joe says "buya bale"

Readers of this blog are by now familiar with the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, New England's largest horse shelter. The Society is caring for many horses in various stages of recovery from abuse or neglect. Some are healthy, trained, and awaiting adoption into a new permanent home; others will live out their days at the Society’s Windham farm.

It takes 20,000 bales of hay to feed The Society's horses for a year. The 2020 Buy a Bale fundraiser gives everyone a chance to help the horses. A $5 donation can purchase a bale of hay and feed a horse for an entire day. Learn more about the cause here, and donate to Buy a Bale here.

Joe offers his thanks to the folks at MSSPA for the great work they do, and his appreciation to the readers of this blog who lend a hand to this great cause.

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

joe says "2020 book"

In these uncertain times, we're all looking for ways to help our fellow Mainers. Well, Joe wants you to know about one such effort. Educate Maine, a local nonprofit that advances education policies and practices that prepare Maine students to be the next generation of productive, engaged citizens, is running the 2,020 Maine Books Challenge, the purpose of which is to support local students and businesses during this period of remote learning by getting books in the hands of as many Maine children as possible. Educate Maine is working with its network of County Teachers of the Year and Education Leaders Experience alumni to distribute books in all 16 counties. They are also supporting Maine’s independent bookstores. Joe has been proud to participate in this noble and timely effort and encourages other local businesses to do the same.

Learn more about Educate Maine here and more about the 2,020 Maine Books Challenge here.

joe says "farm kids"

Readers of this blog will recognize this familiar message. Farm to Table Kids, Inc. is a local farm and nonprofit based in North Yarmouth that also operates a summer camp for kids. The mission of the camp is to inspire children & families to play in kitchens and gardens through healthy, happy, hands-on learning experiences. Showing children the power of a seed, healthy earth, and an educated mind, the wonders of growing - from SEED TO PLATE. Farm to Table Kids shows children how to plant, grow, harvest, and prepare healthy foods at their organic farm and solar powered greenhouse STEAM Lab.

Learn more about this great camp, including how to register, here.

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

joe says "ariv aliv"

Having been a personal injury attorney for over 40 years, Joe has seen too many lives ruined by dangerous driving. To raise awareness about this important issue, Joe holds the Arrive Alive Creative Contest each year for graduating high school seniors throughout Maine. Now in it's 16th year, seniors may enter by submitting a creative project that sends a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and/or distracted driving.

Past entries have included essays, poems, paintings, public service announcements, videos, original songs, t-shirts, board games, drawings and more. The more creative, the better! First place winners receive a new laptop computer, second and third place winners receive a new iPad, and everyone who enters wins fun prizes from the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein.

A complete set of rules and all past winners can be found at ArriveAliveCreativeContest.com. The deadline to enter this year's contest is in just 4 days. Joe encourages any and all high school seniors in Maine to submit an entry into the contest, and more importantly encourages everyone on the road to practice safe driving techniques.

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

joe says "mamm free"

Joe has been inspired by Mainers of all stripes who have stepped up to lend a helping hand to those most affected by this pandemic. One organization that readers of this blog will be familiar with, Maine Academy of Modern Music, is stepping up in a big way. MAMMa local organization that aspires to provide Maine youth with the discipline, freedom, and guidance to appreciate the thrill of making contemporary music, instilling in them the power of self-expression. MAMM is dedicated to building leadership through the musical arts, and for a limited time this organization is offering free lessons to kids with an essential worker parent/caregiver. Sign up for guitar, piano, drums, voice, and more.

Joe offers his thanks to MAMM for setting a fine example for all Mainers who want to help their neighbors in this time of great need, and urges you to spread the word about this generous offer. Learn more about MAMM here and more about free lessons here.

joe says "ariv aliv"

Having been a personal injury attorney for over 40 years, Joe has seen too many lives ruined by dangerous driving. To raise awareness about this important issue, Joe holds the Arrive Alive Creative Contest each year for graduating high school seniors throughout Maine. Now in it's 16th year, seniors may enter by submitting a creative project that sends a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and/or distracted driving.

Past entries have included essays, poems, paintings, public service announcements, videos, original songs, t-shirts, board games, drawings and more. The more creative, the better! First place winners receive a new laptop computer, second and third place winners receive a new iPad, and everyone who enters wins fun prizes from the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein.

A complete set of rules and all past winners can be found at ArriveAliveCreativeContest.com. The deadline to enter this year's contest is in just 11 days. Joe encourages any and all high school seniors in Maine to submit an entry into the contest, and more importantly encourages everyone on the road to practice safe driving techniques.

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

joe says "give blod"

At this time when so many Mainers and Americans are in critical need of medical care, it's more important than ever that we Mainers step up and give blood. For anyone in Portland or the surrounding area, The American Red Cross of Maine has a wonderful facility on Forest Ave. Learn more about this wonderful organization here, and Joe hopes you consider helping out in this time of great need.

joe says "love erth"

Joe hopes this post finds readers of this blog safe and secureIn these unsettling times, Joe is so appreciative of all the Mainers who have complied with Governor Mills' stay-safe-at-home order and done their part to protect the public health of the state. While none of our daily schedules look the same as they once did, Joe hopes you're able to take some time this week to reflect on the importance of preserving and protecting our state's natural resources, as this week we'll celebrate Earth Day. The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine had a wonderful event planned, which you can read about here, but given these unusual times Joe is suggesting an alternative event: a series of webinars hosted by the Maine Youth for Climate Justice Group. Learn more about this group here. Joe is sure the webinars will be informative and interesting. He thanks you again for your responsible behavior, and urges you to stay safe, Portland.