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May 11, 2015

Broadreach Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

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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 9, 2015

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

Broadreach Children's Art Show 2015

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

April 2, 2015

Adverse Childhood Events Summit April 17th

WALDO, Maine — An informational meeting on findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, particularly strategies to build resilience, will be held Friday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast.

 

The study is one of the largest conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well being. The summit is intended for area educators, social service providers, law enforcement personnel, clergy and parents. Topics include: implications of adverse childhood experiences on early childhood and adolescent development; possible long-term ramifications of ACE over a lifetime; ways to promote resilience in parents, children and professionals; and the importance of building relationships. Scheduled guest speakers are Sue Mackey-Andrews, co-facilitator of the Maine Resilience Building Network, and Chris Trout, founder and president of Strengths in Focus.

 

Sponsors are the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Maine Families program, Broadreach Family & Community Services, and Belfast Adult Education. The program is free; a $10 donation is suggested at the door to assist with expenses. Registration is available at brmaine.org/summit. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Wesley Neff, 207.255.3345,ext. 1021, 800.287.1426 (in Maine).

March 12, 2015

Broadreach to Help Bangor Savings Bank Collect Peanut Butter & Jelly for Local Food Pantries

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Broadreach Family & Community Services is joining in the project to collect jars of peanut butter, jelly, and jam for the Bangor Savings Bank Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive.  The jars can be dropped off at Broadreach and we will deliver them to Bangor Savings Bank.  Please see information from the Bangor Savings Bank’s website below about this drive:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

Helping to feed Maine families.

More Maine families are facing hunger than ever before. Today 200,000 Mainers struggle with hunger, a quarter of which are children. During the month of March, Bangor Savings Bank will be collecting peanut butter and jelly to benefit local food pantries statewide.

#SelflessSelfie!

Take a photo of yourself donating at one of our locations and send to socialmedia@bangor.com and we will upload to our Facebook page! For each #SelflessSelfie we receive, we will donate 2 additional jars of peanut butter to the drive to be donated to local food pantries statewide. It is our way of showing the community how grateful we are for those who take the time to selflessly donate to others in need.

Why peanut butter and jelly?

Peanut butter is among one of the most expensive foods for food banks to purchase in large quantities. However, it is one of the most sought after due to its high protein and beneficial fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils). And what’s peanut butter without jelly?

Donate today.

You can drop off donations of peanut butter and jelly in the Proud to Support Maine Communities bin at any of our 56 branch locations. Donations will be accepted throughout the month of March.  (Remember, you can also drop off your donations at Broadreach and we will deliver them for you!)

Have questions?  Contact Patrick Walsh, Broadreach Prevention Services Director at 338-2200 x 209 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org

 

April 10th is Wear Blue Day

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

March 3, 2015

Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit Hosted by Broadreach, UM Cooperative Extension & Belfast Adult Education

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit, to be hosted by Broadreach Family & Community Services, the University of Maine Extension Service, and Belfast Adult Education will be held on Friday, April 17th from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Guest Speakers will be Sue Mackey- Andrews, Co-Facilitator of Maine Resilience Building Network – www.maineaces.org (go to site and explore) and Chris Trout, Founder and President of Strengths in Focus at                   www.strengthsinfocus.com.

The topics to be discussed will include:

  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • The implications of adverse childhood experiences on early childhood and adolescent development
  • Possible long-term ramifications of Adverse Childhood Experiences over a lifetime
  • Ways in which we can promote RESILIENCE in parents, children and professionals, and in our own lives
  • The importance of building relationships

This summit is free ($10.00 donation at door to assist with expenses appreciated)

 

REGISTRATION – https://brmaine.org/summit/

 

Questions? Please contact one of the following individuals:

Wesley Neff- Maine Families, UMaine Cooperative Extension 800-287-1426 x 1021

Patrick Walsh- Broadreach 338-2200 x  109

Laura Flagg- Belfast Adult Ed 338-3197

 

February 24, 2015

Write in Your Vote for Broadreach Today!

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

 

February 12, 2015

Youthlinks Finds Missing Cat While Volunteering!

