We'll BEE Back in the Hive This October!
Who will BEE the smartest team in town? We'll find out soon! We will BEE returning to the Hive at Ketcha Outdoors (Camp Ketcha) onThursday, October 26th 2023! Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for fun and fabulousness for Scarborough's funniest fundraiser. Team registration and sponsorship information coming soon!
Teen Job Fair
Scholarships, Jobs, Apprenticeships, & Careers
Teens and recent high school grads are invited to stop by the Scarborough Public Library on Wednesday, May 17th (4:30-7pm) to find out about job and careen resources, meet up with employers, learn about scholarships and financial aid for continuing education. All teen attendees 15-19 years of age are eligible to enter a drawing to win a $250 scholarship and gift cards and door prizes, too.
Attention Employers! We're developing a 'job board' for teens to click a qr code with a link to your website or other job board lists to see available opportunities. If you have an opening or internship, please complete our employer registration form here. We'd love for our local talent to find a fit with your company!
SPONSORS & AttendeeS
Maine Department of Labor Career Center, Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), Penobscot Job Corps, Scarborough Grounds, Scarborough Community Services, Ketcha Outdoors, Ron Forest & Sons Fence Co., Black Point Inn, Scarborough Public Safety, Goodwill Northern New England, US Army / National Guard, Journey-Magazine, and more!
A new heating assistance fund called Keeping Cumberland County Warm is available to income eligible Scarborough residents. This one-time grant program is federally funded and allocates $50,000 for each municipality in Cumberland County. Project GRACE is supporting the grant program administration in Scarborough by facilitating the application process. The application period is open from now through April 10. Find all of the program details and a downloadable application here. Paper applications are available at Town Hall or Scarborough Public Library. Project GRACE is also available to initiate an application over the phone; call (207) 883-5111 or visit our volunteers in person at scheduled dates at the Scarborough Public Library.
Tips to Snug Up A Drafty Home
We hope you're warm and cozy today. There's a lot you can do to make your home warmer, to save you money and fuel. To snug a drafty window or door, draft stoppers are easy to make, but if DIY is not your thing, a rolled up towel works just as well. Or put a layer of shrink film, plastic shower curtain, sheet, etc. between the window and drapes. (If your budget is too tight for supplies, give us a call at 883-5111.) You can pick up a copy of Efficiency Maine's new tip booklet at the Scarborough Library (they're over by the bulletin boards). For long-term fixes, Efficiency Maine can help weatherize your home. FMI here: www.efficiencymaine.org
Have you tried any of these easy and inexpensive fixes? Got any other ideas for us? We'd love to hear'em!
Come one, come all to the 11th Annual Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm!
Saturday, February 11th Project GRACE, the Town of Scarborough, Public Safety and the Fire Department, Scarborough Library and Friends of the Library, Scarborough Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions, along with the Historical Society and Audubon Nature Center will be at Town Hall and the Public Safety Building. Join us! Visit with your neighbors and help us raise $20,000 for fuel assistance. Stop in 10-Noon at the Town Hall or make a donation curbside.
There will be a bake sale, book sale, informational tables and live music! Bottle drive and a warm sock drive, too! Preorder delicious chili and chowder made by Bread & Butter Catering Co and pick it up at the Rally.
Keeping warm. That's the challenge of a Maine winter. For some of our neighbors, the choices can be stark: eat or heat. Fill a prescription or fill the oil tank. Even lowering the thermostat to near 60 and putting on extra layers isn't enough to make ends meet for some. That's why the Town of Scarborough and Project GRACE will host their 11th annual “Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm” at the Public Safety Building (by Town Hall) on Saturday, February 11th (10-Noon) to help our neighbors heat their homes.
The inspiration behind the Rally is local philanthropist, Eddie Woodin, who has challenged Project GRACE to raise $20,000 from the community to win a challenge gift from him. And in just two hours! It’s a big goal, but with support from the community, it’s attainable! At today’s prices, $2,500 is about seven or eight ‘helps’ of 100 gallons of oil, k1, propane, or firewood. $10,000 would allow Project GRACE to send out about 2,500 gallons of fuel to keep the furnace going for seniors and families who are having trouble making ends meet. The Rally brings in about 60% of the funds needed each season, and when there is extra to spare, the fund also allows Project GRACE to help Scarborough residents with the cost of small home repairs to stop costly drafts or cover a furnace cleaning or tune up to improve efficiency and lower energy consumption.
The Rally is a community event, that can only happen because of the teamwork and enthusiastic support from the Town of Scarborough, Scarborough Police and Fire, SEDCO and the Chamber of Commerce, Scarborough Lions, Scarborough Public Library and so many others. We hope you'll join your neighbors in Rallying together. Whether you can share a little or a lot, each gift helps us keep our promise that we won’t leave our Scarborough neighbors in the cold.
