2020 has been a year to forget, but to close it out Joe's team hopes you're able to safely spend the holidays in the company of family, friends, or both. Happy holidays, Portland!
This lovely message was decided on by the winner of an auction put on by the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness, a wonderful local nonprofit with the mission of promoting safe, respectful and inclusive schools and communities. More love is just what the doctor ordered in these troubled times, so Joe's team is glad that the auction winner chose such a timely message.
Please learn more about the Cromwell Center here.
Once again Joe is spreading the gospel about the Center for Grieving Children, a Portland-based organization that serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children has served more than 66,000 children, teens, and their families.
One of Joe's favorite local radio stations, WCYY, is lending a hand to the CGC with another year of the Mark-a-thon. When you donate to the Center for Grieving Children, DJ Mark will play ANY song, ANY style by ANY artist. Listen all week, around the clock on 94.3 WCYY!
Joe offers his thanks to the folks at the Center for Grieving Children for the amazing work they do, and also sends his thanks WCYY for helping a great cause. Find more about the Center for Grieving Children here, and more about this campaign here.
Portlanders will know that this isn't the first time the Time & Temp has promoted the 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.
The good folks over at MAMM hope that you take a few minutes to watch a virtual presentation of this year's Chords For Kids: MAMM's Scholarship Gala Fundraiser. This rocking annual event was held at Portland's spectacular music venue AURA and featured performances by MAMM students.
In these trying times, Joe's team hopes that you're able to safely spend the holiday in the company of loved ones, and wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season.
Given the hunger crisis in our state, Joe's team 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.
Registration is now open for the 2020 Maine Track Club Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk! The event will be virtual this year, which means all participants will have between Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 29 to run or walk their 5k. Race the usual track in Cape Elizabeth or choose your favorite route! As always, all net proceeds will go to support the community through Wayside. Thank you to all of the racers, organizers, and sponsors for fighting hunger and strengthening our community!
Joe's team offers our thanks to Wayside Food Programs for the important work they do in our community and urges you to learn more about Wayside here.
Joe's team 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 each other's mask-free company soon. Until then, Joe says please wear a mask.
As another Veteran's day comes and goes, Joe's team is thankful for the sacrifices made by those who wear an American uniform and defend our country, and saddened by the challenges they often face when they come home. They deserve to be treated like the courageous heroes that they are. Thanks to everyone who has served and who plans on doing so in the future. Happy Veteran's Day.