Youthlinks Volunteering at Humane Society of Knox County

By Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks Program Manager

The Youthlinks Student Garden Army celebrated Valentine’s Day with homemade heart shaped healthy treats for the dogs at the Pope Memorial Humane Society. The dogs were excited to gobble down the peanut butter treats and they definitely loved the attention!

The afternoon brought the high school group an exciting surprise when visiting the cats. “This is my cat!”, exclaimed 8th grader Winter Cormier.  The staff at the animal shelter confirmed that all the data matched and the cat, Cinder, purred against the bars of her cage in recognition of her owner! It was a happy ending for all of us.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks. For more information about Broadreach visit brmaine.org.  Visit http://www.humanesocietyofknoxcounty.org/ to learn more about the animal shelter or take home a new pet!

December 31, 2014

Youthlinks Volunteers at Hospitality House

Youthlinks Cooks for Change

By Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks Program Manager

“I think my favorite part of being at the Hospitality House was how quickly I connected with the kids there,” reflected Youthlinks’ sophomore Mariah Blake.  At the end of every day the Youthlinks high school group, the Student Garden Army, spends time in a circle sharing their thoughts about their experience that day and writing in their journals.  Thursday, December 18th the students reflected on their time at the Hospitality House in Rockport. The students cooked, decorated cookies with the residents and served a delicious meal with veggies from the Grassroots garden at Youthlinks. They spent the last six weeks developing their cooking skills, making ornaments, and cutting out snowflakes.  During their closing circle the students were giddy with excitement about the experience they shared together in helping to give back to their community. ” I feel like we all really bonded,” said freshman Kat Cova.

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.  The Youthlinks Student Garden Army are excited for another session beginning January 12th. During this session they will be working on making a documentary to raise money for a new greenhouse and developing another great community service project as a team.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks or for more information about all of Broadreach’s programs and services, visit www.brmaine.org.

November 5, 2014

UMCC Awards Funding to Broadreach

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

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

 

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

 

Youthlinks Embraces Fall

Youthlinks began the school year with a schedule of exciting after school programs and a great set of new students. On Mondays, middle schoolers prepared tasty and healthy meals and learn about nutrition through the Cooking Matters program. On Wednesdays, one group of middle school youth prepared the garden for winter and had fun with hands on science experiments. Another group of learned how to halter train calves through the Farmhands program, with our Aldemere Farms partners. The High School Student Garden Army met on Tuesdays and Thursdays, to continue the garden harvest and run the fall farm stand.  A highlight of the session was the Halloween haunted greenhouse.

Registration for Youthlinks late fall programs is open. Middle and high school youth may register online at www.youthlinksonline.org. Youthlinks amazing after school activities are offered to youth free of charge.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family and Community Services. For more information about Youthlinks, please like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/youthlinks or call us at 594-2221. For more information about Broadreach visit www.brmaine.org or call 338-2200.Youthlinks at Aldermere Farm

October 28, 2014

Click for Babies Campaign

Click for Babies Campaign photo 2014

The parents of newborns at Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center will be receiving hand knit purple hats for their babies during the month of November and December as part of the Click For Babies campaign. This effort was organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome who connected with states that had infant abuse prevention programs and had the capacity to implement local campaigns.  Currently Maine is one of 14 states and two Canadian provinces participating in this effort.

Patrick Walsh, Child Abuse and Neglect Council coordinator at Broadreach Family & Community services says that for the fourth year of this project he is once again “overwhelmed” with the response and marvels at the variety of hats that have been donated, more than 112 for Waldo and Knox counties at this point.  Eighteen knitters from Waldoboro, to Pittsfield, to Bucksport have generously donated their time and materials to ensure that each precious baby born at our hospitals in November and December will receive a beautiful, lovingly crafted hat.  The “click” in the “Click for Babies” title refers to the clicking sound of the knitting needles as the hats are created.

