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 email@example.com. 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: Did you know that 3 out of 4 seats are used incorrectly? Come to Maine Families’ seat check on June 19th and get the answers you need to get the right fit for your child or grandkid’s seat. Details in the WIC announcement below.
WIC and Maine Families in Lubec: WIC is teaming up with Maine Families to offer free seat checks during WIC’s clinic hours in Lubec at the Lubec Community Outreach Center (LCOC) on Wednesday, June 19th from 12 – 3 pm. LCOC is located at 44 South Street in Lubec. Please share this flyer with parents.
Autism Fall Conference: The Autism Society invites you to a free conference on November 2nd at Black Bear Inn, Orono. This event is designed for participants to exchange ideas, resources and knowledge that will inspire hope and innovation for those who live and work with individuals with autism. This year’s keynote is “You Can’t Make Me: Proactive Strategies for Positive Behavioral Change,” delivered by James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D, author of the book, Early Intervention & Autism: Real-Life Questions; Real-Life Answers. Details and registration info here. Registration expected to fill up quickly.
Zoom to WC Food Pantry Network Meeting: Zoom is available for the June 6th meeting at the Lubec Community Outreach Center, 1-4 pm. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/512243630; One tap mobile +16468769923,512243630# US (New York); Dial by your location +1 646 876 9923 US (New York. Meeting ID: 512 243 630. Questions? Contact Regina Grabrovac at our Machias Healthy Acadia office by phone at 255 3741 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6th Annual Wisdom Summit: The Maine Council on Aging will host the 6th annual Wisdom Summit, “Igniting Aging Activism,” on September 24th at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME. More details coming soon.
Free Ear Acupuncture/Acupressure: Acupuncture & acupressure will be offered free at the Friends’ meeting house in Whiting during the summer, beginning this week. Learn more about this opportunity in the Needs & Offers section of this newsletter.
Charlie Harrington Retires from EdGE: Charlie Harrington will be stepping down as Director of the Maine Seacoast Mission’s EdGE Program at the end of the month. If you would like to send him a note wishing him well, please use this link. Charlie will be presented with your note. Donations to the EdGE Program in Charlie’s honor may be made using the same link.
FFD Applications: This is the final week to submit Family Futures Downeast applications for cohort 4. See more in the Needs & Offers section of this newsletter.
Your announcement could go here: email the details to Christine by 5 pm Monday for inclusion in Wednesday’s Weekly Communiqué. Photos and links are appreciated.
This is where we post updates on programs, research, initiatives and pending legislation.
LIFT and STEP Bill Update, from Robyn Merrill of Maine Equal Justice Partners:
“The Invest in Tomorrow bill package received a UNANIMOUS vote of support from members of the Health and Human Services Committee who were present at the work session yesterday! LIFT (LD 1774) and STEP (LD 1772) are headed to a FULL VOTE in the House next! …The decisions made in Augusta should make it easier for poor families to find and keep well-paying jobs that sustain them. The evidence-based changes included in LIFT and STEP will allow more Mainers with low-incomes to do that.”
FAN Model Training:
June 13, 2019
Maine Behavioral Health is bringing a free training from the Erickson Institute on the FAN model (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) to Machias on June 13th, 8 am — 5 pm at UMM. We are pleased to offer slots to area partners. Seats are sure to fill fast, so to secure yours, register directly with MBH by emailing Allegra Hirsh-Wright at: email@example.com; include name, email, phone, and organization. You may only register yourself. Registration is not considered complete until you have received confirmation from Allegra. Download flyer for more information.
Maine Geriatrics Conference:
June 13-14, 2019
The 29th annual Maine Geriatrics Conference “where policy meets practice,” is at the Harborside Hotel, Bar Harbor. Speaker lineup includes:
- Wendy Lustbader, MSW, University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, WA.
