CCC Wednesday Communique — October 16, 2019


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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!

It’s not too late to register for Building Bridges Through Story & Song – Washington County Early Childhood Conference — October 19th at WCCC from 9 am to 3 pm 


FREE Naloxone Training

The Downeast Recovery Support Center in Calais is hosting a free Naloxone training at 6 pm this Thursday, October 17th (311 Main Street). Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to an Opioid overdose and take home a free Naloxone kit.  The training is sponsored by Health Equity Alliance, FADE, and the Downeast Recovery Support Center.  Download a flyer to share.

Children’s Halloween Party

The Downeast Recovery Support Centers are hosting a children’s Halloween party at both centers with fun activities like pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin).  Snacks will be provided.  Costumes welcome but not required. See below for dates & times:

Hope Fund is Open!

The Hope Fund Committee is now accepting applications — read more about changes to this year’s application process under the Needs & Offers section of this newsletter.

Sunrise County Economic Summit:
Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

Sunrise County Economic Council invites you to a day of shared learning about Washington County’s Economy at the Cobscook Community Learning Center on November 8th, 9 am – 3 pm.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Register by Friday, October 25th.  Email Cathy Lookabaugh at with questions.

Free Window Insulation Kits

Learn more about how you can access these kits from Maine Seacoast Mission in the Needs & Offers section of this newsletter.

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


Updates on programs, research, initiatives and pending legislation

New Innovative Carer Practice: Carer Cafes

[From the National Alliance for Caregiving] Supported by Embracing Carers, the International Alliance of Carer Organizations (IACO) has developed the Innovative Carer Practices series as a tool to spread and scale leading carer practices globally. The most recent featured leading practice is the Carer Cafe in Taiwan by the Taiwan Association of Family Caregivers. This initiative is supporting and empowering individuals along their caring journey and beyond. The family-centered construct can influence carers’ comfort in seeking external support, especially when caring is regarded as a private “family matter”. In addition to the Carer Café, IACO has featured 3 other leading practices:

  • Family Carer Training by Care Alliance Ireland, an outcome-based training program for health and social care professionals aimed to build their capacity to engage more effectively with carers;
  • Carer Passport by Carers UK, a systematic approach widely adopted across the United Kingdom to embed identification, recognition, and support for carers into the fundamental practices of an organization or community;
  • Café des Aidants by French Association of Carers, a national network across France to provide a friendly space for carers to get together, share experiences, and access emotional supports.

Learn More

Drumbeat Builds For A Peace Corps Of Caregivers

[From Kaiser Health News, by Judith Graham]  Imagine a government program that would mobilize volunteers to help older adults across the nation age in place. One is on the way. The Administration for Community Living, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is taking steps to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps. If it’s successful, healthy retirees and young adults would take seniors to doctor appointments, shop for groceries, shovel snowy sidewalks, make a bed or mop the floor, or simply visit a few times a week. Older adults would not only get a hand with household tasks, but also  companionship and relief from social isolation. And family caregivers could get a break. Younger volunteers might get class credit at a community college or small stipends. Older volunteers could enjoy a satisfying sense of purpose.

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One-Time Events  

Fairs, trainings, conferences and more in the state of Maine

FREE Naloxone Training

October 17, 2019
The Downeast Recovery Support Center in Calais is hosting a free Naloxone training at 6 pm this Thursday, October 17th (311 Main Street). Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to an Opioid overdose and take home a free Naloxone kit.  The training is sponsored by Health Equity Alliance, FADE, and the Downeast Recovery Support Center.  Download a flyer to share.

Bar Harbor Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
October 17, 2019

Join Next Step and the YWCA of MDI for our annual Awareness walk in Bar Harbor! The walk starts and ends at the MDI YWCA in Bar Harbor at noon on October 17th. See flyer for details.  Feel free to make and bring your own signs or use one of ours!

Children’s Halloween Party

October 18, 2019

The Machias Downeast Recovery Support Center is hosting a children’s Halloween party with fun activities like pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin) and bobbing for apples.  Snacks will be provided.  Costumes welcome but not required.  4 – 6 pm (download flyer).

