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October 19, 2016

Please join us for a community conversation about Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis

Heroin/Opiate Community Discussion

Tuesday October 25th from 5:30 to 7 pm at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast

Please join us for a community conversation about Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis and the roadmap for action on prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement that has been developed by the Maine Opiate Collaborative Task Forces.

Maine’s heroin/opiate crisis is taking a toll on the people and families of Waldo County and the number of overdose deaths across Maine is likely to be higher than ever this year.

Last February Belfast/Waldo County came together to discuss this growing crisis and make recommendations to the Task Forces that had been convened by the U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Maine Attorney General, and the Maine Commissioner of Public Safety.  In May of this year, the Task Forces released their roadmap for federal, state, and local actions that should be taken in the areas of prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement.

All members of the community, including our young people, are invited to attend and participate in this facilitated discussion.  We will start by hearing from a few Task Force members about their proposals for reducing the devastation of opiate misuse and addiction in Maine.  Then we will open up the conversation to hear your reactions, suggestions, and observations about the opportunities and challenges to being successful.  We will talk about what’s going to be needed in Washington D.C. and in Augusta, and we will identify the action steps we can take here in Waldo County.

Please join us for this important discussion about what’s happening and what we can all do about heroin/opiate use and the impacts it’s having in our communities.

Please join us on Tuesday October 25th from 5:30 to 7 pm at Troy Howard Middle School, Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast for a:

Heroin/Opiate Community Discussion sponsored by the Maine Medical Association,  Broadreach Family & Community Services, and Waldo County Building Communities for Children coalition

 

Light refreshments will be available

 

Please RSVP by contacting Patrick Walsh at 338-6679 or pwalsh@brmaine.org

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March 7, 2016

Broadreach Classroom Children Run AMOK and Donate to Food Cupboards

East Bel

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

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

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

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

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