- Toni Miles, MD, PhD, University of Georgia, Athens
- Lewis A. Lipsitz, MD, Institute for Aging Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Boston, MA
- Mikhail Kogan, MD, George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine, Washington, DC
Engaging with Each Other Webinar:
June 18, 2019
The Tri-state Learning Collaboration on Aging invites you to their June 18th, 12 – 1 pm “Ideas & Experience Exchange: Wisdom Inquiry” webinar highlighting some of the great ideas that are “popping up” in lifelong communities and aging in place initiatives in northern New England, famous for its ingenuity. The lifelong communities and aging in place initiatives develop innovative ideas to address needs. We will be “seeding” the conversation with several “kernels of corn” that are already popping in northern New England. Each community will briefly share what they are doing to spark other ideas in peer communities. Join us to hear these innovative ideas and come prepared to share ideas that are working for your community. By sharing, you will help other communities pop. Presenters—and the innovative, bright ideas that have popped in their community include:
• Gayle Hayes, Harpswell Aging at Home, Seniors Connecting
• Donna Palmer, Living Well in North Yarmouth, Kite in Sight/Traffic Calming
• Marianne Jackson, Mount Washington Valley, Home Sharing
• Tiffany Tobin, Burlington, Vermont, Grateful Hearts
WIC and Maine Families in Lubec:
June 19, 2019
WIC is teaming up with Maine Families to offer free seat checks during WIC’s clinic hours in Lubec at the Lubec Community Outreach Center (LCOC) on Wednesday, June 19th from 12 – 3 pm. LCOC is located at 44 South Street in Lubec. Please share this flyer with parents.
Downeast Pride 2019:
June 20-22, 2019
The Downeast Rainbow Alliance is pleased to be hosting Downeast Pride 2019! We will be hosting a film festival, ice cream social, and dance party! All events are free. Download flyer for schedule. Downeast Rainbow Alliance would like to thank our sponsors Maine TransNet, Merrill Library at UMM, The Eastport Chowder House, Machias Savings Bank, Bangor Savings Bank, Jim Riccio, New Leaf Counseling, Section Sign Design, Out Maine, Michael MacPhee, Ann O’Brien, Urban Moose, Rayes Mustard Mill, Kevin Raye, Due East Real Estate, Little Chair Printing made possible by Kindling Fund. Our Mission is Advocacy, Education, and Support for the LGBTQ Community in Washington County. For more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FFD Substance Use 101:
June 26, 2019
The Community Caring Collaborative has scheduled a free 3-hour training on Building Substance Use Informed Practices to Support Families and Students. This training, presented by Abby Frutchey, LADC, CCS, is an introduction (101 version) to substance use and its impacts, and is designed for staff at all levels in Family Futures Downeast partner organizations. Staff from other CCC partner organizations who find this relevant to their work are welcome to attend. Download a flyer for more information. The training will be held from 9 am to 12 noon in Science 102 at the University of Maine, Machias, with a Zoom connection from the multimedia room at Washington County Community College. Register here.
Who Speaks for the Child?
June 27, 2019
The 25th Annual Maine Child Welfare Conference will be held on June 27th at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Keynote speaker is Christopher Spencer Greeley, MD, MS on the topic of “Abusive Head Trauma: The Controversy.” Download the brochure with conference agenda, breakout sessions, keynote speaker bio, and registration information.
Donna Beegle’s Poverty Institute:
July 9-10, 2019
The intensive two-day Beegle Poverty Immersion Institute is coming to the University of New England in Portland, Maine this summer. This institute is presented by Dr. Donna M. Beegle, an authentic poverty expert who has been inspiring and educating individuals, organizations, politicians, and entire communities for over 30 years with proven models that make a real difference. For more information visit Poverty Immersion Institute.
Donna Beegle’s Coaching Institute:
July 11-12, 2019
The intensive two-day Beegle Coaching Institute is coming to the University of New England in Portland, Maine this summer. This institute is presented by Dr. Donna M. Beegle, an authentic poverty expert who has been inspiring and educating individuals, organizations, politicians, and entire communities for over 30 years with proven models that make a real difference. For more information visit Coaching Institute (registration not open yet, but check back soon).
