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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

Pot o’ Lobstahs Fundraiser for Youthlinks Program – Buy/Sell Tickets through 9/30

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Thanks to the generosity of Dave Cousens of South Thomaston and Reny’s – A Maine Adventure, the Youthlinks Program of Broadreach Family & Community Services is offering the tastiest raffle of the season – two chances to win a pot of lobsters, complete with the pot, mitts, and crackers.  Dave Cousens, a local lobsterman has donated the tasty crustaceans to benefit the programs of Youthlinks.

 

The tickets for Pot o Lobstahs are selling 6 for $5 and the drawing will be held on September 30th.  All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Youthlinks Program.  Youthlinks has been serving the youth of the greater Rockland area for over thirty-two years.  Middle and high school students sign up for after school and summer programs that offer a wide range of topics.  Most “clubs”, as each topic is known, bring community experts to Youthlinks and give the students an opportunity to interact with the community.  Besides learning new skills, expanding knowledge, and trying new things, the students also have a chance to provide community service through a local meals program, volunteer at a local residential health care facility, and at an animal shelter.  Clubs also encourage healthy lifestyles, including good nutrition, physical activity and avoiding harmful substances.

 

Most recently, the Student Garden Army at Youthlinks hosted a Grassroots Garden Tour showcasing all the work they had accomplished in the gardens and greenhouse this summer including sales of their garden produce at their weekly farm stand and their donations to the local food cupboard.  Other groups of students had opportunities to attend camp at Youthlinks or Sailing Camp through the Apprenticeshop and a special grant from Machias Savings Bank.

 

Youthlinks, is a program of the non-profit organization Broadreach Family & Community Services agency, a 501(c)(3) organization.  For more information about how to purchase tickets, please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 and speak with Kris Koerber, the Program Director or Hannah Magnusson, the Program Manager.  You may also contact Sue diRosario in the Belfast office of Broadreach at 338-2200, extension 201 for ticket information for the Pot o Lobstahs Fundraiser.

August 4, 2014

Grassroots Garden Tour to be Hosted by Youthlinks Student Garden Army

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On Saturday, August 16th from 9 am until noon, the Youthlinks Program’s Student Garden Army will host a Grassroots Garden Tour at their 420 Broadway location in Rockland.  Local students have been participating in the summer agricultural program and the event will showcase the work they have accomplished in the gardens and greenhouse and allow participants to sample the fresh produce they have grown.  Each Wednesday morning from 9 am – 11 throughout the summer the Student Garden Army operates the Youthlinks Farmstand at 420 Broadway, next to Eastside High School.

 

The Grassroots Garden Tour will also feature the students of the Midcoast Music Academy who will be on-site to provide live music for the gathering.  The Student Garden Army participants have also planned fun games and prizes and will be displaying art at the event.  Children under 12 receive free admission and for those 12 and older the admission is $5.  All admission fees will be used to support the Student Garden Army Program.

 

Working with the young people have been Kristofer Koerber, Youthlinks Director and Hannah Magnusson, Program Manager.  The program is supported from private foundations, local businesses, and private individuals.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a private, non-profit organization serving children, youth and adults for over three decades with youth services, early childhood education, prevention services, and behavioral health and case management for all ages. For more information about Youthlinks, contact 594-2221 or find Youthlinks on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks to learn more about the programs offered and visit http://broadreachmaine.org/ to learn about all of the great things happening through Broadreach.

 

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July 28, 2014

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.

 

 

 

June 30, 2014

Calling All Knitters, Sewers, Weavers, and Crafters for Fiber & Fabric Fair Fundraiser on September 27th

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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.

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, 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.

 

 

 

April 28, 2014

Youthlinks to Hold Yard & Bake Sale on May 3rd

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Ready to start the spring?  It’s yard sale season kicking off at  420 Broadway in Rockland on Saturday May, 3rd.  Come discover some great treasures!  Youthlinks has cleaned house and in the process uncovered nearly 200 items that are going to be waiting for bargain hunters.  Help support Youthlinks programs with every purchase made; from a kayak and ping-pong table to mugs, glasses and lawn games- we’ve got something for everyone.

In addition to yard sale items, the Youthlinks team will have some fantastic baked goods for sale -and wow… Youthlinks can bake some mighty fine treats!   The event kicks off at 8:00 am and runs until 3:00pm.  Don’t miss this one!

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services providing after school and summer programs for middle and high school students in the region.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221.

 

April 16, 2014

Youthlinks Hosts Student Creative Writing Workshop in Thomaston

 

 

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Left:  Students of Oceanside West and authors pose for a group photo at the end of an all day Creative Writing Workshop.

Right:  Authors presenting at the Creative Writing Workshop are, from left, Jen Blood, Ben Odgren, Lacy Simons, and Elizabeth Hand.

Photos and article by Sarah Woodman, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

On March 19th, forty eighth and ninth grade students of Oceanside West gathered at Watts Hall in Thomaston for a full-day Creative Writing Workshop, organized by Youthlinks of Rockland. This workshop complimented a weekly after-school creative writing club provided by Youthlinks and offered to high school students of RSU 13, from January through April of this year. The Creative Writing Workshop connected Oceanside West students to four writers of varying literary style who call the midcoast area home: Jen Blood of Cushing, Liz Hand of Belfast, Lacy Simons of Rockland, and Ben Odgren of Rockport. Students split into groups of ten and rotated through the day to spend an intensive, hour-long session with each author.

Jen Blood holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine, is a freelance journalist, professional editor, and author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mystery series.  Jen Blood led the students through the creative, multi-media process of developing dynamic characters which reflected her own process of creating characters.  Blood provided a series of questions about the character to encourage students to think deeply about creating a layered character; questions such as:  what is their favorite color, who is their best friend, what food do they love or hate, and where did they grow up? 

Elizabeth Hand is a multiple award-winning critic and author of numerous novels, comics, and short fiction for adults, teenagers, and children.  She is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing, and divides her time between Maine and London.  Liz Hand led students through an exercise in creating strong descriptive language for stories.  Using student directed words and phrases, Hand showed how an out of the ordinary descriptive word choice can create emotional, visceral, and evocative descriptions of images and objects.

Benjamin Odgren studied film in college, lives in Rockport, works at the Island Institute in Rockland, and writes screenplays in his spare time. Odgren’s session began with a screening of the introduction of the movie “Kung-Fu Panda” while students followed along with a copy of the movie’s screenplay. Odgren explained the structure of a screenplay, the language of denoting camera work and dialogue, and the importance of writing directorial narration such as setting, actor direction and blocking. Students were then given time to write and share their own film scenes.

