Joe is happy to once again promote the Boo Bash, a Halloween fundraiser to benefit Simple Gifts. Simple Gifts is an organization that provides financial support and encouragement to patients experiencing a medical crisis, as well as their families. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers. Joe respects and admires the work that Simple Gifts does, and is happy to spread the word about the Boo Bash, which will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 7-11 PM, in the function room at the Italian Heritage Center at 40 Westland Ave in Portland. Find more about the organization and the event here. Joe hopes the event goes boo-tifully!
Ever since Joe's days as a young DJ (true story), he's had a soft spot in his heart for student-run radio stations; fortunately, Portland is home to such a station. WMPG, 90.9/104.1, empowers University of Southern Maine students and community members to create diverse, innovative, high quality media, foster the exchange of ideas, and celebrate the many cultures of USM and surrounding communities for broadcast to the world. As we all know, it takes charitable donations from Portlanders like you to make such an operation possible. WMPG's Spring Begathon is currently taking place, so be sure to donate here. The WMPG volunteers and managers will be asking their listener-supporters for donations totaling $50,000 to meet the station's operations budget. For WMPG volunteers and listeners, the week of Begathon is a 7-day celebration of the unique opportunities that community radio offers. "Regular people, with and without previous media experience, come to WMPG to learn how to make radio that is important to them," explains WMPG Program Director Lisa Bunker. "We teach them the skills and responsibilities of how to do it, and then the music that is played and the topics that are discussed are completely up to them." Find more about WMPG at its official website. Joe hopes you chip in to WMPG and help support this important asset to the Portland community!
Portlanders are now well familiar with one of Joe's favorite local non-profits: 100 Women Who Care of Southern Maine. Well, now it's the men's turn. 100 Men Who Care of Southern Maine, inspired by the simple, powerful and effective ‘100 Who Care’ concept, is a local organization whose goal is to support charities and non-profit organizations dedicated to serving and making a difference in our communities. These organizations are almost universally under-resourced. 100 Men Who Care members are able to nominate and share about charities and non-profit organizations they want to support with $10,000 in one hour!
This organization's next event will be tonight, October 17th, from 6:30 to 7:30pm (registration beginning at 6:00pm) at Bunker Brewing in Portland located at 17 Westfield Street, Unit D, Portland.
Learn more about this great organization here. Joe hopes that 100 soon becomes 200, and so on!
As readers of this blog know, Joe loves to learn about non-profits that serve the Maine population in all different types of ways. Until recently, he had never heard of WindowDressers, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to helping Maine residents reduce heating costs, fossil fuel consumption, and CO-2 emissions by lowering the amount of heat loss through windows.
WindowDressers has developed a community-based volunteer model that taps into individual and collective interest in saving on fuel costs, helping fellow citizens and sparing the environment from unnecessary CO2 pollution. Their target is leaky windows in Maine’s housing stock, the oldest in the nation. Inserts offer an affordable alternative to window replacement.
WindowDressers customers save, on average, ten to twenty percent on their fuel consumption, which translates in most cases to payback within the first heating season. They donate 22% of their inserts to low-income families who could not otherwise afford them. Many of these families choose to donate back to the program in order to help other families.
Joe thinks this is a great idea and encourages you to learn more about WindowDressers here.
Animal-lovers of Portland, listen up: today Joe is promoting Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center (RTT), a non-profit dedicated to helping people with disabilities reach their highest potential through the healing power of horses. Located in Windham, RTT’s 50 acre farm includes a heated indoor arena with attached program and office space, an outdoor riding ring and access to miles of trails. RTT is the largest therapeutic riding program in northern New England. At RTT, children and adults with disabilities work together with horses, volunteers and staff to overcome challenges and reach their highest potential. Through engaging in RTT’s program, all of our lives are enhanced and broadened in an environment that is supportive, innovative, respectful and diverse.
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 14th, is RTT's Triple B (BBB) event: Boots, Barbeque, and Beer, when RTT's indoor riding arena turns into a festively themed wonderland, with BBQ dinner, live music and a thrilling “mission based auction” to support RTT’s Rider Scholarship and Horse Funds. Joe thinks all local animal-lovers and party-lovers should check out this great event!
Readers of this blog are by now familiar with Joe's appreciation of Portland's strong "buy local" ethic. He's promoted the Portland Buy Local organization several times, and is currently spreading the word about their 2017 Indie Biz Awards. This fun event is a celebration of Portland's vibrant independent businesses and community organizations. Last year's awards brought together more than 200 supporters, Portland Buy Local members, and their employees for live music, a lively auction and local food and brews. This year's event is being held tonight, Thursday October 12th, at 6pm at the Portland House of Music.
Find more about the event here, and remember, Joe always says buy local!
Joe was never much of a musician, but he can appreciate talent when he sees it. There's plenty of talent at Maine Academy of Modern Music, a local organization that aspires to provide Maine youth with the discipline, freedom, and guidance to appreciate the thrill of making contemporary music, instilling in them the power of self-expression. MAMM is dedicated to building leadership through the musical arts.
The good folks over at MAMM hope that you can join them tomorrow, October 12th, when they will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary in style with Chords For Kids: MAMM's Scholarship Gala Fundraiser. This first annual event will be held at Portland's spectacular new music venue AURA and will feature performances by MAMM students, a silent auction, and an award ceremony where MAMM will recognize "Rock Stars in Our Communities". Following the award ceremony attendees will dance the night away to Maine's own 19-piece big band The Fogcutters whose lead male vocalist is none other than MAMM instructor Chas Lester.
Of the many requests Joe gets from non-profits who want to be featured on the Time & Temperature sign, he has a soft spot in his heart for local organizations that work with Maine's disabled population. That's exactly what tonight's message is: Spurwink is a local organization that provides behavioral health and education services for children, adults and families. Spurwink's vision is that all children, adults and families affected by behavioral health challenges and developmental disabilities can live healthy, engaged lives in their communities. After beginning in 1960 with one house in Portland, today Spurwink has 37 active homes serving children, and another 18 homes serving its adult program.
On Thursday, October 12th, Spurwink will celebrate and honor four special people who have shown a commitment to its mission - going the distance for those in need - at the 31st annual Humanitarian Awards. This year, the gala theme this year is “Youth in Transition: Taking Flight.” Spurwink are excited to be celebrating the Humanitarian Awards this year at Thompson's Point in Portland. Joe hopes the event is a great success and gives his thanks to the good folks at Spurwink for the essential work they do!