Each January, Joe is reminded of the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and is humbled and inspired by the Reverend's bravery and struggle for justice. While the pursuit of justice is never complete, racial equality has come a long way in Joe's lifetime, and that's thanks in no small part to Dr. King. So today, Joe says "THNX MLK".
Having been a personal injury attorney for over 40 years, Joe has seen too many lives ruined by dangerous driving. To raise awareness about this important issue, Joe holds the Arrive Alive Creative Contest each year for graduating high school seniors throughout Maine. Now in it's 16th year, seniors may enter by submitting a creative project that sends a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and/or distracted driving.
Past entries have included essays, poems, paintings, public service announcements, videos, original songs, t-shirts, board games, drawings and more. The more creative, the better! First place winners receive a new laptop computer, second and third place winners receive a new iPad, and everyone who enters wins fun prizes from the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein.
The deadline for this year's contest is May 10th and a complete set of rules and all past winners can be found at ArriveAliveCreativeContest.com. Joe encourages any and all high school seniors in Maine to submit an entry into the contest, and more importantly encourages everyone on the road to practice safe driving techniques.
No matter what holiday you're celebrating at this time of the year, Joe hopes it's a great one, spent in the company of family, friends, or both. Happy holidays, Portland!
Joe has long admired the work done by Preble Street, a local organization whose mission is is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems. Today, Joe wants to bring attention to a Preble Street event. Portland's Homeless Persons Annual Memorial Vigil, taking place today, December 20th, at 4pm, is a time to remember our homeless friends who have died and to recommit ourselves to the task of ending homelessness.
On the night of the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, a candlelight procession starts at the Preble Street Resource Center and proceeds to Monument Square where a memorial ceremony is dedicated to those homeless persons in our community who have died. All persons who are homeless, who have been homeless, who work with the homeless or who have compassion for the homeless are welcome at this event.
Joe hopes the event goes smoothly and offers his thanks to the wonderful staff of Preble Street for all the amazing work they do. He urges Portlanders to learn more about Preble Street here and more about today's event here.
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.
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!
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.
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.