The police departments in Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and South Portland are teaming up to "Pack the Pantries" with food for our neighbors! Save the date for Saturday, December 17th (9-11a.m.). Nonperishable foods are needed, as well as ca$h/check$.
GIVING tREES POPPING UP AROUND TOWN!
Would you like to host a Giving Tree or start a holiday collection for us this season? More Info. Already eager to set up your tree? Let us know!
#GivingTuesday $5,000 Match Challenge
UPDATE: THANK YOU! $11,000 was raised on #GivingTuesday to help our neighbors with food and fuel! Thank you very much, everyone!
The Project GRACE Board is excited to announce a #GivingTuesday match for all funds raised for our Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund from November 25-30, 2022.
KCV Trailer & Container Rentals, with Piper Shores, Woodin & Company, O'Reilly's Cure, and M&R Holdings, will give Project GRACE $5,000 to match any #GivingTuesday gifts or pledges. Every gift, in any amount, will help your neighbors right here in Scarborough. You can double the impact of your gift by helping us meet the match challenge.
All funds raised will go to our two greatest needs right now: fuel assistance and help with groceries for families and seniors having a tough time making ends meet. 100% of the money raised during this match challenge will go to our "Keeping Our Neighbors Warm" fuel assistance fund and to our "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" fund. Your generous donations will help a neighbor keep their homes warm with a 100 gallon delivery of oil, k1, or propane or help a neighbor put food on the table.
Thank you, Michelle Raber State Farm Insurance, for being the first, "like a good neighbor", to make a match gift! And to NT&T/National Telephone & Technology, too! A generous year end gift from Katahdin Trust brought us to goal!
Giving Trees Make Holidays Brighter For All
Celebrating the Abundance Around Us
Autumn leaves crunch underfoot as a friend and I walk along a favorite trail through the woods. As I take in the fading greens and rich reds and russets and sharp blues of the marsh on a clear bright day, I breathe in the fresh air, stress slides off of me, cares and the persistent ‘to do’ list are forgotten. I’m filled with gratitude. We live in a beautiful, special place. I’m glad our town had the foresight to protect this patch of land for everyone to enjoy. On my way home, I stop at a farm stand and catch a glimpse of the farmer. As the growing season comes to an end, she takes a solo walk through her fields to give thanks for the harvest and the bounty that feeds her family and her community. We are thankful for the bounty on our tables and the beloved friends and family gathered round to celebrate Thanksgiving.
We hope this Thanksgiving holiday is joyful and plentiful for all our neighbors. Tis the season when we are most thankful and glad of the people and abundance around us. When you pick up a tree from the Rotary stand at Oak Hill, pick up a wreath or poinsettia from the Morrison Center, or shop for treasures at one of the many charity holiday fairs, think of all that good rippling through our community. It's amazing! On behalf of all the volunteers and board of Project GRACE, we want to extend our heartfelt wishes to all our neighbors, with the greatest of gratitude for the love and caring that shines so brightly now and throughout the year.
We are curious to know what you’re grateful for. (Email email@example.com or send a card to PO Box 6846, Scarborough ME 04070). Is there a Guinness Book of World Records for longest list of moments of gratitude? I bet Scarborough could win the title with ease!
WORRIED ABOUT HOME HEATING COSTS?
Worried about the cost of heating your home this winter? You're not alone. Stop in at the Scarborough Public Library on Saturday, November 19th (9:30-10:30) for a free workshop offering tips, ideas, and freebies to help you save fuel and funds to keep you warm at home this winter.
A sure sign the holidays are here are all the craft fairs featuring talented local artisans and makers! Check the Community Calendar to save the date for your favorites. Two fairs will donate proceeds to Project GRACE, which help us feed, clothe, and keep our neighbors warm!
Thanksgiving "Fixings" Food Drive NoV. 10th
In a recent letter to the Scarborough School Board and Town Council, Project GRACE gave a brief overview of some of the ways we are helping students and the schools.
We appreciate all our supporters who invest in our mission, including these sponsors of our back to school Campaign:
With hurricane "Fiona" having just delivered a mighty wallop to the Canadian Maritimes, and now "Ian' bearing down on Florida, we hope everyone will be okay. Here at home, it's a reminder for us to assess our own disaster preparedness. Does everyone in your family know your meet up and communication plans? If you have a go-kit already made, when was the last time you checked that its contents were complete, in good working order, not expired, and ready to use? Visit our resiliency resource page for links and tips on putting kits together for your family (and your pets).