 Lacy Simons, who holds an MFA in poetry and is the owner of Hello Hello Books in Rockland, introduced to students to a variety of literary games and 
exercises to inspire creativity in writing, specifically poetry. Simons had students write the thoughts, sounds, smells, sights, and emotions of a ride in a 
favorite car. Using this exercise, Simons encouraged students to keep a journal as a record of similar sensory memories, which are so integral in writing and so easy to forget.
The day wrapped up with time for students to bravely share the imaginative, layered, and often funny works created throughout the day in each 
author’s session. The intention of the workshop was to connect students with local authors, inspire and skill-build in those students with experience in 
creative writing, and create a new interest for students who had not expressed an affinity for writing in the past. Feedback from students and authors 
indicated that the workshop was a success.

Organized and hosted by Youthlinks in Rockland, the Creative Writing Workshop was generously supported by RSU 13 and Oceanside West’s student activity fund. Snacks for students and lunch for the authors was available through donations from the Rockland Hannaford and Shaw’s supermarkets. The use of Watts Hall at no-cost for this educational event was provided by the town of Thomaston.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information please call Youthlinks at 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org.



 

April 11, 2014

Broadreach to Host Mid-Coast Mom Prom on May 10th

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The third annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom is being hosted this year by Broadreach Family & Community Services on Saturday, May 10th 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 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.  Prizes will be given for categories such as Most Glitzy, and the Mom Prom Queen will be crowned with a fitting tiara.  A “Step and Repeat” backdrop will be set up for red carpet “prom photos” for each lady attending the event.  Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available, including a cash bar.   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 after school and summer 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 .

 

April 4, 2014

Broadreach to Host Mom Prom at The Boathouse on May 10th

 

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Make Plans Now to Attend This Ladies Only Event! It’s a Night of Glitz and Glamour Las Vegas Style! Sparkle At the Third Annual Mom Prom! Saturday, May 10th 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm The Boathouse in Belfast All proceeds benefit Broadreach’s Early Childhood Education Program

$30 ticket covers Prom and refreshments.  Cash bar available. Fun Prizes!  Prom Queen, Most Glitzy, and More! Make plans to attend!  Bring family and friends!*  Treat Mom for Mother’s Day!   For more information or find out how to get involved, contact Sue diRosario at 338-2200 x 201 or at sdirosario@brmaine.org *Must be 21 or over.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.broadreachmaine.org

 

 

February 28, 2014

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program to Host March 7th Community Open House

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The Broadreach Family & Community Services Youthlinks Program will be holding its Community Open House on Friday, March 7th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Youthlinks location on 420 Broadway in Rockland with all parking next door at Oceanside High School.  Light refreshments will be served.  All high school and middle school students, families and community members are invited.  It is an opportunity to learn about all the exciting activities of Youthlinks and view what the students worked on in their previous sessions.  Youthlinks collaborates with RSU 13 to form the Rockland After School Alliance (RASA) to bring a wide range of activities to area students.

 

Last session those in middle school participated in sessions as varied as Animal Care Team, to CSI: Crime Scene Investigations, Photography with iPads and Extreme Food Science.  High school students are also offered an wide array of programs, including those that allow them to provide community service hours, such as Soup Kitchen Saturdays.  Both middle school and high school students participated in toboggan building programs in collaboration with The Apprenticeshop with a number of students entering the U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden with the toboggans they had built and prepared for the event.  Youthlinks also provides summer programs for  students including camps and School Garden Army.

 

For more information on Youthlinks please call (207) 594-2221 or visit the following website: http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .

 

February 24, 2014

Broadreach PreK/Early Childhood Inclusive Program Enjoy Stockton Springs Community Library Story Time

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The Broadreach PreKindergarten/Early Childhood Inclusive Program struck a vein of pure gold when the Stockton Springs Community Library began offering its preschool participants a monthly story time.  Since December, two classrooms have ventured from the former Stockton Springs Elementary School, now home to preschoolers, to participate in the lively, interactive, and exciting story time activities.  At the conclusion of each story time craft activities are also sent with the children that they can complete back in their classroom and at home with their families.  Each child also leaves with a mini-book of the story and a participation award.   Miss Pat, a retired kindergarten and special education teacher, is joined by an enthusiastic group of fellow volunteers to provide unique, educational and fun theme-related activities.

 

Visiting “Mary’s Room” at the SSCL on February 12th, eighteen children and their two teachers, Ron Provencher and Amber Stanhope and Education Jeff Ryan, E.I. III from Broadreach Family & Community Services were treated to Miss Pat’s Three Little Pigs story time complete with puppets, theme-related activities and snacks.  The theme even extended to a Saturday story time telling of the “wolf’s side of the story”.  Miss Pat showed the children the many books the library had in the children’s room of the The Three Little Pigs and even shared her own hand-crafted book of the title, showing the children that they could create their own story with a picture book.  “Mary’s Room” is named in honor of Mary Staples, a retired local school teacher.  Steps leading to the room read one word at a time vertically on the risers, “Climb the stairs to Mary’s room.”  For participants needing assistance with stairs to the second floor there is a motorized lift chair in the building.

 

The Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) is one of many organizations that Broadreach Family & Community Services collaborates with to bring a broader range of programs and opportunities to those it serves.  Broadreach works collaboratively with RSU 20 to provide Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Inclusive Education Programs and Services to area children.

 

SSCL is unique in that it is operated completely by volunteers including those participating in the story time:  Pat Bradley, Pat Curley, Library Director, Debbie Harris, Board Vice-President, Susan Henkel, Board Secretary, Susie Kraeger, Donna Parks, and Robbie Pendleton, Board Treasurer.  In the summer the number of library volunteers increases to twenty-four as the number of library patrons  multiplies during the summer months.  The all volunteer library was founded in 2001 and is housed in the Colcord House which it shares with the Stockton Springs Historical Society.  One of the rooms, the parlor, which is preserved in its original state with period furniture is normally cordoned off and may only be viewed and not entered but at the annual Library Tea Party, the guests are invited into the parlor for a 19th century tea.

 

For more information about SSCL activities, including the Dr. Seuss celebration on Saturday, March 1st from 9:30 – 11:00 am call 567-4147 or go online at www.stocktonspringslibrary.org.  For more information about the programs of Broadreach Family & Community Services in Waldo and Knox counties, call 338-2200 or go online at www.broadreachmaine.org.

 

January 27, 2014

Youthlinks Book Club on February 28th – You’re Invited!

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The Youthlinks Book Club is back, this time reading, Musciophillia, a book written by neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, offering insights and arguments about the power of music in our lives.  On February 28th at 6:30 pm, readers will gather at the Youthlink’s building on 420 Broadway in Rockland, to discuss how the book changed, challenged and built our own perspectives.   Community members, Youthlinks volunteers, parents and members from the Broadreach team will be in attendance.  Bring some food to munch on and come hang out!

Check out this NPR article and interview with Oliver Sacks about the book.  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15472815

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or go to www.broadreachmaine.org, or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/youthlinks.

