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September 20, 2018

Career Opportunity- Substitute Teachers

Do you love working with young children? Are you passionate and energetic? Do you want to make a tangible difference in the lives of children in your community?  If so, come join our team! Broadreach Family & Community Services is presently accepting applications for substitute teachers to assist our classroom staff in the delivery of high-quality programming in our exceptional Early Childhood classrooms in Belfast, Swanville and Morrill.

Apply now to be a Substitute Teacher with Broadreach Family & Community Services and discover the rewards of supporting young children as they learn and grow in natural environments!

At Broadreach, you will have the opportunity to nurture and educate children ages two-and-a-half to five while working in an environment in which your unique skills and competencies are celebrated. We’ve been mid-coast Maine’s premier early childhood education provider for over 30 years! We offer a unique early childhood education to children of all abilities in nationally acclaimed and accredited, collaborative PreKs and inclusive classrooms, some of which operate year round. Our class size is small, between 14 and 16 children, and our classrooms each have a lead teacher, an assistant teacher and additional support staff.

As a Substitute Teacher at Broadreach, you will collaborate with a team of exceptional early childhood professionals, support an inclusive environment for children of all abilities, inspire children’s exploration of the natural world and impact the lives of children in your own community every day! Rates of pay are commensurate with education, experience and credentialing, starting at $12.00 per hour.

Successful applicants will possess a high school diploma, GED or greater. You must be at least 18 years of age. Previous experience working with children and reliable transportation are required. You must be able to bend and lift 50 lbs.  You must attend all required trainings and complete a thorough background check with satisfactory results.

Broadreach is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please forward your resume and three written references to:

Vicky Nickerson
Early Childhood Operations Coordinator
Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915
e. vnickerson@brmaine.org
F. (207) 338-1652

June 26, 2018

Career Opportunity- PreK Teacher

As a Broadreach PreK teacher, you will be responsible for implementing and supervising the daily operation of a nationally accredited, literacy enriched, inclusive four year old classroom in Waldo County. This program is a collaborative program with Regional School Unit 71.

Applicants must be eligible for birth through five 081 Maine Teaching Credential. A 282 Early Childhood Special Education endorsement is preferred.

Experience and Skill Requirements:  The following experience and skills are considered essential:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience teaching preschool-age children.
  • Emergent literacy training preferred.
  • Knowledge of Waldo and Knox County and their populations helpful.
  • Must have a pleasant and helpful manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all constituencies, including patients, employees, board members, regulatory agencies, and the community at large.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including oral, in writing, and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional decision making and problem solving skills.

Education Requirements:  The following education requirements are considered essential:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood, Special Education or related field.
  • Preschool 081 endorsement mandatory and 282 endorsement eligibility preferred
  • Maine Department to Education (MDOE) fingerprinting and Criminal History Records Check (CHRC)
  • Maintains current certification in CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens & with TB/other health standards and provides training verification for Personnel Files

Experience in special education and experience with High Scope Curriculum, literacy education and supervision are preferred.

Rate of pay is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to:

Broadreach Family & Community Services
5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915
e: vnickerson@brmaine.org
f: 338-1652

Applications will close upon selection of a qualified applicant. Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private, nonprofit agency nurturing children and families in mid-coast Maine since 1983. Broadreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

April 10, 2017

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

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The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention.  It is a reflection of hope, health and safety – what we desire for children throughout Waldo County and Maine.

March 16, 2017

January 2017 Broadreach PreK Family Survey Results

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In January of 2017, we surveyed the families of children currently enrolled in our collaborative RSU 71 Pre-Kindergarten program. Below is a summary of unedited responses.

January 2017 PreK Survey Results Report

 

January 18, 2017

Broadreach to offer free Active Parenting Education Program

Most parents would like their children to learn to be respectful; to follow family rules; to help out at home; and to succeed in school. Active Parenting, 4th Edition, offered by Broadreach Family & Community Services supports parents of children ages 5 – 12, to help their children meet those goals.  Active Parenting 4th Edition, classes will be held in Belfast on Wednesday, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, March 1st, & 8th at the Belfast YMCA. Classes will be held from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm. This FREE program offers 6 two-hour sessions, childcare and food will be provided at no cost to the participants.

