joe says "wndo drss"

Readers of this blog may remember Joe's past support of WindowDressers, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to helping Maine residents reduce heating costs, fossil fuel consumption, and CO-2 emissions by lowering the amount of heat loss through windows.

WindowDressers has developed a community-based volunteer model that taps into individual and collective interest in saving on fuel costs, helping fellow citizens and sparing the environment from unnecessary CO2 pollution. Their target is leaky windows in Maine’s housing stock, the oldest in the nation. Inserts offer an affordable alternative to window replacement.

WindowDressers customers save, on average, ten to twenty percent on their fuel consumption, which translates in most cases to payback within the first heating season. They donate 22% of their inserts to low-income families who could not otherwise afford them. Many of these families choose to donate back to the program in order to help other families.

Joe thinks this is a great idea and encourages you to learn more about WindowDressers here. Also, if you have an interest in volunteering, there's no experience needed!

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

joe says "crom well"

This message up in lights is near and dear to Joe, whose favorite local nonprofit is the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Cromwell's mission is to promote safe, respectful, and inclusive schools and communities. Joe, who serves on the Cromwell board of trustees, is constantly impressed by this local organization and the wonderful work they do in the greater Portland community and is always happy to lend them a helping hand.

Cromwell's Annual Dinner & Auction fundraiser is being held tomorrow, Thursday May 16th, 2019 at the Marriott Sable Oaks in South Portland. Dinner & Auction proceeds support the Cromwell Center's programs to promote safe, respectful, and inclusive schools and communities.

Learn more about the event here, and more about the Cromwell Center here. Joe thanks you for your support.

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

joe says "blue wrap"

Here's an exciting and inspiring event Joe thinks you should know about: the Blue Wrap Runway 2019. Utterly unique to Maine, Blue Wrap Runway is the only charity event where dazzling fashions help to supply hospitals and medical clinics around the world. At Blue Wrap Runway, leading designers take blue wrap- normally used to wrap sterilized medical supplies- and create one-of-a-kind fashions.

Blue Wrap Runway is the major fundraising event for Partners for World Health. Now celebrating 10 years, PWH 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.

Over their 10 years, Partners for World Health has shipped over 1.5 million pounds of medical supplies, saving countless lives. Joe applauds this amazing organization for its wonderful work, and urges you to join these folks this Thursday, May 16th, at USM's Abromson Center in Portland.

Learn more about this event here, and more about PWH here.

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

joe says "furn frds"

Readers of Joe's Time & Temp blog are familiar with Furniture Friends, a nonprofit organization dedicated to acquiring and providing donated furniture to people in need throughout Greater Portland. From the organization's website: "we find our clients living in apartments with no beds, no tables, no chairs, and/or no place to store the few possessions they do own. We provide people who have next to nothing with dignity, stability, comfort and a sense of ownership." If you want to help out this local organization, you'll have the chance to do just that on Tuesday May 14th, when Furniture Friends hosts Multi-Cultural Music Fest at Portland House of Music at 6 pm. Learn more about this fun event here. Joe hopes you consider attending this great event, where you'll be able to enjoy food, refreshments and lively world music, and support a great local cause.

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

joe says "mt joy"

Today Joe is spreading the word about Mt. Joy Orchard, a free to pick public orchard providing a creative social space while demonstrating the use of agricultural practices that promote pollinator habitat, biodiversity and the preservation of Maine's agricultural heritage. Mt. Joy Orchard is the largest food forest in the city of Portland with the mission to increase food
access, resiliency of our community, increase ecologically managed spaces and provide opportunity for education. There are over one hundred fruit trees nestled into the hillside between Washington Ave and the East End Community School that have been planted and maintained by community volunteers in conjunction with the city arborist. The trees are surrounded by extensive sheet mulched beds, full of beneficial companion plants.

Anyone is free to walk through Mt. Joy at anytime and care for the plants -- this includes sustainable harvesting of fruits and herbs, and taking divisions of edible and native plants.

The orchard is entering its sixth season, and has been maintained and grown through more than thirty evening work-parties and three large permablitzes (permaculture-style work parties).

The good folks at Mt. Joy invite you to the inaugural ‘Public Orchard Day’ and kick off the 2019 work party season with an all day work party, permablitz style, on May 11, from 11am-3pm. Joe is sure the event will be a great success, and urges you to learn more about Mt. Joy here.

                        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 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 tonight, May 6th, at the Italian Heritage Center-- 40 Westland Ave, Portland, ME from 5:45-7:40pm. There will be 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!

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

joe says "ctra dnce"

Today Joe is spreading the word about a fun-loving community right here in Portland-- Portland Intown Contra Dance enriches lives and cultivates a vibrant community through dance. Their weekly Thursday-night folk dance event series at the State Street Church is delightful, welcoming to all humans, and a heck of a lot of fun. They teach and practice traditions, contribute to an evolving folk art form, and welcome new dancers to their community every week. No experience is required to participate!

To see what contra dancing is like in Portland, check out videos here and here.

The Portland Triple-Decker is the annual fundraiser event for Portland Intown Contra Dance at the State Street Church in Portland. To be held tomorrow, May 4th, it starts with an hour-long waltz lesson at 1:30PM, then continues with contra dancing with three bands and three callers until 11:00PM. Learn more about this event here, and more about PICD here. Joe hopes the Triple-Decker goes smoothly, and wishes his best to all the Portland dancers out there!

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

joe says "wish walk"

Every 38 minutes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories; every five days, it is the wish of a Maine child. Make-A-Wish's mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Joe has always been touched by this amazing organization, and he hopes that the 20th Annual Walk for Wishes event, Thursday May 16th, is a great success. Please find more about this event here-- Joe encourages you to lend a hand to this organization in any way you can.

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