Sarra Bridges: Update on Our First Angus Macdonald Scholarship Recipient

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Manager Terri W. Rodick keeps in close touch with the students she’s come to know through our Scholarship Program. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Here’s a March 16, 2017from Sarra Bridges, our first Angus Macdonald Scholar.

“One exciting thing for me at Colby [College] this year has been my campus job with Student Health on Campus (SHOC). I have taken a leadership role organizing one of largest events that occurs each semester: Stressbusters. The event takes place during the last week of the semester before finals — and many students participate.

“Our aim is to help students relieve some of the stress that inevitably comes along with finals. We have piñatas, wood chopping, dogs people can pet and play with; people can make their own stress balls to keep, and many more things! We are constantly improving this event by adding different things [or] revamping things we’ve done already.

“I have also been on a sup[port]-group in SHOC focused on programming around drugs and alcohol. We just piloted a program we’ve been working on all year which will potentially be called I Care. It is focused on community and the drinking culture.

“It is mainly about how we, as students, can work on looking out for each other, making sure everyone has fun — but stays safe — at Colby. We emphasize the point that we all impact each other’s experiences here, and we want to make sure that impact is positive.

“Next year, I am taking on an event bigger leadership role as co-president of SHOC. I was approached by the current co-presidents about it and I am very excited for this opportunity to make an even bigger impact.

“Sincerely,
“Sarra Bridges/ Colby College ’19”

Scholarship Recipient Ashley McEachern Helping the Red Sox Foundation

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Manager Terri W. Rodick keeps in close touch with the students she’s come to know through our Scholarship Program. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Here’s a recent note from Ashley McEachern.

I am a Customer Service Agent, answering customer questions, giving them directions. I also sell the 50/50 raffle tickets that benefit the Red Sox Foundation. Half of the money raised from these raffles go to underprivileged high school seniors in Lee County (the county I’m in Florida) for scholarships at college.

This year 13 students received scholarships at $5,000 each. Hope you are doing well!

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Scholarship Receiver Ivy Wallace Excelling at Nursing Studies, Soccer

Photo courtesy of Ivy Wallace

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Manager Terri W. Rodick keeps in close touch with the students she’s come to know through our Scholarship Program. Recently, Terri invited student scholarship recipients to share with Mission friends, their success stories and photos.

Here’s Ivy Wallace’s story.

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Hi Terri!

This past semester, and each one before it, I have been on the Dean’s list. I also have been chosen from the Nursing Program and Orono Student Nursing Association to attend the National Student Nurses Convention in Dallas, Texas this April.

While I’m there I will be able to attend seminars on topics I am interested within the field of nursing, have mock interviews for jobs, receive information on building a strong resume, and learn about ways to make nursing a better profession for both the patient and the nurse!

The Maine Seacoast Mission Scholarship has allowed me to be able to self fund some of this trip which will make me a more knowledgeable nurse in the future.

I have also been a soccer coach at the Orono Middle School this past fall — a great opportunity for me to teach kids, and make an impact on their lives, while teaching them about the importance of being a good team member and staying active.

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Scholarship Recipient Studying Civil Engineering in University College Cork, Ireland

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Scholarship Administrator Terri Rodick keeps in regular contact with our scholarship recipient students. It’s always good, Terri says, when she hears from scholarship recipient students.

Brigitte, pictured here on the Cliffs of Moher, and on the Dingle Peninsula of Ireland – Westernmost point of Ireland.

Brigitte is a third year Civil Engineering student at the University of Maine, Orono. She currently studying in Ireland at the University College Cork as one of two students chosen from a large pool of UM System applicants to spend a semester in Cork, Ireland.

Bridgitte will attend classes at the University College Cork in Environmental Hydraulics, Thermodynamics, Harbor and Coastal Engineering, and Architecture and Planning. Working with four other students, Bridgitte is responsible for design and construction of a full-size refugee shelter. Once complete, her group will present their shelter design to a United Nations representative, hoping that the UN adopt their design or modify it to their liking. After returning to the United States, Brigitte will share stories of her experience, and help other students considering traveling abroad.

Learn more about the Mission’s Scholarships Program.

