Each January, Joe is reminded of the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and is humbled and inspired by the Reverend’s bravery and struggle for justice. While the pursuit of justice is never complete, racial equality has come a long way in Joe’s lifetime, and that’s thanks in no small part to Dr. King. So today, Joe says “THNX MLK“.
Joe loves to learn new things about his hometown through his role as Time & Temp Gatekeeper, and today he learned that there’s a theater company in Portland devoted to encouraging cultural diversity and and the preservation of cultural heritage. The Theater Ensemble of Color creates opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of Maine while encouraging greater diversity in the pool of working artists of color in Portland and Maine. It does this by providing artists from across the state a non-threatening haven and avenue to performance that values and reinforces cultural diversity. This organization’s mission is to strengthen our communities through education, performance and social activism focusing on arts, culture and inclusion.
“TEOC’s” upcoming performance “The Others” is a compilation of slaves, strumpets, bastards, shrews, whores, monsters, witches, aliens and infidels in Shakespeare. The show runs Friday – Monday January 13-15 at the Space Gallery. Joe thinks you should check it out!
Find more about this exciting organization here.
Joe continues to shine a spotlight on local nonprofits with today’s message for Still A Good Cause, a not-for-profit thrift store whose proceeds benefit the McAuley Residence, a transitional housing program for single mothers in Portland. The shop, located near the corner of Congress Street and Forest Ave, relies on donations of furniture, clothing, and books.
The McAuley Residence provides a comprehensive transitional housing program for women with and without children who are in recovery from drug and alcohol dependency. The McAuley Residence staff collaborates with Mercy Hospital and community providers to offer a well-rounded approach providing women the skills they need to embrace recovery in all areas of their lives.
In a rare three-word message, Joe is spreading the word this week about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. Committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by helping them grow up healthy and ready for the future, BBBS serves hundreds of children each year. Since 1995, the organization has matched caring adult and high school-aged volunteers with children to foster nurturing, professionally-supported, one-to-one mentor relationships. These are matches that truly change lives — for both the children and adults who are involved. January is National Mentoring Month, so Joe says you should keep this organization in mind and consider getting involved! Find more about BBBS at their website.
It’s January 1, and Joe is ready to tackle a new year with new challenges and new blessings. As Joe’s favorite saying goes, “may the best days of your past be the worst days of your future.” Joe is sure that the best is yet to come. Happy new year, Portland.
With the Patriots soon to play their first playoff game and hopefully make another run at the Super Bowl, it’s easy to forget that there are other sports besides football, which is why Joe is here to remind you about the City Cup. The City Cup is the annual hockey game between Cheverus High School and Portland High school and the primary fundraiser for Portland Middle School Hockey (PMSH), a program designed to provide Portland kids an opportunity to play competitive hockey. Staffed by volunteers and funded by donations, PMSH provides the first opportunity to play hockey to many kids who go on to play in high school and college. The Portland Bulldogs and the Cheverus Stags will face off on January 2, 2017, at the Portland Ice Arena (225 Park Ave). Find out more about PMSH at its website. A graduate of Deering High School himself, Joe is unsure who to root for, but he’s sure both games will be great. He hopes you can make it to this great event and hopes that all the teams play well.
The Time & Temp Blog’s first guest photographer is Paul Conley, a Portlander who got this cool aerial photo of the Time & Temp and sent it into firstname.lastname@example.org. Joe says Thanks Paul!
Portlanders, Joe wants to get more of you involved with this project. We all know that the Time & Temp is visible from countless spots in Portland- can you see it from your office? From your apartment? From your walk to lunch? If you can, try to grab a photo from your unique perspective. Pass it along to Joe at email@example.com, and maybe you’ll see it on www.PortlandTimeTemp.com, along with a special shout-out. If you’re a photographer and your photo makes it onto the page, Joe will also post a link to an online portfolio if you have one. Bonus points for cool new perspectives.
Joe is constantly learning about his hometown of Portland and its surrounding neighborhoods, and he does his best to use the Time & Temp to help educate other Mainers about noteworthy efforts around town. Today, he’s talking about My Place Teen Center, a local non-profit that provides free year-round after-school programs for kids ages 10-18. Specializing in at-risk youth, including disabled, homeless, food-insecure, cognitively-delayed, low-income, immigrant, and refugee teens, MPTC offers a multi-purpose, academically enriching, life-skills enhancing, hunger-relieving, youth development program that has been the focal point of greater Portland’s teen activities since its inception in 1998. The two most important services they provide are their after-school programming (Monday-Friday, year-round) and free meals. They serve almost 100 different kids each year, and have provided over 9,000 meals in the process.
Joe hopes you consider learning more about this important local organization. You can do so by checking out its website.