joe says "feed kids"

In these unsettling times, here's a timely message: Full Plates, Full Potential is a coalition of community leaders, stakeholders and advocates working to end child hunger in Maine. Over the last five years, FPFP has awarded 164 grants totaling more than $320,000 across all sixteen counties, and worked with schools and community organizations to expand children’s access to meals — and they're just getting started.

As schools shut down during the COVID-19 emergency, around 80,000 Maine kids will struggle to access meals. Full Plates Full Potential has established an emergency fund to support any public school in Maine that closes due to the pandemic. These emergency funds will help schools pay for increased meals, packaging breakfast and lunch meals, transporting the food to eligible sites and more. If your school has closed, please apply. If you can help, please join Full Plates and donate today.

Joe applauds this wonderful coalition for the essential work they're doing in our community, and urges you to learn more about them here.

 

joe says "thin mint"

Today's tasty message promotes a group Joe has touted before: The Girl Scouts of Maine. The Girl Scouts seek to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Worldwide the Girl Scouts are  2.5 million strong—more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to change the world. Girl Scout membership is open to any girl in grades K-12 who has made the Girl Scout Promise, accepts the Girl Scout Law, and pays annual membership dues.

As of this weekend, Girl Scout cookies are now on sale. When you buy a box of delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you’re powering amazing, year-round experiences for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) extraordinaire in your community who sells them—that’s right, proceeds stay local and are reinvested in girls! Joe will be sure to eat his fair share of thin mints-- will you?

Learn more about the Girl Scouts of Maine here, and more about the delicious cookies here.

 

joe says "girl rock"

Joe was never much of a musician, but he can appreciate talent when he sees it. There's plenty of talent at Maine Academy of Modern Music, a 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.

Each March as part of Women's History Month, MAMM hosts its annual Girls Rock! concert. The event is a celebration of girls' involvement in music and will showcase the talents of MAMM's students who will be performing a combination of solo and full band sets. This year's Girls Rock! show returns to Port City Music Hall tonight, March 7th.

Learn more about MAMM here and more about Girls Rock! here.

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

 

joe says "usm jbfr"

Longtime readers of the blog will be familiar with this message and know that it must be that time of the year for USM's job fair. With many employers attending from a wide variety of industries including healthcare, government agencies, technology, arts, and consumer products, the job fair will give job-seekers the opportunity to explore job opportunities, meet with employers, learn about the hiring process, and build professional relationships. The event is Thursday March 5th, from 11am-3pm at the Sullivan Gym in Portland. For more information about the job fair, visit this page. Joe hopes the event is a success and wishes you well in your job hunt!

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

joe says "junr lgue"

Once again Joe is promoting the The Junior League of Portland, ME, a women's organization that works to affect change and improve the community through developing effective volunteer leadership. For over 90 years they have worked toward their mission to develop the potential of women while affecting change and improving the community, through the promotion of effective volunteer leadership. On September 9, 1922 twelve charter members met to organize the Junior League of Portland, ME. Since that day may years ago, the Junior League has been instrumental in transforming greater Portland.

The Junior League's annual Gala will be held Friday, March 6th, from 6-9pm at the Cellardoor Winery on Thompson's Point. Joe hopes the event is a blast and wishes the Junior League success as they continue to thrive as an organization.

Find more about the Junior League here.

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

joe says "xoxo joe"

 

To all the lovebirds out there, Joe Says Happy Valentine's Day.

XOXO,

Joe

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

joe says "npft day"

As Portlanders know, Joe spends more time promoting local nonprofits than his own law firm on the Time & Temp. Well, today he's promoting a local non-profit that *promotes* local nonprofits. The Maine Association of Nonprofits is celebrating Nonprofit Day, an opportunity to shine a spotlight on nonprofits as the essential community infrastructure they are.

MANP's mission is to enrich the quality of community and personal life in Maine by strengthening the leadership, voice, and organizational effectiveness of our state's nonprofits. Every day, Mainers rely on nonprofits to nurture our minds, protect our environment, inform our government, educate our children and drive our economy-all while investing significant financial and human resources throughout the state.

Today, February 11th, MANP hosted Nonprofit Day, a collective day of action to raise awareness for how #NonprofitsWorkforME.

Joe hopes you learn more about MANP and Nonprofit Day 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 almost 400!) 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 is Monday night, February 3rd, at a new location: the Portland Elks at 1945 Congress Street, from 5-7:40pm. There will be 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.