Building Bridges Through Story & Song
October 19, 2019

Registration is now open for Building Bridges Through Story & Song – Washington County Early Childhood Conferencean exciting training opportunity for early childhood professionals and out-of-school time practitioners on Saturday, October 19 at WCCC in Calais from 9 am to 3 pm.  See brochure for details.  Register here.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2019
October 19, 2019

The Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Maine Chapter is preparing for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2019 at Darling’s Waterfront on October 19th.  For the second year in a row our team, Russ’s Angels, is participating in the walk – register here.  The walk is the largest annual fundraising event held by this non-profit organization.  The funds raised support all of Maine. Jackson Labs, located in Bar Harbor and Ellsworth, benefited from a large grant last year for their research with mice.  Very promising results are being seen.  There is hope on the horizon!  

Inaugural Downeast Apple and Arts Day
October 19, 2019

Cobscook Community Learning Center (CCLC), in partnership with Healthy Acadia and with support from Maine Arts Commission, is hosting the inaugural Downeast Apple and Arts Day on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 10 am — 4 pm. John Bunker, Maine’s legendary heirloom “apple whisperer,” will give the keynote address, with workshops and presentations by Todd Little-Siebold of College of the Atlantic and C.J. Walke and Laura Sieger of MOFGA.  This event will be a celebration of Downeast heritage, featuring workshops on heirloom apples, fruit tree care, apple identification, and more. Do you have a grafted tree in your midst that you would like identified? Bring samples! Do you have surplus apples? Hand-cranked cider presses will be on hand. Enjoy live, local music with Kris Paprocki, Allie Talbot, Michael Giudilli, Alan Cook, Sepp Huber, and Sheila Unvala, as well as traditional handcrafts, including birchbark, basketry, beeswax, and beadwork. Local artists will offer demonstrations as well as their works for sale, and food will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact Regina Grabrovac at Healthy Acadia by phone at 207-255-3741 or by email at To register for this event, call the CCLC at 207-733- 2233 or visit

Age of Possibilities Summit:
October 21, 2019

The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging will be hosting the upcoming regional convening, Age of Possibilities Summit: Exploring research, technology and learning in the longevity era, on October 21st, 8 am — 3:30 pm at Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. Each new era brings possibilities for change and growth; the emerging longevity era is no exception. We are living longer than ever before; the world around us offers unparalleled opportunity to test old assumptions, make new discoveries, and modify ecosystems to support our changing needs.Click here to read more about this Summit and to register for sponsor or exhibit opportunities.

Planned Giving: An Overview and Tales from the Trenches
October 23, 2019
The Maine Association of Non Profits is holding a training on October 23rd, 9 am-3 pm at the Machias Savings Bank Training Center, 1 Colonial Way, Machias. This full-day, interactive training will provide a thorough overview of the most common planned giving vehicles with an emphasis on bequests, beneficiary designations, and charitable gift annuities. Using several real-life examples, participants will examine how to build a successful planned giving program relevant to their organization and incorporate it into their existing development program.  Key takeaways will include:
  • How to identify potential donors and become comfortable discussing basic planned giving options
  • How to know when to seek and where to find additional information
  • How to build a planned giving program into your overall development process without busting your budget or losing your mind

Intended Audience is executive directors, development staff, board members, campaign leadership, and financial officers.  Register here.

Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death in Later Life

October 25, 2019

Down East Hospice Volunteers will be presenting the Hospice Foundation of America’s 26th Annual Living with Grief, Conference Series: “Aging America: Coping with Loss, Dying and Death in Later Life” on Friday, October 25, 2019 at Downeast Community Hospital in the Boardroom from 9 am — 1 pm (sign-in is at 8:30).  This program is free of charge to everyone through a grant from Maine Community Foundation. Those needing CEU’s should plan to stay for a one half (½) hour discussion and to obtain the information for registering for the Continuing Education Credits. 2.0 CE’s are available through a variety of boards, the cost is $21.00 per certificate.  To register, contact our office at 454-7521-ext. 126 or email:

Free Family Harvest Meal
October 25, 2019

With help from our partners, the CCC is planning a free, nutritious meal for families with children who participate in Trick or Treat on Main Street this year.  Help us offer children and families a (not too) spooky good time!  We expect hundreds of children to visit businesses in downtown Machias on October 25th and would like to offer a free, hot meal in the Lee Pellon Center — the end of the trick-or-treating route, with a few simple activities for kids and a table for organizational materials.  The meal hours will be 4 to 6 pm — just about supper time for most families.  We will need help setting up, running activities, serving, and cleaning up after the event.  Bring your kids to Trick or Treat on Main Street and join us after — costumes encouraged!  Download a flyer to help spread the word.

