Mission Teams with Downeast Roots Group to Share Resources, Work Together

Mission Teams with Downeast Roots Group to Share Resources, Work Together

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Director of Service Programs Wendy Harrington recently announced the Mission’s collaboration with a new group called Downeast Roots; “a group of local organizations who promote each other’s work, share resources, and work together on projects for the benefit of our community,” according to the group web site.

Other member groups are the Women’s Health Resource Library, Maine Outdoor School, TREE, Mano en Mano, and the Milbridge Public Library.

The purpose of Downeast Roots is to promote collaboration among Downeast area organizations in order to strengthen our overall impact. We are committed to fostering a strong sense of belonging while ensuring that our community is a place where people, their cultural identities, and the environment thrive. We draw on the strengths of our relationships within our communities to strive towards a deeper understanding of adversity and practices that build resilient and dynamic solutions to complex, modern challenges.

Tennis Tournament Raises $18K for EdGE Program

Tennis Tournament Raises $18K for EdGE Program

The R.H. Foster team, 15th Annual EdGE Tennis Tournament champions. Mission President John Zavodny is pictured second from right.

BAR HARBOR, ME — Thank you to everyone who helped, the in-kind and corporate sponsors; the volunteers and all the tennis players. The 15th Annual Open Tennis Tournament raised close to $18,000 for the EdGE program.

Congratulations to Tournament champion R.H. Foster team.

After being rained out on the appointed day, the Tournament kicked off on Sunday for some amazing displays of skill, fun, and friendly competition. Sunday was perfect for tennis. Not too hot or windy, and lots of sunshine.

Saturday’s rain prevented the EdGE kids from joining us. However, they had a wonderful time at their Friday event at the Bar Harbor Club, with tennis lessons from Liz McMullan, Dan Granholm and Colleen Maynard. Following their tennis lessons the EdGE kids got to swim in the Club pool. They spent the night at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church and went home on Saturday.

Mission, Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, and Partner Colleges Launch Four-Year Davis Maine Scholarship

September 23, 2019

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Maine Seacoast Mission, Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, and Three Partner Colleges Launch Four-Year Davis Maine Scholarship

BAR HARBOR, ME — The Maine Seacoast Mission, the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, and three inaugural Partner Colleges — Clark University (MA), University of New England (ME), and Wheaton College (MA) — announce the launch of the Davis Maine Scholarship: a full, four-year scholarship for rural, first-generation college students from Washington and eastern Hancock Counties.

In announcing this new program, Andrew Davis of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund said, “This is a remarkable opportunity for deserving Downeast high school scholars. We are creating this scholarship for students who excel in their studies, persist through hardship and will be among the first members of their families to go to college. I very much look forward to supporting our college and high school partners on behalf these exceptional young people. It is extremely exciting to play a role in showing the world what Downeast students can achieve.”

Christina Griffith, Davis Maine Scholarship Director at The Maine Seacoast Mission added “Coupled with the family and community strengths from which our Downeast students come, the Davis Maine Scholarship will provide Davis Scholars what they need to prepare for, persist through and successfully complete their undergraduate studies.”

At first, Davis Maine Scholars will be selected from two partner high schools: Narraguagus in Harrington, ME and Sumner Memorial in Sullivan, ME. The first Davis Maine Scholarship cohort will be selected as high school juniors in Fall, 2020. Prior to matriculating to college in Fall 2022, they will receive strategic college transition planning and support with college research, admissions and financial aid information, as well as tools for personal and academic college success. The Davis Maine Scholarship also includes family engagement workshops, given the integral role families play in supporting students through their college studies.

Davis Maine Scholarship Partner Colleges were selected based on their institutional commitment to increasing socioeconomic diversity through demonstrated success with serving first-generation college bound, low-income, rural students through existing programs and resources. Partner Colleges also demonstrated success with freshman retention and four-year college completion rates, especially among first-generation college bound students.

The Davis Maine Scholarship builds on the success of the Mission’s educational programs. For more than a century, the Mission has worked to address multi-generational poverty in rural Washington and eastern Hancock Counties through programs including the Mission Scholarship Program (Founded 1918), and the Ed Greaves Education (EdGE) K-12 youth development program (Founded 2002).

John Zavodny, Maine Seacoast Mission President said, “We are very pleased to be partnering with the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund to continue to provide Downeast communities with greater access to higher education. This strong partnership will result in more college graduates, greater economic opportunity and new roads toward promising futures.”

Profile – Matthew Correia – David and Ann Ingram Scholarship Recipient 2019

Profile – Matthew Correia – David and Ann Ingram Scholarship Recipient 2019

BAR HARBOR, ME — Among the Mission’s new scholarship recipients this year, the David and Ann Ingram Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Correia from Sumner High School in Sullivan. Mr. Correia is a volunteer firefighter for Winter Harbor and has trained for certifications in CPR and first aid. The three-sport athlete looks forward to entering Eastern Maine Community College in the fall and will study Fire Science Technology, pursuing his passion.

Mission scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic promise. Most scholarships are renewable, permitting students to reapply for all four years of college as long as they meet the Mission scholarship criteria. Scholarships range in amount from $1,500 – $5,000.

In 2019 Maine Seacoast Mission renewed sixty scholarships totaling $106,500, and awarded twenty-eight new scholarships totaling $59,000.

Steuben ‘Flower Bomber’ Christina Ganz is Former Mission Gardener

Steuben ‘Flower Bomber’ Christina Ganz is Former Mission Gardener

Christina Ganz (Photo courtesy Ellsworth American)

Blooming beautiful
September 18, 2019 by Jennifer Osborn on Arts & living, Lifestyle

STEUBEN — A flower gardener who delivers surprise bouquets free of charge to shops and events around town almost sounds like the beginning of a romance novel.

But, “flower bombing” as she calls it, is a regular activity for estate gardener Christina Ganz.

Ganz worked for nearly a decade for the Rockefeller family in Mount Desert, before launching her own business, Kvetina, which translates to “many flowers” in Czech. That was 2014.

She was a gardener for the Maine Seacoast Mission for nine years.

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