CCC Wednesday Communique — March 15, 2023

Friday, March 17th, is St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated with parades and festivities in over 100 US cities.  Test your St Patrick’s Day trivia here.  (Photo courtesy of Jill Brady from Portland Press Herald, 2017)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Child Safety Community Collaboration Sessions
Governor Mills announced in her State of the Budget address that the Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the Maine Child Welfare Action Network to develop a plan for strengthening families in Maine. Our goal is to develop a Child Safety and Family Wellbeing Plan that will guide our collective work to keep children safe by keeping families strong.  We need your help to shape the foundations for a family strengthening plan to:
  1. Reduce child abuse and neglect, and risk factors associated with it, by strengthening families.
  2. Empower individuals, communities, and organizations to play a meaningful and well-organized role in the prevention of child maltreatment.
  3.  Develop a Child Safety and Family Wellbeing System that recognizes that everyone has a role and responsibility to support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
 The Network invites you to join us online for a Community Collaboration Session to support the development of the Child Safety and Family Wellbeing Plan. Regional sessions will be held on:
  • Region 1: March 15th from 4:30-6pm
  • Region 2: March 21st from 4:30-6pm
  • Region 3: March 23rd from 4:30-6pm
Please click here to register in advance for any of these online sessions. Please note that these sessions are open to anyone who would like to attend – please feel free to share with others. If you have any questions, please contact our Network Coordinator, Melissa Hackett,

“Finding Our Way” Tickets Now Available
Wayfinder Schools is excited to announce the return of Finding Our Way, our live storytelling event featuring Wayfinder grads and other notable Mainers. Join us on May 4th at The Camden Opera House as our storytellers share funny, poignant, and heartfelt stories of finding their way in music, theater, dance, business, education, food, writing, travel, and more!  This year’s speakers include: Kaitlin Callahan Collins, Wendy Newell Dyer (Washington County Passages Teacher), Christian Hayes, Mehuman, Emanuel Pariser, Rose Piscuskas, Cyndi Prince, Vanessa Santarelli, Emily Sapienza, Brianna Stevens, Kea Tesseyman, and David Troup. Early bird tickets are on sale now through March 23rd! Visit our website to reserve your tickets today.  See you at the show!

Mission Scholarship Program
This Friday, March 17th, is the deadline to apply for the Maine Seacoast Mission’s Scholarship program. These scholarships are for individuals entering trade, technical, two and four-year institutions. The program is open to current high school seniors attending Washington or Hancock County high schools and adult learners. Learn more here.

Room for 3 Residents at Machias VA Home
Machias Maine Veterans’ Home has availability for 3 residents with a mild to moderate dementia diagnosis.  See Lisa King, Admissions Coordinator, for more information.

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