CCC Wednesday Communique — October 25, 2023

Family Harvest Meal is only 2 days away!  Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your neighbors to join us for a roast chicken dinner from 4-6 pm at the Lee Pellon Center this Friday, the 27th.  We welcome donations to sponsor a meal.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Great Escape Online Auction

Wayfinder Schools is thrilled to bring back the Great Escape Auction. This year, participants will have the opportunity to bid on great escape travel packages from November 24th to December 15th – just in time for the holidays! The auction takes place online, and features Maine great escape packages and experiences. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor Maine adventure, a romantic getaway, family excursion, or a friends’ night out, The Great Escape has something for you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIN for updates, and visit our GREAT ESCAPE AUCTION WEBSITE.

Cooking Matters

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free, six-session nutrition education program to parents, guardians and young adults, ages 19-25, at the Labor of Love Food Pantry, 137 County Road, starting Nov. 7.  The workshop will focus on learning healthy, budget-friendly cooking tips and preparing healthy recipes as a group. It will be held Tuesdays through Dec. 12 from 9-11:00 a.m. The program will cover a range of topics, including meal planning, smart shopping, food safety and cooking techniques that maximize nutrition while minimizing costs. The program will also provide free cooking tools and food to participants. The Cooking Matters session will be led by trained nutrition educators who will guide participants through interactive lessons and cooking demonstrations. Space is limited to ten participants. Registration is required. For more information visit the program webpage. To register or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Vanessa Young,, 207-255-3345.

Crafts Around the World 4-H SPIN Club

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a three-session, in-person 4-H club about seasonal crafts from around the world designed for young artists to explore their creativity and learn about different cultural traditions.  Geared towards youth ages 6-12, the special interest, SPIN, club will meet from 10:30 am -12:30 pm on Saturdays, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and 16, 2023 at the Calais Free Library, 9 Union St. Each session will delve into the fascinating world of seasonal crafts, showcasing techniques, materials and designs used in various parts of the world. Participants will have the chance to create unique and personalized crafts associated with different seasons, such as autumn wreaths and winter ornaments. The club sessions will be led by experienced instructors who will guide participants through each project, providing step-by-step instructions and sharing interesting facts about the cultural significance of the crafts. The free club will also provide a platform for young artists to connect with their peers, share ideas and develop friendships. Spaces are limited to ten participants, early registration is encouraged. To sign up visit the program’s webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Tara Wood,, 207-255-3345.

Pathways to Employment

Washington County Community College invites professionals working with justice involved job seekers and employees to 8 live, synchronous Zoom classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 5:30 pm, November 7 — December 12, designed specifically designed for jobseekers whose involvement in the justice system has led to barriers accessing and/or maintaining employment. The course will be led by Abby Frutchey, LMSW, LADC, CCS, Substance Use Response Coordinator for the Community Caring Collaborative, featuring a variety of guest speakers with experience and expertise in the given class topic.  Students will explore how stigma related to involvement in the justice system has created barriers and challenges in accessing and engaging in desired employment and career pathways.  Students will gain an understanding of their rights as job seekers, gain skills of how best to disclose and talk about justice involvement with an employer and navigate those often-tricky waters of not sharing enough or disclosing too much.  Throughout the course, students will be working towards a vision of their path to meaningful employment, while developing a personal roadmap of how to get there.  Learn more and  Register here.

FFD Family Coach

Sunrise County Economic Council has an opening in the Family Futures Downeast program for a family coach. This position provides direct service and support to families during their first academic year in FFD at the University of Maine at Machias. Coaching responsibilities include: developing and coordinating the review of individualized student success plans, guidance and monitoring student progress to optimize student development, retention and success in the FFD program; setting short and long-term goals for whole family success; listening and providing strengths-based, constructive and non-judgmental feedback to optimize student experience and promote family well-being.  View full job description and link to application.

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