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Assabet Valley Regional Tech HS Students Use Spring Break to Help Downeast

Story and photos by Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw:

This Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School, MA housing repair group gives up their spring break to come make a difference in Downeast Maine!

Here are some photos of the volunteers bringing the kitchen of the Narraguagus Post 8 American Legion up to code. The Legion will be able to open up the kitchen for public use again after our volunteers help with the work this season.

On Saturday afternoon the volunteers attended the annual Smelt Fry and tried some local fare at the Downeast Salmon Federation in Columbia Falls, ME.

The Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School group also hosted and provided a full Easter Ham dinner with all the fixings at DETOP on Sunday!  Learn more about the Mission’s Housing Rehabilitation Program.

Scholarship Recipient Anna Boyle: Double Major in Psychology at University of Rochester

Anna Boyle

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 Anna Boyle’s story.

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Friday, March 17, 2017 7:18 PM

Hi, Terri!

Last summer I began working as a clinical research intern at Eastern Maine Medical Center. While the position was unpaid last year, I am happy to say that I have been invited back to work a full-time, paid position this summer.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to pick up a double major in psychology at University of Rochester. I took 22 credits last semester and worked as a research assistant in the psychology department. This semester is my second working as a teaching assistant for the spring course, Principles of Biology II. I’m also Business Manager and Fundraising Chair of Women’s Club Basketball.

The Maine Seacoast Mission is the most supportive scholarship organization I am involved with, offering the most generous outside scholarship I received. Without this help, I would be struggling much more to pay for my undergraduate education.

Many thanks to the Mission!

Downeast Table of Plenty, Easter Sunday, April 16, Hosted by Assabet Valley Regional Tech HS

Downeast Table of Penty Sign

Thank you, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, MA, for hosting Easter Sunday’s Downeast Table of Plenty. The culinary arts students will cook a traditional Easter Dinner with ham and scallop potatoes.

Cherryfield, ME — Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at our Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

Are you or your group interested in providing a meal in 2017? Please email Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington.

EdGE Among Lerner Foundation Partners In $7M Effort To Support Rural ME Student Aspirations

LERNER FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PARTNERS IN $7 MILLION EFFORT TO SUPPORT ASPIRATIONS OF RURAL MAINE STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland-based Lerner Foundation today announced that eight Maine organizations will participate as partners with the Foundation in its new $7 million Aspirations Incubator Program (AIP), a mentoring-based initiative aimed at raising and sustaining the aspirations of middle school and high school students in rural Maine communities and small cities.

The Aspirations Incubator Program partner organizations and the school districts with whom the Lerner Foundation will work [include]:

The EdGE program of Maine Seacoast Mission/SAD #37. The Maine Seacoast Mission founded the EdGE program in 2002. Through after-school, in-school, and summer programs, EdGE offers children from Gouldsboro to Machias the opportunity to challenge themselves, engage with their communities and the outdoors, and explore college and career options. SAD #37 serves the Washington County communities of Addison, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Harrington, and Milbridge.

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Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw Visits Southern Counterparts

L-R: Alan “Benji” Benzschawel, Scott Shaw, Craig Steenkamp

I visited Biloxi to research the Back Bay Mission’s Housing Rehabilitation Program, and tour all their programs. I also took a two day jaunt to New Orleans to check out Camp Restore, another nonprofit offering volunteer opportunities. Full story and photos

Baramee Janla: Scholarship Recipient Earns High Honors on Dean’s List at Thomas College

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 Baramee Janla’s story.

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Monday, March 20, 2017 11:04 PM

Dear Terri Rodick,

I hope you are doing well. In the past two years of attending Thomas College, I have had my ups and downs in both academics and athletics. Despite the hardship I have experienced while attending college, I have gained a couple of awards and achievements. In terms of academics, I have achieved Dean’s List – High Honors. One nomination in the fall of 2016 and another in the spring of 2016.

Aside from the Dean’s List, in 2017 I was officially named to the 2016 Fall All-Academic Team of the North Atlantic Conference.

Last year I did not achieve any individual awards, but as a team, we won the soccer championship in the North Atlantic Conference. However, we were runners up from New England College this year.

Thank you so much for helping me make all of these experiences possible, and I wish you are well.

Best regards,
Baramee Janla

Downeast Table of Plenty, Sunday, April 9, 2017, Hosted by Women’s Health Resource Library, Milbridge, ME

Downeast Table of Penty Sign

Thank you, Women’s Health Resource Library, Milbridge ME, for hosting this Sunday’s Downeast Table of Plenty.

Cherryfield, ME — Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at our Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

Are you or your group interested in providing a meal in 2017? Please email Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington.

Scholarship Recipient Catherine McDonald: ‘Take A Leap and Go!’

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 Catherine McDonald’s story.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:59 PM

Hi Terri!

I recently returned from a fantastic semester abroad in England where I studied history alongside UK students at the University of Birmingham. While I was abroad I was able to submerge myself in the fascinating British culture by living with current undergrad students at UoB. My time there was wonderful. In addition to exploring metropolitan Birmingham I was able to visit places such as London and Liverpool in England, as well as going to Wales and Scotland.

To conclude my time abroad I went on a month trip through Europe that took me through Amsterdam, Italy, and France. This trip inspired me to continue travelling and growing as a person, and I would urge anyone who has any interest at all to take a leap and go!

Best,
Catherine

Wyman’s Donates $25,000 to Maine Seacoast Mission for Youth Program

CHERRYFIELD – Citing its dedication to improving the welfare of its employees and their rural communities, the leading blueberry company Jasper Wyman & Son announced this week it has donated $25,000 to the youth program EdGE, part of the Maine Seacoast Mission. EdGE, or Ed Greaves Education, is based in Cherryfield and offers after-school, in-school, and summer programs from Gouldsboro to Machias.

“Wyman’s is a company with a deep commitment to sustainability,” says Robert Mancini, Wyman’s vice-president and CFO. “EdGE is committed to developing one of the greatest future resources from Gouldsboro to Machias: our children. We recognize that partnering with the Maine Seacoast Mission and EdGE allows us to continue improving our commitments to not only human resources but to our communities as well.”

According to Scott Planting, president of the Maine Seacoast Mission, the EdGE program inspires students to challenge themselves, engage with their communities and the outdoors, and explore college and career options. “We are deeply grateful to Wyman’s for its support of the EdGE program,” Planting adds, “and for realizing how vital it is to support young people and give them the skills to be happy and successful in life.”

April Norton, director of human resources at Wyman’s notes that many of the children of Wyman’s employees participate in the EdGE program. “Many families in our community face challenges in raising kids today. Wyman employees rely on EdGE to bridge the gap between work and home.”

Robert Mancini serves on the Maine Seacoast Mission Board of Directors.

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