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!


November 5, 2014

UMCC Awards Funding to Broadreach

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

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


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


September 11, 2014

Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program Awarded Quimby Family Foundation Grant

The Quimby Family Foundation has awarded Broadreach Family & Community Services Youthlinks Program a grant in the amount of $15,000. The funds will be used to expand the summer pilot Student Garden Army into a sustainable year-round program for middle and high school students in the greater Rockland region – Rockland, Cushing, St. George/Tenants Harbor,Thomaston, South Thomaston, and Owls Head).


Youth, age 11 – 17 living in towns served by RSU 13 will have an opportunity to participate in the program that teaches young people to learn to grow, cook, and eat healthy food and to make food choices that positively impact their health, and that of their community and their world. Student Garden Army also teaches students how to operate a micro-business through the operation of a local farm stand, and to give back to the community through support of the local food cupboards with fresh garden vegetables and fruit.


Youthlinks works closely with partners such as RSU 13m the Good Tern Co-op, Cooking Maters, a program of the Knox County Community Health Coalition (KCCHC), Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Food Corps. The Youthlinks Program is located at 420 Broadway in Rockland and has been in operation for nearly 32 years.  It provides a safe place to nurture the development of young people, to support youth in becoming positive role models, and create meaningful connections between youth and their community.


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 .



June 23, 2011

New Literacy Outreach Stations for Waldo County

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Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County (LVWC), a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services, has received a grant from the Waldo County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to increase self-sufficiency and stability for area residents with literacy challenges. Broadreach will work with community partners to establish at least three Literacy Outreach Stations at local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Traditionally, LVWC tutors and adult learners make a six-month or longer intention to work together. While this schedule works for some in the community, there are other potential volunteers and service recipients who are not ready to make such a commitment but who might be interested in participating in a less intensive manner. The new Literacy Outreach Clinics will provide LVWC with the opportunity to
• create a greater presence in the community,
• serve more individuals and recruit more volunteers,
• reach potential learners at locations where they are already regularly accessing services, and
• create stronger partnerships with existing community service organizations.

LVWC Literacy Outreach Stations will provide benefits to recipients of the services, to those who volunteer their time and efforts to a worthy cause, as well as to the organizations that host them. Additionally, the project will raise community awareness about the issues of adult literacy challenges, increase awareness of available services by challenged community members, increase referrals for local service providers, increase participation in on-going literacy programming at LVWC and increase volunteerism in local communities.

LVWC is seeking community volunteers to provide literacy assistance, information and referrals to individuals at the Literacy Stations Clinics. A new volunteer training session is planned for later this summer. For more information about serving as a tutor for LVWC, or about the other programs of Broadreach Family and Community Services, please contact Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 Ext 109 or pwalsh@brmaine.org. Additional information about Broadreach is available at its website, www.BRMAINE.org and on Facebook.

Preschoolers in Unity to Enjoy Shady Play Thanks to Local Students

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This summer, thanks to grants from local youth groups, preschoolers in Unity will enjoy improved outdoor play areas. Broadreach Family & Community Services was awarded two grants from the Jumpstart Our Youth (JOY) programs at Mt. View Junior High School and Mt. View High School. The JOY grant program is a collaborative project of Jobs for Maine Graduates and the Unity Foundation, designed to teach students about the critical roles that nonprofits play in meeting overwhelming community needs. Mt. View students spent several months reviewing grant proposals from area non-profits , and selected Broadreach was one of the award recipients.

Each year, the Broadreach Unity Early Childhood Program provides rich early childhood learning programs for seventy young children at its new location at the old Unity Elementary School. Broadreach will use the JOY grant funds to construct a shade structure to protect children from overexposure to damaging ultraviolet rays. Most children accumulate between 50% and 80% of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, and it is proven that sun exposure over time is related to the risk of developing skin cancer.

Broadreach serves children, teens, adults and families across Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties. Our programs include early childhood education, community and enrichment programs for teens, case management services for children and adults, confidential literacy tutoring, parent education and much more.

The Unity Early Childhood Program is currently taking applications for fall 2011 programming. For more information about Broadreach’s many educational and support programs for children and families, please visit www.BRMaine.org or call 338-2200.