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: Family Discovery Day is right around the corner – June 12th at WCCC from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. Learn more about this free festival for parents, grandparents, families, and children of all ages.
C.N.A. Certification Training: This training has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. Contact Tabitha Robertson @ 207-255-4917 or email@example.com for more information.
Free Upcoming Business Trainings in Machias:
- Business Websites 101: Beginner’s guide to creating or enhancing your website.
- Expanding Reach On Your Business Facebook
- Becoming Bankable
Sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and The Women’s Business Center at CEI. See more under One-Time Events below.
TSLCA Summit: The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging invites you to its Spring Summit, Embracing the Options: Supporting End-of-Life Care in Your Community, June 20, 2018 | 8:30 – 1:30 pm, Fireside Inn, Lebanon, NH. This shared learning experience will explore the powerful resources and tools available to help us talk about death and dying and make decisions about how we want to live. This event will explore hospice, Death Cafes, Death Doulas, advance directives, games that help you start the conversation, and much more. These amazing resources available in our communities can help us all be more thoughtful about how we live and provide care as we approach the end of life. Register here. Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities are available. Click here for more information.
Discounts for November Downeast Magazine: MANP (Maine Association of Nonprofits) is pleased to announce an exclusive advertising discount for MANP members in Down East’s November 2018 Maine Gives Back Nonprofit and Volunteer Spotlight edition. Improving and stewarding the environment, social causes, our children’s lives, animal rights, education, and many more important causes requires passionate individuals. The editors of Down East are going to share a few of these individuals’ stories in the November 2018 issue. Directly following these stories is an advertising opportunity for Maine’s nonprofit organizations to highlight their work and contributions. More info here.
New Location for Machias Clergy Training for Veterans: June 20, 2018 at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Machias – see more under One-Time Events below.
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This is where we post updates on programs, initiatives and pending legislation.
First step to implementing Maine’s Medicaid expansion: (from Maine Equal Justice Partners) This week we received terrific news: the court ordered the LePage administration to file the State Plan Amendment (SPA). In April, the Mainers for Health Care legal team, led by Maine Equal Justice, filed a lawsuit together with health care advocates and individuals awaiting care. The heart of the case is simple: the law passed by voters in November gave the Administration a deadline for filing the SPA and they failed to meet it. This week’s court victory is a big win for Maine voters who passed the law last November and for the 70,000+ Mainers who are awaiting medical coverage and should receive it as soon as possible….The LePage administration will appeal this decision and try to delay the court’s order to submit the SPA by June 11th. We will continue to fight for Mainers through the appeal process and strive to bring care as quickly as possible to the people who need it.
An Act To Establish Universal Home Care for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. Public comment is now being accepted for the wording of the citizen’s initiative question that will appear on the November 6, 2018 referendum election ballot: “Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program, which will provide services to people with disabilities and senior citizens who need daily assistance in their homes, funded by a new tax of 3.8% on individual income over $128,400?” The full text of the proposed legislation is available on the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions’ Citizen’s Initiatives page, along with proponent information. The Secretary of State will be accepting public comments regarding the question’s form and content for a 30-day period, beginning Wednesday, May 16, until 5 p.m. on June 15, 2018. Comments will be accepted via e-mail, mail, or in person.
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and please use “public comment” in the subject line
- Mail comments to the Secretary of State, Attn: Public Comment, 148 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0148
- Drop off written comments to the office of the Secretary of State at the Nash School Building, 103 Sewall St., 2nd floor, Augusta, Maine.
For more information, visit the Upcoming Elections page on the Secretary of State’s Web site.
Nature Walks – Calais:
June 7, 2018
Maine Families invites you for a breath of fresh air with your babies and toddlers from 10-11:30 am, starting at the Calais waterfront. Bring a stroller for a walk along the river. Activities provided. See flyer for details and get updates on their facebook page.
Family Discovery Day:
June 12, 2018
The Community Caring Collaborative and partners invite parents, grandparents and children of all ages to a fun-filled afternoon of learning, creating and experiencing in St. Croix Hall at Washington County Community College from 12:30 to 5:30 pm, rain or shine. There is no cost to attend. Come enjoy exhibits, demonstrations, mini presentations on topics for parents (free childcare provided), entertaining & educational activities for kids, free refreshments, door prizes and more. And for a special treat, outside St Croix Hall in the main parking lot will be a Touch the Truck extravaganza! More details here. Download a flyer to send to families and friends.
Business Websites 101:
June 13, 2018
Beginner’s guide to creating or enhancing your website, free business training from 9:00am to 11:30am at Sunrise County Economic Council
7 Ames Way, Machias. Register here: sunrisecounty.org. Sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and The Women’s Business Center at CEI.
Maine Geriatrics Conference:
June 14-15, 2018
Registration ends June 7th for the 28th annual Maine Geriatrics Conference at the Harborside Hotel in Bar Harbor. CEUs and contact hours from the UNE. Sponsorship funding is available to support community older adults participating in the conference. See the brochure for descriptions of this year’s exciting workshops, fireside chats and more.
