Thanks to a generous foundation grant, Project GRACE was able to help parents and school nurses and social workers purchase 61 pairs of new shoes and winter boots for kids. All kids deserve to feel good themselves. New, well-fitting shoes give dignity, joy, and boost self-esteem. That’s why Project GRACE has expanded our school outreach program to include a pair of new shoes for children that need them. We want kids to focus on their studies rather than their circumstances.
Here are a few tips for keeping warm. Visit us on FaceBook to share yours...
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Here are a couple tips that might keep your pipes from freezing:
PS - save the date - our 6th Annual Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm will be on Saturday, February 10th at the Oak Hill Fire House (10-Noon). Our ambitious goal is to raise $15,000 for fuel assistance!
Together we can help our neighbors have a more joyful holiday season. We are hearing from families who are worried about how they'll keep their homes warm, put food on the table, and make sure their kids find a few items under the tree. Can we count on your help this holiday season?
We have almost 150 kids on our list this year! Christmas presents for kids are needed by Monday, December 11th. Please RSVP HERE to receive a wish list.
Check out the giving trees all around town! If you're hosting a tree for us, or another group, send us a pic or visit us on FaceBook - we'd love to share it!
Project GRACE giving tree locations include:
Big 20 Bowling
Chiropractic Family Wellness Center
Gorham Savings Bank
Inn By The Sea
Maine Medical Center
St Maximilian-Kolbe Church
Village Center Auto (soon!)
West Scarborough United Methodist Church
Tags include: new toys and family games, arts & crafts supplies for all ages and abilities, learning toys, new dish towels and cooking utensils, snow pants, hats & mittens, new warm socks for boys and girls, soaps and shampoos, twin bed sheet sets, fleece 'throw' blankets, fleece vests and pullovers, energy saving LED lightbulbs, and more...
We recently distributed Thanksgiving holiday meal baskets to 38 families, and here are a few of the thank you notes that came to us, meant for you:
Thanks to our many friends, neighbors, and supporters, 38 families and 15 senior households (about 175 people!) received bountiful Thanksgiving meal baskets, with all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal. Many had special touches, like flowers or festive napkins, and most included fresh vegetables and fruit, too. We are always impressed by the care and thoughfulness that goes into each basket. The cheery 'treat' bags for seniors were put together by Scarborough Daisies and Brownies, kids at Blue Point School made placemats, St. Max church shared their hall with us, the Volunteers in Police Service welcomed everyone and helped carry baskets to the car, and many volunteers lent a hand. This is giving project is one example of the generous holiday spirit -- and many helping hands -- that is a hallmark of our town.
We are grateful! Thank you, and a Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Sponsors include: Woodin & Co., State Manufactured Homes, PSM Ansaldo Energia Group, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Katahdin Trust Company, Higgins Beach Association, Hillcrest Retirement Community, The Cheese Iron, One Stop Event Rentals, La-z-Boy of Scarborough, South Portland Police Union, Career Planning & Placement, Beal's Old Fashioned Ice Cream, and friends of Project GRACE.
Nearly two-hundred friends and neighbors from all over town came to Wentworth Café on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy a delicious and festive communal meal. Plus forty more who couldn't come to Wentworth were brought a holiday meal. Dozens of volunteers of all ages prepared a traditional holiday dinner with all the fixings under the direction of Chef Peter Esposito, set the tables and placed fresh floral arrangements, served up ice cream and homemade apple and pumpkin pies, and greeted guests with a welcoming smile. We are grateful for all who helped make this second annual community meal a great occasion, including the dozens of community volunteers, Scarborough Garden Club, Town of Scarborough Community Services, Project GRACE, Scarborough School Nutrition, Wentworth School custodial staff, and the steering committee: Kelly Murphy, Chef Peter Esposito, Ann LeGage, Brenda Franklin, Audra Keenan, Jackie Perry. We are especially thankful for all who came to Wentworth, because it was being together that was at the heart of it all. We hope you will join us again next year.
We hope all of our neighbors weathered the storm okay and that power is soon restored. We really appreciate the crews working to clear brush and trees and fix downed wires and broken utility poles.
At Project GRACE, our power is back on and our phones are up and running, too. If you or a neighbor suffered a loss due to the storm, and need temporary assistance, please give us a call.
Help us win for the Scarborough Food Pantry!