 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Youthlinks at Coastal Children’s Museum

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the Chinese New Year?   Let’s get creative by making thumb print dragon fans! High school students from Youthlinks’ Community Action Team will be leading this craft at the Coastal Children’s Museum from 3pm-4pm on Friday, January 31st.  This event is offered free of charge.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983. For more information on Youthlinks please call (207)-594-2221 or visit http://www.youthlinksonline.org/ or for information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the website is www.broadreachmaine.org .   For more information on the Coastal Children’s Museum please call (207) 596-0300. The museum is located at 75 Mechanic Drive in Rockland.

 

January 13, 2014

Broadreach Youthlinks Program Kicking-off Food Drive in Rockland

The Youthlinks Community Action Team will be running a week long food drive in support of  Reverend Martin Luther King Day.  Please bring non-perishable food items to the Rockland High Schools and Middle School starting Tuesday, January 14th through Friday, January 17th. The food will be donated and used for the soup kitchen at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Rockland.  Youthlinks, which operates afterschool and summer programming for middle and high school students offers a session four times a year that provides high school students with an opportunity to serve the community by preparing and serving meals at the St. Peters Episcopal Church soup kitchen.

 

The purpose of the Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, is to empower young people to commit to themselves and their community, broaden their horizons, and acquire healthy life skills through focused enrichment programs and meaningful volunteer opportunities.  The program fosters critical thinking skills (the ability to use logic and reasoning in solving problems that is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and supports self-corrective thinking), empathy and introspection.  Youthlinks uses a wide array of programs (including animal care; interacting with senior citizens; cooking; hiking; running small businesses; and having youth identify a community need and address it).  Youthlinks collaborates with the local school system and a number of local partner organizations, businesses, and volunteers.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or check out the website at wwww.broadreachmaine.org.

October 29, 2013

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Offers Late Fall Sessions for Students

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Seven exciting Youthlinks sessions are being offered beginning on November 12th for grades 8 – 12 in the Rockland region.  Toboggan Building, Holiday Cooking Club, The Art of Gift Giving (and making), Caroling, Funny Bones, Music Fanatics Club, and Soup Kitchen Saturdays will begin soon.  Students may register by returning the completed registration form to the Oceanside High School Office, registering online at www.youthlinksonline.org/ohs, or phoning 594-2221.  All classes are free of charge.

 

Toboggan Building will take place twice a week after school in collaboration with the Apprenticeshop.  Students will learn to build a sled that they can race in the 2014 National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl.

 

Holiday Cooking Club, offered on Tuesdays, includes well-loved holiday recipes such as gingerbread, potato latkes, and a traditional southern new year’s meal.  Students will also be learning the stories behind these holiday dishes, and of course, enjoying what they cook.

 

The Art of Giving is a fun and creative session designed to make gifts for friends and family, including a special pet.  Jewelry, pet toys or dog biscuits, ornaments, or IPad cases are just some of the many ideas for holiday gift-making.

 

Caroling provides those who love to sing or play an instrument to join in and spread holiday cheer.  All singing and playing abilities are welcome.

 

Funny Bones is for those interested in comedy or acting who wish to hone their skills through hilarious improvisation games.  Offered on Friday, it is a great way to start the weekend energized and laughing.

 

Music Fanatics Club explores ways to get involved in the music world including visits to local community radio station WRFR.  This session is ALL about students’ love of music.

 

Soup Kitchen Saturdays is offered the second Saturday of each month with a choice of December 14th or January 11th. Students join other volunteers making a meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland  as a way to help others and offer a meaningful way to earn community service hours.

 

For Oceanside High School-West student going to a Youthlinks program, most of the 2:30 PM school buses go to the Oceanside High School- East campus for their first stop.  Youthlinks is located right next to the Oceanside High School-East campus.  There is no bus home and transportation would need to be arranged by the student or their parent(s).  Program space is limited with confirmations emailed to parents and students.  Waiting lists are established when demand for a session exceeds capacity.

 

Students and their parents with questions or feedback may contact the Youthlinks office at 594-2221, by email at  ylinfo@brmaine.org, or on Facebook at Youthlinks.Staff.  Youthlinks, serving youth for over thirty-one years, is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit community organization .

 

 

August 16, 2013

Youthlinks School Garden Army invites community to celebrate summer harvest

School Garden Army selling their weekly harvest at their farm stand near Oceanside East High School in Rockland.

School Garden Army selling their weekly harvest at their farm stand near Oceanside East High School in Rockland.

School Garden Army invites the community to celebrate the summer harvest this Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Youthlinks from 8-10AM. Pick up some fresh veggies from our last farm stand of the season, take a tour of the Youthlinks/Oceanside East High School Garden, and learn about what the Garden Army has been doing this summer! We’ll have door prizes and contests to win free vegetables!
School Garden Army empowers youth to become leaders and responsible stewards of their environment using food as the mechanism of change. The program encourages land stewardship through sustainable local food production, improves public health through better nutrition and food security, and promotes community and economic development through investing in the next generation.
For more information, contact Youthlinks: 594-2221. Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983.

May 15, 2013

Youthlinks Open House May 25th

 

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Saturday, May 25th Youthlinks invites friends, families and volunteers to celebrate summer at its open house at 420 Broadway in Rockland from 10am to noon.

Visitors will be able to tour the Youthlinks’ house and garden, and the orchard recently planted by the students of Oceanside East High School. They will also have the opportunity to meet the instructors and community volunteers who have helped design and run the after-school and summer programs of Youthlinks and RASA.

Everyone – kids and adults – will get a taste of summer camp. We will play our favorite outdoor sports like ultimate Frisbee® and three-legged races, as well as a few activities unique to the Youthlinks’ summer camp experience, like Birdie on a Perch and dodgeball in the Gaga Pit.

The games will be just a glimpse of what Youthlinks has in store for this summer. We are excited to partner with Headacre Farm in Owls Head for the first time to offer a Farm Camp where middle school students will tend and harvest their own vegetable garden for weekly farm to table lunches. Once again our summer program will include two weeks of sailing for middle and high school students through the Rockland Community Sailing program at the Apprenticeshop.

All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. More information about our summer programs and registration are available online at youthlinksonline.org.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to all youth ages 11-17 throughout mid-coast Maine. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses and foundations. For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or visit youthlinksonline.org.

April 25, 2013

Run-A-Hound 5K a success in the rain

Eric Morse of Berlin, VT and his running companion, Murdock, took first place in the race.

Photo courtesy of Adrienne Randall

Despite the April showers, 46 runners and 23 dogs gathered at Youthlinks on a cold Saturday morning to take part in the 3rd Annual Run-A-Hound 5K race in Rockland on April 20th.

Youthlinks would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers and local businesses that helped make the 5k a fundraising success and a fun community event.

Thank you to Loyal Biscuit and the Camden Hospital for Animals for sponsoring this year’s event and providing the prize package for the top runner and dog pair.  Both sponsors were present to hand out goodies to the race participants and cheer them on as they crossed the finish line.  Each sponsor also had their own contestants to root for:  Heidi Neal of Loyal Biscuit ran with her dog Izzy and Patti Tempio Wilson of Camden Hospital for Animals ran with her dog Bacci.