Along with the hats, parents will receive an information package titled The Period of PURPLE Crying that provides those parents with important information about their newborn.   PURPLE is an acronym that helps to inform parents that: P is for Peak of Crying – “your baby may cry more each week with the most at 2 months then less at 3 to 5 months. U is for Unexpected – “crying can come and go and you don’t know why”. R is for Resists Soothing – “your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try”. P is for Pain-like face – “a crying baby may look like they are in pain even when they are not”.  L is for Long Lasting – “crying can last as much as 5 hours a day or more”.  E is for Evening – “your baby may cry more in the late afternoon or evening.”

Research tells us that children are vulnerable during this period to being shaken by a stressed out caregiver who feels frustrated that they cannot understand their child’s apparent discomfort and can do nothing to soothe them. In the past we may have attributed this crying and apparent pain to “colic”, and equated that with a medical condition. Research shows that this type of crying is “normal” and reduces over time.

Walsh says that “this is one small but significant effort that communities can take to ensure the well-being of its young children.”

For more information or to find out how you can be involved in Click For Babies, contact Walsh at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 ext 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org.

 

 

October 6, 2014

Long Time Advocate Patrick Walsh Awarded Professional of the Year

Patrick Walsh

A special annual event hosted by the Maine Children’s Trust was held to honor the organization and individuals in the State of Maine who have demonstrated their dedication and expertise in the field of the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services for Broadreach Family & Community Services was awarded the 2014  Professional Advocate.

In honoring Patrick Walsh,Broadreach Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay shared, ““Patrick is a bona fide example of living true to his professional and personal standards of always walking the talk in the sincere belief in the strength of each individual, diversity, and protection of each child in our community. He takes this a step further by advocating and leading positive change in our community.  This takes not only expertise, which he researches on a local and national level, but a committed belief and the devotion of long hours to promote this change.  He is fearless and compassionate in his work.”

Patrick Walsh has worked and volunteered in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention for over 37 years, the past 15 as Director of Prevention Services at Broadreach Family & Community Services. He is a tireless advocate for children and youth as is demonstrated by his dedication to serving the children and families of mid-coast Maine and beyond.Prior to working at Broadreach, Patrick served as an Ombudsman at Waldo County Committee for Social Action (1977/78), Victim/Witness Advocate for Waldo and Knox Counties (1979 to 1986), Director of Waldo County Child and Parent Council (1987 to 1990); and Prosecutorial Assistant for Knox County (1990 to 1999).

Patrick has coordinated Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Councils (CAN) for Waldo and Knox counties, is a member of the Maine Association of Child Abuse Prevention Councils, served as member of Healthy Waldo County in partnership with Waldo County General Hospital, served on the Waldo County Building Communities for Children Coalition since 1999 and helped organize the Greater Waldo Community Network Forums since 2007, has twice Chaired the Waldo County Fund Committee and been a member of the Maine Community Foundation’s Cobe Fund Advisory Committee.  Patrick has served for many years as a board member on the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and represented Maine for two years on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, formerly served as a Waldo County Habitat for Humanity organizational board member and former member of the President & Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children and Families.  He is a former member of the Child Welfare Advisory Committee and Midcoast Coalition to Prevent Domestic Abuse.  For several years Patrick has coordinated the “Click for Babies” Campaign in Waldo and Knox counties working with Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center and local volunteer knitters to provide each baby born in November and December with a purple hat and their parents with educational information about the “period of purple crying” that is a natural feature of an infant’s development.  The purpose is to help new parents understand that this is a normal development process and learn coping mechanisms as an effort to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.

While at Broadreach, most recently Patrick has:

  • Initiated the Student Intervention and Reintegration Program (SIRP) for at risk youth aged 13 to 18. This is a 12 hour free educational course for teens to help them make healthy choices about the use of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Initiated “Raising a Thinking Child”, a program funded by the Maine Children’s Trust. This parent education model has been recognized as an exemplary program by the Strengthening America’s Families Project and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Been instrumental in offering “Kids First” parent education classes in Waldo County for parents who involved in divorce, separation, or child custody proceedings. Scholarships are available for parents who cannot afford the cost.
  • Offered Parent Education programs in Knox and Waldo County including free classroom-based and on-line Active Parenting Now classes for parents of children aged 5 to 12.
  • Provided free training for professionals regarding Mandated Report of suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Worked with local police departments, sheriff’s office, and Waldo County Regional. Communication Center to bring an Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program called wTip, an anonymous text-a-tip program to Waldo County providing individuals, including youth, a resource to report. The goal is to intervene before a situation escalates, becoming a danger to youth or others in the community.
  • Presented to a wide range of audiences on topics of child abuse and neglect and substance abuse prevention.

