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.
Kids will be heading back to school soon, but many families will struggle to provide the basics like backpacks, notebooks, paper, pens and pencils, rulers and glue sticks. With your help, we can ensure all kids start the first day of school ready to learn, prepared to succeed.
Easy as 1, 2,3 -- you can help a child start the school year prepared to succeed:
DROP OFF LOCATIONS (by August 21st, please)
Scarborough Public Library
The Study Hall at Oak Hill
cPort Credit Union
St Max Church (August 21st, 4-6 pm)
Thank you, Dennis Meehan and the Sea Dogs ("ETFE"!!) for hosting a fun night out for all of Scarborough on August 1st. We are also grateful to all the sponsors, and all our good friends over the years, who hit a 'home run' for us by celebrating our 15th anniversary. We were honored to have all-star, Eddie Woodin, representing us with a ceremonial first pitch, Kaire Leonard singing the national anthem, and the SFD and SPD Honor Guard, too. Thank you!
Eddie Woodin, a Scarborough resident, inspirational philanthropist, and long-time friend of Project GRACE, is an all-star in life.
A successful entrepreneur, work is only one of several priorities for Eddie. “The point is to give back. Then it comes back to you so many times over," says Eddie. Eddie takes a deep personal interest in his community, and Scarborough’s Project GRACE, Maine Audubon, Boy Scouts of America, Scarborough Garden Club, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough Land Trust, and Southern Maine Agency on Aging, are but a few of the worthy local causes he has championed.
His commitment to service for others started when he was a student at Colby College (class of ’69), where he was a star baseball and football player with a natural gift for leadership. After graduating, he set a personal goal of volunteering, giving, and calling on friends in need. Today Eddie’s investment in community is often in the form of a significant “challenge grant” that brings the community together, like Project GRACE's annual "Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm" to raise money for fuel assistance, or the Land Trust's campaign to conserve a special piece of property. Because it’s as much about stepping out in front to call attention to a chance to give back.
In recognition of his winning spirit and generous support of youth sporting programs, in 2015 the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame awarded Eddie the prestigious Sonny Noel President’s Award.
With an all-star's winning attitude, Eddie inspires and encourages his neighbors to put our gifts and talents out there, to come together a as a team to tackle our challenges and make the most of our opportunities. Eddie coaches us all with a bright smile, big heart, and a nudge to “...get out there, and go, go.”
* With thanks to "My Generation" for the quotes.
Hope you'll come out to the ballpark Tuesday to root for Eddie as he throws a ceremonial pitch for Project GRACE! All-star hall-of-famer, Kevin Youkilis will be at the game, too, to throw the official first pitch of the game.
Each summer, local children from low-income families can go to area day camps through stipends made possible by charitable gifts to Project GRACE. We in turn give that money to area camps, including a $2,500 gift to Scarborough Community Services.
We make that investment because at camp, children are in an environment that fosters belonging, acceptance, independence and relationships. This experience not only develops social skills, self-esteem and emotional intelligence, it builds future leaders. And kids get healthy meals and snacks to help keep them on track.
Join the Portland Sea Dogs as we celebrate Scarborough Community Night at Hadlock Field. Along with a fun night of baseball we will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Project GRACE and our mission of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Former Red Sox Kevin Youkilis will make a special appearance to sign autographs before the game. 'Youk' is a three-time MLB All-Star, two-time World Series Champion, and winner of the 2008 Hank Aaron Award.
Youk's An All-Star, You Can BE an All-Star, Too!
You can help your neighbors with each ticket purchased. All tickets are $9 general admission seats, including $3 donated to Project GRACE's Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund which supports programs like community nutrition, fuel assistance, and helping a neighbor in a time of need.
DIVAS THROUGH THE DECADES: June 27, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel, Portland (6-9pm)
Spa Tech Institute presents this fun annual event with this year's proceeds to benefit Project GRACE -- wow, thank you! Doors open at 6, show starts at 7 - admission is free. There will be prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and best of all, a fun fashion show for all ages! Come support Westbrook Spa Tech's cosmetology students and enjoy the show! >>MORE
It's a comfort having good friends, and visiting with them over a cup of tea adds a special sweetness to life. Add a lively chat about books, and well, you've got the makings of heaven on earth!
Nellie's Teas & Gifts has been hosting a book club for a couple of years, and part of the charm is their passion for tea, but also compassion for their neighbors. The Nellie's book club has been giving modestly but steadily every month to our Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund. Sometimes we use the money to pay an overdue electric bill, sometimes their gift is used to help an elder pay for medications or get a little extra at the grocery store, other times we use it to pay for clothes or a new pair of boots. Once we used the funds to help a neighbor with an unexpected travel expense. Each month the amount varies, but that it comes in regularly is a big help to us. Like a good friend who checks in on you to see how you're doing... Nellie's keeps a friendly eye on us, sharing more than a little encouragement every time they do.
We're celebrating 15 years, and all that is great about our town -- hope you'll bring a friend, bring a chair and settle in for a fun evening of music with the Maine POPS (an 80 member concert band!), tasty food from Fishin'Ships and Pizza By Fire, kids activities and games, and a special performance by the Gymdandies, too! Come one, come all, we're celebrating and hope you'll join us!
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
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