Active Parenting 4th Edition is a video-based education program targeted to parents and caregivers of children ages 5 – 12, who want to improve their parenting skills. Class material promotes mutual respect among family members within a democratically run family. The program teaches parents how to raise responsible children, who are able to resist negative peer pressure.  Over the course of the six session, parents/caregivers will learn non-violent discipline techniques, plus effective communication and encouragement skills, to build a solid foundation for the upcoming teen years.

This parent class will be open to all parents and caregivers of children ages 5 to 12 and child care will be provided during class. Because of grant funds awarded by the Maine Children’s Trust, there will be no cost for parents who want to participate.

Broadreach provides a variety of services to young parents and their children in Waldo and Knox Counties. Broadreach services have been making a critical difference in the lives of area children and families since 1983.  Each year over 2,000 families with children benefit from the agency’s quality education and support programs.  Broadreach has over a quarter of a century expertise in delivering parenting education, family support, early childhood education and family literacy programming. Other provided parent education options include Kids First Program, Active Parenting First Five Years, and the Nurturing Fathers Program.

If you would like to learn how to register for Active Parenting 4th Edition, or learn more about our parent education offerings, please call Janna Swift at 207-338-6675 or e-mail jswift@brmaine.org.

January 10, 2017

Broadreach to offer interactive forum on the value of place-based nature education

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Why Kids Build Forts and other inspirations from the Forest Preschool Movement
On Monday, January 30, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, The Belfast Free Library will host an interactive discussion forum on the value of place-based nature education for young children in the Abbott Room of the Library.. The forum features a panel of seasoned early childhood educators who are currently working in a Forest Preschool setting, providing nature-based preschool services to young children designated with a variety of special needs as well as typically developing children. The presentation is sponsored by the SPROUTS Early Childhood Education Program of Broadreach Family and Community Services: www.brmaine.org. For more information contact Vicky Nickerson at 207-338-2200 x 101, vnickerson@brmaine.org

July 28, 2016

BROADREACH EARNS NATIONAL NAEYC ACCREDITATION

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Program among the top in the nation by earning accreditation

 

Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education Programs located in Belfast and Unity have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

 

“We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Jayne Crosby Giles, Broadreach Interim Executive Director.   “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.”

 

During this accreditation process Broadreach has been working to add the SPROUTS Program to its preschool services.  According to Deb Hensley, Director of Early Childhood Services, “Broadreach PreK and SPROUTS early childhood programs are collaborative programs with the High Scope curriculum (a nationally recognized early childhood curriculum) intertwined with rich opportunities for all children to experience nature both inside and outside of the classroom.  SPROUTS programs are full day, full year programs where children will spend the majority of their time in outdoor learning spaces. The children will have repeated and regular access to the same natural space.

 

“Children’s learning is guided by state certified teachers who have been trained in providing a place-based nature education which is designed to meet all children’s developmental and academic needs.  The teachers will provide an authentic, meaningful nature experiences infused with literacy, numeracy, science and social skills.”

 

“There are many benefits to nature education programs. Children in these programs often experience reduced behaviors, healthier appetites, less illness and better sleep habits.  Children who make a positive connection with nature at an early age often carry this connection with them throughout their lives.”

 

“SPROUTS will also provide children and families with opportunities to connect with and explore their communities through forays to local sites, such as; swimming at the Y, visit to farms, farmers markets and parks.  The SPROUTS programs will also invite people from the community to visit our site and share their knowledge with our children.”

 

To earn NAEYC Accreditation, Broadreach went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.

