-making capacity. Instead of having a caregiver make choices for them, people with disabilities have supporters who help them make their own choices. The ACLU has a full resource library on SDM including videos, FAQs, and sample SDM agreements.