joe says "empw her"

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 19th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm, ACOG is hosting empow(h)er, a night out at Grace to support ACOG's arts-based resiliency/empowerment programming for girls. This fun evening will feature a special guest: Governor Janet Mills. Joe is sure it will be a fun and inspiring night out for any Portlanders who want to support a wonderful local organization!

Learn more about ACOG here and more about the empow(h)er event here.

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

joe says "mamm 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.

The good folks over at MAMM hope that you can join them this Friday, October 22nd, when they will be celebrating their 12th Anniversary in style with Chords For Kids: MAMM's Scholarship Gala Fundraiser. This rocking annual event will be held at Portland's spectacular music venue AURA and will feature performances by MAMM students, a silent auction, and an award ceremony where MAMM will recognize "Rock Stars in Our Communities". Following the award ceremony attendees will dance the night away to rocking bands and musicians.

Find more about MAMM here, and more about the gala here.

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

 

joe says "gph 10th"

In Joe's line of work, he knows how important it is for Mainers to have access to affordable healthcare. In that vein, here's a nonprofit every Portlander should know about: Greater Portland Health is a remarkable medical practice committed to offering everyone in our communities high-quality, affordable and respectful care. Established in 2009 as the Portland Community Health Center, this organization now serves close to 12,000 people from its eight offices in Portland and one in South Portland.

The folks at GPH provide a greater range of care than many practices, including primary medical, behavioral health and oral health. They also partner with the region’s finest specialists to care for your whole self, for your whole life.

GPH welcomes everyone, no matter what type of insurance you may have—private, Medicare, MaineCare, or none. For those without insurance, they offer a sliding-scale fee based on income.

Learn more about this important organization here. Joe offers his thanks for the great work that GPH does in the greater Portland community.

joe says "thnx vets"

As another Veteran's day comes and goes, Joe 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.

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

joe says "st8 strl"

Some Mainers don't know that Joe was born right here in Portland-- at Mercy Hospital on State Street. Well, State Street's come a long way since 1946, and there's no better example of that than the 7th Annual State Street Holiday Stroll. On Tuesday, November 12th, Joe encourages you to join Mercy Hospital, State Street Church, the Maine Irish Heritage Center, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 75 State Street, 100 State Street, and other State Street neighbors for a day-long holiday fair featuring an abundance of crafts, food, books, toys and other unique holiday gifts. Do all of your holiday fairs shopping in one trip! All fair locations are within walking distance; other festivities include music, caroling, hot beverages, food and baked goods, raffles and more.

Joe is sure this will be a fun event for the whole family and urges you to learn more by going here.

 

joe says "mio usm"

Here's a tough message to decipher. Joe is spreading the word about Maine Inside Out, a Portland nonprofit founded in 2008 that holds theater programs at Maine’s juvenile correctional facility, Long Creek Youth Development Center. More than 250 incarcerated youth have volunteered to create and share powerful original theater inside LCYDC and in communities across the state. Since 2014, MIO facilitators and young people released from LCYDC have engaged in community organizing and theater workshops to improve outcomes for youth returning home after incarceration through meaningful community engagement, peer and adult support, participant-led advocacy, leadership development and practical skill-building.

Tonight at 6pm, MIO is hosting Exposed, an original performance by a Maine Inside Out members, film by Smooth Feather Productions and an interactive art installation by their guest, the nationally touring project Performing Statistics. The event will be held at USM's Hannaford Hall. Joe hopes it's a great success and offers his thanks to MIO for the inspiring work they do.

Learn more about Maine Inside Out hereand more about Exposed here.

joe says "vote tday"

One of Joe's many favorite things about being an American is the right to have your voice heard on Election Day. With so many people around the world living under oppression, Joe is incredibly grateful that we get to freely choose who leads our country. We have a lot to be grateful for here in the USA. Whether you're politically to the left, right, or in the middle, please be sure to go to your local polling place today and exercise one of your most important rights. Visit this website to find your polling place. Rock the vote, Portland.

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

joe says "wk app"

Each year on this blog Joe spreads the word about Winter Kids, an organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity. If you grew up in Maine like Joe did, you know the importance of outdoor play-- especially in the winter when we tend to spend most of our time indoors! On Saturday, January 18th, 2020, hundreds of Mainers will experience the thrill of sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and much more at Winter Kids' annual Welcome to Winter Festival. At Payson Park in Portland from 12:30pm - 2:30pm, kids and families will enjoy great sledding and snowshoeing, healthy snacks, raffle prizes, warm winter giveaways, a welcome from city officials, and more. Find out more about this wonderful organization here and more about the event here. Joe says have fun and stay warm!

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