Children’s Halloween Party
October 26, 2019

The Calais Downeast Recovery Support Center is hosting a children’s Halloween party with fun activities like pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin) and face painting.  Snacks will be provided.  Costumes welcome but not required.  1 – 3 pm (download flyer).

Innovations in Dementia Care:
October 28, 2019

Register now for the Fourteenth Annual University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium, 8 am-4 pm at the Wells Conference Center, University of Maine. Orono, ME. Anticipated topics include:

  • Population Health, Prevention, Genetics, Risk, & Resilience
  • Environments of Care
  • Screening & Diagnosis
  • Dementia & Driving
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • What is High Quality Dementia Care?

Details in this flyer.

Autism Fall Conference:
November 2, 2019

The Autism Society invites you to a free conference on November 2nd at Black Bear Inn, Orono.  This event is designed for participants to exchange ideas, resources and knowledge that will inspire hope and innovation for those who live and work with individuals with autism. This year’s keynote is “You Can’t Make Me: Proactive Strategies for Positive Behavioral Change,” delivered by James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D, author of the book, Early Intervention & Autism:  Real-Life Questions; Real-Life Answers. 6 contact hours. Details and registration info here.  Registration expected to fill up quickly.

Tools and Topics:
skills for helping clients achieve their financial goals

November 6, 2019

Join the Community Caring Collaborative in the large conference room at SCEC from 11:30 am — 12:50 pm for a brown bag lunch presented by Joe Connors, Financial Coach with Downeast Community Partners. Joe will review useful tools for building budgets with clients (if you have a budget template you’re currently using, bring it with you!); discuss having conversations with clients about personal finances; and even harder conversations about financial privacy and accessing benefits. Bring your lunch, we’ll provide beverages and dessert.  RSVP to Christine.  Participants are welcome to stay for the Work Group meeting following at 1 pm.  Download a flyer to share with staff & colleagues.

Sunrise County Economic Summit:
Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

November 8, 2019

Sunrise County Economic Council invites you to a day of shared learning about Washington County’s Economy at the Cobscook Community Learning Center on November 8th, 9 am – 3 pm.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Register by Friday, October 25th.  Email Cathy Lookabaugh at with questions.

Estate Planning Workshop
November 12, 2019

Sunrise County Economic Council invites individuals and business owners to this workshop at SCEC (7 Ames Way, Machias) from 3–4:30 pm.  Like many people, you may hope to leave a substantial legacy for your loved ones and charitable causes. But without proper planning and the appropriate financial strategies, you may not be able to protect your assets from probate and other unintended consequences. As a result, your estate may be settled in ways you did not intend.  This workshop will provide practical and essential information and dialogue that may help you assess your current situation and develop a strategy that may help preserve your assets. Perhaps best of all, you’ll have an experienced professional to answer your questions and provide guidance to preserve your estate.
To register: Estate Planning.

Helping Hands with Heart Seminar
November 14, 2019

Helping Hands with Heart/The Maine Highlands Investment Partnership (MHIP) is offering this professional developmental seminar for its members and colleagues, including folks who have supported some of our activities the past year, focusing on the Impact of Poverty with Aleigh Suffern, who has been trained by Donna Beegle. As the poorest county in Maine, this discussion has profound meaning for service providers and advocates.  This session will be offered at The Commons from 11 am — 2:30 pm, at no cost to participants; a light luncheon will be provided. Register no later than Friday, October 4th!

Building Age-Friendly Communities from the Group Up
November 22, 2019

The CCC and Washington County Thriving in Place invite town managers and select board members to a lunch meeting on November 22nd from 12:30 — 3:30 pm at the Kay Parker Building in Machias facilitated by Patricia Oh, AARP Age-Friendly Consultant.  We will explore how joining AARP’s network of age-friendly communities can benefit your town.  Hear from representatives of communities in Washington and Hancock Counties that have already joined this network.  Learn the process for receiving an age-friendly community designation.  Lunch will be provided.  Please share this flyer with your town manager and select board members. Pre-registration is appreciated.

