Like anyone who's been through the grieving process, Joe knows that it can be made more bearable with companionship and support. The Center for Grieving Children, based in Portland, serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education. Offering services for free, for as long as people need them, the Center's mission is to provide loving support that encourages the safe expression of grief and loss and fosters each individual's resilience and emotional well-being. Joe is happy to promote the "Love Really Counts" Gala, CGC's annual fundraiser that generates substantial community support to help keep the Center's services free for children and their families. This year's event will be held at Brick South on Thompson's Point on Friday, February 1st, and will feature auctions, raffles, entertainment and more, all for a noble cause. Joe hopes the event is a great success for a wonderful organization, and urges you to find more about the event here and about the organization here.
In a rare three-word message, Joe is spreading the word this week about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. Committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by helping them grow up healthy and ready for the future, BBBS serves hundreds of children each year. Since 1995, the organization has matched caring adult and high school-aged volunteers with children to foster nurturing, professionally-supported, one-to-one mentor relationships. These are matches that truly change lives - for both the children and adults who are involved. January is National Mentoring Month, so Joe says you should keep this organization in mind and consider getting involved! Find more about BBBS at their website.
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".
Each year on this blog Joe spreads the word about Winter Kids, an organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity. If you grew up in Maine like Joe did, you know the importance of outdoor play-- especially in the winter when we tend to spend most of our time indoors! On Saturday, January 19th, 2019, hundreds of Mainers will experience the thrill of sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and much more at Winter Kids' annual Welcome to Winter Festival. At Payson Park in Portland from 12:30pm - 2:30pm, kids and families will enjoy great sledding and snowshoeing, healthy snacks, raffle prizes, warm winter giveaways, a welcome from city officials, and more. Find out more about this wonderful event here. Joe says have fun and stay warm!
The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein are open late tonight for Law Night! If you need legal assistance regarding a personal injury or disability, we'll be standing by waiting for your call at 207-CALL-JOE
As Portlanders know, Joe spends more time promoting local nonprofits than his own law firm on the Time & Temp. Well, today he's promoting a local non-profit that *promotes* local nonprofits. Get it? The Maine Association of Nonprofits is celebrating Nonprofit Day, an opportunity to shine a spotlight on nonprofits as the essential community infrastructure they are.
MANP's mission is to enrich the quality of community and personal life in Maine by strengthening the leadership, voice, and organizational effectiveness of our state's nonprofits. Every day, Mainers rely on nonprofits to nurture our minds, protect our environment, inform our government, educate our children and drive our economy-all while investing significant financial and human resources throughout the state.
On January 17th, 2019, MANP is hosting Nonprofit Day, a collective day of action to raise awareness for how #NonprofitsWorkforME.
Joe hopes you learn more about MANP and Nonprofit Day here.
Joe is once again spreading the word about The University of Southern Maine’s Veterans Upward Bound program, which serves up to 125 income eligible, first-generation veterans per year from across the state. Of Maine’s 119,058 veterans, 7,954 are low-income and 89,179 do not have a bachelor’s degree and are highly likely to be potential first-generation college students. The Upward Bound program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. Veterans may apply to attend the college of their choice. Joe is once again spreading the word about,
TRIO Veterans Upward Bound will provide vital assistance to eligible veterans seeking to become college students, including the resources and support necessary to apply, enroll and succeed in post-secondary education. College-bound veterans will receive tailored support, academic tutoring, advising, preparation for college entrance exams, information on federal student financial aid programs, assistance in completing financial aid applications, guidance on entry into post-secondary education, educational and counseling services to improve financial and economic literacy, and intensive basic academic skills development; as well as general college readiness, study skills, career development, and personal and leadership growth.
Joe offers his thanks to the good folks at USM for offering this assistance to those men and women who bravely serve our country. Please learn more about this important program here.
Joe is once again promoting South Portland's very own Lyric Music Theater, whose current production is Irving Berlin's White Christmas. A Christmas card comes to life with this story of a song-and-dance-team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. White Christmas is full of dancing, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they're dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical!
Founded in 1952, Lyric Music Theater is community theater at its finest. The purpose and mission of this wonderful organization is is to foster and develop interest in the theater in the Greater Portland Area, particularly as applied to music and drama, and to provide a medium for the expression of such interest. The White Christmas production will be running from November 30th to December 16th- Joe hopes you get a chance to check it out!
Learn more about the Lyric Music Theater here.