 

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Nearly 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

 

“It’s a lengthy and rigorous process to achieve NAEYC Accreditation, and Broadreach Family & Community Services should be commended for seeking high standards,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, executive director of NAEYC. “Caring for children is not ‘rocket science’ – it’s brain science. Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child’s path for success in school and in life. That’s why quality educators are so crucial. For parents and caregivers of young children who are searching for a high-quality early learning experience, Broadreach’s NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that it offers a high-quality education in a nurturing and stimulating environment.”

 

The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. NAEYC is committed to using the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest-quality care and education possible.

 

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers, and other early education programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, a program must meet each of the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

 

For more information about NAEYC Accreditation, visit www.naeyc.org/academy.   For more information about Broadreach or the SPROUTS program, contact (207) 338-2200 or visit broadreachmaine.org.

May 4, 2016

Broadreach to offer new nature-based, full-time, year round Early Childhood Education program this fall!

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SPROUTS – Early Education Where Nature Meets Nurture

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

Aristotle spoke these words over 2300 years ago and today Broadreach Family & Community Services is launching a new early childhood experience for children in the 21st century.  The program called “SPROUTS,” harkens back to the  world where children are in tune with our surroundings – Where Nature Meets Nurture.

Debuting in Belfast and Unity, Broadreach is opening affordable, nature-based full-day, full-year, early childhood education programs for children ages 2 and a half years old to five years old.  SPROUTS will begin this fall in both locations.  To register contact Broadreach by phone at 338-2200 or visit online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

Both programs, with activities based outdoors in natural settings, are open to children of all abilities.  There are no residency or income guidelines.  Programming is offered Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.

SPROUTS offers rich, nature based  educational experiences infused with language, literacy, numeracy,  social skill development, music and arts.  SPROUTS teachers are certified by the state of Maine.  High/Scope, our research-based, nationally recognized curriculum, supports all children through active learning, including those with special needs and those at-risk for developing learning difficulties.

SPROUTS nurtures the skills young children need to become masters of their own learning.  Tuition rates for 2016 will be $170 per week for a full-five day week at SPROUTS.  Some children’s tuition may be covered by a third party, such as Child Development Services (CDS).  Broadreach offers families an easy automatic payment option and a tuition discount for those who enroll in this auto-bill pay plan.

For more information about Sprouts contact Vicky Nickerson at 338-2200 or vnickerson@brmaine.org.  To learn more about how SPROUTS compliments the full range of services that benefit preschool children with special needs, contact  Broadreach’s Special Education Services Coordinator Shelly Wilbur at 338-0029 or swilbur@brmaine.org.

Broadreach began as Waldo County Preschool over thirty-three years ago to provide early childhood education.  It now serves people of all ages striving to reach their full potential in through programs such as early childhood education, behavioral health services and case management, after school services for middle and high school students and family-strengthening programs.

 

 

April 12, 2016

Broadreach Children’s Art Show at Belfast Free Library, Sing-A-Long This Saturday

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Works from the Broadreach Family & Community Services Children’s Art Show at the Belfast Free Library.

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child, artwork from children in Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education classrooms in Belfast, Brooks, Liberty, Morrill, Swanville, and Unity are currently on display at the Belfast Free Library in the Children’s Area on the second floor and in the Abbott Room.  The colorful and imaginative works were accomplished with a variety of mediums and represent the work of many of the area’s three to five year old artists.

 

The Week of the Young Child will culminate in an hour long Sing-A-Long on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 am – noon in the Abbott Room.  This free family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature fun, interactive songs that children and adults will enjoy.

 

For more information, contact Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 and visit online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

March 30, 2016

Broadreach Celebrates Week of the Young Child with Art Show Culminating with Children’s Sing-A-Long Fest on 16th

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Broadreach Family & Community Services is celebrating the Week of the Young Child with a family Music Fest on Saturday, April 16th from 11 am to noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  Children, their families, and the public are invited to attend this free, interactive music and sing-a-long fun.  The Music Fest will be the culmination of the  April 9 – 16 Children’s Art Show with exhibits of the Broadreach Family & Community Services’ children’s creations to be shown in the library lobby, the Abbott Room, and the Children’s Area.  Supplies needed for the event were sponsored in part by Maine Roads to Quality through the University of Southern Maine.

