August 16, 2016

Youthlinks Grassroots Garden Harvest Underway

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 “Farm stand open today from 9:30-11:30!  Cucumbers, kale, carrots, green beans, onions, leeks, chard and so much more!”So says a recent Facebook post for the Youthlinks Grassroots Garden & Learning Center.  This summer, the Youthlinks garden has grown through the work of 38 middle school and high school students from RSU #13.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services located in Rockland, Maine that provides after-school programs including community service, leadership and enrichment opportunities to youth ages 10-17 in mid-coast Maine.  Youthlink students learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership ability while connecting to their peers, adult mentors, and the community.

“The garden is amazing!   We have vegetables and beautiful flowers growing.  The students do the work – everything from weeding, to watering, to working at our farm stand,” said YL Director Racheal Ahearn.  “Last year, we donated over 600 pounds of produce to the local soup kitchen and food pantry.  Community members also get involved helping tend portions of the garden and stopping by our farm stand to purchase fresh, locally grown foods.”

Now in its third season, the Youthlinks Grassroots Garden has become a valuable learning experience for the students.  Students receive hands-on experience growing foods, plus, increasing awareness of nutrition and healthy living.  Practical business experience comes from operating the student farm stand next to the Youthlinks building.

In September, the garden will be harvested and closed for the winter.  Then, after-school programs begin that are held Monday through Friday from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at the Youthlinks center located at 420 Broadway, Rockland, Maine.  Youthlinks is funded through a combination of state grants and the generous donations of local individuals, businesses, and foundations.

Youthlinks after-school programs are free for participating youth.  There is still space available for the fall programs which begin in September.  For more information, please call 207-594-2221 or visit the Youthlinks website:  www.broadreachmaine.org


Youthlinks Director Racheal Ahearn at the YL Grassroots Garden, 420 Broadway, Rockland, ME
Sunflowers and a bountiful harvest!!!

February 18, 2016

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

Nature to Nurture Program on February 26

Susan Bennett Armistead
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.

October 6, 2015

Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program

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Kris Koerber and Kate Finlay receiving CICF grant 10-4-2015 aKris Koerber and Kate Quinn-Finlay accept a grant
award from the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation
on board the Serenade of the Seas Maiden Voyage.
Photo credit: Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

On Sunday, October 4th, the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) made three grant awards aboard the Serenade of the Seas Maiden Voyage in Rockland. Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Executive Director Kate Quinn-Finlay and Youthlinks Program Director Kris Koerber were on board for the ceremony in celebration and appreciation of the CICF’s $2,500 gift to the non-profit agency’s program that provides out-of-school-hours programs year-round for middle and high school students in the greater Rockland area. The program is housed at 420 Broadway and is participation in Youthlinks is free of charge. Programs range from Student Garden Army to a number of choices that provide students with an opportunity to be active members of their community, often volunteering their time at other non-profits, including animal shelters, assisted living for older individuals, and the food cupboard and community meals program.

Kate Quinn-Finlay shared, “We are grateful to have one of Broadreach’s programs chosen to receive this contribution from CICF. This donation to Youthlinks will be used to help us continue to serve the 11 – 17 year old students in the area with programs that help them gain knowledge and experience, and become involved for the betterment of their community. They acquire a wide variety of life skills. We know for many young people, Youthlinks participation has a positive impact on their school performance and their relationships with their families, peers, and teachers.”

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) focuses its efforts on programs that are designed to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the cruise industry. CICF supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for youth, including those designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, and promote good citizenship. The Foundation also supports academic enrichment opportunities aimed at enhancing student proficiencies in reading, math and science, as well as programs focused on environmental and public health initiatives.

For more information about Broadreach Family & Community Services visit www.broadreachmaine.org or call (207) 338-2200. Broadreach provides a wide range of programs including Early Childhood Education Services, Behavioral Health and Case Management, Prevention Programs that help strengthen families, and its Youthlinks Program. Broadreach serves Knox, Waldo, and Lincoln counties.

May 18, 2015

Youthlinks Yard, Bake & Seedling Sale on Saturday, May 23rd

It’s everybody’s favorite season…Yard sale season!  Come support Youthlinks next weekend at their second annual bake-yard seedling sale.  On Saturday, May 23rd, there will be tables of treasures, homemade baked goods and seedlings raised by students.  Every purchase you make helps to fund our programs.  Start your spring by coming to 420 Broadway in Rockland from 8:00am-2:00pm.  All parking will be at Oceanside East High School.  Don’t miss this one!

Youthlinks offers programs to middle school and high school students that provide them with opportunities to engage with their community, to learn life skills, self- reflection, and healthy outdoor time.  Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks. For more information about Broadreach visit brmaine.org

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 .


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:


Thank you!


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.