When asked what would be his heart’s desire in his professional life, Patrick responded, “I am hopeful that we can work together to put an end to the maltreatment of children.”

For more information about Child Abuse and Neglect and Substance Abuse Prevention programs and information available through Broadreach, please contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 extension 109 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org.

September 23, 2014

Camaraderie and Fun – Volunteer for Stashbuster

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

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

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

Noon – 2:00 PM  Clean-up

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

 

 

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.

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

Pot o Lobstahs Photo

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

SGA photo

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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June 30, 2014

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

Stashbuster flyer

 

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

Youthlinks house

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 15, 2014

Youthlinks Offers Participants Opportunities for Community Service and Art, Theater & Radio

YL Fishes and LoavesBy Sarah Woodman, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps

February Youthlinks Fishes and Loaves kitchen volunteers take a break to share a smile and show off their homemade salad. From left, Callum Boggard, Youthlinks Director Kris Koerber, Christen Rasmussen, Kat Howarth, Keariel Peasley, and Takoda Peasley.

Local high school students needing to attain their required community service hours should check out the late spring offerings from Youthlinks.  On Mondays students have another chance to work with FoodCorps volunteer Genna Cherichello in the Spring Garden Army. Students will grow vegetable seedlings, plant flowers, construct and paint garden signs, build raised garden beds, and create a current map of the garden for Youthlinks, Oceanside East High School, and community use.  Spring Garden Army offers ten community service hours.

On Thursdays, Youthlinks is hosting a Community Action Team, a variety of community service projects including beach clean-ups, cooking and baking dishes for a monthly soup kitchen, and building a home for native bees out of wood, bamboo, and other found materials, to be located at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. Students can earn up to twelve community service hours by participating in the Community Action Team.

Every second Saturday of the month, students can earn four hours of community service by volunteering at the Fishes and Loaves Lunch, a free weekend meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, a collaborative effort of St. Peter’s and the Pratt Memorial United Methodist Church. Students prepare, cook, and serve a full meal for patrons. The upcoming dates for the Fishes and Loaves meals  are May 10 and June 14, and the program runs from 10-2.

The late spring session also offers three fun and free art, music, and drama based after-school programs. On Tuesdays students can exercise their painting and drawing skills and help beautify the Youthlinks building in Mural Art. Back by popular demand on Wednesdays is Improv, the fast paced, no-script form of theater. Fridays offer music lovers the chance to plan and run a radio show through Rockland’s local radio station WRFR in Youthlinks Radio.

Youthlinks programs are free, run from 3-5 Monday through Friday, and meet at the Youthlinks building at 420 Broadway (at the end of the driveway to Oceanside East). Students can pick up registration forms from the guidance office at Oceansides East and West or register online at www.youthlinksonline.org/. For more information on Youthlinks programming, please call 594-2221.

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, serving middle and high school students with a variety of after school and summer sessions.  For information about Broadreach Family & Community Services the number is 338-2200 and the website is www.broadreachmaine.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 10, 2014

The First Donates its Casual for a Cause Collection to Youthlinks

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Attached photo:  From left to right Sarah Woodman and Alyssa Sweet of Youthlinks/AmeriCorps; Alicia Costa, Assistant Manager of The First’s Union Street, Rockland office; Shannon Wenners, Branch Supervisor of The First’s Park Street, Rockland office; Youthlinks Director, Krisofer Koerber; Hannah Magnusson, Youthlinks/AmeriCorps; Polly Chatfield, member of Broadreach Board and Youthlinks Advisory Group; and Susan St. John, Youthlinks Advisory Group member.

