Joe's mission as an attorney is to provide all Mainers with access to justice-- above his desk hangs a sign with the words "Justice justice shalt thou pursue". Justice for all Mainers means equal rights for all Mainers, which is why Joe is proud to promote EqualityMaine's Annual Gala, which is Saturday, March 24th, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. EqualityMaine works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration. With special guest comedienne Christine O'Leary, this year's annual gala will feature dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Find more about this great organization at its website, and more about the gala here. Joe hopes the event is a success and fully supports EqualityMaine's vision of the day when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of Maine people and in all areas of the law.
Mental health is an issue that so deeply affects society yet so rarely gets talked about. That's why Joe is spreading the word about Family Hope, a local organization that fosters mental crisis prevention through education. Family Hope was created from the frustration experienced by many families and friends as they struggled to find help for someone they care about who lives with mental illness. Founder Donna Betts started this effort as a passionate response to her own family's struggles; she quickly discovered she was not alone in facing the hurdles and barriers of working with disconnected mental health resources in Maine. Family Hope is dedicated to educating, providing encouragement, and suggesting resources to aid family members and friends help someone they care about who is living with mental illness, strive toward recovery.
Learn more about this organization here. Joe offers his thanks to all who work to spread awareness of mental illness and to the folks at Family Hope for the important work they do.
Joe is missing football as much as the next Mainer, but this message is for a different kind of Pats: the Irish American Club of Maine is preparing for it's St Patrick's Day Parade, and Joe is spreading the word!
For over four decades, the Irish American Club has served to preserve and promote Irish-American culture, history, and community in Maine. Joe thinks you should join the IAC for its annual St. Patrick's celebration on Commercial Street in Portland, as well as the following day at Ri Ra for live music and fun. These folks never stop having fun, so be sure to learn more about the IAC here and more about the St. Patrick's Day festivities here.
Joe has been active in Maine's Jewish community since he was a young boy, when he could be spotted hanging out at the Jewish Community Center after school. One of his favorite local traditions is the Maine Jewish Film Festival, which is taking place this week, March 10-18. MJFF curates a program of films that explore the Jewish experience through drama, comedy, documentary and short film formats. The festival has grown to be one of the best-attended, most well-respected, and highly-anticipated cultural events in the State. You can catch showings of great Jewish films at local theaters from Portland to Augusta and multiple places in between. For more information about the MJFF, visit the official website, and for the day-to-day schedule click here. Joe hopes this festival has another great year and continues to contribute to the rich cultural fabric of Maine!
One of Joe's favorite things about Portland is the city's rich and textured history, and that goes for all of Maine, which is why the Maine Historical Society is such a fascinating organization. A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, MHS is located in the heart of Portland's downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, the Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States.
The Society's current exhibition is Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here. Using historical and contemporary stories of individual people and communities, Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here, tells the Maine food story. Throughout the interactive exhibition, visitors are invited to engage their senses and to think deeply about the past, present and future of Maine's relationship with food.
Of the many things that make Maine special, one of Joe's favorites is our dazzling coastline. Like many Mainers, Joe grew up swimming and exploring the coast of our great state, and that's why he's happy to promote the Maine Island Trail Association. The Maine Island Trail is a water trail spanning over 200 islands and coastal sites along the 375 miles of the coast of Maine, and MITA's goal is to establish a model of thoughtful use and volunteer stewardship for the Maine islands that will assure their conservation in a natural state while providing an exceptional recreational asset that is maintained and cared for by the people who use it. If you're interested in this organization, find more about MITA here.
Joe has been blessed with many amazing women in his life, some of them immigrants, so he's honored to spread the word about Women United Around the World, a nonprofit organization that helps female immigrants acclimate into a new environment and reaches out to women globally to give support and education. Women from over 30 countries who now live in Maine will gather tomorrow, Saturday, March 3, 2018, to celebrate International Women's Day. In honor of their global sisters, Women United Around the World ("WUAW") will hold its 9th Annual International Fashion Show Gala and Fundraiser from 6pm to 10pm, at the Italian Heritage Center.
Longtime readers of the blog will be familiar with this message and know that it must be that time of the year for USM's job fair. With over 80 employers attending from a wide variety of industries including healthcare, government agencies, technology, arts, and consumer products, the job fair will give job-seekers the opportunity to explore job opportunities, meet with employers, learn about the hiring process, and build professional relationships. The event is tomorrow, Thursday March 1st, from 11am-4pm at the Sullivan Gym in Portland. For more information about the job fair, check out USM's career services page. Joe hopes the event is a success and wishes you well in your job hunt!