Island Health Director Sharing Front Line Work on Aging on Islands (Video)

Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN is a leader in finding best ways to enable aging Maine islanders to live in their homes, communities. Maine Seacoast Mission was a cosponsor of this 2016 Aging on Islands Conference.

In this 38-minute presentation, you will hear Director Sharon Daley and colleagues give the conference audience their Perspective from the Islands. This work, panel Moderator Wendy Wolf reminds the audience, is “work” these professionals do “day-to-day.”

The Panel: Moderator: Wendy Wolf, President, Maine Health Access Foundation, Panelists: Sharon Daley, Maine Seacoast Mission and Islesboro Boardman Cottage, Maura Michaels, Islesboro Boardman Cottage, Lindsey Beverage, Southern Harbor Eldercare Services, Del Webster, Vinalhaven.

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Congregational Church of Wells, ME Helps Mission Elves at Elves Workshop

Congregational Church of Wells, ME Helps Elves Workshop

Our thanks thrice. Once to members of the Congregational Church of Wells, ME for helping the Mission Elves at the Elves Workshop at our Downeast Campus making Christmas brighter. And thank you to Chuck McDonald of Barnacle Billy’s Seafood Restaurant, Ogunquit, ME for driving the Congregational Church of Wells’s help boxes to Bar Harbor, ME. And thanks to David Snyder for helping unload Chuck’s van.

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Fun + Families + Math + Bingo = New Books for EdGE Pre-K-12 Students

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Cherryfield — Fifty-five children, parents, and grandparents took part in the Mission’s EdGE Family Engagement Program Reading Event, Bingo for Books, on Monday, November 21, at Milbridge Elementary School in Milbridge, ME. The event gave Pre K-12 students and their families a way to learn about the EdGE Family Engagement Program.

Mission Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington, who sent us these pictures from the Reading Event, said in an email, “Thank you to Kim Summers, the Family Engagement Coordinator, for creating this fun evening. We enjoyed a dinner of pasta, salad, and apple crisp before the Bingo for Books began. Every child left with a book. Those children who won a Bingo game left with two books,” said Director Wendy Harrington.

Learn more about Maine Seacoast Mission’s Family Engagement Program. Coordinator Kim Summers can be reached by phone or by email.

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Elves Workshop is Ready. Starts Saturday November 26th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Elves Workshop 2016

Each year, through Christmas events and programs, Maine Seacoast Mission distributes about 10,000 holiday gifts to more than 3,200 children, families, nursing home residents, and prisoners at Christmastime.

This includes the “Elves’ Workshop” in the Weald Bethel Community Center at our Downeast Campus in Cherryfield, ME. At the “Elves Workshop,” people can choose the gifts to give their families.

The tradition of Mission Christmas presents began more than 100 years ago when the Mission brought gifts to island residents and lighthouse keepers.

To find out how you can help the 2016 Christmas program, download the 2016 Christmas Wish List (PDF) and/or contact Marilyn Nickson.

Maine Seacoast Mission Launches Land & Sea Giving Tuesday Campaign

Monday, November 21, 2017

BAR HARBOR — For the first time, the Maine Seacoast Mission is joining the Giving Tuesday global movement and launching our own Giving Tuesday campaign. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season. In 2015, it helped raise $116.7 million dollars online.

By tapping into global excitement and support for Giving Tuesday 2016 through social media, the Mission’s goal is to attract new donors, build awareness for its programs, and encourage existing supporters to spread the word.

The Mission 2016 campaign is focused on suggesting donations to our Housing Rehab Program (land), and our Island Health & Telemedicine Program (sea).

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Everyone deserves to live in a warm, safe home. But housing in Washington County, Maine is often old, hard to heat. Especially on a limited budget. Maine Seacoast Mission’s Housing Rehab Program, with 350 amazing nationwide volunteers, and collaborating with other housing agencies, each year fixes or rebuilds twenty such houses for local families.

Since 1905, Maine Seacoast Mission has played a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care. For island residents, accessing even basic health care, when possible, is expensive and time consuming. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN, meets with islanders on the Sunbeam, in their homes, and keeps in touch by phone and internet.

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We thank you in advance for helping us spread the word about the Mission’s Giving Tuesday Campaign. Please contact Ellen Pope, Maine Seacoast Mission’s Director of Development with questions and comments at 207-288-5097 or by email.

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Island Health & Telemedicine: Help Island Residents Access Health Care

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Since 1905, we have played a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care. Our Island Health Program carries on the tradition, and there is never a charge for any Mission staff member’s services.

For island residents, accessing even the most basic health care is a significant challenge. Not every island has daily ferry service, and a trip to the mainland, when possible, is expensive and time consuming.

In response, Maine Seacoast Mission offers personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN, meets with islanders on the Sunbeam V, in their homes, via phone and internet. The Sunbeam state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities offer islanders virtual office visits with mainland doctors. Telemedicine is increasingly important in connecting islanders with mental health and substance abuse counselors.

The Island Health program also arranges for medical specialists to visit the islands. Sharon sets up on-island screening clinics for conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, and arranges educational talks. Each year, Island Health sponsors a free two-day conference focusing on how to help elders from island communities age in place.

The short film below shows a day in the life of Sharon Daley as Director of Island Health.

Thank you.

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Housing Rehab: Help a Family Live in a Safe, Warm Home

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Everyone deserves to live in a warm, safe home. But housing in Washington County, Maine is often old, hard to heat. Especially on a limited budget.

Maine Seacoast Mission’s Housing Rehab Program, with 350 amazing nationwide volunteers, each year fixes or rebuilds twenty such houses for local families. We also collaborate with other housing agencies. The families contribute sweat equity and often have children in our Ed Greaves Education (EdGE) program.

Each April through October, volunteers of all ages from church and community groups nationwide, spend one or two weeks here, making a huge difference in family lives. Tara’s story, as shown in the before and after photos here, is one example.

Your help with our Housing Rehab Program this Giving Tuesday enables us to create openings for more volunteer groups to help more rural Washington County families live in safe, warm houses.

Thank you.

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Mission’s Organic Vegetable Garden’s Long Winter’s Nap

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Gena Norgaard harvesting carrots at Downeast Campus organic garden. (Photo by Wendy Harrington)

Cherryfield — Our Downeast Campus includes a quarter-acre organic vegetable garden where volunteers from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners program work with Mission staff to grow more than 2,000 pounds of produce annually for the food pantry and the Downeast Table of Plenty.

The carrots are harvested, the fence is down, and the garden is put to bed for the winter. A cover crop of oats, visible in this photo growing behind Food Pantry Manager & Senior Companion Program Supervisor Gena Norgaard, is planted to help replenish the nutrients.

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