CCC Wednesday Communique — October 2, 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!

There’s still time to register for this free workshop in Calais on October 10th

Register here


WIC Apple Palooza

Visit the newly renovated WIC office in Machias on October 7th from 10:30 am to 6 pm to celebrate fall and the end of the Farmer’s Market season.  Use your farmer’s market voucher to pick up some farm fresh produce and check out the new breastfeeding room.  Share this flyer with friends and WIC clients.

EMDC’s new location and expanded staff

The Eastern Maine Development Center (EMDC) in Machias has relocated to the Career Center (53 Prescott Drive, near the Hannaford Shopping Plaza).  Samantha Giasson has joined the team to administer the National Farmworker Jobs Program.  Samantha will be working in both the Hancock and Washington County offices.  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

Addison Point is hiring!

Addison Point has immediate openings for a Direct Support Professional (DSP)/Employment Specialist and Behavioral Health Professionals (BHPs).  Visit the Needs & Offers section of this newsletter for job descriptions and application information.

Davis Maine Scholarship

The Maine Seacoast Mission, the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, and three inaugural Partner Colleges — Clark University (MA), University of New England (ME), and Wheaton College (MA) — announce the launch of the Davis Maine Scholarship: a full, four-year scholarship for rural, first-generation college students from Washington and eastern Hancock Counties….  The first Davis Maine Scholarship cohort will be selected as high school juniors in Fall, 2020.  Learn more about this opportunity here.

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

A New Wave of Caregivers: Men

“When you hear the word “caregiver,” what image comes to mind?

Most likely it is a woman in her 40s — someone tucking her children in with a phone call to her aging mother before bed. And in fact, this isn’t inaccurate. But did you know that of the 40 million family caregivers in America, nearly half of them are men?

According to Jean Accius of AARP, these once invisible men are starting to ‘come out’ publicly. Dr. Accius has written: ‘They are husbands taking care of their spouses or partners, sons taking care of Mom or Dad, friends taking care of neighbors. These men are breaking stereotypes and upending misconceptions.'”

Read the rest of the article

From: The New York Times | September 18, 2019

One-Time Events  

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

Washington County Cancer Conference 
October 4, 2019

The 12th annual Washington County Cancer Conference,The Role of Palliative Care in the Cancer Journey, is taking place at the Lee Pellon Center on Friday, October 4th, from 9 am — 3 pm.  Kandyce Powell, ED, from the Maine Hospice Council is the keynote speaker.   See this flyer for more information about this free, uplifting event.

Maine’s Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference
October 4-5, 2019

Join us on October 4th and 5th from 8:30 to 4:15 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Maine. Come for one day or come for both! Explore social and emotional development, learning through exploration and play, building resiliency, trauma-informed practices, continuity of care, deepening connections with children and families, early childhood mental health, inclusion and special education, working in multi-age settings, coaching and mentoring, and early childhood leadership, policy, and advocacy. Discover how our knowledge facilitates early learning success in public and private PreK–3, preschool, and infant and toddler early care and education. A certificate for 7 training hours for each day will be issued to all participants. REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 18th.  Register here.

WIC Apple Palooza

October 7, 2019

Visit the newly renovated WIC office in Machias on October 7th from 10:30 am to 6 pm to celebrate fall and the end of the Farmer’s Market season.  Use your farmer’s market voucher to pick up some farm fresh produce and check out the new breastfeeding room.  Share this flyer with friends and WIC clients.

Helping Hands with Heart Seminar
October 9, 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 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how we develop Resilience in others. Sue Mackey Andrews will facilitate this session. Our region is 2nd in the State with higher than average ACEs reports from our high school students. We will discuss what ACEs are, how they influence brain development and our health over the lifespan, behavior and what we can do as caring individuals to help to develop resilience in children, adults and communities.  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!

Elder Abuse Awareness & Response Workshop
October 10, 2019

The Elder Abuse Institute of Maine, together with Next Step and the CCC, is hosting a free workshop from 1-5 pm at the Calais Congregational Church, 21 Calais Avenue.  This event is for community volunteers, social service agency staff, medical providers, law enforcement, and faith community members – please share this flyer.  Participants will learn to identify potential elder abuse, what resources are available to help victims and families, and what they can do to help.  Call 207-712-8551 for more information.  Register here.

