CCC Wednesday Communique — November 16, 2022

Our long, warm, downeast autumn is finally over and winter is here.  Several Organizations are holding winter clothing drives,
like Sunrise Prevention Council and Mano en Mano.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Understanding the Impacts of Trauma

The Community Caring Collaborative is excited to offer one final in-person event this year: a free training, Understanding the Impacts of Trauma, presented by Julie Redding, LCPC, 10 am — 2 pm at Cobscook Institute in Trescott, December 9, 2022. Designed for Family Futures Downeast partner staff, this training is available to all staff at CCC partner organizations. We will be exploring different kinds of stress and trauma, PTSD and ACEs, as well as practical skills to build greater capacity for self-regulation and self-care in both service providers and clients. CEUs will be available — bring $5 cash or check payable to University of Maine, Machias.  All participants will receive contact hour certificates, and lunch and morning refreshments will be provided.  In case of inclement winter weather, this training will be delivered over Zoom.  Space is limited so be sure to register soon (link to register).  This link will stay active until December 1st.

Indoor Machias Playgroup

Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council is thrilled to announce that our Machias Playgroup has a new location for the WINTER!! Our new location will include an OUTDOOR and INDOOR play area!! The perfect spot for those wet or freezing days!  The Machias Playgroup will meet at the new location beginning November 16, 10 am, at 1491 US Highway 1A in Harrington (the old Headstart Building.)  Join us for a cup of coffee and let your kids play and make new friends!!  For questions please call/text Monica Olivares at 263-5270 or email

New Monthly MCOA Conversation Series

The Maine Council on Aging is delighted to announce a new virtual monthly meeting series on emerging issues related to aging in Maine. These meetings are open to our members, partners, and the public. The calls will highlight various social, economic, and health-related topics that impact a person’s ability to live an engaged, healthy, and secure life as an older person in Maine. These issue-based, open-format discussions will feature robust information sharing, current trends, resources available to aid and assist, referral sources, as well as opportunities for engagement and advocacy.  November Discussion Topic: “Preparing for Winter Emergencies Later in Life.”  Join this Zoom conversation on November 29th from 8 – 9 am.  Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 864 2347 7259, Passcode: 270893.   If you’re interested in suggesting a topic for discussion, please email Jena Jones at

Food Security VISTA opportunities with Healthy Acadia

Healthy Acadia is recruiting two AmeriCorps VISTA members to increase access to healthy food for people living in Downeast, Maine. One member will be based in Machias and the other will be based in Ellsworth. VISTA members will address food insecurity through partnerships with local farms & food access programs, on-farm gleaning opportunities, community gardens,
food drives, fundraisers, volunteer coordination, and more. Learn more here.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Opportunity

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is recruiting an EFNEP Community Education Assistant CL1, a full-time, fiscal-year, soft-money funded position, to coordinates with community organizations, agencies, or schools to recruit, enroll and deliver educational programs to meet EFNEP program goals.  See full job description.  Apply here.

What to Do When You Become the Family Caregiver
It may happen suddenly: assuming the caregiver role for an acutely ill spouse or severely injured child. Disaster or emergency can compel you to quickly take on responsibilities you never expected. What is a caregiver? Well, a caregiver can be anyone who provides assistance in meeting another person’s essential or daily needs – either paid or as a volunteer.  Read article(From: U.S. News | Published: November 4, 2022)

Prevention Council Launches New Website

Sunrise Opportunities Prevention Council is excited to announce the launch of their new website   “Our goal with this new website is to provide parents, providers and the community with an easier way to learn about the free programs and services we offer!  We hope you find the new website with a fresh look, easy to navigate and as a source of information.  Check it out!”

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