CCC Wednesday Communique — September 21, 2022

See the Update Section of this Newsletter for info on this year’s Family Harvest Meal.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Substance Use & its Impacts
It’s not too late to register for Substance Use and its Impacts: supporting recovery across communities, a core CCC training developed for Family Futures Downeast Partners, but open to all CCC partner staff.  Abby Frutchey, MSW, LADC, CCS, will be presenting this training at the beautiful facilities of Cobscook Institute on September 28th.  Topics include a review of substance use disorders, bias, the change process, building resiliency through strengths-based approaches, the importance of person-centered language; and expanding knowledge of community resources. Download a flyer to share.  Join us at noon for a light lunch and opportunity to network, followed by the training from 1 – 4 pm.  CEUs will be offered ($5 check or cash payable to UMM).  Everyone will receive a CCC certificate for 3 contact hours.  Register here.

Understanding Addiction: know science, no stigma
You are invited to a complimentary Pre-Conference virtual conversation with authors Dr. Jason Hunt and Dr. Charles Smith on Tuesday, September 27th from 7 – 8 pm, followed by Q&A 8 – 8:30pm.  This Webinar is a pre-conference event for the 2022 Maternal and Child Health and Substance Exposed Infants Virtual Conference being held on Wednesday and Friday, September 28 and 29, 2022.  In Understanding Addiction: Know Science, No Stigma, doctors Chuck Smith and Jason Hunt bring a unique and important perspective to the subject of addiction. Experts in the field, Smith and Hunt have personal, firsthand experience with the humiliation and shame that accompanies substance use disorder.  Facilitator: Abby Frutchey, MSW. LADC, CCS, Substance Use Response Coordinator, Community Caring Collaborative, East Machias and Washington County. Introduction/Co-Facilitator: Dara Fruchter, Project Manager, Substance Exposed Infants and Maternal Use Prevention, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Learn more and register here.

Friday, October 7th, WQDY Classic Hits and Healthy Acadia are so excited about the 18th Annual Turkey-A-Thon event, that we can’t stop telling folks! Watch out for turkey, vegetable and tutu clad volunteers standing by the side of the road at any of our seven locations. Last year we raised over $39,000 for our local food security organizations.  Maybe we can exceed this with your support! We are grateful to all of the volunteers and donors that make Turkey-A-Thon such a huge Washington County success story. I work closely with food security organizations in this region and I can assure you that each one is incredibly grateful to receive the proceeds of this event. You make a difference. If you have never been involved with the event before, every dollar donated goes straight to Washington County food security organizations. It is so easy and fun to participate. Here are at least four ways that you can be a part of the day:
  •  Volunteer on the day of the event for an hour or more at any one of our great locations. Please register HERE.
  • Stop in at any one of the seven locations and give a donation. Your business name will be shared on the air!
  • Call into the radio station on the day of the event to CHALLENGE other businesses or organizations to donate!
  • Send a donation directly to Jeff Demmons via Venmo.
Post this flyer around town or at your business!

Back to Basics: Building Routines for Success

University of Maine Cooperative Extension opens a free six-session online educational series for parents and caregivers Oct. 4 from 1–2:30 p.m. Additional sessions are scheduled Oct. 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1. “Back to Basics: Building Routines for Success” will focus on managing daily household tasks; meal planning and budgeting; learning to live with others; finding work and managing money; and coping with everyday stress. Each session includes time for questions.  The series is free; registration is required. Register on the program webpage for one or more sessions to participate. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Melanie Bryan, 207-342-5971;

Sunrise County Economic Summit

Sunrise County Economic Council invites you to save the date of November 15th from 9 am – 1 pm for SCEC’s in-person Economic Summit at Cobscook Institute.  Keynote speaker: Tora Johnson, PhD, University of Maine at Machias, Co-Chair, Environmental & Biological Sciences, Director of the GIS Laboratory and Service Center.  Details and Registration coming soon.

Caregiving Isn’t ‘Women’s Work’

Whether you’re talking about the mental load — aka invisible labor like planning and scheduling all the things on any given family member’s agenda — or literal loads of laundry and dishes, a majority of women (59%) say they’re still shouldering more than their spouse or partner, according to an October 2020 Pew Research analysis. It’s an everyday reality that echoes an antiquated but deeply embedded social belief that child care, senior care and care for the sick is “women’s work.”  Read article.  (From: | Published: September 2, 2022)

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