Who will BEE the smartest team in town? We'll just have to wait and see! Although we are disappointed we won't be gathering in person again this year, and it was a difficult decision to postpone again, we will BEE returning to the Hive at Ketcha Outdoors (Camp Ketcha) in 2023! Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for fun and fabulousness on Thursday, October 26th 2023 for Scarborough's funniest fundraiser.
The return to school will still have us adapting to changes, but one thing's for certain: kids will need school supplies at home as well as at school. We are gearing up to give families a helping hand. We'll need the usual items: new sturdy backpacks, pencils and pens, erasers, markers, glue and tape - visit our SignUpGenius for what's most needed. (printable list by grade level).
Donation boxes will be popping up soon around town (stay tuned for a list!) or bring your donations to the Scarborough Public Library before August 17th. If you'd rather not shop, please consider making a gift today to Project GRACE to sponsor a child's backpack. Thank you!
SCHOOL SNACKS FOOD DRIVe AUGUSt 11th
As part of our annual back to school drive, we're partnering with the Scarborough Food Pantry to hold a food drive on Thursday, August 11th. Any nonperishable foods are welcome, especially PB&J, granola bars, fruit cups, and grocery gift cards in any amount to help families get ready for back-to-school. Volunteers will be on hand at the pantry from 4:00-5:30 to receive donations curbside. https://scarboroughfoodpantry.weebly.com/whats-needed
PROJECt GRACE SUPPORTS LIBRARY EXPANSION
Project GRACE director, Steffi Cox, recently spoke before the Town Council to offer Project GRACE's very strong encouragement to the Council to include the Scarborough Public Library's $13 million bond question for its expansion project on the November 2022 ballot.
Project GRACE has for the past twenty years been working collaboratively with numerous partners to serve our town, including the Scarborough Public Library. We are very familiar with their programs, resources, and the library space itself. Library staff are uncomplaining and valiant in their use of a space they have long since outgrown; groups like us find it increasingly difficult to reserve a space at the library for our public meetings and events; and the balance between spaces for active (busy and noisy) and passive (quiet) activities is a challenge even for our creative librarians to achieve.
Project GRACE is one of many keen to see the library's expansion plans come to life and who see this as a good investment for the town. Some of the reasons why we support the expansion include:
These are few of our reasons for supporting the library's expansion plans. The library has been serving as our de facto community center, it's a welcoming place, and it's located where it's easy for most people to come together to learn, find connections, and be active and engaged in our community. Councilors, we sincerely hope you will, as we do, offer your unequivocal and enthusiastic support for placing the library's bond on the November 2022 ballot. Let the voters decide.
IT'S MORE THAN A FREE LUNCH
It's never too late to apply for "Free & Reduced" school meals ... and even though all Maine kids will get free meals this coming school year, it's good to fill out an application to see if you qualify. Brenda at Scarborough School Nutrition can answer any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 730-4700).
Project GRACE executive director, Steffi Cox, was recently presented with a "Hometown Hero" award from Scarborough's Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial. Accepting the award from Kelli & Scott McDonald, Steffi said "It's an honor to be recognized for building community, and to be able to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers and supporters who make up Project GRACE, who are the heart of all we do." The award comes with a donation that will be used to provide humanitarian relief here at home.
The gift from Modern Woodmen paid for several gallons of water that accompanied protein-rich snacks donated by Project GRACE to the Scarborough Police Department community outreach officers so that people living in our community who not have any shelter can stay hydrated and have an energy boost as temperatures climb.
Slip and slide. It's a hoot on a hot summer's day. It’s also what happens to a child’s social and academic skills when school doors close for the summer. Ask any teacher, they’ll tell you kids lose as much as two months of reading and math skills in the weeks between the last and first days of school. Research shows most kids lose a bit over the summer, but low-income kids lose the most because they lack engaging summer activities. Many of those same kids also miss out on healthy meals.
With a camp scholarship, all families can afford for their kids to have a safe, happy, healthy summer.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 local camp programs to help offset fees and extend scholarship programs. At its last meeting, Project GRACE's board of directors unanimously and enthusiastically voted in favor of a $3,500 grant to Scarborough Community Services for children's summer camps.
"We make this annual 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." says board president, Alberta Follansbee.
On the first day of Spring, we are feeling cautiously hopeful that we have enough in our reserves, thanks to the generosity of our friends and neighbors who turned out to support our 10th annual fuel rally in February ... but we're watchful of the prices, too ... the more they climb, the harder it is for our neighbors to afford the fuel needed to get through a cold Maine spring...and harder for us to stretch our resources, too. For the moment, we're in good shape, ready to answer the calls from our Scarborough neighbors.
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