Helping your Business Navigate Substance Use in the Work Place
October 10, 2019
Sunrise County Economic Council and the Community Caring Collaborative are coordinating a free, 3-hour  training for employers on this topic on October 10th from 5 – 8 pm at the Downeast Recovery Support Center, 311 Main Street, Calais.  See details and agenda in this flyer.  Register here.

15th Annual Turkey-A-Thon
October 11, 2019

It’s time for one of Washington County’s greatest fundraisers!  Organizations, food pantries, agencies, please consider volunteering for the 15th Annual Turkey-A-Thon at one of the seven sites located throughout Washington County on Friday, October 11th from 7 am to 5 pm. Bring friends and neighbors, a class or a group!  See flyer for details.  To sign up for a site and a time, follow this link!  For more information, contact Regina at Healthy Acadia by phone at 255 3741 or by email at

State Plan on Aging Listening Sessions
October 16, 2019 in Washington County

Every four years, the state is required to create a State Plan on Aging that specifies how federal and state funding will be used to address the needs of older Mainers. To inform the planning process, the Department of Health & Human Services is hosting a series of listening sessions across Maine.  The MCOA urges you to share this information and to encourage people to participate in these conversations. They want to hear not only from older Mainers, but also from caregivers, providers, adults with disabilities, and other interested people.  Please share this flyer with your boards, volunteers, staff, and friends.  For Washington County residents, the listening session will be hosted by the University of Maine, Machias in the Performing Arts Center, 2–4 pm on October 16th.

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!

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.

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.  If your organization would like to participate, please sign up here.  Bring your kids to Trick or Treat on Main Street and join us after — costumes encouraged!

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 AnswersDetails and registration info here.  Registration expected to fill up quickly.

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

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.10, 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.  Our first webinar in the tHuRsday series will be held on October 10 from 1-2 pm featuring Mary LaFontaine, Regional Director— Maine Department of Labor delivering Recruitment Strategies: Workplace Culture and its Impact on Recruiting from Underutilized Talent Pools. 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.

Refuge Recovery

The Downeast Recovery Supports Center is now hosting weekly meetings of Refuge Recovery, 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 

Washington County Food Pantry Network

Oct 3,  1-4 pm,  at Weld Bethel Food Pantry at the Maine SeaCoast Mission, Cherryfield.


  • Kai Loundon, Good Shepherd Food Bank
    • Presentation on Distribution Styles or Fundraising
    • Community Driven Strategies (CDS)
  • Best Practices Serving People in Substance Use Recovery
  • Turkey-A-Thon -Volunteers Welcome
  • Gleaning – End of Season
  • Local Updates
  • Next Steps
    • 2020 Meeting Dates

Questions? Contact Regina Grabrovac at our Machias Healthy Acadia office by phone at 255 3741 or by email at

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.  Notes from the September meeting coming soon.  The next meeting is October 2nd in the large conference room at SCEC, 7 Ames Way, Machias, from 1 — 3 pm.  See agenda for the October meeting.  Send your questions to Christine.

Needs & Offers 

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

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

VISTA Recruitment for Food Security and Rescue

We are stepping up recruitment for a Healthy Acadia Americorps VISTA position to support our food security and food rescue efforts. There is a start date of October 28. Applicants would need to apply by Oct 1. Please share this press release and this flyer with anyone you think might be interested and with other community partners.

Axiom ETC is Hiring!

Washington County Adult Education is seeking to fill a part-time Adult Education Director position and part-time Literacy/ELL Instructor position that are being combined into a full-time position if a suitable candidate is found.  Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree and a wiliness to become state certified as an assistant adult education director. Professional Development costs will be provided. Assists the director in oversite of programs adult basic education, high school completion, college transitions, vocational, academic and career advising, and other programs deemed appropriate for communities. This is a county program, so travel is required at times. Mileage or a gas card is provided. The assistant director works director to support efforts to meet mission, vision and goals. The portion of the position as a literacy/ELL instructor will work with immigrant populations, college students and other adults who need to acquire the English language or increase their literacy skills. Professional development and training will be provided.  Please send a resume and cover letter to: 

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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