Thank you to Hannaford of Rockland, Hole in the Wall Bagels, Rock City Café and Safe Harbor Confections for providing fuel for our runners.  Thank you to StrongerFasterHealthier of Waldoboro for providing samples of pet fish oil for the dogs.

Thank you to Maine Coast Construction for providing safety vests for our crossing guards.

Thank you to all of the businesses who donated door prizes, so every runner had a chance of winning something:  Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Maine Boats & Harbors, Maine Sport, Maine Street Meats, Mr. Wat Sushi & Noodles, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Planet Toys, Rock City Café, Swing & Sway Dancing, University of Rockland, WRFR, and Yankee Clipper.

Finally, congratulations to the top runners.  Eric Morse of Berlin, VT and his terrier, Murdock, came in first at 17 minutes and 17 seconds.  Darren Winchenbach of Waldoboro took first place for the Men’s Runners without Dogs class at 19 minutes and 29 seconds. Allison Leonard of Rockland took first place for the Women’s Runners without Dogs class at 25 minutes and 37 seconds.  Youthlinks also congratulates 11-year-old Dayton Dinsmore of South Thomaston for taking third place in the Men’s Runners without Dogs class at 26 minutes and 38 seconds.

The Run-A-Hound 5K benefits the programs of Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, which serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs and summer camps.  These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities.  Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations.  All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

Despite the rain, the dogs were smiling. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)

Despite the rain, the dogs were smiling. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)

A crowd gathered at Youthlinks for the 2013 Run-A-Hound 5K. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)
A crowd gathered at Youthlinks for the 2013 Run-A-Hound 5K. (photo by of Adrienne Randall)

 

April 18, 2013

Local businesses offer prizes at Youthlinks’ Run-A-Hound 5K

The Run-A-Hound 5K banner marks the race's finish line at Youthlinks.

The Run-A-Hound 5K banner marks the race’s finish line at Youthlinks.

Saturday, April 20th Youthlinks will hold its third annual Run-A-Hound 5K for runners and dogs.

Local businesses have shown a great amount of enthusiasm and support for this year’s event.  Camden Hospital for Animals and Loyal Biscuit are sponsoring the race.  Hole in the Wall Bagels, Rock City Café, Hannaford and Safe Harbor Confections are providing fuel for the runners and StrongerFasterHealthier is providing samples of Omega-3 fish oil supplements for the pooches.

Everyone will have a chance to win something at the race.  Door prizes include a private dance lesson and group dance session at Swing & Sway Dancing, a $50 gift certificate from Yankee Clipper, a $30 gift certificate to Maine Sport, a day pass to Maine Boats & Harbors Show, a Boatyard Dog hat, a Boatyard Dog t-shirt, a $25 gift certificate to Planet Toys, a $10 gift certificate to Maine Street Meats, a WRFR t-shirt and CD, and a University of Rockland sweatshirt.  The top runner with a dog will be awarded a $50 gift certificate from Loyal Biscuit and a $75 gift certificate from the Camden Hospital for Animals.  The top male runner without a dog will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Penobscot Bay YMCA.  The top female runner without a dog will receive a $50 gift certificate to Mr. Wat Sushi & Noodles and a $50 gift certificate to Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital.

The race will be held rain or shine at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland, on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30am. Participants are asked to park at OHS-East. Registration fees are $10 for Adults with a dog, $15 for Adults without a dog, and $8 for Students with or without a dog.  Pre-Registration is greatly appreciated and will be available on active.com until Friday, April 19th.  The race route, schedule of events and a link to register are available online at youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k.

The Run-A-Hound 5K is to benefit the programs of Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, which serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs and summer camps.  These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

 

March 15, 2013

Dogs invited to April 20th Run-A-Hound 5K at Youthlinks

Winny, a 10-year-old shelter dog from the Humane Society of Knox County, is happy to see Youthlinks’ high school Animal Volunteers.

(Photo courtesy of Leila Percy) Winny, a 10-year-old shelter dog from the Humane Society of Knox County, is happy to see Youthlinks’ high school Animal Volunteers.

Youthlinks invites runners and walkers, big dogs and little dogs, adults and kids to the third annual Run-A-Hound 5K.

The 5K is modeled after one of Youthlinks’ popular service programs, Run-A-Hound, in which students volunteer with local animal shelters by taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them. Many of Youthlinks after-school programs work to help homeless pets in our community.  Past projects include building feral cat shelters, crafting cat toys, socializing shelter cats and assisting the Humane Society with fundraising projects.  This year, a group of high school students in the Animal Volunteers program are caring for shelter animals at the Humane Society of Knox County.  Photos from their visits to the shelter are published on the Run-A-Hound 5K blog at runahound.wordpress.com.

The race will start and finish at Youthlinks, located at 420 Broadway in Rockland, on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30am. Participants are asked to park at OHS-East. There will be door prizes and complimentary snacks for all participants, as well as awards for top runner and dog pair and top runner. Registration fees are $10 for Adults with a dog, $15 for Adults without a dog, and $8 for Students with or without a dog. Pre-Registration is greatly appreciated and is available on active.com.

The Camden Hospital for Animals and Loyal Biscuit are proud sponsors of this year’s event.  Event and prize sponsors are still being sought.  Businesses wishing to participate can contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks 207-594-2221 or email jalbury@brmaine.org.

The Run-A-Hound 5K is to benefit the programs of Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, which serves over 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through quality after-school enrichment programs and summer camps.  These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

March 6, 2013

Youthlinks Announces Annual Run/Walk Fundraising Event

Youthlinks invites runners and walkers, big dogs and little dogs, adults and kids to the third annual Run-A-Hound 5k.

Youthlinks invites runners and walkers, big dogs and little dogs, adults and kids to the third annual Run-A-Hound 5k.

ROCKLAND, Maine – It’s that time of year again! Youthlinks is proud to announce that the Run-A-Hound 5K fundraising event will take place on Saturday, April 20th at 9:30AM! The cost to participate is $10 with a dog, $15 without a dog and $8 for students with or without a dog. Mark your calendars because registration is open now and this event is held rain or shine!

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but you will be able to register the day of the event as well. To register online, visit the following website: http://www.youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k.

Stay and celebrate after the event with refreshments and fun! For more information, questions or if you’re interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks at 594-2221 or email jalbury@brmaine.org.

This fundraising event benefits Youthlinks free after-school programs.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides youth with community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

May 17, 2012

Mid-Coast Mom Prom

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 11:25 am

“Thanks to all of you who attended Mid-Coast Mom Prom or sponsored a mother who otherwise would not have been able to attend.  Your generosity made the event a huge success.  A great time was had by all who were able to participate in this ladies night out for charity! We hope to double our efforts next year so that next year’s chosen charity may benefit as Broadreach has benefitted through our first annual Mid-Coast Mom Prom!”