Aging My Way Community Fair
July 25, 2019
Community members interested in learning tips, tools, gadgets, strategies and services available to help retain wellness and supports into our later years are invited to “Aging My Way Community Fair,” a free summer event sponsored by Washington County Thriving in Place. Join us for exhibits, demonstrations and guidance to start planning your path to thriving in place. July 25th from 9 am — 3 pm in the Reynolds gymnasium at the University of Maine Machias (download a flyer to share). If your organization would like a table, please fill out the registration form on the CCC’s website (link here). Mini demonstrations behind your table are welcome. Deadline to sign up for a table is July 5th. Contact Christine with any questions.
6th Annual Wisdom Summit:
September 24, 2019
The Maine Council on Aging will host the 6th annual Wisdom Summit, “Igniting Aging Activism,” at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME. More details coming soon.
Innovations in Dementia Care:
October 28, 2019 (revised date)
Save this date for the Fourteenth Annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium, 8 am-4 pm at the Wells Conference Center, University of Maine. Orono, ME. Anticipated topics include:
- Population Health, Prevention, Genetics, Risk, & Resilience
- Environments of Care
- Screening & Diagnosis
- Dementia & Driving
- Caring for the Caregiver
- What is High Quality Dementia Care?
Registration Information Coming Soon. Details in this flyer.
Autism Fall Conference:
November 2, 2019
The Autism Society invites you to a free conference on November 2nd at Black Bear Inn, Orono. This event is designed for participants to exchange ideas, resources and knowledge that will inspire hope and innovation for those who live and work with individuals with autism. This year’s keynote is “You Can’t Make Me: Proactive Strategies for Positive Behavioral Change,” delivered by James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D, author of the book, Early Intervention & Autism: Real-Life Questions; Real-Life Answers. Details and registration info here. Registration expected to fill up quickly.
Serial Classes & Groups
classes, play groups, support circles and other repeating events
Hepatitis C Support Group: Health Equity Alliance has begun a Hepatitis C support group at the Downeast Machias Recovery Center. They also offer a syringe exchange and FREE HIV and HEPC testing. Hours are Tuesday: 3-6 pm and Friday: 10 am to 1 pm, closed to Walk-In Services on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. FMI: Arielle Metcalf at email@example.com, 207-255-5849.
WCCC Div of Workforce and Professional Development: WCCC is offering 6 exciting courses and events this summer (see flyer with general info or individual flyers for more detail):
- Discover Leadership Series—15 Laws of Invaluable Growth: Calais—6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 ~ 8am-10am or Milbridge— 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23 ~ 8am-10am
- Behavioral Health Professional Certification
- Certified Production Technician
For more information, call (207) 454-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Circle of Parents Playgroup — new groups meeting!
- Grandparents raising grandchildren – First Thursday of the month from 3:30 — 4:30 at Woodland Public Library
- Parents in Recovery (Calais) – Second Thursday of the month from 3:30 — 4:30 at Downeast Recovery and Support Center, Calais
- Parents in Recovery (Machias) – Second Monday of the month from 3:30 — 4:40 at Downeast Recovery and Support Center, Machias
- Machias Circle of Parents – last Monday of the month from 3:30 — 4:30 at Sunrise Opportunities (232 Court St, Machias)
Contact Mandie Pepperman with questions at is 263-5270.
Downeast MAT Expansion ECHO: Healthy Acadia in collaboration with Qualidigm (formerly Maine Quality Counts) invites you to join a local effort to respond to Maine’s opioid epidemic through education, skill-building, and networking for Downeast clinicians. The Downeast MAT Expansion ECHO program seeks to build local capacity to treat individuals who are struggling with OUDs across Hancock and Washington Counties by offering free education, skill building, and networking to clinicians and the practices they work in. Healthy Acadia, working closely with many key community partners, is offering a two-part Project ECHO program over the coming year. Sign up for one or both!
