When possible, Joe likes to use the Time & Temperature sign to promote causes related to children and families. That's why the sign is currently flashing for the Children's Tumor Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF), the term for three distinct disorders: NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis. CTF's mission is to advance peer-reviewed research to develop treatments and cures for NF; support persons with NF and their families by making thorough and accurate information readily available; assist in developing clinical centers and best practices to improve access to quality healthcare for those who live with NF; and expand public awareness of NF to improve diagnoses, increase understanding of the challenges that NF presents, and encourage support for NF research. May is NF Awareness Month, so Joe wanted to spread the word about this great organization, which you can find more about here. He applaud's CTF's goal of one day eradicating NF and, in the meantime, doing what we can for those affected by it.
Readers of this blog know that Joe loves to spread the love to his furry friends, but this is the first message in honor of rabbits. This week, Joe is promoting Friends of Willow Rabbit Rescue. Friends of Willow is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing rescue, shelter, medical care, and spay/neuter services for abandoned, abused, or neglected rabbits in Southern Maine. Founded in 2011 by a group of individuals sharing a love of rabbits and with a common interest in rescuing and rehabilitating domestic rabbits, Friends of Willow is made up entirely of volunteers who dedicate time, money, and energy to move Friends of Willow toward its mission, which is to (1) place all of these rabbits into permanent and loving, safe indoor homes and to (2) educate the public regarding companion rabbit care, the benefits of adopting, and the importance of spaying and neutering.
Friday, June 2nd is Friends of Willow's annual fundraiser at Reny's Department Store on Congress Street in Portland. Be sure to swing by Reny's to pick up some great merchandise and support a great cause.
Joe appreciates the work this organization does on behalf of our local rabbit population and hopes that the fundraiser is a success!
Learn more here.
Joe believes that the ability to write is an essential skill for the 21st century. Effectively communicating is so important in so many walks of life, and that's why Joe is a supporter of The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center in Portland dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. This organization's fun, innovative programs enlist the support of local writers, artists, teachers, and community groups. At its downtown writing center it offers free afterschool workshops and writing help, and host field trips for school groups from all over Maine.
Tonight, Tuesday, May 23, The Telling Room is hosting its Big Night 2017 Fundraiser, a celebration of student writing and official anthology release! This annual event features a reading from the writing contest winner, the announcement of its founders prize winner, student multimedia, live music, lobby activities, and more. Join them as they celebrate another incredible year of programming!
In his 40+ years as a personal injury attorney, Joe has helped countless Mainers who have been struck by disaster. But before Joe can help them, oftentimes an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crew has already saved them from catastrophe. These brave men and women have helped so many Mainers over the years, and that's why Joe is spreading the word about the 2017 Maine EMS Awards and Memorial, to be held this Thursday, May 25, at 2pm at the State Capitol in Augusta. Maine EMS is a bureau within the Department of Public Safety. The Maine EMS system includes; the Board of EMS, the Maine EMS staff, six regional EMS offices, and the Medical Direction and Practice Board. Tomorrow, brave EMS staff will be honored for their brave work on behalf of injured Mainers. Joe salutes them and thanks them for their work.
Learn more about the Maine EMS awards here.
Joe's a well-known promoter of the Greater Portland theatre scene, and that's why today he's promoting The Portland Players production of Rock of Ages. Located in South Portland, The Portland Players is an organization dedicated to the development and fostering of an interest in dramatic arts, the creative expression of those arts and the encouragement and appreciation of community participation in all of the theater's activities. Find more about this great local organization here.
Portland Players current production is Rock of Ages, a classic in which aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). This production begins on Friday, May 19th, and runs through June 4th. Learn more here.
Joe says you should check this production out, and also says break a leg to the cast and crew!
This message up in lights is near and dear to Joe, whose favorite local nonprofit is the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Cromwell's mission is to promote safe, respectful, and inclusive schools and communities. Joe, who serves on the Cromwell board of trustees, is constantly impressed by this local organization and the wonderful work they do in the greater Portland community and is always happy to lend them a helping hand.
Cromwell's Annual Dinner & Auction fundraiser is being held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland. Dinner & Auction proceeds support the Cromwell Center's programs to promote safe, respectful, and inclusive schools and communities.
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. MHS's biggest event of the year is on the horizon! Taking place Saturday, May 13th from 10am-4pm, the Magical History Tour is a self-guided exploration of historical places in Portland that are not usually open to the public, with access granted to a dozen little-known gems downtown and beyond that many have never seen, and maybe didn't even know exist. Equipped with a map, and at their own pace, participants are greeted by docents at each site ready to share the history of the location and answer questions. Find more about this special event and wonderful local organization here. Joe hopes the event is a great success!
Next up on the Time & Temp Sign, Joe is promoting a more global cause: the Konbit Sante Cap-Haitian Health Partnership. This organization started in Portland as a group of health care professionals, business people, and other interested parties who shared a desire to work on building a sustainable health system in a community somewhere in the developing world. In 2001, a Haitian doctor doing his residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine told them about Cap-Haitian, Haiti. Following a May 2001 site visit to Cap-Haitian, in November 2001, they formally established a partnership with Justinian University Hospital ( JUH) in Cap-Haitian, the second largest teaching hospital in Haiti. Today, Konbit Sante continues its established relationship with the Haitian Ministry of Health, partners with four health facilities in Greater Cap-Haitian and supports initiatives in women and children's health, infrastructure improvements, supply chain, emergency response, and quality improvement, training and management. Joe urges you to learn more about this inspiring local organization by going to their website.
Saturday, May 13th, is the Partnership's Eighth Annual Maine Walks with Haiti + 5K Walk/Run. Find more about this fun Portland event here. Joe hopes the weather cooperates and that the walk/run goes off without a hitch!