 

This is the second year of the combined Sing-A-Long Music Festival and Art Show to celebrate the The Week of the Young Child™  which is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.  Broadreach offers early childhood classrooms in Belfast, Swanville, Morrill, Liberty, and Unity with children attending from across the Waldo County region.  For more information about Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education program and registration for the fall, please visit www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

March 7, 2016

Broadreach Classroom Children Run AMOK and Donate to Food Cupboards

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Photo: Avery Mailloux and Thatcher Otis,
students at Broadreach’s East Belfast Classroom
have helped gather food items for local food cupboards.

As part of a global kindness event known as Random Acts Annual Melee of Kindness, the children and staff of Broadreach Family & Community Services Early Childhood Education programs have been actively gathering non-perishable food stuffs for local food cupboards. For the past two weeks the preschoolers have brought in canned and packaged foods to help others in their communities.

Beginning on Saturday, March 5th, Victoria Nickerson, Early Childhood Education and Development Assistant at Broadreach Family & Community Services, who has spearheaded and coordinated the food drive with the help of the organization’s Early Childhood Education staff, began delivering the canned goods collected from all of Broadreach’s classrooms to the following food cupboards in the area: Greater Belfast Ministerial Food Cupboard, AMVETS Memorial Post 150 Food Pantry in Liberty, Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity, and the No Greater Love Food Pantry in Searsmont.

AMOK stands for the Annual Melee of Kindness. It is a global day of kindness. AMOK encourages people to go out into their local communities and perform kind acts for those in need. The concept is to spend the day having a positive and meaningful impact on people’s lives.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit agency providing Early Childhood Education and Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services for all ages, Youthlinks middle and high school program, and Prevention Services Programs designed to strengthen the family. For more information call (207) 338-2200 or visit the website at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

 

February 18, 2016

Broadreach co-sponsors Fostering Reading Readiness Through Place-Based Nature Education Training

Nature to Nurture Program on February 26

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Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead

 

Broadreach Family & Community Services has been diligently working to move its Early Childhood Education model to incorporate nature-based programs in its classrooms in Waldo County. A recent grant from the Davis Family Foundation is allowing the organization to bring an exciting program, “Where Nature Meets Nurture…Fostering Reading Readiness Through Place-Based Nature Education” to Belfast on Friday, February 26th from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm with featured speaker Susan Bennet-Armistead. Ms. Bennett-Armistead is an Assistant Professor of Early Literacy and holds the Correll Professorship in Early Literacy at the University of Maine.

The program is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, also the location for the session which is open to the public. The cost is $39 per person and includes lunch. The program offers five training contact hours for education professionals.

The Davis Family Foundation grant is designed to provide a series of rigorous professional development opportunities to early childhood educators. It will give teachers a deeper understanding of the rationale, methods and therapeutic value of implementing nature-based programs for children of all abilities. It is intended to help educators locate and carry early language and literacy learning experiences into natural settings.

Deb Hensley, Director of Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Services shared, “We are excited to be able to open this program to the community and to our colleagues in other schools and programs. With the success of last summer’s Unity Sprouts summer program; we have been moving forward with our place based nature programming. Literacy, language skills, numeracy, science, general developmental and social skills have all been successfully provided in an outdoor setting for young children of diverse abilities.”

Susan Bennett-Armistead, the speaker for this event, will be drawing on her twenty years as a preschool teacher, parent educator, program administrator, and her doctorate with an emphasis in early literacy. She speaks nationally to educators and parent groups on the role families can play in their children’s early literacy learning. For more information, please contact The Hutchinson Center at 338-8034.