Mission Scholarship Recipient Helping Dominican Republic Children

Bar Harbor, ME — Mission Program Manager for Scholarships and Outreach Terri Rodick spotted this update about Maine Scholarship recipient Mia at Gordon College in MA, doing good work planning her trip to Las Colinas, Dominican Republic. Learn more about Mia’s project.

Learn more about Manager Terri Rodick’s work with the Maine Seacoast Mission Scholarships Program.

Food Shelves and Refrigeration Upgrade for Milbridge Food Cupboard

The current Milbridge School Cupboard storage space filled with food. (Photo by Wendy Harrington)

Cherryfield, ME — Good news from Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington. Milbridge School Cupboard received a $1,000 grant from Good Shepherd Foord Bank for refrigeration and shelving. The Milbridge Elementary School Cupboard is a Maine Seacoast Mission program funded by Sewall.

Laura Thomas oversees the pantry. In December 2016 the Maine Education Association named Laura Thomas an “Inspiring Educator” for her work in Milbridge.

Boston Bruins 2014-15 Team Autographed Jersey Auction to Benefit EdGE Families

Our special thanks to the Boston Bruins Foundation for presenting the Mission this unique team jersey. Our goal is to help get this Bruins collectible to another team fan, and to use 100-percent of the proceeds to help our EdGE families.

High bidder in this Maine Seacoast Mission eBay auction…

  1. Owns this Boston Bruins 2014-2015 Team Autographed Jersey, and also
  2. Helps Downeast Maine children enrolled in our EdGE (Ed Greaves Education) Program challenge themselves, engage with their communities and the outdoors, and explore college and career options.
Auction ends Tuesday, March 7th.
Go directly to our eBay Boston Bruins Team Autographed Jersey page
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EdGE is designed to help students make informed choices about their futures and develop the resources and skills to be successful—and happy—in life. More than 700 students take part in EdGE activities each year. To remove any barriers to participation, transportation is provided at no cost to the student. Summer camps have a nominal fee, but all other programs are free, and no one is excluded for lack of funds.

Auction ends Tuesday, March 7th.
Go directly to our eBay Boston Bruins Team Autographed Jersey page
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For more information about the EdGE program, email Maria Wight or call 207.546.4466.

Snow? Food Pantry is Open and Ready to Serve

Maine Seacoast Mission Downeast Campus Food Pantry

Cherryfield, ME — Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington sends this photo and news item: On Tuesday February 14, the front door to the Downeast Campus Center is piled high with snow but the path to the Food Pantry door is shoveled and ready to serve customers. We want to make sure people can get to the pantry on the days between the recent snow storms.

 

Island Elder Care Workers Meet DHHS Workers to ‘Make Things Work Better’

 

 

Mission Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, and other administrators involved with elder care on Maine’s islands and peninsulas, meet in person with Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) workers three times a year, “to brainstorm how to make things work better,” Director Sharon Daley said.

Friday, January 27, 2017, Sharon Daley was in Augusta with a group representing four island elder care homes, meeting with eight DHHS workers.

Sharon said. “Many regulations do not always apply to smaller elder care homes. Asking questions directly, and explaining the nature of small homes, especially island homes, we’ve been able find some solutions to these problems. Everyone attending these meetings has the same goal: caring for our elders in the best way possible,” she said.

Director Sharon Daley is standing fourth from the right in the photo here.

Learn More About the Mission’s Island Health Services.

A New Presence to the Mission’s Past

The Maine Seacoast Mission has been a trusted friend along the Maine coast for more than 100 years, always committed to our work for the long haul. Island and coastal residents know they can rely on us. While our presence is steady, we are responsive to the needs of individuals and communities, and our programs adapt to meet changing conditions.

Now through the internet and digital communications, the Mission can bring a new presence to our past. For example, these two reports from the 1930s concerning the Mission boat at the time, the Sunbeam III.

First up is a three-minute segment from a radio broadcast featuring Alice M. Peasley, and other Mission staff.

Second, this remarkable film from the Maine Sea Coast Mission Collection at the Northeast Historic Film web site showing a U.S. Coast Guard cutter breaking through ice to enable passage of the Sunbeam III. Today, the Sunbeam V often serves as an icebreaker to enable islanders to move their boats in-and-out of harbor.