The two Rockland offices of The First recently donated $606.12 to Broadreach Family & Community Services’ Youthlinks Program.  For nineteen years the employees of The First have been dressing casually on Fridays in support of charitable organizations in communities where they provide financial services.   The First employees who participate in the program make a contribution each Friday that they dress casually.  At the end of each month, a donation is presented to an employee-nominated, non-profit organization.    

 

Youthlinks Program Director Kristofer Koerber shared, “We are grateful for this generous support from the employees of The First and to their financial institution for providing this contribution and showing such community support. This donation will certainly be helpful to Youthlinks in carrying out our mission to provide quality after school and summer programs for area middle and high school students.”

 

Youthlinks is a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, serving middle and high school students with a variety of after school and summer sessions. 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 .

 

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.

 

October 30, 2013

Click for Babies Campaign

Sometimes it seems young babies will cry inconsolably no matter what a parent tries to soothe them.  Parents try feeding, changing, holding, and checking for any signs of illness but nothing seems to help.  There is a term for this period of an infant’s life, the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  PURPLE is an acronym for P- peak of crying, U – unexpected, R – resists soothing, P – pain-like face (a crying baby may look like they are in pain even if they are not), L-long-lasting, and E – evening.  Babies may cry more in the late afternoon or evening.  Infants can reach a peak with their crying, often at two months, and then crying begins to taper off as they increase in age.

Recognizing that this can be a confusing and stressful time for parents, the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome developed a “Click for Babies” program to help educate parents about the “Period of PURPLE Crying”.  Each state and province works with local organizations, including hospitals, to disseminate information to new parents along with little purple infant hats hand-knit by volunteers, either individually or as members of knitting clubs.

Broadreach Family & Community Services, along with many generous local knitters will be delivering the purple hats to parents of newborns at Waldo County General Hospital and Penobscot Bay Medical Center during the months of November and December.  Each one comes with a special tag with a message for the new baby, such as “From a Knitting Grammie” or the name of the knitting circle.

Patrick Walsh, Director of Prevention Services at Broadreach shares, “In the past we often attributed those infants who cried a great deal in their early months as colicky babies.  While every child and parent’s experience is unique, research shows us that this spike in crying in infancy is normal and it reduces over time.  We want to get the word out to parents that this is a temporary situation and to understand that this phase is a typical part of infancy and will pass.  While not all babies will experience this period, many will.  We so appreciate the caring knitters that help us convey this important message to parents of newborns.”

Maine, through the Maine Children’s Trust and the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Councils has been sponsoring the “CLICK (the sound of the knitting needles) for Babies” campaign since 2011.  In the first year the program collected five times their goal of purple knitted hats.  Maine is one of several states and Canadian provinces that participate in the program.

For more information about the “Click for Babies” Campaign, please contact Patrick Walsh at Broadreach Family & Community Services at 338-2200 extension 109 or at pwalsh@brmaine.org.

August 26, 2013

Youthlinks Farm Camp at Headacre Farm

“Who likes vegetables here?” Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda asks a group of campers from Youthlinks. “No one? Well let me tell you something, vegetables just need a little dressing up!” For the first four weeks of July campers entering grades six through eight were invited to Headacre Farm in Owls Head to learn about farming and cooking with Anne Perkins, Deb Donnelly and Kerry Altiero. At Headacre Farm, Anne, Deb and Kerry set out to prove to groups of middle school age campers that the world of organic, local farming is an exciting one with numerous health and environmental benefits.

Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm teaches campers how to transplant seedlings.

Anne Perkins of Headacre Farm teaches campers how to transplant seedlings.

Headacre Farm is a saltwater farm offering vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, and seasonal decorations. Headacre is committed to returning its 17 saltwater acres to sustainable, diversified, and organically certified farming and becoming a vibrant, productive, and responsible member of our local communities. Headacre Farm is operated in partnership with Café Miranda and provides the Rockland restaurant with fresh, organic produce throughout the growing season.