November 17, 2015

Two generous and talented donors give hand-knit hats and mittens

Two very talented and generous anonymous donors have hand-knit 32 hats and 31 pairs of mittens for young children.  Some of the hats will be used by Broadreach’s Family Strengthening Services.  Each year we collaborate with Waldo County General Hospital and Pen-Bay Medical Center in the Click for Babies Campaign.  This winter campaign sends babies home with little purple hats and education for parents about a period of time in the baby’s development when they can seem to cry inconsolably despite seemingly having all of their needs met.  Babies grow out of this phase in their development and the hats and education are a way to teach parents so they can be prepared and become less frustrated at the inability to sometimes soothe a crying child.  The title “Click for Babies” is named after the sound that knitting needles make when crafting the little hats.  Thanks to our own Patrick Walsh for coordinating Broadreach’s donation of hats for this campaign each year.

The other hats and mittens have headed to Broadreach Case Management so that they are available to families in need of warm outerwear for their small children.  These cozy hats and mittens will keep those little heads and hands toasty warm during our long Maine winter.  A special thank you goes out to all the Broadreach Case Managers and Linda Baker who make sure these items are delivered to the families and children who can use them.

We so appreciate the kindness and generosity of people who take the time and donate their resources to make the lives of those we serve a bit better, and in this case, a lot warmer.

April 28, 2015

Broadreach to Hold Fine Fiber Fair on May 30th

Yarn Diane The Kind-Hearted Little Girl

Calling all fiber artisans!  Here is a chance to purchase some of the finest materials for your projects.  On Saturday, May 30th from 11 am – 2 pm Broadreach Family & Community Services will hold a Fine Fiber Fair to benefit Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Early Childhood Education Program and Services.  The items for sale come from the studio of fiber artist Diane Brott Courant who is making the donation to help support early childhood programs.  Diane will be at the event for the first hour to say hello to attendees.

Broadreach’s Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, “This is a wonderfully generous donation from Diane Brott Courant.  We included some of Diane’s items in our Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair last September and those items quickly sold out to people looking for high quality materials.  We are excited to be able to offer an entire sale of Diane’s beautiful fibers and related items.  This is a must-attend sale for fiber artists, whether novice or highly experienced. “

For more information about the sale, contact Broadreach at 338-2200, extension 201 or Sue diRosario at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The Fiber & Fabric Fair is free and open to the public.  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 out-of-school hours 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.

 

 

 

April 27, 2015

Broadreach to Hold Fourth Annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom on May 30th

Mid-Coast Mom Prom

The fourth annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom is being hosted this year by Broadreach Family & Community Services on Saturday, May 30h from 7:30 – 11:30 pm at the Boathouse in Belfast.  All proceeds from the event will be used to support Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program.  A national event, each Mom Prom is designed for “Moms and Those Who Mother” to enjoy the camaraderie of others while raising funds for a local charitable cause.  The tickets for this year’s Las Vegas-themed event, which can be purchased online at www.broadreachmaine.org/momprom are priced at $30 and cover the cost of the Prom and refreshments.

DJ Ryan Albert will once again be donating his services for the event with a lively mix of danceable numbers.  Women are encouraged to bring their female family members and friends to this annual spring event.  There will be a crowning of the Mom Prom Queen.  A “Step and Repeat” backdrop will be set up for red carpet “prom photos” for each lady attending the event compliments of Jessica Michael Photography.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available, including a cash bar through Rollie’s Bar & Grill.   Attendees must be 21 or older.  All designated drivers will receive a special token of appreciation.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit organization serving the people of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties.  Services include Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Youthlinks out-of-school hours programs for middle and high school students, and prevention services designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services or the Mid-Coast Mom Prom, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  The website is www.broadreachmaine.org/momprom .

 

April 9, 2015

Broadreach Hosting Children’s Art Show and Free Children’s Musical Event

Broadreach Children's Art Show 2015

 

Broadreach to Host Family Musical Event on April 18 and Children’s Art Show Beginning April 12

 

Kate Quinn-Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services is announcing to area families with young children, “Come join us for a wonderful time with award-winning children’s entertainer Matt Loosigian of Earth Jams.  This free event will take place in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library on Saturday, April 18th from 11:15 am until noon.  This fun family time is the culmination of our celebration of National Week of the Young Child.”

