joe says "mark wcyy"

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.

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

joe says "buy locl"

Every holiday season, Joe is reminded of the importance of local merchants to the Maine economy. The Portland Buy Local campaign is a partnership of local business-owners and citizens, whose mission is " to support locally owned, independent businesses in Portland, to maintain our unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build community economic strength, and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global chains."

Joe applauds the Buy Local campaign, and is happy to spread the positive message to Portland. Find more about the campaign here. Happy holidays, everyone!

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

joe says "give thks"

A time to be with family and reflect on all of the blessings in life, Thanksgiving has always been one of Joe's favorite holidays. Joe hopes that you were able to spend the holiday in the company of loved ones, and wishes you a happy and safe holiday season.

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


joe says "way side"

Given the hunger crisis in our state, Joe 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.

Wayside hopes that you will join old friends and new friends at their annual Thanksgiving Day Meal. All are welcome! The event will be held this Thursday, November 28th, from 11:30am-1pm at the Portland Club. 156 State Street, Portland. This event is free and open to the public. Joe offers his thanks to Wayside for the important services they offer to the Portland community, and hopes the Thanksgiving Day Meal is a great success!

Joe offers his thanks to Wayside Food Programs for the important work they do in our community and urges you to learn more about Wayside here.

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

joe says "tday race"

This isn't the first time Joe has spread the word about Partners for World Health. PWH, a nonprofit founded right here in Maine, is known around the world for collecting medical supplies that are no longer being used, repackaging them and shipping them to other countries where they provide basic medical care for underserved populations. In the more than 10 years of its operation, Partners for World Health has shipped over 1.5 million pounds of medical supplies, saving countless lives.

On Thursday, November 28th, PWH is partnering with Shipyard brewery to host the 38th Annual Portland Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler & Kids K. The two-loop 4-Miler course winds through Portland's historic Old Port and Downtown Districts. Proceeds will benefit Partners for World Health, Portland Trails, Live and Work in Maine, the St. Patrick’s Secondary School in Iten, Kenya and other area non profits.

If you're looking for a fun family activity on Thanksgiving Day, Joe encourages you to support a great cause and burn off that extra serving of stuffing by partaking in this great event. Please learn more about PMH here and more about the race here.

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.