joe says "wear mask"

 

Joe would much rather be promoting another great nonprofit, but these days it seems essential to remind folks that wearing a mask can save lives. If you aren't able to practice social distancing, please be considerate of your fellow Mainers and wear a face covering. Hopefully we'll soon have this virus defeated and will be able to enjoy next summer in Maine mask-free. Until then, Joe says please wear a mask.

                      Image from the Portland Downtown Instagram page.

 

joe says "hati walk'

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.

This month is a very special edition of the annual Maine Walks with Haiti + 5K Walk/Run. While this event typically takes place on Portland's Back Cove, this year's event is virtual. Please learn more info about this special fundraising event here.

Joe thanks Konbit Sante for the important work they do and hopes next year's walk can return to Portland.

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

joe says "love whit"

Today Joe honors the legacy of Whitby Tousignant, who led an extraordinary life. Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Whit was saved several times by donated blood. While Whit's family had to say goodbye to him in January of 2012, they celebrate his birthday each year by hosting a memorial blood drive.

Saturday, June 25, will be the seventh annual Love Whit Blood Drive, held by the American Red Cross. Joe hopes you consider giving, as a single blood donation can save up to three lives, and the need for donated blood is especially great now.

To participate in the drive, please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code "LoveWhit" to schedule your appointment.

Joe encourages you to learn more about Whit's inspiring life here.

joe says "save ols"

 

There are many local venues that contribute to Portland's vibrant culture, and one of the more central ones is One Longfellow Square. OLS is one of Portland's most charming and versatile non-profit performing arts and concert venues, offering a warm and intimate atmosphere and setting the stage for unforgettable live music, performing arts and community events.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OLS is in danger of closing forever. This would be a real loss for Portland's art community, so Joe hopes Portlanders can save it. OLS has set a goal to raise $100,000 and is almost 90% of the way there. Will you chip in and help out? Joe hopes so!

Learn more about OLS here and please considering donating to the cause here.

 

joe says "run ur5k"

Calling all Portland runners: Joe wants to let you know that this Saturday, June 20th, is the Urban Runoff 5k, when runners and walkers will hit the streets and trails of Portland to raise awareness of water pollution and raise money to support clean water education in greater Portland and Saco areas.

The race is followed by the City of Portland's Green Neighbor Family Fest, where families and community members enjoy hands-on activities about water, live entertainment, and have an all-around good time!

These great events are brought to you by the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, a recognized and respected leader in natural resource conservation. The folks at CCSWCD accomplish their mission through public outreach; education; and directly working with individuals, watershed groups, municipalities, and many others to provide expert planning and execution of practices that protect our natural resources.

Joe hopes the day is a great success and urges you to learn more about the CCSWCD here and the 5k here.

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

joe says "meca sale"

Joe continues to be impressed by how many local businesses and nonprofits are adapting in order to fulfill their missions during these challenging times. Well, add another to the list: Maine College of Art (MECA) is hosting its annual COLLECT sale virtually this year.

The annual COLLECT Art Sale is now online to preview at shop.meca.edu! On June 18, buyers will have the opportunity to purchase over 700 works from 142 artists - MECA students, alumni, staff, and friends of the college. Funds raised will go to student scholarships and artists who sell work will receive a 50% commission. During these challenging economic times, artists need your support more than ever.

The sale begins with a Zoom reception, Connect@COLLECT, on June 18 from 5:15 - 5:45 pm. Join for live toasts from Governor Janet Mills, Featured COLLECT Artist Daniel Minter & Marcia Minter, Hon DFA '19, Mayor Kate Snyder, Collector Kate Malin, Featured COLLECT Artist Kathy Bradford, Collector Caren Zand, and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

Online sales will open at 6 pm. There are 14 pieces from featured artists that will be part of an auction while the remaining items are available for purchase at list price. The sale runs through June 21 at 6 pm.

Joe hopes the event goes off without a hitch, and wishes everyone continued safety and health.

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

joe says "djd #66"

 

Joe is terribly sorry to announce the passing of Dominic James Dimillo, a Portland native who was loved by many in our community. Wishing the best and sending condolences to his family and friends.

Please learn more about this impressive young man here.