CCC Wednesday Communique – May 24, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

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  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!


2 Important announcements from Passages:

  • Passages is accepting applications in Washington County. Passages at Wayfinder Schools is a home-based, high school diploma program for pregnant or parenting youth ages 14-20. For more information and an online application please visit their website or contact  Fern Hilyard at fernh@wayfinderschool or 255-1468
  • Passages Graduation: You are invited to the Washington County, Passages graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 1 at 6 pm at the Dennysville Congregational Church – 15 King Street. We are proud to have six wonderful young parents graduating this year.

Your announcement could go here: email the details to Christine by 5 pm Monday for inclusion in Wednesday’s Weekly Communiqué.


Now listed chronologically, so make sure to scroll down for items just added!

Bridges Out of Poverty Webinar: one-hour webinar, “Bridges Out of Poverty,” uses the lens of economic class to provide concrete tools and strategies for individuals, organizations, and communities to alleviate poverty.This webinar will provide an introduction to a comprehensive approach to understanding the Bridges Out of Poverty constructs. Thursday, June 1, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm CDT (not Eastern time).  Register here.

LGBTQ Health Conference: Save the date of June 16th in Portland, ME, for the 2017 LGBTQ+ Health Conference on the theme of Trauma and Resiliency  with keynote speaker, Sandy James, Survey Project Manager of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Conference information at Health Equity Alliance.

Three Stories of Hope & Resiliency: Join in a community conversation & suicide awareness training at the Sipayik Bingo Hall in Pleasant Point on June 18th from 5-8 pm. Hear stories of those with lived experience and be a part of a local action plan. No registration required. Brought to you by NAMI-Maine.  Contact Nickie at 207-622-5767 Ext. 2312 or  Please circulate this flyer to people who might be interested.

Landlord Lunch Meeting: Landlords and property managers with rental units in Washington County are invited to a free lunch meeting on June 20th from 11-1 at the Kay Parker Building – yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch!  The Community Caring Collaborative is excited to host this gathering to help connect two important groups: those with housing units to rent and those who help people become great tenants.  The meeting will include a panel presentation from several organizations who offer supports for landlords, such as the Maine Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8).  RSVP to Charley, or use this Landlord FAQ flyer (Mail to CCC at PO Box 224, East Machias, ME 04630.)

ME Child Welfare Conference: Register now for the 23rd annual Maine Child Welfare Conference in Bangor on June 22nd.  This year’s theme is Tipping Points in Child Welfare: A Time of Hurt and a Time to Heal.  Keynote Speaker, M. Elizabeth Ralston, PhD, LISW-CP, LFMT, will present “Why Do You Need
to be Trauma Informed?”  Conference details, agenda, registration info and more available on this flyer.  Registration deadline is June 9th so don’t delay!

Addiction & Recovery Summit: The Community Caring Collaborative invites business owners and human resource staff to save the date of July 13th for Addiction, Recovery & the Workforce: a summit for Washington County businesses of all sizes. This is a free event from 8:15 to 3:15 pm at the University of Maine, Machias. Participants will learn and discuss challenges to hiring and employing people in recovery; hear strategies for success and dealing with challenges from a panel of experts; plus gain foundational information on addiction and available treatment and recovery supports. Please circulate this flyer to business owners/HR managers you know. Info on speakers coming soon!

Save the Date: Sue O’Clair of MaineHousing invites you to save the date of September 22nd for the 2017 Maine Affordable Housing Conference at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. This event will provide a forum for housing partners to gather and share information about what is being done currently – and what more needs to be done – in the affordable housing arena to bridge the gap between housing needs and housing availability.  There will be a mix of keynote speakers and workshops to choose from that will be targeted to all partner groups.  MaineHousing is still pulling together info on the conference agenda and speakers and hopes to have more info and a registration portal ready to go by June 1st.

Needs & Offers

Transition Coach Needed: Family Futures Downeast is hiring a Transitions Coach to work with students as they continue onto Year 2 in FFD.  The job description and application instructions are available here.

2 Job OffersThe Maine Migrant Health Program (MMHP) is now hiring! We are recruiting for a DownEast Program Manager and a Community Health Worker (CHW III) for Aroostook County. Please feel free to share across your personal networks with anyone you think might be interested.

Scholarship Offer: Mano en Mano brings to your attention the 2017 Julia Robiola Gigena Scholarship. This scholarship was established to provide financial aid to students from Washington County, Maine, who self-identify as Latino and who wish to pursue a two or four year college or university degree. The deadline to apply is May 26th and June 2nd for students renewing their scholarship. This is the link for more information.

Volunteer Drivers Needed: WHCA is looking for volunteer drivers. Benefits include flexible hours, reimbursement at 44 cents a mile, AAA Plus at no coast to you. Volunteers must be at least 25 years old, have a valid, clean Maine driver’s license for 3 years, have a reliable, clean vehicle, and live in Hancock or Washington County. Call or email Joceyln Storey, WHCA’s Volunteer Coordinator, at 207-610-5940 or, M-F, 8-5 pm.

Shelter Advocate Needed: Next Step Domestic Violence Project is seeking a Shelter Advocate to provide services to guests at the shelter in Washington County.  Read the job description with application instructions here.

Send us your agency/community needs or offers, such as job recruiting or housing needs.


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Work Group & Poverty Busters:  Read minutes from the May 3rd meeting.  Next meeting is June 7th, from 1 – 3:30 pm at the SCEC House. Guest speaker is Shannon Emery from Fedcap – for real this time!  RSVP here.

St Croix Community Connections: This is Poverty Buster’s sister group in Calais, organized by Christine Morris. This group meets monthly – new members welcome!

Leonard’s Mills in Bradley, ME – photo courtesy of Nicole Sevey