A time to be with family and reflect on all of the blessings in life, Thanksgiving has always been one of Joe's favorite holidays. Joe hopes that you were able to spend the holiday in the company of loved ones, and wishes you a happy and safe holiday season.
Given the hunger crisis in our state, Joe is always appreciative of local organizations that step up to feed fellow Mainers. Few have done more to help this cause than Wayside Food Programs, a nonprofit that has been serving hungry Mainers since 1986. The Mission of Wayside is to increase access to food for those in need in Southern Maine by providing a system for community based volunteers who serve prepared meals where such meals are needed, and by collaborating with other hunger agencies and community stakeholders in developing an efficient network for the collection and equitable distribution of food. Wayside’s hunger relief efforts include: A Food Rescue Program, 14 free weekly Community Meals, 5 monthly Mobile Food Pantries, and more.
Wayside hopes that you will join old friends and new friends at their annual Thanksgiving Day Meal. All are welcome! The event will be held this Thursday, November 23, from 11am-1pm at the Portland Club. 156 State Street, Portland. This event is free and open to the public.
Learn more about Wayside Food Programs here.
If you're interested in a fun night out crossed with a Portland tradition, Joe says be sure to check out the 15th Annual Beatles Night at the State Theatre. This year Beatles Night has graduated to a three-night stand at the State Theatre, and the gang has a special lineup for each night. Friday night the band will play 'Revolver' in it's entirety (plus more), Saturday they play 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' in it's entirety (plus more) and Sunday's family matinee will be a set tailored to Beatles fans young and old, playing an early, slightly abbreviated set of family favorites. hits, deep cuts and solo jams complete with live orchestration. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Locker Project, helps ensure food security for all Maine children through local schools, as well as the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a local organization dedicated to providing young classical musicians with training and opportunities to play in live music venues with real touring rock bands.
Find more information about the show here.
Rock on, Portland!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.