As part of their commitment to community, Anne and Deb approached Youthlinks over the winter about collaborating to create Farm Camp. Each week a group of twelve students would spend their mornings at Headacre farm learning about plant families and organic pest management from Farmer Anne and helping to plant vegetables and weed and water garden beds. With Deb Donnelly campers also made their own barometers to measure atmospheric pressure, planted basil seeds and nasturtium flowers, and made terrariums with recycled bottles and materials found on the farm. Youthlinks’ AmeriCorps members Josie Gates, Sarah Woodman and Kameryn Sanchez worked with campers to plant, maintain and harvest their own garden beds. They were able to monitor the progress of their own vegetables and make decisions about weeding and watering.

On Wednesdays, campers harvested vegetables from the farm and their garden plots to cook a veggie focused lunch with Chef Kerry. While the campers washed produce and chopped greens, Chef Kerry discussed the merits of eating green and eating local. He gave an example about the difference in taste between a tomato shipped from across the country and one grown in a local garden and he also described the global effects that a small, locally grown tomato can have. Because a tomato grown in a farm only a few miles away doesn’t need to be shipped very far at all, it has a smaller carbon footprint than a tomato from across the country.

In the afternoons campers left the farm but continued the outdoor theme and explored local areas such as Mt. Battie in Camden, Lucia Beach at Birch Point State Park, and Lakes Chickawaukee and Megunticook.

On the last day of camp, campers and their families were invited to a family field day at Headacre farm for games and a potluck style dinner. Families competed in tug-of-war and were given a tour of the farm by campers eager to show off the vegetables they took care of. Anne, Deb and Kerry Altiero all joined in the fun and were available to answer questions parents had about camp or organic and local farming practices. “We had an amazing summer,” said Youthlinks’ Program Director Amie Hutchison. “I am so grateful to Headacre Farm and Café Miranda to providing this opportunity to local students.”

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 or to register, please contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.

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 10, 2013

Man from Nova Scotia wins Dream Vacation in Maine

Seth Walton, AmeriCorps Vista Community Programs Director of Youthlinks, announces the raffle winner at the Business After Hours at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.  Standing beside him is Robin McIntosh, Membership Services Manager of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Seth Walton, AmeriCorps Vista Community Programs Director of Youthlinks, announces the raffle winner at the Business After Hours at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Standing beside him is Robin McIntosh, Membership Services Manager of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Patrick Dunphy of Fall River, Nova Scotia is the lucky winner of the all-inclusive four-day Maine Dream Vacation Raffle. The raffle was sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and Broadreach Family & Community Services to benefit Youthlinks, a community service and skills enrichment program for area youth.

Seth Walton, AmeriCorps VISTA at Youthlinks, had the honor of drawing the winning ticket at the conclusion of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on Wednesday, May 8th. Residents from around the country including many locals purchased tickets for the raffle. Youthlinks congratulates Mr. Dunphy on his win and thanks him for entering the raffle for a second year.

Mr. Dunphy and his travelling companion will enjoy a fantastic array of top-notch lodging, fine meals and wonderful activities. They will spend three nights at the AAA four-diamond Samoset Resort on the ocean. Each night they will have dinner with the one of the area’s finest chefs at Youngtown Inn, Craignair Inn and La Bella Vita. Each day they will explore all the beauties of coastal Maine by land, sea and air on a tour of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, a round of golf at the Samoset Resort, a sail on the Schooner Olad and a biplane tour over Penobscot Bay, courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The prize also includes round-trip airfare from Rockland, ME to Boston, courtesy of Cape Air, and a $500 gift card provided by Bangor Savings Bank, which the winner may use as he pleases.

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 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.

 

April 11, 2013

One Month Left to Enter to Win your Maine Dream Vacation

One lucky winner and a travelling companion will enjoy a one-of-a-kind dream vacation in the midcoast of Maine.

One lucky winner and a travelling companion will enjoy a one-of-a-kind dream vacation in the midcoast of Maine.

Once again the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce and Youthlinks have teamed up to sponsor The Maine Dream Vacation Raffle.  Proceeds benefit the free youth programs of Youthlinks and the community development work of the Chamber.

The amazing prize package is made possible through the generous donations of local businesses. The lucky winner and companion will enjoy three nights at the Samoset Resort on the Ocean, including a round of golf.  They will dine each night at a different restaurant: La Bella Vita Ristorante, Rockport; the Craignair Inn & Restaurant, Spruce Head; and The Youngtown Inn & Restaurant, Lincolnville.

