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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 next Thursday, November 22nd, from 11am-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!
Learn more about Wayside Food Programs here.
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 13th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm, ACOG is hosting empow(h)er, a night out at the Portland House of Music to support ACOG's arts-based resiliency/empowerment programming for girls. This fun evening will feature a theatrical performance, a silent auction, and plenty of tasty treats. Joe is sure it will be a fun night out for any Portlanders who want to support a wonderful local organization!
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.
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 today, Thursday November 8th, from 11am-3pm at the Sullivan Gym in Portland. For more information about the job fair, check out USM's career services page. Joe hopes the event is a success and wishes you well in your job hunt!
Readers of this blog know that Joe loves when Mainers band together to raise money for an important cause. That's why he's currently promoting the Pink Tutu Ladies, a Maine-based fundraising group. Founded in Portland in 2014, the goal of the PTL is to bring together women participating in Maine Cancer Foundation's Tri For a Cure to make fundraising fun and easy. Between 2014 and 2017, The Pink Tutu Ladies have raised over $150,000 for the Maine Cancer Foundation.
Over the years, the group make-up has changed as women join or leave the group. Some of the original group have gone on to become marathoners and IronMan finishers, and others have gone on to fundraiser for other organizations. But any woman is welcome to join The Pink Tutu Ladies - as long as she has a passion for raising money and is willing to ask for donations while wearing a tutu.
PTL has many different fundraisers throughout the year, including restaurant nights, attending SeaDogs games and concerts, and party events with local bands and silent auctions.
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.
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 over 150!) 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 this Monday, November 5th, at the Italian Heritage Center-- 40 Westland Ave, Portland, ME from 5:45-7:40pm. A silent auction will take place, with 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!