-Tina Boone Founder of Mid-Coast Mom Prom and Prom Committee Chairperson

March 9, 2012

The Mid-Coast Mom Prom for Moms and those who Mother

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 9:58 am

The Mid-Coast Mom Prom for Moms and those who Mother will be held: Saturday, May 12th from 7:30 to 11:30 at the Captain A. V. Nickels Inn in Searsport Maine. The $30 tickets include some beverages, a corsage, and heavy h’orderves.

The proceeds will benefit Broadreach Family & Community Services. All you moms who sent those little ones off to their day cares and four year old programs, here is your chance to say thanks and have a fun night out.

There will be a  DJ, Cash Bar, and prom pictures. We will crown a prom queen and have a super tacky dress contest. It is sure to be a super time for a super cause! Come join us for this ladies’ night out for charity. We need you!

For Tickets

  • Call Sandy Billington at 594-8474 Ext 301
  • for credit card sales Mail a Check to Broadreach, 5 Stephenson Lane ,Belfast, Maine 04915
  • OR pay though PayPal at http://broadreachmaine.org/momprom

February 23, 2012

Youthlinks Seeks Sponsors for Third Annual I Pity the Fool Fundraising Dance

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Uncategorized — Sue @ 2:39 pm
The Nikki Hunt Band is back by popular demand for the 3rd Annual I Pity the Fool '80s Dance on March 31st

Photo courtesy of Jesse Stuart 2011

Youthlinks third annual I Pity The Fool fundraising dance is gearing up to be the most awesome yet. Café Miranda is once again co-sponsoring the ‘80s themed event that will support the free after-school programs of Youthlinks. Live music will be provided by the Nikki Hunt Band, back by popular demand from last year’s event. This year’s dance is on Saturday March 31 at an exciting new location, the beautiful downtown gallery Yvette Torres Fine Art.

Event and prize sponsors are being sought. Last year over a dozen great prizes were awarded in categories such as best outfit and best hair. Businesses wishing to participate can contact Joelle Albury at Youthlinks 207-594-2221 or email jalbury@brmaine.org.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in March. For more information find us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/ipitythefool/.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides youth with community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded primarily by state grants and the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. For more information, visit www.youthlinksonline.org, or call 207-594-2221.

October 25, 2011

RASA Students and Community Members Dance ‘Thriller’ to Set World Record

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Teens — Sue @ 11:15 am

Forget about the catatonic undead; the zombies are alive and dancing at Rockland District Middle School.  As part of the Rockland Afterschool Alliance, several students have been preparing their ghoulish moves for International Thrill the World Day.  The annual global tribute to Michael Jackson’s epic dance video ‘Thriller’, Thrill the World attempts to set a world record for the largest simultaneous ‘Thriller’ dance.  In 2009, 22,571 people in 264 cities from 33 countries danced “Thriller” at exactly the same time, setting a new record.  Zombie crews from Rockland and countries near and far emerge from their eerie resting spots to dance the posthumous King of Pop’s choreography at the same time in hopes of setting a new world record this year.

RASA students have been studying every week with Youthlinks instructor Caitlin Schick to learn ‘Thriller’ moves.  The choreography for the event is uniquely structured to offer an easy to learn version of the dance, pairing words and rhythms with physical movements.  Students continue to practice and are preparing their zombie attire for their dancing Z-day.  The infectious moves have even snagged some local community members to join the zombie squadron for the official dance. The more the scarier! Keep your eyeballs peeled -Youthlinks hopes to make Thrill The World an annual event for both students and adults alike in the Midcoast. For more information about the international event, visit www.thrilltheworld.com.

The official event will take place October 29that Harbor Park in Rockland. The dance will begin exactly at 10 am to coordinate with all other international dances.  Cautious onlookers are encouraged to watch if they dare. 

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 11-17 in mid-coast Maine. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded by grants and the generous donations of individuals and businesses. All programs are free for participating youth.

RASA is a collaborative program of Youthlinks and RSU 13 supported by a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant from the Maine Department of Education. For more information contact Youthlinks Program Director Amie Hutchison at ahutchison@brmaine.org or visit www.youthlinksonline.org/RASA

October 14, 2011

Fabulous Food of the Mid-Coast was a huge success!

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 4:22 pm

Last Thursday evening, Point Lookout was full to capacity with the wonderful tastes, sights and sounds afforded by the annual Broadreach
fundraiser, Fabulous Food of the Mid-Coast.  Hundreds of attendees sampled the finest food and beverages the mid-coast has to offer, while bidding on over 100 unique items donated by local businesses and community members.  The wonderful food was accompanied by good cheer and the sparkling music of Ando Anderson and Alan Chrichton, and the entertaining auctioneer Eric Sanders.

Kate Quinn Finlay, BroadreachExecutive Director, announced, “This year’s event was a huge success.  Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers,
staff, businesses and community members who came out to support Broadreach.  The proceeds from this annual event directly support programs that benefit children, youth and families in mid-coast communities from Waldoboro to Winterport.”

Broadreach wishes to thank the fine food and beverageproviders who participated, including:
the Amalfi on the Water,  Belfast Co-Op Café, Cappy’s Chowder House, Creative Catering, Darby’s ,The Dessert Divas, Ducktrap River of Maine, Fresh of Camden, Marshall Wharf Brewing, Moran’s Hideaway Diner, Papa J’s & the Lobster Bar, Point Lookout Resort, Ralphs’ Café, Rollie’s Bar and Grill, Starlight Custom Cakes, State of Maine Cheese, the Whale’s Tooth Pub and the Waterfront Restaurant.

Also to be thanked are the event’s sponsors.  Lead sponsors were Elm Street Printing & Graphics, Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center; and Village Soup/ the Republican Journal and Herald Gazette. Supporting sponsors were Damariscotta Bank & Trust. Key Bank, FMC
Biopolymer, Camden National Bank and WInsMor Garage Door.

Too numerous to name here, but to be strongly  thanked, are the hundreds of local businesses and community members who donated to the Silent and Live Auction, as well as the many, many of staff, board and community members who volunteered their time to make the event a success.

For more information, about the many programs and services of Broadreach Family & Community Services, visit us at www.BRMaine.org
or call 338-2200 and speak with our Executive Director, Kate Quinn Finlay.

October 13, 2011

October Open Houses at Broadreach

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 1:49 pm

Please come join us as we start a new program year and welcome our new Executive Director, Kate Quinn Finlay. Drop in for a few minutes or stay awhile; see what our programs are up to and enjoy some local refreshments and good company.

Tues, Oct 18     4:30 to 6 PM    MCCS     272 Park Street, Rockland

Weds, Oct 19   4:30 to 6 PM     Unity Early Childhood Center, School Street, Unity

Thurs, Oct 20  4:30 to 6 PM     Broadreach Mental Health Center, 8 Stephenson Lane, Belfast

Join us for fresh baked muffins, homemade applesauce and apple cider!