The winner will also be treated to a biplane tour over Penobscot Bay, courtesy of the Owls Head Transportation Museum, a sail aboard the Schooner Olad, Camden and passes to the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland.

The prize also includes round-trip airfare for two from Boston to Rockland, courtesy of Cape Air, and $500 in spending money courtesy of Bangor Savings Bank.  Travel is June 7th -10th and the drawing is in May.

This prize would make the staycation of a life time, or be a dream vacation for a lucky visitor.  “I see this as a win-win,” says Youthlinks Program Director, Amie Hutchison. “Every $25 dollars stays right in our community, encouraging development and supporting kids.  The chance to win this amazing prize is pretty great bonus.”

The price is $25 a ticket. Raffle sales are being conducted by Youthlinks through the website www.mainedreamvacationraffle.com.

Visit www.mainedreamvacationraffle.com to buy tickets and for more information (including the rules).

Proceeds of the Maine Dream Vacation Raffle benefit the community service programs of Youthlinks (www.youthlinksonline.org). Through participation in Youthlinks, Midcoast youth learn skills, build self-esteem, cultivate social responsibility, develop leadership abilities and connect to peers, adult mentors, and their communities. All Youthlinks programs are free for participating youth. 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 (www.broadreachmaine.org).

April 9, 2013

Thorndike Creamery cooks with teens in Youthlinks program

Students Kat Howarth and Takoda Peasley are ready to serve their handmade pizza at the St. Peter's soup kitchen on Saturday, March 9th.

Students Kat Howarth and Takoda Peasley are ready to serve their handmade pizza at the St. Peter’s soup kitchen on Saturday, March 9th.

Sarah Vokey and Christian Willey of the Thorndike Creamery in Rockland joined the Youthlinks Soup Kitchen program on Tuesday, February 26.  Each week students in the Youthlinks Soup Kitchen program are joined by a local chef who shares a signature dish with the group and teaches kitchen safety skills. Students take these learned skills to prepare a meal one Saturday a month at the St. Peter’s soup kitchen in Rockland.

Vokey, owner of the popular pizza and ice cream parlor in Rockland, came prepared with all the ingredients required to make a perfect pizza from scratch.  Though Youthlinks staff and program participants were asked to keep the recipes secret, all were shown how to make a signature Thorndike pizza. Vokey showed students the proper technique to making pizza dough without over-kneading. Willey showed students how to stretch the dough over their hands, which requires a gentle, yet firm touch. Willey also demonstrated some impressive dough tossing skills, which no participant dared mimic.

From left: Thorndike Creamery Kitchen Manager Christian Willey, Youthlinks participant Kat Howarth, Owner of the Thorndike Creamery Sarah Vokey, and Youthlinks participant Takoda Peasley.

From left: Thorndike Creamery Kitchen Manager Christian Willey, Youthlinks participant Kat Howarth, Owner of the Thorndike Creamery Sarah Vokey, and Youthlinks participant Takoda Peasley.

 

During the process of cooking a sauce from scratch, Vokey pointed out the difference in flavor between a raw tomato and the complexity of a cooked sauce, encouraging students to taste the sauce before and after the introduction of fresh herbs. Students were able to create their own 10 inch pizza to take home. Vokey showed students how to bake a pizza in a home oven with the help of a makeshift bread paddle by way of a wooden cutting board.   On Saturday, March 9th, students Kat Howarth and Takoda Peasley were joined by Youthlinks program managers Sarah Woodman and Josie Gates at the St. Peter’s soup kitchen. Kat and Takoda used the lessons shared by Willey and Vokey to create a pizza lunch for soup kitchen diners. The two students used tomato sauce and pizza dough made with the Thorndike recipe, chopped vegetables and pepperoni for toppings, and baked their own pizzas to serve to guests. Students also provided a green salad and an apple crisp for dessert.

Student Kat Howarth stated that it was “Definitely interesting to learn how they make the pizza, which is the best pizza in town. And it was a great experience to volunteer at the soup kitchen. It was really nice of them to come.” 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.