CCC Wednesday Communique — November 15, 2023

CCC Team members Julie Redding and Abby Frutchey giving out prizes and resource materials at the Narraguagus High School Job Fair.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Melissa Aldana Trio at UMM

This Friday, November 17th, the Melissa Aldana Trio will perform a concert in the evening at the Performing Arts Center on the UMaine Machias campus at 7:30 pm.  There is no cost to the public to attend this concert. We just ask that people RSVP on our website. Here’s our webpage for information about the event and where people can RSVP.

Machias Chamber Christmas Events

The Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to a day of holiday fun on December 2nd:

  • Visit with Santa: MBCC office from 11 am — 3 pm.  Santa will have a gift for each child.
  • Scavenger Hunt at Downtown MBCC member businesses from 12 — 3 pm.
  • Community Christmas Parade: Line up begins at 5 pm at Machias Memorial High School. All parade entries must be festively decorated.

Download a flyer for details.

December Biz Fit
Check-In & Check-Up Winter 2023

December 1st, 8 – 9:30 am.  Join this session ready to discuss and learn from each other about winter business prep. What are you thinking of to leverage holiday sales or production? Feel overwhelmed and don’t even know what you don’t know? During this interactive session, we’ll address how you keep your BUSINESS and YOURSELF balanced, sustainable and vital in the months ahead. In small groups we’ll discuss, then share all together:

  • External Business Communications (Marketing, outreach, promotions etc.),
  • Internal Business Practices (Operations, financials, HR, etc.),
  • Personal (Self-care as a business owner).

This will be a supportive and engaging time together to learn, discover, and build the strength of our businesses, especially with a holiday / winter focus. Let’s meet over a cup of morning coffee or tea. (You may want a power breakfast for this session!) This is an informal space for women to confidentially connect, network, and learn together about keeping their business, and themselves, fit!  Register here.

Katherine’s Closet Offers Fresh Start 

During the summer of 2022, an account was established at Katherine’s Closet, a consignment boutique located at 291 Main St., Machias, in support of Safe Harbor Recovery Home for Women and Children. Clothing and accessories donated to the Safe Harbor account enable the residents of Safe Harbor to enjoy a shopping experience to access clothing at no cost to them as they work toward their recovery and rebuild their lives.  Thanks to Katherine’s Closet and the incredible generosity of community members, the residents are able to obtain the clothing they need for work, school, and every day wear, and Safe Harbor doesn’t need to manage a physical “clothes closet” within their limited space at the Home. Community members are invited to donate gently used or new clothing, shoes, purses, as well as acceptable items like jewelry and perfumes that they no longer want. These donations can be dropped off with Sharon, representing Safe Harbor, during the boutique’s business hours. To streamline the process, we recommend contacting Sharon in advance at (207) 259-6108 or scheduling an appointment. For more information, stop by Katherine’s Closet during store hours or check their Facebook page.

Veterans’ Assistance Resources
As we celebrated our veterans on Nov. 11, the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services has a variety of resources available for Maine veterans and their families:
  • Assistance for Maine military members and their families is available by calling 888-365-9287.
  • Those veterans who are having difficulty readjusting to civilian life can find resources here or by calling 877-927-8387.
  • If you are a veteran who is homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, you are encouraged to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance or visit their website.
  • Women veterans can contact the Women Veterans Call Center at 855-829-6636 for information about a variety of services and benefits available including women’s health and maternity care.
  • For veterans in crisis, seek help by dialing 988, then press 1. There is also a dedicated website for veterans and their families that has additional resources to help a veteran family member in need.

NSDUH 2022 Data Available

SAMHSA has released the 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health results, accompanied by a newly offered companion infographic. The 2022 sample size was 71,369 and used multi-mode collection methods in gathering the self-reported data from respondents. Download the data.  Conducted by the federal government since 1971, the NSDUH is a primary source of statistical information on self-reported substance use and mental health of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population 12 or older. The NSDUH measures include:

  • Use of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco,
  • Substance use disorder and substance use treatment,
  • Major depressive episodes, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and other symptoms of mental illness,  mental health care, and
  • Recovery from substance misuse and mental health issues.

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