 

Deb Hensley, Director of Early Childhood Education at Broadreach shared that businesses throughout Belfast will be displaying the artwork during this time period of children attending Broadreach’s Early Childhood programs in Waldo and Knox County.  “We are excited that the Belfast Free Library (in the Children’s Room and the Abbott Room) and so many businesses have agreed to showcase the children’s art in such a special way.  We encourage everyone, including the children’s families, to check out the displays at Belfast Framers, Eat More Cheese, Coyote Moon, The Good Table, The Green Store, All About Games, and Vinolio’s.”

 

According to the EarthJams.com website, “Matt is a folk singer/guitarist specializing in playful, funny songs about ecology and being green.  Join him as he works his musical magic in this interactive and fun music show.  Inspired by Matt’s incredibly dynamic voice and charismatic performance style, participants will sing, play, and dance along as this musical wizard pulls giggles out of his guitar.”

 

This event is hosted by Broadreach Family & Community Services, Maine Roads to Quality, and Many Flags.  For more information about this free family event, contact Sue diRosario at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.

 

 

 

March 12, 2015

April 10th is Wear Blue Day

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Friday, April 10th is Wear BLUE Day in support of April as Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Awareness Month.  Spread the word and wear blue to show your commitment to the children of Maine.

February 24, 2015

Write in Your Vote for Broadreach Today!

This is the last week to vote for your favorite non-profits in Bangor Savings Bank’s 2015 Community Matters More!  Please write in your vote for Broadreach Family & Community Services under the Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc & Waldo Counties section.  We need your vote!  Please ask your family, friends, and colleagues to vote for Broadreach, too!

A total of 68 grants will be awarded to the organizations listed on the Community Matters More ballot and to the top 20 write-in recipients. The organizations in each of the eight regions (including write-ins) that get the most votes will receive $5,000 each. The remaining 60 organizations will each receive $1,000. So, make your vote count!

To vote for Broadreach and up to two more of your favorite nonprofits, visit Community Matters More or stop by any of the Bangor Savings Bank’s 56 branches statewide or you can copy and paste the following link in your browser and click for the Bangor Savings Bank voting site:

https://bangor.com/Community-Support/Community-Matters-More.aspx

Thank you!

 

November 5, 2014

UMCC Awards Funding to Broadreach

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(Photo by Marti Stone Photography from left to right:  Helen Kosmo, CCC-Sp – Board Member of Broadreach, Deb Schilder, Broadreach Director of Development, and Marty Martens representing UMCC

Camden – On October 9th, Broadreach Family & Community Services Board member Helen Kosmo, CCC-Sp and Deb Schilder, Director of Development met with United Mid-Coast Charities (UMCC).  For many years UMCC has generously supported Broadreach.  This year UMCC awarded a grant of $30,000 for Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program which is offered throughout Waldo and Knox counties and the Youthlinks Program offered in Knox County.  Broadreach offers preschool programs including PreKindergarten at school and community locations in the region using evidence-based curricula and certified staff.  Broadreach also connects children and their families to a wide variety of programs and services.  Youthlinks offers middle and high school students a place to belong to a program that teaches them new skills, connects them to the community, and provides camaraderie.  Students participate free of charge in programs such as Student Garden Army and Student Garden Army Junior, learning to plan, plant, tend, harvest, sell and donate to local food cupboards the garden produce they raise.  Working with local chefs, they learn to cook delicious and healthy meals with the vegetables they have grown.  They also run a weekly farm stand selling the produce and donate a portion of the produce when they prepare meals at the local Saturday meals program at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  The students also have opportunities to work with animals at local rescue and shelter organizations and at the renowned Aldermere Farm with the Belted Galloway cattle.

