Joe's always been a sucker for good music, which is why he's spreading the word about a talented local musician who's performing for a good cause. On Thursday, January 18th, Viva & the Reinforcements will play a show at the Portland House of Music to support the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, a non-profit organization serves as the nucleus of collaborative efforts to strengthen the immigrant community through the attainment of three pillars of empowerment: language acquisition, economic integration and civic engagement. To raise money for the IWC, Viva will perform Jazz standards and Latin tunes with a modern twist. As an added bonus, today is Viva's birthday. For more information about the event or to buy tickets, please visit this website. For more information on the IWC, visit the organization's website here. Joe hopes the event is a success, wishes Viva a very happy birthday, and offers his thanks to the IWC. As a descendant of immigrants himself, Joe hopes this event raises lots of money for a great organization.
As Portlanders know, Joe spends more time promoting local nonprofits than his own law firm on the Time & Temp. Well, today he's promoting a local non-profit that *promotes* local nonprofits. Get it? The Maine Association of Nonprofits is celebrating Nonprofit Week, an opportunity to shine a spotlight on nonprofits as the essential community infrastructure they are.
MANP's mission is to enrich the quality of community and personal life in Maine by strengthening the leadership, voice, and organizational effectiveness of our state's nonprofits. Every day, Mainers rely on nonprofits to nurture our minds, protect our environment, inform our government, educate our children and drive our economy-all while investing significant financial and human resources throughout the state.
On January 16, 2018, MANP is hosting Nonprofit Day, a collective day of action to raise awareness for how #NonprofitsWorkforME.
Joe hopes you learn more about MANP and Nonprofit Week here.
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".
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.
No matter what holiday you're celebrating at this time of the year, Joe hopes it's a great one, spent in the company of family, friends, or both. Happy holidays, Portland!
Joe has long admired the work done by Preble Street, a local organization whose mission is is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems. Today, Joe wants to bring attention to a Preble Street event. Portland's Homeless Persons Annual Memorial Vigil, taking place today, December 21st, at 4pm, is a time to remember our homeless friends who have died and to recommit ourselves to the task of ending homelessness.
On the night of the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, a candlelight procession starts at the Preble Street Resource Center and proceeds to Monument Square where a memorial ceremony is dedicated to those homeless persons in our community who have died. All persons who are homeless, who have been homeless, who work with the homeless or who have compassion for the homeless are welcome at this event.
Joe hopes the event goes smoothly and offers his thanks to the wonderful staff of Preble Street for all the amazing work they do.
With the Patriots winding down another successful season, 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 is 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 1st, 2018, at the Portland Ice Arena (225 Park Ave). The girls play at 4pm and the boys at 5:50pm. 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.
Find out more about PMSH at its website.
Today Joe is spreading the word about an up-and-coming nonprofit that you've likely never heard of: An Angel’s Wing is a nonprofit organization focused on rehabilitation for individuals seeking treatment for drug addiction. Its primary revenue source will come from the sale of donated new and used upscale clothing and accessories. These funds will be used to provide scholarships and funding for those otherwise unable to access treatment for SUD (Substance Use Disorder). The long-term goal is to open a store in every state, be self-sustaining and create a camp for the children that are affected by this nationwide epidemic, to provide them with the support and skills they will need as they navigate their way through life. Once the first store is up and running, An Angel's Wing intends to employ the individuals that have gone through the rehabilitation process as a after care.
Joe wishes An Angel's Wing great success in providing such an important service to those who need it most.
Learn more about An Angel's Wing here.