joe says "gun sfty"

Joe hopes that by having spent his entire career getting Mainers compensation for the negligence of others, he has done his small part to make Maine a safer place to live. In a similar vein, today he's promoting the Maine Gun Safety Education Coalition, a grassroots organization founded in 2000 to protect Maine families and communities from gun violence. It is the longest-standing gun violence prevention organization in Maine.

The Maine Gun Safety Coalition provides free trigger locks to police departments, sheriffs’ offices, social services agencies, medical facilities, and other organizations, who then distribute the free trigger locks to prevent the accidental discharge of weapons by children and unlicensed individuals. More locations are being added every day, so if you're interested in this program, call your local law enforcement agency, even if you don’t see them on the map.

Joe thanks the Coalition for its work and thanks all Mainers who strive to make our state a safer place to live.

Learn more about the Maine Gun Safety Education Coalition here and about the Free Trigger Locks Program here.

                     Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

Joe says "empw her"

By now Portlander's are familiar with Joe's appreciation of A Company of Girls, an award-winning, nationally recognized after school resiliency/mentorship program that uses the arts (visual, performing and culinary) as a basis for youth empowerment. ACOG’s programming helps shape girls into young women who have the confidence and spirit of inclusiveness to make positive changes in our community, and remain resilient to life’s challenges. To accomplish this goal, ACOG staff rigorously work to execute a curriculum based in the arts that encourages the building of self-confidence and self-esteem in order for girls to discover, develop, honor and use their unique and valuable voices.

Tonight, Tuesday November 14th, from 5:30pm-8pm, ACOG is hosting empow(h)er, a night out to support ACOG's arts-based resiliency/empowerment programming for girls. This fun evening will feature a theatrical performance, a silent auction, and plenty of tasty treats. Joe is sure it will be a fun night out for any Portlanders who want to support a wonderful local organization!

Learn more about ACOG here and more about the empow(h)er event here.

                         Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.


joe says "100 wmen"

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community but felt like you needed help? Joe knows how much being part of a group can empower an individual, and that's why he's proud to promote the Southern Maine chapter of 100 Women Who Care. 100 Women Who Care Southern Maine is a group of local women who are interested in supporting our communities by contributing to Southern Maine charities together as a group to increase the impact. The organization's mission is to reach out and help the community by finding 100 or more women (the count is currently over 150!) to each contribute $50 four times a year in order to give $20,000+ annually to local charities. All charities and organizations up for consideration must be in the Southern Maine area. The idea is to keep it local and have an impact that can be seen in our communities!

100 Women's next meeting (and third anniversary celebration) is this Monday, November 13th, at the Italian Heritage Center-- 40 Westland Ave, Portland, ME from 5-8pm. A silent auction will take place between 5-6:30pm, with time for networking, appetizers and a glass of wine before the meeting starts at 6:30pm. Come find out what a great group of generous and thoughtful women can do when they put their minds to it!

Find out more about this local organization here, and please consider joining the movement!

Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "law nite"

The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein is open late tonight for Law Night! If you need legal assistance regarding a personal injury or disability, we'll be standing by waiting for your call at 1-800-CALL-JOE

                         Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "day one"

It seems like not a day goes by without a Mainer tragically losing their life to addiction. With so many of our neighbors struggling with this disease every day, Joe is inspired by the work of one organization working to address this crisis. Day One provides prevention and treatment programs for Maine youth. Its services address drug and alcohol use. Treatment programs for substance use include Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Residential and Homeless Youth Services. We also work with incarcerated youth. Day One serves youth and families from all over Maine. Its services include training and education, assessment, screening, referrals and treatment for individuals, groups, families, schools, and communities throughout Maine.

Addiction is a crisis that has touched nearly every Mainer, whether directly or indirectly. Joe encourages everyone to learn more about Day One here and consider lending a helping hand.

                      Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

Joe says "vote tday"

One of Joe's many favorite things about being an American is the right to have your voice heard on Election Day. With so many people around the world living under oppression, Joe is incredibly grateful that we get to freely choose who leads our country. We have a lot to be grateful for here in the USA. Whether you're politically to the left, right, or in the middle, please be sure to go to your local polling place today and exercise one of your most important rights. Visit this website to find your polling place. Rock the vote, Portland.

                    Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.


joe says "CFF org"

Joe has promoted cystic fibrosis ("CF") awareness before, and now he's doing it for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. The CF Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, and nearly every CF-specific drug available today was made possible with our financial support. Tomorrow, November 3rd, is the Sixth Annual Take a Breath Social, when the CFF will honor Jennifer Rogers for her devotion to the cause of helping those who suffer from CF. The event will be held at the Ocean Gateway in Portland and will feature wines and Fore River beer, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, live and silent auctions and dueling piano show by Keys to the City! Find more about the event here.

Joe applauds the CFF organization for their amazing work and encourages you to learn more about them here.

                       Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.

joe says "aftr schl"

This Friday, November 3rd, afterschool programs in the City of Portland will be participating in the annual Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs. Portland will be one of more than 8,000 sites across the nation sending the message that afterschool is key to children's success, and that we must keep the lights on and doors open after school. Parents, media, employers, neighbors, school officials and others have been invited to help us rally support for safe, stimulating afterschool programs. LearningWorks Afterschool Portland and South Portland is partnering with Maine College of Art (MECA) in hosting a Lights On Afterschool Rally and Showcase on Portland's First Friday Art Walk on November 3rd, 2017. Student artwork will be displayed and a line-up of champions will speak in support of afterschool programming in the greater Portland area.  Join them from 4:15-5:00 pm for presentations and performances, then stick around from 5:00-7:00 for a student art exhibit, a co-creation of LearningWorks Afterschool and the MECA MAT program. Joe hopes the event is a smash success!

Learn more about Lights On Afterschool here.

Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.