CCC Wednesday Communique — September 6, 2023

Dr. Donna Beegle will be signing copies of her book for sale at the September 13th in-person training, Effectively Communicating & Relating Across Poverty Barriers, at Washington County Community College.  There’s still time to register.  We’re extending the registration deadline to this Friday.  Learn more.

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Managing School Anxiety

Welcome ‘23-‘24 school year! The GEAR Parent Network has assembled a one-sheet with tips on how to help your child manage anxiety with school. Also, be sure to visit our website and register for our new workshop, “Defusing Challenging Behaviors: How to Effectively De-Escalate Your Child” being held September 21, 2023 from 10-12 pm. We are looking forward to presenting this and learning more together!

Suicide Prevention & Awareness Events

September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness month, and UMaine Machias has events planned all month long, including a support tree on College Hill, a presentation and discussion on September 13th, and the “Out of the Darkness Walk” on September 20th.  See flyer for details.

Movie Night at the Parklet!

Healthy Acadia invites you to a special outdoor viewing of Together: Community Health Champions on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 7 pm at the Downtown Ellsworth Parklet located at 3 Franklin Street.  Learn more.  Can’t make the September 20th event? Our next local film showing will be on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at the University of Maine Machias (UMM) in Science 102. The film begins at 5 pm.

Caregiver Essentials:
Advocating for Your Loved One Every Step of the Way

September 28th, 7 – 8 pm online.  Join Jenny Woodworth, Director of Programs, in conversation with Joan Englund, Executive Director of Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition and Katie Jenkins, MPA, CDCA, Executive Director of NAMI Greater Cleveland, regarding advocacy both on a large scale and a small scale. Questions about how to best support your loved one during treatment? Questions about policy regarding mental health and addiction? This is the Fireside Chat for you!  Register here.

The Grief Journey of the Dementia Caregiver

Join HopeHealth Hospice & Palliative Care on October 17th from 12 – 1 pm for an online session that will will discuss how grief changes for dementia caregivers at each stage of the disease—from anticipatory grief to bereavement. Identifying the caregiver’s greatest area of stress will also be a part of the discussion.  This presentation is part of a series designed to provide education, support, and resources for those caring for loved ones living with dementia. There will be time for Q&A following each presentation.  Register here.

Trees for HOPE Festival

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center is thrilled to share some exciting news! It’s not too early to start thinking about donating a themed Christmas tree for the 2023 Trees for HOPE Festival. This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, December 16th from 9 am to 7 pm and on Sunday, December 17th from 9 am to 2 pm at a location to be determined within Ellsworth, ME. We hope you’ll consider donating a tree and/or attending and purchasing raffle tickets.  Proceeds from the 2023 Trees for Hope Festival will benefit the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation Program, a collaborative effort of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.  For information about the Cancer Patient Navigation Program, contact Angela Fochesato at or call 207-664-0339.  All donations are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center; Mail to: Trees for HOPE Festival, Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 Commerce Park, Ellsworth, ME 04605.

The 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Lobster

Spoonful: a Bite-Sized Food and Nutrition Blog of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension presents “The 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Lobster,” by Kayla Parsons, PhD Student, RDN and Sydney Hauser, BS student, University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  “If you’re from New England, you’ve likely heard of Maine’s famous crustacean, the lobster. Despite its popularity, lobsters are complex and are riddled with unknown fun facts. Use the following five unique lobster tidbits at your next summer event….” Read more.

Maine Equal Justice Hiring 2 Positions

We are hiring for two positions: a Paralegal and an Administrative Assistant! Both are full-time, hybrid (partially-remote) positions with a 35-hour workweek and an amazing benefits package. We’ve received some great applications already, and we want to make sure that everyone in our network learns about these opportunities!

Best Practices for Successful Reentry

SAMHSA has a new resource: Best Practices for Successful Reentry From Criminal Justice Settings for People Living With Mental Health Conditions and/or Substance Use Disorders, that examines the types of interventions that support successful reentry for adults with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders who are leaving jail/prison.

Cooperative Extension Needs Assessment

To help with future planning for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, we have partnered with the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (PIE Center) to collect data to understand the needs of our clients, participants, employees, and partners.  The online Statewide Community Needs Assessment Data Collection portal is live and can be accessed using this link until September 17th.  Please visit the website for more information on the UMaine Extension Needs Assessment process.


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