July 28, 2014

Rockland Community Sailing and Youthlinks Do It Again!

Filed under: Summer Camp,Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 5:57 pm

On June 23rd, Rockland Community Sailing, a program of the Apprenticeshop, and Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services, collaborated for the 7th consecutive year to provide an opportunity for the young people of the Rockland area to learn about sailing. Through the generous support from Machias Savings Bank and gracious individual contributions, the collaboration between the two programs was able to provide an experience on the water for 12 middle school and high school students.

This year, Head Instructor Devon Gordon and Assistant instructors Aidan Gordon, Tricia Towey, Will Foote and Randy Mercer lead students through this week long program. In addition Sarah Woodman and Alyssa Sweet, both Program Managers from Youthlinks, played a significant role in assisting daily with the camp. Students first learn the basics of sailing through the direction and support of the dedicated RCS instructors. The younger students and those with less experience began sailing a one person, single sail boat known as Optis. Older students and those with more experience are paired up to sail the larger, two-sailed-boats, known as 420s. On the first day of camp students take turns being towed by a motorboat to learn the feel of being on a boat and how to use a rudder to steer without the pressure of manipulating a sail. By day three students are able to tack and jibe through the inner Rockland Harbor.

This week long program was an opportunity for students to connect with the area’s marine heritage and their community. For many students the experience of learning to sail in Rockland Harbor placed them outside their comfort zones and by the end of the week these young people had developed a new sense of confidence and learned new skill sets that they can carry with them as they grow.

To be a part of the positive change in the lives of our young people, help support future collaborations between Youthlinks and Rockland Community Sailing contact the Apprenticeshop at  594-1800 or Youthlinks at 594-2221 to learn more about how you can help us continue these experiences for young people. Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization serving the region for more than three decades.


Broadreach to Host Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fundraiser in Belfast

Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair Requests Donations from Local Fiber Crafters

 Calling all knitters, sewers, weavers and crafters! Here is a chance to turn your unused stash of yarn and fabric into gold to support high quality learning experiences for Waldo County’s youngest learners. It is also a chance, come September 27th, to stock up on materials for new projects and support a great cause.

A Fiber & Fabric Fair will be held on Saturday, September 27th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. The fundraiser, which will support Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Program, will feature a wide array of yarns, fabrics, and supplies for the fiber craftsperson. Broadreach is asking all those fiber and fabric aficionados who have yarn, wool, fabric, patterns, and other supplies they wish to contribute to contact Broadreach at 338-2200 extension 201 to arrange a donation. Local businesses such as Heavenly Socks Yarns, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, WORKS, Good Karma Farm and Weaving, and Purple Fleece will be donating door prizes for this exciting fiber event.

The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public. All those who knit, weave, sew and quilt, or those who would like to become involved in these crafts, are encouraged to attend. There will be people of all skill levels in attendance and fiber creativity will be free-flowing.

Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “September is the perfect time of year to stock up on your yarn and fabric supplies. Just as the first crisp days of autumn begin, we start to think of our holiday and winter projects. Whether you are an accomplished fiber artist or a beginner, there will be something for everyone at this Fiber and Fabric Fair and all the proceeds will help support Early Childhood Education.   We encourage those who wish to contribute some of their accumulated supplies to contact our office to arrange the donation of their materials for this first-time event. ”

For more information, contact either Sue diRosario or Deb Schilder at 338-2200 at Broadreach Family & Community Services. Broadreach is a not-for-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln counties with Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health/Case Management Services, Youthlinks after school and summer programs, and family strengthening and child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention services. More information about Broadreach can be found at www.broadreachmaine.org.