Supporting LGBTQ Youth Training:
June 15, 2018
OutMaine invites people who work with LGBTQ youth in our communities or schools to a Supporting LGBTQ Youth training from 9 am to 12 pm at Maine Seacoast Mission, 6 Weald Bethel Lane, Cherryfield. Contact hours available – see flyer for details.
Active Play Workshop:
June 18, 2018 at the Machias High School gym – see flyer
June 20, 2018 at the Wabanki Culture Center, Calais – see flyer
June 21, 2018 at the Moore Community Center, 133 State St, Ellsworth – see flyer
Healthy Acadia invites you to an active play workshop with Dr. Diane Craft from 6-8 pm at three locations and dates (see above). This is a free training, however pre-registration is required. Course includes booklet and DVD ($25.00 value) and a healthy meal. This training is open to anyone working with children ages 0-6, including childcare providers and teachers pre-K & K. Two credit hours will be available for all attendees. A healthy, light supper will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes as this is an active, hands-on, and super-fun workshopPlease wear comfortable shoes and clothes as this is an activities-focused workshop. To register please contact Georgie at 255-3741 or email@example.com or Katie at 667-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Clergy Training for Veterans:
June 19, 2018 – St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Calais
June 20, 2018 – St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Machias
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Downeast Maine Military Community Network is offering a training session to community clergy that brings awareness, resources, and tools designed to support you and your veterans. The training is presented by certified VA Chaplains that support the Community Clergy Training Program though the VHA Office of Rural Health. This is a first of its kind for Downeast Maine as it is designed specifically for clergy. If the clergy member cannot attend we invite deacons, laypeople, staff, etc. or a representative from the house of worship that can bring this information home to your town. Please see this flyer and register for one of the two trainings being offered by simply clicking on the link. Our Canadian neighbors are invited to attend as well.
Expanding Reach On Your Business Facebook:
June 20, 2018
Facebook has changed! Get smart on how to maximize Facebook for business to better reach your audience, free business training from 9:00am to 11:00am at Sunrise County Economic Council, 7 Ames Way, Machias, Register here: sunrisecounty.org. Sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and The Women’s Business Center at CEI.
June 20, 2018
The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging invites you to its Spring Summit, Embracing the Options: Supporting End-of-Life Care in Your Community, 8:30 – 1:30 pm, Fireside Inn, Lebanon, NH. This shared learning experience will explore the powerful resources and tools available to help us talk about death and dying and make decisions about how we want to live. This event will explore hospice, Death Cafes, Death Doulas, advance directives, games that help you start the conversation, and much more. These amazing resources available in our communities can help us all be more thoughtful about how we live and provide care as we approach the end of life. Register here. Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities are available. Click here for more information.
Maine Child Welfare Conference:
June 21, 2018
Save this date for the 24th annual Maine Child Welfare Conference, Navigating Pathways for Families in Recovery, with Keynote speaker, Nancy K. Young, PhD, MSW, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. See flyer for details.
June 26, 2018
Free Business Training from 9:00am to 12:00pm at at Sunrise County Economic Council, 7 Ames Way, Machias. Registration Link Coming Soon! Sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and The Women’s Business Center at CEI.
Nature Walks – East Machias:
June 26, 2018
Maine Families invites you for a breath of fresh air with your babies and toddlers from 10-11:30 am, starting at the Mill River Park bandstand. Bring a stroller for a walk along the river. Activities provided. See flyer for details and get updates on their facebook page.
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.
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.
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
Next Step Calais Support Group:
Beginning in May, 2018
Next Step will be offering a 6 week educational support group in Calais that will meet once a week with the purpose of exploring domestic violence within the context of a relationship. The group will begin at the end of May. Topics will include: How community and cultural supports affect families experiencing DV, effects on children, co-parenting with an abusive ex-partner, coping mechanisms, dating, new relationships, and effects of battering on the victim. See flyer for more information or contact Mary Mitchell at 255-4934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Next meeting is June 6th from 1 — 3:30 pm at SCEC. Read the Agenda for this meeting.
Needs & Offers
Gracie Fund: Washington County residents who have completed post-secondary education within the last five years and are building a professional and personal life in Washington County are eligible to apply for student loan repayment awards of up to $5,000 from the Gracie Fund at the Maine Community Foundation. In exchange, recipients participate in volunteer activities while working in their preferred field. Deadline for applications is July 15, 2018. Complete guidelines and application form are available through the Maine Community Foundation and the Sunrise County Economic Council, which jointly administer the Gracie Fund. Visit www.mainecf.org or www.sunrisecounty.org, or call 877-700-6800 (toll-free) for information.
Next Step DV Training: The Next Step Domestic Violence Project is offering education for health care professionals on how to screen for domestic violence. Screening for domestic abuse during a health care appointment is a crucial link for someone receiving the help they need. In this training you will learn how to recognize the signs of domestic abuse, how to ask screening questions in order to obtain the most amount of information in a short period of time, and what to do if someone discloses abuse. This training is mostly for healthcare professionals (i.e. doctors, nurses, PAs, dentists, etc.), but it can be tailored to fit your program. To find out more or to schedule a training, contact Cheyenne Robinson-Bauman at 255-4934 or email email@example.com.
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