joe says "fstr care"


Joe's Team believes that children are our greatest resource and that we therefore must invest in them, as they are our future. Today we're promoting an organization that does just that: KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities. Founded in 1882, KidsPeace provides a unique psychiatric hospital; a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based treatment programs to help people in need overcome challenges and transform their lives. The experts at KidsPeace provide emotional and physical health care and educational services in an atmosphere of teamwork, compassion and creativity.

KidsPeace has a presence here in Maine: its campus in Ellsworth Programs offers treatment for youth on the autism spectrum, and highly structured expert psychiatric care for youth who require 24-hour clinical, residential and educational services and supervision.

There are nearly 400,00 children in foster care in the US, with over 250,000 entering each year. Here in Maine, there are roughly 2200 children in our care, with 1700 licensed foster homes. If you think foster parenting may be in your future, please learn more about this process here.

                   Photo from KidsPeace facebook page.


joe says "girl rock"

Joe's team has always appreciated the talent at Maine Academy of Modern Music, a local organization that aspires to provide Maine youth with the discipline, freedom, and guidance to appreciate the thrill of making contemporary music, instilling in them the power of self-expression. MAMM is dedicated to building leadership through the musical arts.

MAMM is gearing up for the digital release of its Girls Rock! album this coming week. The album will be a celebration of girls' involvement in music and will showcase the talents of MAMM's students who will be performing a combination of solo and full band sets.

Learn more about MAMM here and more about Girls Rock! here.

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

joe says "nevr agan"

Today Joe's team is spreading an important reminder: Never Again, in honor of Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. The Maine Chapter of Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), is asking Mainers to never forget the atrocities that have been perpetrated against millions of innocent people throughout history, and to make sure that we do our part to ensure it never happens again.

Learn more about ANCA here, and more about Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month here.

joe says "ariv aliv"

In our line of work, Joe's team has seen too many lives ruined by dangerous driving. To raise awareness about this important issue, we hold the Arrive Alive Creative Contest each year for graduating high school seniors throughout Maine. Now in its 17th 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.

Only 18 days until the deadline for this year's contest. A complete set of rules and all past winners can be found at ArriveAliveCreativeContest.comJoe's team 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.

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

joe says "#whd day"

This weekend Joe's team is spreading the word about World Hemophilia Day. To be held tomorrow, April 17th, WHD is about bringing the global bleeding disorders community together. With the COVID-19 pandemic having a major impact on people with a bleeding disorder, that objective has never been more important.

Here in Maine we have a local nonprofit that's doing the good work of supporting folks with bleeding disorders. The Hemophilia Alliance of Maine is partnering with the Connecticut Hemophilia Society and the New England Hemophilia Association to celebrate the 31st Annual World Hemophilia Day. Please visit the Hemophilia Alliance of Maine here and learn more about their celebration of World Hemophilia Day here.

Joe's team offers these wonderful organizations our heartfelt thanks for supporting the community of those with bleeding disorders, and hopes tomorrow's events are a great success!

joe says "don8 life"

Joe wants to spread the word about National Donate Life Month. Every day in April, people across the U.S. make a special effort to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, tissue, marrow, and blood donors and to encourage more Americans to follow their fine example. Last year alone, organ donors made more than 33,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss. Unfortunately, thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes, but you have the power to change that.

Joe urges you to find more information about this important subject here.

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

joe says "buya bale"

Readers of this blog are by now familiar with the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, New England's largest horse shelter. The Society is caring for many horses in various stages of recovery from abuse or neglect. Some are healthy, trained, and awaiting adoption into a new permanent home; others will live out their days at the Society’s Windham farm.

It takes 20,000 bales of hay to feed The Society's horses for a year. The 2021 Buy a Bale fundraiser gives everyone a chance to help the horses.$5 feeds a horse for a day, and a $155 gift feeds a horse for an entire month.  If you love horses, you probably really love baby horses!  Click here to meet Little B, an energetic foal born just 2 months ago to a rescued mare at the MSSPA shelter.  Little B will need lots of hay to help him grow big and strong and ensure that he is ready for adoption when he is grown.  You can read the 2021 Buy-A-Bale stories here, or give the gift of hay to the horses here.

Joe's team offers our thanks to the folks at MSSPA for the great work they do, and his appreciation to the readers of this blog who lend a hand to this great cause.

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

joe says "thin mint"

Today's tasty message promotes a group Joe's team has touted before: The Girl Scouts of Maine. The Girl Scouts seek to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Worldwide the Girl Scouts are  2.5 million strong—more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to change the world. Girl Scout membership is open to any girl in grades K-12 who has made the Girl Scout Promise, accepts the Girl Scout Law, and pays annual membership dues.

Girl Scout cookies are now on sale. When you buy a box of delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you’re powering amazing, year-round experiences for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) extraordinaire in your community who sells them—that’s right, proceeds stay local and are reinvested in girls! Joe's team will be sure to eat their fair share of thin mints-- will you?

Learn more about the Girl Scouts of Maine here, and more about the delicious cookies here.