We are collecting donations of $10 to help us buy more Hannaford Helps meal boxes. Each contains staple items like rice, pasta, canned fruit and vegetables, and peanut butter. Every $10 box purchased at the Scarborough Hannaford's gets us closer to goal. The more that store collects, the better the chance our local food pantry will win a prize of gift cards. Other communities are competing for their favorite pantry, too. We are encouraging our neighbors to purchase a box or two at the Scarborough store to help the Scarborough Food Pantry win! Thank you!
Twenty-four teams competed for top honors in the 10th Annual Project GRACE Trivia Bee and bragging rights for Trivia Champions, Best Team Costumes, Best Team Name, and for Most Enthusiastic Supporters. It was a fun and high-spirited evening at Camp Ketcha, celebrating all that's good about being part of a community that cares.
After six rounds of questions and a couple of audacious challenges for the judges to decide, six teams made it to the semi-finals: In the Key of Bee, The Crooners, The Back Tee Bees, Bee Calm and Go Solar, The No Eyed Dears, and CK S'mores. After a final round of tough questions, The Back Tee Bees took top honors as the 2017 Trivia Bee Champions! The library team also scored the "Most Enthusiastic Supporters' trophy. We appreciate the teams for playing, helpful volunteers, our generous sponsors, and all who attended - you made this 10th Bee a success for Project GRACE. When we pull together to help our neighbors, everyone's a winner. Thank you, one and all!
Twenty-four teams will be competing in the 10th Annual Trivia Bee! Take a look at the teams, players, and sponsors here...
We hope you'll join us at Camp Ketcha tonight to find out who will be the smartest team in town. It promises to be another lively, fun-filled, and light-hearted event. Come out and root for your favorites: several past champions who are coming back to vie for bragging rights and trophies (Trivia Champion, Best Team Name, Best Team Costumes, Most Enthusiastic Supporters) and there are new players, too!
Last year's Trivia Champions were the Maine POPS Concert Band's team In the Key of 'Bee'. Will they take the trophy again this year?!
Let our panel of esteemed Judges (Scarborough School Nurses) know who has the best team name. Judges will decide the winners tonight at the Bee. Good luck to all the teams! Last year, Scarborough Public Library's team took home the best team name prize: Mind Blowing Intelli-gents. And the Scarborough Fire Department took home another win in the Best Team Costumes category.
The 10th Annual Trivia Bee is nearing its ambitious $10,000 fundraising goal. We are grateful to all our sponsors (it's all about bee-ing good neighbors). Thank you!
Stop by the Scarborough Community Garden on Saturday, October 14th for St. Nicholas' 3rd Annual Harvest Fest! There will be live music, food (brats, cider, pies, and more!), and crafts, too. Pick up some native Maine produce, fall mums, and take your chance on the raffle for great prizes. All are welcome!
The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center and Friends of Scarborough Marsh are hosting their annual fall clean up of the marsh, and are also collected nourishing staple foods for Project GRACE and the Scarborough Food Pantry. Stop by the nature center on Route 9, on Saturday, October 28th, and enjoy the beautiful marsh and the company of your neighbors, and we hope you'll bring a nourishing staple food item like canned fish or canned fish chowder! Thank you!
Got Honey? Bee a Good Neighbor, Bring some to the LIbrary
Have you heard? Project GRACE has been voted 'Best of the Best' in the nonprofit category for the annual reader's poll that appeared in the Forecaster! Congratulations to our good friends at Southern Maine Agency on Aging and all the other "Best of the Best" winners. A huge thank you to all who voted for us -- and to our many friends and supporters, who make it possible for us to lend a hand throughout the year. We're the 'best of the best' thanks to all of you!
And speaking of best of the best, hope you had a chance to catch our Board President, Bert Follansbee, on the radio! She was just named an "Outstanding Woman" by 93.1 The Coast radio station. Tune in here: http://coast931.com/…/bert-follansbee-our-outstanding-woma…/ Congratulations, Bert!!
This 2nd Annual fall charity festival is sponsored by our friends at NorDX to benefit the Scarborough Police Department's Operation HOPE program. >>MORE
Missed the kick-off event? You can still get engaged in the process!
The Town of Scarborough is updating its Comprehensive Plan -- and everyone's invited to share their views on the future of our community. This is a participatory process, and along the way there are many ways to make your voice heard.
Mark your calendars for Monday, September 25th at 6:30 pm at the Scarborough High School for "Planapalooza". Join your neighbors for conversations surrounding land use, transportation, natural resources, parks and open spaces, bikeways, trails, public facilities and services, economic development, as well as community growth, development, design, housing and identity.
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