joe says "sar ssm"

Joe prides himself on his decades of work on behalf of injured Mainers. He also has great respect for another organization that works tirelessly on behalf of such people: SARSSM- the Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine. This organization has been providing free and confidential services to victims of sexual assault since 1973. SARSSM has two main foci: to provide support and advocacy to victims of sexual violence, and to provide prevention education and awareness around the issue of sexual violence and exploitation. This Sunday, April 8th, SARSSM will be hosting its 32nd Annual Chocolate Lover's Fling at Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland. Joe is so glad that this organization exists to benefit victims of sexual violence in Maine and is sure that the Chocolate Lover's Fling will be a worthwhile (and tasty!) event. He urges you to find out more about this organization here and more about the Fling here.

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


joe says "usm vets"

Readers of this blog and watchers of the Time & Temp Building know that Joe is always quick to support veterans organizations. Joe is so grateful for the sacrifices made by those in uniform and is impressed when such heroes make a smooth transition back to civilian life; that's why he's supporting the USM Chapter of the Student Veterans of America. USM's Veterans Services is an on-campus resource for veterans, servicemembers, and their families. Transitioning from combat to the classroom can be challenging. USM Veterans Services is here to help.

The USM Husky Veterans are running a community giveaway during the month of April. Enter to win daily prizes and help this great group develop a degree completion scholarship fund for USM student-veterans. Learn more about this effort here.

Joe offers his thanks to anyone and everyone who's served in our armed forces, and applauds the work being done at USM to support these special students.

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

joe says "read 2me"

When Joe reflects on the blessings that have enabled him to succeed, he can't help but think of the education he received as a young child. As a lawyer, the ability to read and write is crucial for Joe, and he wishes that all children could receive the same education he did. This is why he's thrilled to promote the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a nonprofit organization with a goal to improve the lives of Americans through learning. Find more about this important organization at its website, www.givetoread.orgJoe hopes you consider lending a hand to this organization, because every child and family deserves an equal opportunity to learn to read.

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

joe says "mera awrd"

It's no longer a secret that Maine has some of the best restaurants in the country. Joe remembers a time when there were but a few dining options in his hometown of Portland, while now there are so many he can't keep them all straight. He appreciates what these establishments contribute to the culture and economy of our state, which is why he's promoting the Maine Restaurant Association (MERA). The mission of MERA is to represent, promote, and educate the food service industry of Maine.

Tonight is MERA's Award Ceremony. Held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay at 5:30pm, this is sure to be a fun event filled with great food and impressive Mainers. Joe hopes the event goes well and offers his thanks to all the great restaurateurs who help make our state great!

Learn more about MERA here and more about the awards here.

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

joe says "strv rcks"

A perennial favorite message of Joe's, "STRV RCKS" is once again flashing on the Time & Temp to promote Strive Rocks, an annual dance marathon at the Maine Mall that benefits Strive U, a comprehensive program providing post-secondary education and training to young adults with developmental disabilities in the realms of residential, employment, and community skills with the goal of enabling its graduates to live and work as full community members with maximum independence, productivity, and dignity. Strive U will host the marathon overnight at the mall running from 8pm Saturday, March 24th, to 8am on Sunday, March 25th. In addition to the all-night marathon, STRIVE will be rocking all day on Saturday from 10am-6pm. There will be bands, DJ's, tons of food, games, and excitement! Find more about the event and the organization here. The goal is to have as many people as possible participate in the overnight marathon and to raise the most money of any Strive Rocks marathon yet. Joe hopes Strive U reaches these goals and continues to do the amazing work on behalf of young adults!

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

joe says "wmpg don8"

Ever since Joe's days as a young DJ (true story), he's had a soft spot in his heart for student-run radio stations; fortunately, Portland is home to such a station. WMPG, 90.9/104.1, empowers University of Southern Maine students and community members to create diverse, innovative, high quality media, foster the exchange of ideas, and celebrate the many cultures of USM and surrounding communities for broadcast to the world. As we all know, it takes charitable donations from Portlanders like you to make such an operation possible. WMPG's Spring Begathon is taking place March 22nd through 28th, so be sure to donate here. The WMPG volunteers and managers will be asking their listener-supporters for donations totaling $50,000 to meet the station's operations budget. For WMPG volunteers and listeners, the week of Begathon is a 7-day celebration of the unique opportunities that community radio offers. "Regular people, with and without previous media experience, come to WMPG to learn how to make radio that is important to them," explains WMPG Program Director Lisa Bunker. "We teach them the skills and responsibilities of how to do it, and then the music that is played and the topics that are discussed are completely up to them." Find more about WMPG at its official website. Joe hopes you chip in to WMPG and help support this important asset to the Portland community!

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

joe says "eqme gala"

Joe's mission as an attorney is to provide all Mainers with access to justice-- above his desk hangs a sign with the words "Justice justice shalt thou pursue". Justice for all Mainers means equal rights for all Mainers, which is why Joe is proud to promote EqualityMaine's Annual Gala, which is Saturday, March 24th, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. EqualityMaine works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Maine through political action, community organizing, education, and collaboration. With special guest comedienne Christine O'Leary, this year's annual gala will feature dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Find more about this great organization at its website, and more about the gala here. Joe hopes the event is a success and fully supports EqualityMaine's vision of the day when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of Maine people and in all areas of the law.

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

joe says "fmly hope"

Mental health is an issue that so deeply affects society yet so rarely gets talked about. That's why Joe is spreading the word about Family Hope, a local organization that fosters mental crisis prevention through education. Family Hope was created from the frustration experienced by many families and friends as they struggled to find help for someone they care about who lives with mental illness. Founder Donna Betts started this effort as a passionate response to her own family's struggles; she quickly discovered she was not alone in facing the hurdles and barriers of working with disconnected mental health resources in Maine. Family Hope is dedicated to educating, providing encouragement, and suggesting resources to aid family members and friends help someone they care about who is living with mental illness, strive toward recovery.

Learn more about this organization here. Joe offers his thanks to all who work to spread awareness of mental illness and to the folks at Family Hope for the important work they do.

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