CCC Wednesday Communique — May 9, 2018

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!

Photo above: Join the CCC for a brown bag lunch on Housing – 11:30 June 6th at SCEC – Sign up here!


Save the Date for 3 upcoming CCC events:

  • June 12th – Family Discovery Day, 12:30 – 5:30 at Washington County Community College
  • July 12th – Cultural Competency Training, 10 – 3 at University of Maine, Machias
  • July 23rd – Reflective Supervision Training, 9 – 3:30 at Kay Parker, Machias

Details, registration info and flyers coming soon!

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


This is where we post updates on programs, initiatives and pending legislation.

One-Time Events 

Renewable Energy Workshop:
May 11, 2018
Agricultural producers and rural small business owners are invited to a free renewable energy workshop from 3-5 p.m. in Machias, hosted by the Sunrise County Economic Council, to learn how to access USDA Rural Development guaranteed loan and competitive grant funds through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for the purchase, installation and construction of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency projects. Read the full agenda here to learn about topics and speakers.  To register, email Jennifer Brennan at the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

Anah Shriners Pre-Screening clinics: 
May 12, 2018
Pre-Screening Clinics for Children. There is no charge to attend a pre-screening and no appointment is necessary. Pre-Screening clinics are held from 9 a.m. to Noon at the locations on this flyer.

Childcare Provider Training – Calais: 
May 15, 2018
The Washington County CAN Council is offering a free Strengthen Maine Families training for childcare providers from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Frank Beckett Center Conference Room, 19 Eaton Street, Calais. See flyer for details.  Free dinner and childcare provided.

Maine Infant Mental Health Conference:
May 18, 2018
Registration is open for the 31st annual Maine Association for Infant Mental Health Conference in Freeport featuring Jayne Singer, PhD.  See brochure for details.

Estate Planning Seminar:
May 22, 2018
Washington County Thriving in Place is bringing Rebecca J. Sargent, Esq. of Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC in Ellsworth, to Machias for a  three-hour seminar on Estate Planning Basics.  This free event will provide strategies to give caregivers and family members the legal and financial resources to care for loved ones and themselves. Topics include Powers of Attorney, Advanced Care Directives, Wills & Trusts and asset protection.  This seminar will be held at the Kay Parker Building of Sunrise Opportunities in Machias from 1 to 4 pm.  Register here and share this flyer with friends, colleagues and clients.

Persisting in the Face of Caregiver Difficulties: 
June 5, 2018
FREE Webinar on at 7 pm EDT presented by Janet Edmunson, M.Ed., for family and professional caregivers.  Webinar will be approximately 30-40 minutes in length. Register online today by clicking this link.

Brown Bag Lunch on Housing: 
June 6, 2018
Join the CCC at 11:30 am in the large conference room at SCEC for a brown bag lunch on Housing, presented by Marcie Dean of Next Step and Ida Davis of Downeast Community Partners.  Topics will include:

  • What Rent Smart Teaches (sign up your clients!)
  • Housing Resources that are there and how to access them
  • What Next Step and DCP offer in the way of housing
  • Ways to partner and improve outcomes in our community

There may be some fun surprises and of course dessert and beverages – bring your lunch and your questions.  RSVP to Christine.  Attendees are invited to stay for the Work Group/Poverty Buster meeting following from 1 to 3:30 pm if your schedule allows.  Please print or forward this flyer.

Maine Geriatrics Conference:
June 14-15, 2018
Registration still open 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.

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.

Poverty Institute:
July 30-31, 2018
Donna Beegle will be holding a Poverty Institute at the University of New England in Portland this summer – download flyer here

Coaching Institute:
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

Serial Classes, Groups & Play Dates

G.E.A.R. Classes in Machias:
April 6, May 4, and June 1, 2018, 10 am to 12 Noon
Misty Day, Regional Parent Support Coordinator for the G.E.A.R. Parent network, is presenting free Parent Learning & Support classes at MAS in Machias. Read the flyer for information on each class and how to register.

Community Practice Groups:
6-8 pm
Maine Roads to Quality invites Early Care & Education professionals to join one of 2 community practice groups (see flyers below):

For more information or to register, please contact Theresa Fisk, District Early Childhood and Youth Coordinator –  207-956-2070 or email:

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

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.

Standing Meetings

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.

Needs & Offers

Downeast Feast in May: Thursday, May 24th at 5 pm in Kilburn Commons at UMM – see flyer.

Housing offers: see the attached flyers for new apartments in Milbridge & Winter Harbor!

MRBN Survey: Please take a few moments to give your feedback to MRBN about your experiences, ideas, and needs. We are curious what’s working and not working for members and how we can be the best network that we can be!  It’s not too long, we promise! Click here  for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Free Case Management: Families First Community Center in Ellsworth is offering free case management to help with:

  • MaineCare
  • Housing and/or Housing Vouchers
  • Transportation
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Medical Care
  • Clothing
  •  Household Items
  • GED and a lot more.

Visit their website to learn how to connect someone to these free services.

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

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