Youth Development Featured Volunteer: Big Sister Lisa

When Elizabeth was in 4th grade she wanted to meet someone new—an adult—who would share a few hours of their week doing something fun together. Elizabeth found that special friend through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine. In May 2004 she was matched with her “Big”, Lisa, and that marked the beginning of a rewarding mentorship and friendship.

Lisa wanted to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters because she has always enjoyed being around kids. “They are interesting and fun and you learn a lot from them. I was busy at work but I still had some free time. I wanted to find something that would be fun for me to do but rewarding, too. Big Brothers Big Sisters was the first thing I thought of.” Continue reading

Youth Development Featured Initiative: Mentor, Tutor, Mentor Drive

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Mentor, Tutor, Reader Drive:

Take the first step to becoming a mentor, tutor, or reader – research shows that one of the best ways to positively impact a child, youth or adult in need is through a quality relationship.  We hope you’ll participate and find out that as a volunteer, you’ll not only help, but gain a tremendous amount yourself!

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Youth Development Featured Agency: F.A.C.T.

Families And Children Together, (F.A.C.T.), was created in 1993 by a group of foster parents and social workers.   Their mission was, and remains, creating a family-focused agency that    encourages and fosters the development and healing of children facing emotional and behavioral challenges. They remain a highly selective agency that strives to respond to the individual needs of the child and family. They are also committed to a network style that encourages and supports creativity and involvement throughout the agency.

F.A.C.T.’s  Maine Kids-Kin Program provides the following services to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and other family members who are raising relatives’ children: Continue reading

Healthy Seniors Featured Volunteer: Frank Snow

Frank Snow of Brooksville is this year’s John W. Coombs Award winner. On paper Frank volunteers several hours ever month at the Brooksville Meals Café, transporting nutritious meals from where they are prepared in Deer Isle to Brooksville, where volunteers serve them to the elderly population there. In reality, he quietly gives countless hours to those in town who are ill, coping with misfortune, in need of a hand. Frank gives Christmas presents to needy children, provides transportation to those who need it, and delivers meals to housebound people, well beyond the doors of the Brooksville Meals Café. He even helped launch a scholarship program for students of any age in memory of his late daughter.

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Healthy Seniors Featured Initiative: District Coordinating Council

The State of Maine is comprised of eight Districts, each managed by a District Coordinating Council (DCC).  Providing a consistent basis for regional planning and coordinating across sectors and building sustainable infrastructure for collaboration are all major DCC priorities. United Way of Eastern Maine serves on the Downeast and Penquis DCCs.

We hope to ensure that culturally appropriate public health information, public health programs, and health promotion activities include vulnerable populations (like seniors) and are effectively and efficiently distributed district-wide through collaborative networks with all relevant entities. Continue reading

Healthy Seniors Featured Business: Martin’s Point Health Care

Martin's Point Bangor Health Care Center

“As people caring for people, Martin’s Point and our employees care passionately for the well-being of the people we serve, our communities, and each other.  We help build strong and healthy communities, not only through our direct work with patients and members, but also by investing our dollars and volunteers time to many charitable and nonprofit organizations and causes that make an impact on the health and well-being of our communities.” Continue reading

Healthy Seniors Featured Agency: UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Senior Companion Program

Senior Companion Interim Program Director Deb Eckart

As a Senior Companion you will meet new friends. You will enhance your feelings of purpose, knowing and seeing that you are important in the lives of your clients. Through the joy of sharing and companionship, you and your clients together will increase your feelings of self-worth.

 Senior Companion program director Deb Eckart shares how one senior was saved by her companion here.

The mission of the Senior Companion Program is to provide the opportunity for meaningful relationships for Senior Companions and their clients throughout Maine. Continue reading

Stability + Self-Sufficiency Featured Volunteer: Janice Howard

“I have worked for WHCA for 14 years now, driven over 700,000 miles and loved every minute of it,” says Janice Howard, a volunteer driver and member of the WHCA Board of Directors.

“Janice has helped the people of Washington and Hancock counties achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life, reflecting the agency’s mission statement.” Continue reading

Stability + Self-Sufficiency Featured Initiative: The Maine Continuum of Care

Maine Housing works with homeless service providers and other organizations toward a shared goal of preventing and eliminating homelessness in Maine. One of these collaborative efforts underway is The Maine Continuum of Care.

This collaborative is here to develop programs to best meet the specific needs of people who are homeless and help them move to stable housing and maximum self-sufficiency.  Continue reading