CCC Vision Day 2019: Focus on Childcare
December 4, 2019

The Community Caring Collaborative invites you to Vision Day 2019 on December 4th from 9 am to 3 pm at Cobscook Community Learning Center.  This is an opportunity for all members of the collaborative — service providers, administrators, educators, advocates, volunteers and community members —  to bring ideas to the table that address a specific set of needs for Washington County residents.  We do this every couple of years in the relaxed atmosphere of our favorite vision day venue — the CCLC — where creativity and dreaming big are encouraged.  This year we’re focusing on childcare. Help us envision a Washington County where all childcare needs and wants are met.  Dream of all the ways childcare in Washington County can support children, families, and the economy.  It will take people with experience in all aspects of this equation (parents, child care providers/managers, policy makers, educators and workforce development experts) to fully tackle the issues, but we can start on December 4th and go from there.  Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.  Sign up here and share a flyer with staff and colleagues.

Serial Classes & Groups  

Classes, play groups, support circles and other repeating events

The Business of Women: Book & Discussion Group 
Ruth Feldman, Program Director/Business Advisor with the Women’s Business Center at CEI, invites women in business or thinking about starting a business to a new book & discussion group at the Porter Memorial Library on Tuesday evenings from 5-6:30 pm beginning October 22nd.  “We will use the following books as a basis for conversations and try out some free, online tools that can help us to think, plan and take action. We will invite guests who can help to bring the books and topics to life and serve as real-world models from women within our community who have taken a leap in following their dreams. Books are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to be picked up from Porter Library in Machias. Registration required. $25 refundable book deposit or bring your own books.”
  • Lean In – Women, Work and the will to lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • The Creator’s Code – The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by Amy Wilkinson
  • Do Cool Sh*t – (Quit your day job, Start your own business & Live happily ever after) by Miki Agrawal
  • The Confidence Code – The science and art of self-assurance – what women should know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
  • Women Going for It! – Taking Risks After 50 by Diana Coleman
  • The Sassy Ladies’ Toolkit for Start-Up Businesses – by Michelle Girasole, Wendy Hanson, and Miriam Perry

For more information, please contact Ruth at

UMaine Extension to offer Cooking Matters for Parents

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free nutrition and cooking series for adults with children living at home. Lessons include nutrition information as well as making and sampling budget friendly recipes. Participants will receive ingredients to make a Cooking Matters recipe at home each week.  This program will be offered Wednesdays, Sept. 18 through Oct. 23, 5–7 p.m. at the UMaine Extension Office located at 28 Center Street in Machias.   Pre-registration is required.  Register online or by phone.  To register or request a reasonable accommodation, contact Rita Stephenson, 255.3345;

Dining with Diabetes Down East in Cherryfield Oct. 324

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free, four-week Dining with Diabetes Down East series beginning Thursday, Oct. 3, from 3–5 p.m., at Maine Seacoast Mission Weald Bethel Community Center, 7 Weald Bethel Lane, Cherryfield.  Remaining dates are Oct.17 and 24.  The program complements medical care by teaching people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, along with their family members and caregivers, what they can do to help control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. UMaine Extension registered dietitian and nutritionist Alan Majka will provide presentations, lead discussions and demonstrate preparation of nutritious recipes that participants can sample. This free class is limited to 20 participants; pre-registration is required. Register online. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Tara Wood,, 207.255.3345; 800.287.1542 (Maine only). Food and supplies for this program are provided with support from Hannaford Supermarkets.

Thursday Webinar Series at WCCC
Join Washington County Community College for HR Thursdays beginning in Fall 2019! This is an exciting series of quick lunch-n-learn webinars lead by an exclusive cadre of regional and statewide HR professionals. We will be tapping the robust talent that exists regionally to share best practices and provide technical assistance.  See flyer for details, or visit this link.

