joe says "dipr week"

Having raised three children with his wife, Joe is keenly aware of the many challenges facing young parents, including the financial toll of raising a family. For new parents, there are countless expenses that add up; one of the most consistent is the need for diapers. This week is Diaper Need Awareness Week, a signature initiative of The National Diaper Bank Network. A local organization near and dear to Joe's heart, Portland's Jewish Family Services, became the first National Diaper Bank Network participant in Maine; through the purchasing power of the network, JFS is now able to access diapers and wipes for significantly less than retail price. With the support of many donors and a generous grant from the Fruhman Family Foundation, this year JFS will distribute over 50,000 diapers. Joe applauds the charitable work being done by JFS and hopes that all Portlanders are aware how this wonderful organization is helping our neighbors every single day.

Learn more about Jewish Family Services here.

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

joe says "help kevn"

If you're a Portlander and you're not familiar by now with STRIVE University, allow Joe to help. The STRIVE program of PSL Services is designed to address the many issues faced by tweens, teens, and young adults (ages 11-24) with developmental disabilities. STRIVE focuses largely on academic success, career readiness, and literary and social skills.

Today is one of STRIVE's unique fundraising events featuring Kevin, a UPS employee who has developed a great partnership with STRIVE. One of Kevin's great volunteer efforts each year is to stay up on a roof until he reaches a certain fundraising goal for STRIVE. This year, Kevin will be atop Patriot Subaru in Saco, ME. He WILL NOT come down until he reaches $35,000! Joe hopes you consider chipping in to help STRIVE reach their fundraising goal and to "help Kevin" come down from the roof!

Find more about STRIVE here and more about Kevin's effort here.


joe says "untd way"

Most Mainers are probably familiar with the United Way, but did you know just how much the United Way of Greater Portland does to serve our Southern Maine community? Joe was inspired when he visited this organization's website and learned just how tirelessly these folks work to guarantee a quality education for every child, financial stability for every family, and access to healthcare for all.

This week is the United Way of Greater Portland's 2020 Campaign Kickoff Week. With plenty of socially-distant events planned, beginning today you are invited to a week-long smorgasbord of fun, meaningful ways to engage and connect— virtual and safely distanced in support of our UNITED Greater Portland community.

Learn more about the United Way of Greater Portland here, and more about Campaign Kickoff Week here. Joe hopes it's a great success!

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


joe says "pfd 233"

Joe was sorry to learn of the passing of Portland firefighter Chris Fabian, who left us last week. If you're a Portlander who depends on the services of heroes like Chris, Joe urges you to learn more about his journey here.

Joe offers his condolences to Chris's friends and family. May his memory be a blessing.

joe says "help vets"

Joe loves to support any group that lends a helping hand to those who have bravely served our country, and that's exactly what Veterans Count does. An organization that sprung from Easterseals, another fantastic nonprofit, Veterans Count is a compassionate, responsive, highly-targeted care program for veterans and their families who were “falling through the cracks” as a result of service to their country.

Veterans Count has received the highest praise and support from our national and local elected officials and is viewed as a comprehensive and successful model to emulate throughout the country. As more and more service members and their families continue to struggle with the challenges of multiple deployments, the need to provide support continues to grow. That's why groups like Veterans Count are so vital to our country, and why Joe is happy to spread their message atop the city this week.

Tomorrow, August 22nd, is the annual Barnard Beats event. Get ready to rock in South Berwick at Barnyard Beats to benefit Veterans Count Maine- all while enjoying some AMAZING BBQ! The night will feature the amazing “Impersonators of Romance”, which plays a range of your favorite bands that these impersonators will make you think are really there and also karaoke! Tickets are only $20 (kids $5)and the evening will also feature a silent auction, raffle, WAGON RIDES and some delicious BBQ!

Learn more about Veterans Count here, and more about the Barnard Beats hereJoe hopes the event is a great success!

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

joe says "hip hop"

Here's a new one by Joe: Monday of the Minds: A Community Hip Hop Showcase is a fun organization  teaming up with SPACE Gallery and Congress Square Arts to run a few socially distanced events dedicated to the anniversary of Hip Hop today, Tuesday, August 11th. A party in the Bronx in 1973 that birthed the genre, and Monday of the Minds is hoping this brings the community together in a way to reflect positive racial justice. Congress Square Arts was generous enough to help with the city permitting for a 2 PM - 4 PM concert, and SPACE Gallery is running a live stream event at 8 PM highlighting POC DJs in the city. Half of the proceeds from the day will be donated to Maine Inside Out. Joe hopes the event is a great success and hopes you check it out!

joe says "hear pcmf"

These strange pandemic times are forcing local organizations to adapt, and that's just what the Portland Chamber Music Festival is doing. The Portland Chamber Music Festival enhances the cultural life of southern Maine by bringing internationally recognized artists of the highest caliber to Portland to present a wide range of classical and contemporary chamber music, including education and engagement programs for community members of all ages. PCMF's contemporary chamber series, in partnership with SPACE Gallery and other alternative performance venues, features innovative programs with dynamic composers and performers in a more informal setting, often including mixed media such as film, electronics, and theatrical elements.

This year, its 27th year, the PCMF is going online. Classical virtuosity meets the spirit and soul of rock and roll! Charles Yang and Peter Dugan blew the roof off of PCMF’s 2019 season with their original arrangements of tunes by artists from Sam Cooke to Ariana Grande, with electrifying effects and boundless energy. You won’t want to miss this online musical adventure featuring fun and games, and—of course—great music, alongside Artistic Director Melissa Reardon. Tune in for the genre-bending-est entertainment of the summer!

Learn more about this exciting event here. Joe applauds PCMF for continuing to serve their mission in these difficult times.

                       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 tonight, Monday night, February 3rd. Given these strange times, tonight's meeting will be held via ZOOM. Lending a helping hand as part of a strong community has never been easier- you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

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.