September 2, 2011

Fabulous Food of the Midcoast

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 11:38 am

Planning is well underway for the annual fundraising event for Broadreach Family & Community Services known as Fabulous Food of the Midcoast. Scheduled for the evening of Thursday October 6th at Point Lookout in Northport, the event follows the format of earlier fundraisers that incorporate the donated food specialties of local restaurants and caterers along with Live and Silent auctions and music. For a single advance ticket price of $25, attendees will get to sample foods from some of their favorite places and learn about some new eateries that they may wish to visit.  The list of participating food vendors is growing and it is expected that 20 or more will be supporting the event. The menu will feature everything from appetizers to desserts served in a buffet setting.

The proceeds from this annual event help to support programs that benefit children, youth and families in communities from Winterport to Waldoboro, nearly 2,000 people in the past year.

A Live Auction of goods and services will be conducted by Belfast City Councilor Eric Sanders. A Silent Auction will be held that will feature donated items from many local businesses, crafters and Broadreach supporters and friends. New this year will be a Silent Auction of Art donated by local artists that will be featured in an art gallery located on the Erickson Hall veranda. Musical guests will be announced later.

Broadreach is grateful for the sponsorship of Elm Street Printing & Graphics, VillageSoup, Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center, Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Key Bank, FMC Biopolymer, Camden National Bank and WinsMor Garage Door Company.

For more information, to request tickets, or to offer a donation for the auction, contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 ext 109, send email to ffom@brmaine.org to learn of participating food vendors and auction items.

July 7, 2011

Wow! Last chance to win Maine Dream Vacation – drawing

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 2:07 pm

Donate $50 to Youthlinks at www.mainedreamvacation.com , and if you’re lucky, you may win a Maine Dream Vacation, an all-inclusive four-day dream vacation in Camden, Maine, valued at $6,000. Five-hundred tickets will be sold to benefit Youthlinks, a community service program for mid-coast youth. The winning ticket will be drawn July 15, and the vacation must be taken Sept. 13-16.

There’s plenty of  small print you should read before entering, but this is one heckuva deal featuring some of Mid-Coast Maine’s premier properties and activities. And September is usually the nicest month of the year.

The Maine Dream Vacation includes:

• round-trip airfare for two to Boston, connecting to a Cape Air flight to Rockland
• rental car
• three nights at the AAA four-diamond Camden Harbour Inn, including gourmet breakfast daily, featuring freshly baked specialties prepared by the pastry chef; complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks; evening turndown service; a welcome glass of sparkling Prosecco.
• Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 13,  at the Hartstone Inn, in Camden: cocktails at 6:30 followed by a five-course dinner at 7 p.m.
• Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 14,  at Primo, in Rockland, owned by James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly.
• Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 15,  at Natalie’s, in your host hotel, the Camden Harbor Inn.
• $500 in spending money on a pre-paid debit card from Machias Savings Bank In addition, it includes one of the following services-for-two daily (and good luck choosing, all are quite enticing):

• spa services at Beauty Mark Spa, Camden
• biplane tour over Penobscot Bay, courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum
• a round of golf at the oceanfront Samoset Resort, Rockport
• a day sail and picnic aboard the Schooner Olad, Camden
• back stage tour of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland
• private winemaker’s tour with lunch of Cellardoor Winery,Lincolnville
• personal cooking class with Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda, Rockland
• personal hike in the Camden Hills with Registered Maine Guide and editor of Down East magazine Paul Doiron and birder/trails expert Kristin Lindquist of Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

And finally,

• Large Red Claw tote from Sea Bags, made from recycled sails

Why not make your $50 donation to Youthlinks and get a complementary raffle ticket
– help a GREAT cause, and you might just draw the winning number.

June 14, 2011

Touch-A-Truck

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 12:22 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services would like to invite you to a Touch-A-Truck fundraiser, a day of fun for the whole family. Children and families are invited to explore trucks of all sorts (firetruck, dump trucks, big rigs and more), get their face painted, play in a bounce house and much more. Suggested donations of $5 for a family of two and $10 for a family of four. All donations are greatly appreciated. We hope to see you there!

Save the date: July 30th,2011 10am-1pm.
Place: Troy Howard Middle School

April 26, 2011

Runners, walkers enjoy dog days of spring?

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 9:40 am

A participate in Saturday's first annual Youthlinks' Run-A-Hound 5-kilometer run/walk in Rockland stretches with two of his four-legged friends prior to the event.

Rockland — The city streets literally went to the dogs Saturday morning. Well, the pavement also was filled with runners and walkers of all ages, but furry, four-legged canines certainly took center stage in a unique 5-kilometer event.

On a cold, blustery early-spring day, dogs and their owners ran and walked the streets and sidewalks of Rockland as Youthlinks sponsored its first Run-A-Hound 5-Kilometer Fundraising Race.

Many breeds of dogs were represented in the event, with perhaps the most humorous comment of the day coming from Karen Veit who stated, while just starting her walk along the 3.1-mile course, “Kind of strange pairing a greyhound with a non-runner.”

But the dogs of all sizes and shapes were with owners of all shapes, sizes and ages. One wondered who might get tired trekking across the course first — dog or owner.

There also were plenty of fathers and mothers pushing strollers with young children inside. In fact, Peter Scheib of Camden, pushing his daughter in a running carriage, finished first among the field.

Forty-five people participated in the event.

The 5K benefited the animal programs of the organization and is  modeled on one of Youthlinks’ popular service programs, Run-A-Hound, in  which high school students volunteer with local animal shelters by  taking dogs out for a run to exercise and train them.

The Run-A-Hound 5K started and finished at Youthlinks, located  at 420 Broadway in Rockland.

More information on the event is available online at youthlinksonline.org/runahound5k.

Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services,   serves more than 500 Mid-Coast youth a year through afterschool   enrichment programs, in-school prevention, and summer camps. Many of the   programs include service-learning and animals.

The individual results for runners/walkers were: 1, Scheib, 20:32; 2, Colin Page, 24:00; 3, Ron Hise, 24:57; 4, Heidi Harris, 25:15; 5, Kathy Kandzioka, 26:33; 6, Benjamin Fuller, 25:38; 7, Shannon Thompson, 25:46; 8, Sydney Hall, 26:55; 9, Charlie Charlton, 27:25; 10, Ellen Spring, 27:49; 11, Reade Brower, 27:50; 12, Kathryn Gordon, 28:26; 13, Sophie Hall, 28:33; 14, Kelly Hall, 28:34; 15, Fletcher Hall, 28:37; 16, Joshua Garner, 30:32; 17, Tom Savage, 31:48; 18, Hilary Flagg, 32:39; 19, Mike Cherry, 34:11; 20, Cricket Fuller, 45:19; 21, Gil Munden, 46:22; 22, Toni Mocton, 54:47; and Kathleen Celorer and Melissa Warren.