CAN Council Groups

  • Weekly infant toddler playgroup in Machias: Fridays from 10-11 at the Kay Parker Building. See flyer for details.
  • Weekly Social Hour for children 6-11 who are engaged with section 26/65 to come with their BHP’s for a craft/activity/game on Fridays from 3-4. BHP’s and their kiddos are welcome any Friday, but we do ask that they send an RSVP (263-5270) with the kiddo’s age at least 2 hours prior. This way we can make accommodations or modifications to our activities if needed. This will be held at WCCP (232 Court St, Machias). See flyer for details.
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren – First Thursday of the month from 3:30 — 4:30 at Woodland Public Library
  • Parents in Recovery (Calais) – Second Thursday of the month from 3:30 — 4:30 at Downeast Recovery and Support Center, Calais
  • Parents in Recovery (Machias) – Second Monday of the month from 3:30 — 4:40 at Downeast Recovery and Support Center,  Machias
  • Machias Circle of Parents – last Monday of the month from 3:30 — 4:30 at Sunrise Opportunities (232 Court St, Machias)
  • Nurturing Program – The CAN Council invites parents to a multi-session educational program sharing tips and tricks to help navigate the difficult challenges of parenting. Lots of opportunity for discussion and questions – free refreshments and childcare.  Location: Harrington Family Health Center, 52 East Main Street, Harrington, every Thursday from 12:30 — 2 pm.  Text/call Mandie at 263-5270 to sign up.

Caregivers Facebook Group

The CCC is launching a private facebook group for caregivers in Washington County – professional caregivers like RNs and CNAs, and informal caregivers like family members providing care for a spouse, parent, specials needs child, sibling or the neighbor across the street.  Our goal is for this group to provide a platform for caregivers to talk to each other, ask questions, offer solutions based on experience with similar challenges, and point to helpful resources.  Use this link to join.

Recovery Dharma

The Downeast Recovery Supports Center is now hosting weekly meetings of Recovery Dharma, a Buddhist-inspired approach to recovery from addiction. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. No prior experience with Buddhism is required. Meetings are free and all who seek recovery are warmly welcomed. Learn more about Refuge Recovery at:

Hepatitis C Support Group

Health Equity Alliance has begun a Hepatitis C support group at the Downeast Machias Recovery Center.  They also offer a syringe exchange and FREE HIV and HEPC testing.  Hours are Tuesday: 3-6 pm and  Friday: 10 am to 1 pm, closed to Walk-In Services on Mondays,  Wednesdays, and Thursdays. FMI: Arielle Metcalf at, 207-255-5849.

Downeast MAT Expansion ECHO

Healthy Acadia in collaboration with Qualidigm (formerly Maine Quality Counts) invites you to join a local effort to respond to Maine’s opioid epidemic through education, skill-building, and networking for Downeast clinicians. The Downeast MAT Expansion ECHO program seeks to build local capacity to treat individuals who are struggling with OUDs across Hancock and Washington Counties by offering free education, skill building, and networking to clinicians and the practices they work in. Healthy Acadia, working closely with many key community partners, is offering a two-part Project ECHO program over the coming year. Sign up for Part 2 now: Second Wednesday of the month from September 2019 to May 2020; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Meetings will be held virtually using Zoom.

Download a flyer for more information.  Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence-based educational model developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico

Community of Practice Groups:
6-8 pm

Maine Roads to Quality invites Early Care & Education professionals to join one of 2 community of practice groups:

  • Calais Community of Practice meets on the second Tuesday of each month at WCCC – Riverview Hall, Room 115 (Multi Media Room
  • Machias Community of Practice meets on the 4th Monday of each month at UMM – Torrey Hall, Room 228

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

Standing Meetings & Calendars

Monthly and quarterly meetings, agency/initiative calendars at a glance and other meeting schedules 

GEAR Fall Quarterly Workshops

Shannan Boyorak, Regional Parent Support Coordinator for the G.E.A.R. Parent Network, is circulating a flyer with their statewide schedule for workshops being offered this fall. If you have any questions or are interested in more information or attending one of these workshops, feel free to reach out to Shannon or call the 1-800 number listed on the flyer.  Download the flyer here.

Calais Area Breast Cancer Support Group

Meetings on the 4th Friday of each month at 3 PM at the Calais United Methodist Church, 849 Main St. (downstairs parlor), in Calais.  This free “gathering” is a comforting and safe environment to find encouragement and hope.  Open to all that have a breast cancer diagnosis.  FMI call Marianne at 454-0501. Download a flyer for more information.

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.  The next meeting is November 6th in the large conference room at SCEC, 7 Ames Way, Machias, from 1 — 3 pm, immediately following a brown bag lunch beginning at 11:30 presented by financial coach Joe Connors of DCP.  See notes from September.  October notes coming soon.  Send your questions to Christine.

