Celebrating recovery in Washington County — join this year’s Recovery Walk in Machias on September 24th. Details in the announcement below. (Recovery Walk 2019 photo courtesy of Rick Heller, Quoddy Tides)
New this Week
- Beyond the Label: Reducing Substance Use Related Stigma, a one-hour Zoom presentation you can attend during lunchtime (12 Noon) on September 29th. This virtual brown bag presentation covers impacts stigma has on our community members impacted by substance use disorder and strategies to reduce that stigma. Register here.
- Understanding the impacts of substance use disorder: supporting students and families, 4-hour virtual training held in two 2-hour sessions on September 24th & 27th from 9–11 am. Designed for partners of Family Futures Downeast, this training is open to any staff member of a CCC partner organization. Training Objectives: understanding bias and its impacts; understanding substance use disorders; impacts of substance use for individuals and family systems; identifying elements in the change process; building resiliency through strengths-based approaches; understanding importance of person-centered language; and expanding knowledge of community resources. UMM is offering .4 CEUs for participants who complete both sessions. Register for part 1 (September 24th) here. A link to join session 2 will be provided in the chat.
Free CME Virtual Workshop
Please join the Downeast Public Health Council on September 21st and/or on September 28th for a great opportunity to take the Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) training! The training simplifies preparedness into 10 Preparedness Actions that are easy to follow and quickly implement into any home or business structure. This training will help organizations:
- Identify risks
- Learn essential preparedness actions
- Locate available resources to execute preparedness actions
Please share with your networks and click on the registration links below. If you have any questions or would like promotional materials to share with your networks, please reach out to either Jed Fiato or Arlene Magoon. Thank you!
- VOAD OPEN and Prepared! – Tuesday, 2PM – September 21
- OPEN and Prepared Maine – Tuesday, 6PM – September 28
- Infant Safe Sleep
- Period of Purple Crying
- Protective Factors/Strengthening Maine.
FREE Online Behavioral Health Trainings
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer an online class on dehydrating and freezing for food preservation from 6–7:30 p.m., Sept. 23. Learn how to safely preserve foods by blanching and freezing, or by using a food dehydrator. Freezing instructions and a dehydration food guide will be emailed following the webinar. Registration and a $5 fee is required. Register on the event webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Sharon Paradis, 207.834.3905; firstname.lastname@example.org.
This group, led by trained volunteers, is for people impacted by mental health challenges, their own or that of a family member. NAMI Support Groups will help you:
- Find strength in sharing experiences
- Embrace forgiveness and reject guilt
- Understand that mental health conditions are no one’s fault
Meets on the first Tuesday of the Month, 6 – 7:30 pm on Zoom or call +1 646 558 8656 (Meeting ID: 995 7971 1646, Password: 019058). For more information, contact group facilitator Amy: 207-726-0608 or 207-263-7889.
Click here to learn more and see a listing of all NAMI Maine Support Groups. NAMI Family-to-Family and NAMI Support Groups have been described as life changing by people who have participated in them. It would be great to see these free support services widely used in Washington County.
Machias Job Fair
The Machias CareerCenter is hosting a job fair on Thursday, September 16th, from 9 am to 12 noon and we would love your assistance in getting the word out to job seekers. Please share this flyer or refer people to the event on Facebook.
- Kinap mentorships are available to college-age students (upper level undergraduates or graduate students) who will be mentors to younger students at UMM and in their tribal communities. A press release announcing the new program can be found here.
- Mentorship program originally called “Ambassadors Program.” WaYS Internships are also available for all Wabanaki students living in Washington county or enrolled at UMM. Students will collaborate with advisors to design an internship project in an area of concern to them and to their tribal community. Their project advisors will include a Cultural Knowledge Keeper from the Wabanaki community and a western researcher or professional. Other advisors can be included.
Healthy Acadia Recruiting for 3 Positions
Healthy Acadia is once again sponsoring the 17th Annual Turkey-A-Thon in partnership with WQDY 92.7/WALZ 95.3. This year’s event is on Friday, October 8th, from 7 am to 5 pm. Download the flyer and post in your community or at your organization. We are looking for volunteers at locations across Washington County!
Please REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER here!