 

Broadreach Family & Community Services has been serving the needs of the people of the midcoast region for more than three decades. The non-profit 501c3 agency offers Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services, Youthlinks after school and summer programs for middle and high school students, and  Prevention Program focusing on parenting programs and the deterrence of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services and its programs, contact the organization at 338-2200 or visit at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

September 23, 2014

Camaraderie and Fun – Volunteer for Stashbuster

This Broadreach fundraising event promises to be a fun time!  Over 75 donors have helped us amass an amazing collection of fiber and fabric to sell at the Broadreach Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair fundraiser for the Early Childhood Education Program to be held on Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  We also have volunteers for Wednesday through Saturday for the prep and event but could use a few more helping hands on Saturday, the 27th, the day of the event.  We have openings for the following shifts:

6:30 – 8:30 AM  The Early Bird Shift for set-up

8:30 AM – Noon  Volunteering at the Event (may choose a portion of this time to volunteer)

Noon – 2:00 PM  Clean-up

If you can volunteer any of these time slots, or a portion of one of these time slots, please contact either Deb Schilder at 338-2200 x 112 or Sue diRosario at x 201 or email either Deb or Sue at dschilder@brmaine.org or sdirosario@brmaine.org.

 

 

Amazing Donations Received for Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fundraiser

Imagine beautiful mountains of yarns, fabrics, notions, books and patterns – a craftsperson’s dream!  Over 70 people have donated some of the most wonderful items for Broadreach’s Stashbuster Fiber & Fabric Fair to raise funds for the Early Childhood Program serving preschoolers in thirteen locations throughout our region.  The event will take place Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon at the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library (across the street from the Belfast Co-op).

We have all types of yarns from all over the world, including an incredibly special assortment from the renowned fiber artist Diane Brott Courant.  (Watch for news of a future event featuring more of Ms. Courant fantastic collection.)  We have gorgeous quilting fabrics and lots of “fat quarters” and stacks of wonderful quilting books and patterns.  There is also a large assortment of high quality upholstery fabrics.  Then there are all the notions!  We have all sorts of knitting needles, Velcro reels, sewing patterns and fabrics, from cottons to wools, for clothing and projects, ribbons, bindings, and wonderful bags of wool for braided rugs and felted wool for all those autumn and winter projects, and even spools of cording for macramé!  We have unique items that you will only find at the Belfast Broadreach Stashbuster event.  This is an event not to be missed!

For more information, please call 338-2200 x 201 or email Sue diRosario at sdirosario@brmaine.org.

 

 

 

 

August 21, 2014

Stashbuster Fundraiser for Early Childhood Education Seeking Donations

Stashbuster Photo

Broadreach Family & Community Services is preparing for its next event to raise funds for its Early Childhood Education Program – a Stashbuster Fiber and Fabric Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 9 am – noon in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.  Each day calls are being fielded and deliveries are being arranged for skeins of yarn, yards of fabric, smaller bundles for quilting and other projects, and fiber arts equipment and supplies – from knitting needles to patterns to bias tape.

 

“We have been receiving some beautiful and high quality items that we expect will sell out quickly at the fair.  All items will certainly be a great deal for the buyer and we will be sure to have inventory for both the serious and casual fabric artists of all ages”, shared Sue diRosario, Broadreach’s Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations.

 

“A special thanks goes out to our sponsors of this event, Heavenly Sock Yarns of Belfast, WORKS of Searsport, The Purple Fleece of Stockton Springs, Fiddehead Artisan Supply, and Good Karma Farm & Spinning Company, both of Belfast.  We know these are wonderful local resources for the fabric artist and we are thrilled that they are our sponsors.”

If you have items to donate, please contact diRosario by September 20th at 338-2200 x 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org.  Broadreach Family & Community Services is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management Services for all ages, its Youthlinks after school and summer program for middle – high school youth in the greater Rockland area, and Prevention Services such as parenting classes and programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse.  For more information about Broadreach services please call 338-2200 or visit the website at www.broadreachmaine.org.