The individual results for runners/walkers with dogs were: 1, Lloyd Bracy, 24:16; 2, Caitlin Schick, 25:50; 3, Jessie Davis, 26:48; 4, Irene Hopkins, 26:55; 5, Phillip Stuart, 27:11; 6, Scott McPherson, 27:41; 7, Delisa Morong, 27:42; 8, Sandy Bodamer, 30:30; 9, Skip Bracy, 32:25; 10, Elizabeth Noble, 33:02; 11, Alison Scheib, 33:08; 12, Wendy Hart, 39:07; 13, Cindy Harris, 41:30; 14, Kathryn Dermott, 44:29; 15, Nibby Browning, 45:19; 16, Rachel Albury, 46:21; 17, Karen Veit, 53:23; 18, Davon Place, 54:43; 19, Ashley Bickford, 58:09; 20, Marie Finnegan, 58;16; and 21, Angelica Ross, 58:16.

April 21, 2011

Win a dream trip to Camden, Maine

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 11:23 am

Check out what Hilary Nangle of Maine Travel Maven has to say about our Dream Vacation Raffle

http://www.mainetravelmaven.com/2011/04/19/win-a-dream-trip-to-camden-maine/

April 1, 2011

I Pity the Fool Dance Update

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 12:48 pm

Mother Nature may be playing some tricks, but The Nikki Hunt Band isn’t letting her get in their way. The Youthlinks I Pity The Fool Fundraiser is on for 7-10pm tonight at Lincoln Street Center in Rockland.
Drive slowly, drive safely and then dance your heart out to awesome ‘80s tunes. We’ll be giving away great prizes including gift certificates to FIORE Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, and an awesome goodie bad from RHEAL day spa.

March 18, 2011

Broadreach 50/50 Raffle for $5000

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 9:39 am

$100 per ticket

Drawing when 100 tickets are sold! Winner takes home $5,000!!!

Proceeds benefit the Programs of Broadreach Family & Community Services!

Get your ticket today by calling Broadreach at 338-2200 or 594-8474 or order online at http://www.broadreachmaine.org/raffle.htm

March 10, 2011

I Pity the Fool Youthlinks Fundraiser

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 10:23 am

Get out the hair spray, dust off your leg-warmers and mark your calendars for the second annual I Pity the Fool Fundraiser in Downtown Rockland to benefit Youthlinks, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services!  This event has it all: dinner, dancing and multiple chances to win great prizes.

The jam will be moving Friday, April 1st at Lincoln Street Center from 7 – 10pm.  This 21 and over event is sponsored in part by Café Miranda and will feature awesome 80’s tunes by The Nikki Hunt Band.  Bring your game face, because the competition will be on to win killer prizes for best outfit, radical hair, and bomb-diggity dance moves.  Don’t miss out on the chance to wear your most bodacious ’80s gear and shake a leg with some tubular dance moves.  There are lots of chances to win great prizes, including gift certificates to participating restaurants and businesses.

Dance tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door! Check out www.youthlinksonline.org or call 594-2221 and stay tuned for more information.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland that provides community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 11-17 in mid-coast Maine. These programs help youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to their peers, to adult mentors, and to their communities. Youthlinks is funded by grants and the generous donations of individuals and businesses. All programs are free for participating youth.

January 23, 2011

Vote for Broadreach

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 8:59 pm

Broadreach has been nominated to participate in the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s Annual grant-making initiative, Community Matters More. Our organization was one of forty eight nonprofits nominated to appear on this year’s ballot. To voter for us  or for more information please visit http://broadreachmaine.org/community.htm

January 6, 2011

Nonprofit Day Shines Light on Essential Maine Organizations

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Deb @ 2:10 pm

Broadreach Family & Community Services joins the Maine Association of Nonprofits at the Maine Nonprofit Day at the State House – A day for nonprofits and government to assert their commitment to working together in order to creatively, efficiently and effectively serve the people of Maine.

Our new Governor and Legislature face many challenges this year. Maine’s safety net programs need to be re-evaluated and Maine’s nonprofit staff and volunteers are ready, willing and able to help make the complex decisions necessary to keep working families in Maine from falling through the cracks. Quality of life in Maine needs to be preserved and Maine’s nonprofits work every day in our local communities enriching our lives through the promotion of the arts and our culture, the preservation of our environment, the advancement of science and technology, and much more.

Together, we can make important and thoughtful decisions about the future of Maine. The 2011 Nonprofit Day at the State House shines a light on Maine’s essential nonprofit sector and its commitment to work with state government to restructure our systems in a thoughtful way.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is pleased to have been selected to participate in the annual event sponsored and hosted by the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) along with the following organizations:
• Augusta Food Bank, Augusta
• Broadreach Family & Community Services, Belfast
• Camp CaPella, Holden
• Hospice of Southern Maine, Scarborough
• Maine Center on Deafness, Portland
• Maine Sea Coast Mission, Bar Harbor
• MAPS Worldwide, South Portland
• Safe Voices, Auburn
• Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport
• Station Maine, Rockland
• Sunrise County Economic Council, Machias
• Women Unlimited, Augusta
Nonprofit Day takes place on January 27, 8:30am – 1pm, in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. To register, visit www.nonprofitmaine.org and click on 2011 Nonprofit Day under What’s New.

For more information on this event, please call the Maine Association of Nonprofits at 871-1885. For more information on Broadreach Family & Community Services please call Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 ext 109 or visit our website at www.brmaine.org.
Broadreach helps children and families to develop the skills they need to lead healthy and productive lives. We share our knowledge and experience with child- and family- serving organizations across the state and nation.

June 16, 2010

KETTLE O’ LOBSTAH RAFFLE FOR BROADREACH FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Deb @ 12:55 pm

Buy your raffle tickets now to win 10 live Maine Lobstah, brand new kettle and all the dinner fixings for four.  100% proceeds benefit the local children, youth and families through Broadreach Family & Community Services.  Broadreach is a non-profit agency helping children and families in Midcoast Maine lead healthy & productive lives since 1983.

**2 DINNERS WILL BE RAFFLED*2 CHANCES TO WIN**

$5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20.00. Tickets are available at all Broadreach locations or contact MORGAN at 338-2200 x 100.

DRAWING WILL BE ON JULY 14, 2010.

April 29, 2010

Volunteers Help Launch Broadreach Family & Children’s Services Community Gifts Campaign

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 2:31 pm

Contact: Deb Schilder (338-2200 Ext 112  dschilder@brmaine.org )
Date: April 15, 2010
For: Belfast, Camden, Rockland, Lincolnville, Unity

Volunteers from Waldo, Knox and parts of Lincoln Counties have joined together to help raise $50,000 in a campaign to assist Broadreach Family & Community Services with its efforts to meet an increasing demand for social and educational services.  Funds raised in the campaign will be used to support important early childhood and adolescent programs, and to continue critical services for families and individuals that have financial or health challenges.  This campaign, which began in March 2010, will continue through June 2010. 

