CCC Wednesday Communique — June 5, 2024

You are invited to board Maine Seacoast Mission’s vessel, the Sunbeam, which provides support through counseling, education initiatives, and education services to Maine’s island communities. See the announcement below for dates and locations.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

MSCM Sunbeam to Host Open House in Home Port
On Tuesday, June 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Maine Seacoast Mission’s 74-foot flagship vessel Sunbeam will host an open house in Northeast Harbor Marina, Sunbeam’s home port. Visitors are invited to tour Sunbeam and learn more about the Mission’s work in coastal Washington County and on outer, unbridged islands. Mission President John Zavodny says “We’re excited to welcome the public aboard Sunbeam to learn more about outer islands and the difference our programs make in our communities. It’s particularly special to open the boat in her home port of Northeast Harbor, and to visit friends in southern Maine communities.”  Three open houses on the Sunbeam are scheduled for coastal Maine this summer:
  1. Sunday, June 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with the Wilson Museum at the Castine Town Dock
  2. Saturday, July 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brown’s Wharf in Boothbay Harbor
  3. Thursday, August 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Northeast Harbor

Sunbeam Open Houses are open to the public. For inquiries, please contact or call (207) 801-6008.

Ethics Training

Sunrise Opportunities is offering a training to the community on July 17th, 8 am — 12:30 pm at the Kay Parker Building on Ethics: Navigating Downeast Dilemmas and Stick Situations in the Sticks.  Registration fee is only $10.  4 Contact hours will be offered.  Register by emailing  See flyer for list of presenters.

Baileyville FFD Drop-In

Family Futures Downeast staff will be at Baileyville Community Connections for a drop-in event on June 7th — this Friday!  You are invited to join them between 12 and 4 pm at 163 Main Street to learn about this incredible certificate program designed for parents and their families.  Download a flyer to share.

WFPN Meeting

Washington County Food Pantry Network (WCFPN) Meeting on Thursday, June 27th, 12 – 1:30 pm at Indian Township / Motahkomikuk. Meet at the Food Distribution Center: 13A Industrial Park Road, Indian Township, ME.  This meeting is in-person only; there will be no remote option. A light lunch will be provided!  A special guest plans to join us: Sydney Brown, the Anti-Hunger Policy Coordinator at the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, who will provide updates about the Roadmap, the report of the Ending Hunger by 2030 Initiative. Sydney is looking forward to hearing about on-the-ground experience to address food insecurity in our region. Afterwards, Janet Lola, the Food Distribution Center’s Director will share about the Food Distribution Center’s role in the community and lead a visit to the Food Pantry – two separate buildings within walking distance of each other. The agenda is still in the works and is located here!

Women’s Business Certification
Wednesday, June 12th, 10 — 11 am.  A key growth strategy for many businesses is getting certified as woman-owned. But what exactly is the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Certification? What are the benefits to a small business owner?  In this 1-hour info session, Meghan Cunningham, WBENC New England Certification Manager at Center for Women & Enterprise will review the WBENC certification in addition to the application process and benefits for small business owners.  You’ll be connected with resources and people who can help you scale to the point of being ready for certification, help you with the application process and help you utilize the certification once you have it.  Learn More or Register with CEI Women’s Business Center.

WHRLigig: Infant and Toddler Playgroup

Looking to get out of the house and meet some new friends?  Join us for a weekly drop-in playgroup at WHRL on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 am! Enjoy adult company while your kiddos socialize and play in a new environment. WHRL provides all play materials. If the weather is nice, we’ll meet at Milbridge Commons. If not, we’ll meet at our office at 87 Main Street, Milbridge. For parents and caregivers with kids birth to 5 years old. This playgroup is a collaboration with the Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council.  Visit our playgroup page for more details.

Cobscook Institute Joins the
Washington County RFW Network

Cobscook Institute is proud to formally announce its membership in the newly-organized Washington County Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) Network. The network was formed with the goal of “promoting wellness across work environments, with a focus on supporting needs associated with problematic alcohol and substance use, and recovery.” Because we know that problematic substance poses a substantial challenge to well-being for individuals and our community as a whole, it was a clear choice for us to join this effort. The tools that the RFW Network deploys are focused squarely on the role that problematic substance use and recovery can play in the workplace, but it also provides an intentional “wellness-first” lens toward employee support and management that resonates powerfully with our core values of Peace, Honesty, Respect, and Empowerment.  This decision was a straightforward one for a very simple reason: we know that all of us must come together and build the networks of support and healing that are necessary for a healthier future for our region. We’re hopeful that our participation in the RFW Network can help the people on our campus, while building visibility for this issue and the efforts of the network across our community. To learn more about the RFW Network, visit their website.

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