- Part 1: MAT Readiness Academy: June 12, July 10, August 14; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Meetings will be held virtually using an online platform (Zoom)
- Part 2: MAT Expansion: Second Wednesday of the month from September 2019 to May 2020; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Meetings will be held virtually using Zoom.
Download a flyer for more information. Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence-based educational model developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico.
Nurturing Program: The CAN Council invites parents to a multi-session educational program sharing tips and tricks to help navigate the difficult challenges of parenting. Lots of opportunity for discussion and questions – free refreshments and childcare. Text/call Mandie at 263-5270 to sign up. See flyer for locations and dates.
Community of Practice Groups:
Maine Roads to Quality invites Early Care & Education professionals to join one of 2 community of practice groups:
- Calais Community of Practice meets on the second Tuesday of each month at WCCC – Riverview Hall, Room 115 (Multi Media Room
- Machias Community of Practice meets on the 4th Monday of each month at UMM – Torrey Hall, Room 228
For more information or to register, please contact Theresa Fisk, District Early Childhood and Youth Coordinator – 207-956-2070 or email: email@example.com.
Monthly and quarterly meetings
2019 MRBN: Save these dates for Maine Resilience Building Network meetings held at EduCare in Waterville:
- Sept 26, 2019
- October 31, 2019
Washington County Food Pantry Network: The network offers technical and infrastructure support and education to all of the county’s pantries as well as to provide an opportunity for pantries to share successes and struggles. Dessert, beverages and gas cards will be provided to all food pantry participants. Meeting dates (Thursdays) and locations for 2019 are as follows:
- June 6, 1-4 pm at Lubec Community Outreach Center, 44 South St in Lubec (the old high school). Virtual participation by Zoom available.
- Oct 3, 1-4 pm; Location to be determined.
Questions? Contact Regina Grabrovac at our Machias Healthy Acadia office by phone at 255 3741 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 notes from the meeting on May 1st. The next meeting is June 5th in the large conference room at SCEC, 7 Ames Way, Machias, from 1 — 3 pm. Download revised agenda. We will have guest speakers from EMDC’s TechHire program and Legal Services for Low-income Mainers in Immigration Law.
Needs & Offers
Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting or housing needs.
Free Ear Acupuncture/Acupressure: Acupuncture & acupressure on ear points will be offered free at the Friends’ meeting house in Whiting during the summer, beginning June 6th. This clinic will primarily treat symptoms of pain and stress as well as dependencies and cravings. Learn more about the clinic, treatments, and what to expect at this link.
Attention Veterans! For rent, two brand new unfurnished one bedroom apartments; located in Milbridge; walking distance to downtown stores, restaurants, banks, churches. All utilities included! Parking! Washer/Dryer in units! Handicapped accessible! For more information: call Amy at 207-610-5955 or Ida at 207-598-5648. Equal Housing Opportunity.
Eastport Health Care is Hiring! Eastport Health Care, Inc., located on the ocean in beautiful Downeast Maine, is a federally qualified health center (FQHC), that provides dental, medical, and behavioral health services. EHC is looking for a full-time General Dentist to provide oral health education and care to patients, ages 6 months and up. Your expertise will be embedded into an integrated care clinic that follows patient-centered medical home guidelines and principles. Must be a graduate from an accredited dental school. Possess the ability to relate to people of all socioeconomic levels. To apply, send an e-mail with a cover letter detailing your qualifications, a resume with three professional references, and salary requirements to Roxanne Woodworth, HR Coordinator-Administrative Assistant (email@example.com). Resumes will be considered until the position is filled. For more information, please view our website at https://www.eastporthealth.org/jobs/.
June 7th is deadline for FFD Applications: Family Futures Downeast uses a two-generation approach to income eligible families providing services and supports for parents to succeed in college, while their child is assessing high quality early childhood education. FFD also providing the family with coaching services, barrier removal, tutoring, college preparatory services and so much more. For more information or to request an application visit www.familyfuturesdowneast.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jasmine Bassett- Enrollment & Eligibility Assistant at 207-255-0983 ext. 234. Download a flyer to share with colleagues and friends.
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.