Needs & Offers 

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

Hope Fund is Open!
The Hope Fund Committee is now accepting applications for the new Hope Fund award year.  After receiving helpful feedback from providers and exploring ways to better serve families throughout the year, the committee has divided the  Hope Fund award year into 3 segments.  Funds are allocated evenly for each trimester.  October 16th is the beginning of the first trimester.  The committee will meet weekly to review applications until funds are depleted, then will stop accepting applications until the beginning of the next trimester.  Keep abreast of Hope Fund developments and download the application form and other helpful documents on the CCC website.

Free Window Insulation Kits

Maine Seacoast Mission is once again offering free, reusable interior storm windows in different sizes to seniors and families to help lower heating costs.  Contact the Downeast Campus in Cherryfield (546-5870) to pick up your kit, or connect with a Community Caring Collaborative staff member about picking up a kit from their office.

 Assistant Director/Adult Education Teacher 

Axiom Education & Training Center is seeking to fill a position for 25 hours to start as an Assistant Director/Adult Ed. teacher. Minimum requirement is a Bachelors degree in education. Some travel is required. Training will be provided. Please send a resume and cover letter to: 

Addison Point is hiring!

Addison Point is hiring for two positions:

  • Direct Support Professional (DSP)/Employment Specialist:
    Are you looking for a rewarding job?  Addison Point has an immediate opening for a Direct Support Professional (DSP)/Employment Specialist in our Adult Learning Center in Addison.  You would assist adult clients with disabilities in a center-based setting and accompany clients to their jobs in the community.  Position will be 21 hours per week, T/Th/F from 8:30 – 3:30pm.  There is a possibility of more hours if you are willing to work across environments.  Wage based on level of experience.  Training provided.  EOE.  For more information and an application, please contact Kendra Nelson, Adult Program Director at 483-6500 ext. 103 or
  • Behavioral Health Professionals (BHPs):
    Would you like to make a difference in a child’s life?  Addison Point has immediate openings for Behavioral Health Professionals (BHPs) in our Children’s Program in the Alexander, Calais, Indian Township and Milbridge areas.  You would provide direct support to children & young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism or other similar disorders in a community-based/home-based setting.  Wage based on level of experience.  Training provided.  EOE.  For more information and an application, please contact Mike Ferris, Children’s Program Supervisor at 483-6500 ext. 107 or

Resource Advocate/Social Worker

Downeast Community Partners is hiring for the full-time position of Resource Advocate. This person will work with individuals and families who are economically vulnerable to provide assistance and support in managing the challenges they are experiencing. The position will include both short-term assistance with immediate needs as well as ongoing work with more long-term goals; the overall goal being to help people improve their quality of life and ultimately move out of poverty. This will mean working on smaller goals in many different areas of life depending on the needs. The successful candidate will preferrably have a 4-year degree in Social Work or a related field, be willing to travel throughout Washington County and occasionally outside Washington County, and demonstrate the skills necessary to help participants be successful. To apply send letter of interest, references and resume to Human Resource Department, Downeast Community Partners, P.O. Box 648, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Fedcap Feedback

Maine Equal Justice has created a survey for individuals who have received services from Fedcap to provide feedback on their experience.  Here’s a link to the survey.

EMDC Workforce Development Services

EMDC has moved to the Career Center in Machias (53 Prescott Drive, near the Hannaford Shopping Plaza).  Connect with EMDC staff for employment and training assistance to eligible individuals in EMDC’s five county service area. For assistance in Washington County call Amanda Smith at 951-2349 or email, or call Samantha Giasson at  610-1521 or email if you’ve worked in agriculture/farm work in the last two years.  Additional information can be found at

Free Financial Coaching

Thanks to support from Downeast Community Partners, Joseph Connors has been able to continue offering free coaching on any financial matter to individuals and families in Washington County, following the termination of this program at the end of March by the Consumer Protection Bureau.  To make an appointment with Joe, call him at 207-598-5657 or email

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The mission of the CCC is to nurture and sustain collaboration that expands resources and results in greater hope, health and wellbeing for Washington County people.

Contact: Christine Laurel, Communication & Training Coordinator
Community Caring Collaborative

PO Box 224, East Machias, ME 04630
Phone: 207-249-3318
Fax: 207-835-4500


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