Broadreach provides quality early childhood education and care for area residents, maintains services for children with special needs, operates programs to prevent child abuse and neglect, conducts after-school programs that connect teens to their communities and provides tutoring programs for adults with low-literacy levels. The organization depends on charitable contributions from community members, local businesses and foundations to maintain the services, and to ensure that the basic needs of community residents are met and critical educational support is available to all citizens. 

“This year with the economy, job reductions and other life challenges, many people who may not have ever needed services before now are asking for assistance,” said Ruth Southworth, Executive Director of Broadreach. “We are grateful for the contributions that we receive and hope that the people in our communities will respond with their kind support to this campaign.  We are delighted and thankful for the volunteers who are assisting us with this important endeavor.”

Broadreach is a nonprofit organization serving more than 2,500 residents each year. In recent years, Broadreach has ensured the delivery of critical community services by merging with three well-respected nonprofit organizations, Mid-Coast Children’s Services, Youthlinks and Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County. With these mergers, Broadreach has been able to offer services to the growing number of clients. 

Broadreach Community Gifts Campaign members include:  Christine Boone, Mary Frenning, Ann Hubbard, Helen Kosmo, Ken McKinley, Scott Story, Gerritt Vander Veer, Mike Towey and Polly Chatfield.

For more information about how you can support the Broadreach campaign, please call Deborah Schilder at 338-2200 Ext. 112 or email dschilder@BRMaineorg. Also, please visit www.BRMaine.org/giving for further information. Donations may be mailed to Broadreach Family & Community Services, #5 Stephenson Lane  Belfast, Maine 04915.

March 16, 2010

I Pity the Fool Who Doesn’t Dine Out to Support Local Youth

Filed under: Broadreach Events,Teens — Sue Dirosario @ 12:39 pm

Downtown Rockland businesses have joined forces to create a fundraising event to support local youth! On Thursday, April 1st it’s time to go back in time for the first annual I Pity the Fool Fundraiser, which will benefit Broadreach programs Mid-Coast Children’s Services and Youthlinks. This three part ’80s-themed event has something for everyone: dinner, dancing and multiple chances to win great prizes!

Show your support by heading to dinner at one of the many participating restaurants who will donate a percentage of all sales from the evening to MCCS and Youthlinks. The list of restaurants who want to get in on this radical event is growing every day, so stay tuned for an updated list at www.youthlinksonline.org. Participating restaurants currently include:

  • Café Miranda: This cook owned and operated restaurant features a vast menu that’s sure to have something for every taste–from Italian to Thai, Mexican to Armenian, and more! Call 594-2034 for reservations, and check out www.cafemiranda.com for a complete menu.
  • The Boat House Restaurant and Raw Bar: Enjoy seafood and more with a beautiful view of Rockland Harbor. Call 596-0600 to make a reservation.
  • Lily Bistro: A casual and contemporary French bistro, Lily Bistro sources as much as possible from Maine and adapts their menu frequently to utilize fresh local ingredients. Call 594-4141 for reservations, and visit www.lilybistromaine.com to learn more about this intimate eatery.
  • The Black Bull Tavern: This friendly pub is always a local favorite! Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or a more formal entrée, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Call 593-9060 to make a reservation, or simply walk in.
  • Amalfi on the Water: Offering seafood dishes and more accented with fresh local ingredients, along with an incredible view of Rockland Harbor. Call 596-0012 for reservations, and visit www.amalfionthewater.com for a full menu.
  • Rustica: Features classic Italian fare and an extensive wine list for the grown-ups, as well as kid-friendly favorites like pizza. Call 594-0015 to make a reservation.
  • In Good Company: Good food, good drink, and good company! Pair light fare or full-size entrees with selections from the wine list. Call 593-9110 for reservations and check out www.ingoodcompanymaine.com for sample menus.
  • Suzuki’s Sushi Bar: Enjoy raw or cooked sushi rolls, and other hot Japanese entrees. Call 596-7447 and visit www.suzukisushi.com for a complete menu, including daily specials.
  • Mc-Hale’s: This Irish pub is within walking distance from Lincoln Street Center, where “I Pity the Fool” fun will continue for an ’80s themed dance! Call 593-7887 for reservations, or just walk in.
  • Sunfire Grill: Traditional Mexican fare in an intimate Main Street setting. Featuring unique daily specials! Call 594-6196 to make a reservation.
  • Waterworks: Cozy pub with family-friendly food and atmosphere. Within walking distance of Lincoln Street Center–perfect for those customers who want to head on down to the ’80s dance after dinner. Call 596-2753 or walk in.
  • Park Street Grille: This southwestern restaurant also offers seafood and classic American fare. From tacos to prime rib to burgers, there is something for every taste! Call 594-4944 or walk in.
  • Landings Restaurant and Lounge: Seafood and other American fare, with a beautiful view of Penobscot Bay. Lobster served everyday! Call 596-6563 for a reservation.
  • Billy’s Tavern: An Irish pub that utilizes fresh, local ingredients. Located in Thomaston, it’s the perfect stopping point for avid ’80s dancers driving to Rockland for the “I Pity the Fool” dance at Lincoln Street Center! Call 354-1177 or walk in.

Purchase raffle tickets for your chance to extend your dining experience into the coming months! You can win gift certificates to all participating restaurants; the grand prize will be a gift certificate to each participating restaurant, valuing over $300!

If dinner whets your appetite for more April Fool’s Day fun, head on over to Lincoln Street Center for an ’80s dance from 7-10pm. This 21+ event is sponsored in part by Café Miranda, and will feature live music by The Awesome, Portland’s premiere ’80s cover band. Don your best legwarmers and a side ponytail, and dance your way to killer giveaways and raffle prizes throughout the evening. Dance tickets are $20 each and available at Rockland locations including The Grasshopper Shop, Youthlinks, Mid-Coast Children’s Services and by phone at 594-2221. Get yours early as a limited number will be sold. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 and can be purchased in advance from Youthlinks and Mid-Coast Children’s Services.

March 4, 2010

I Pity the Fool ’80s DANCE PARTY

Filed under: Broadreach Events — Sue Dirosario @ 11:32 am

A benefit for Youthlinks and Midcoast Children’s Services.

I Pity the Fool   ’8Os DANCE PARTY
featuring Portland-based band The Awesome
Prizes for ’8Os Best Outfit, Hair and Moves
Raffle, Dancing, Cash Bar for ages 21+
Thursday April 1, 2010
Doors Open at 7 PM – Tickets $20 per person

Lincoln Street Center Gym
22 Lincoln Street, Rockland

For More information call 594-2221

A Poster with details is at http://broadreachmaine.org/fool.htm
Sponsored in part by Cafe Miranda and Central Distributors, Inc.
Midcoast Children’s Services and Youthlinks are divisions of Broadreach Family & Community Services


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