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.
Scarborough High School alumni will be hosting their annual golf tournament to benefit scholarship funds, and Project GRACE, on Sunday, June 4th at Willowdale Golf Club. Project GRACE is hosting the Putting Contest. Players pay to play, with our share of the proceeds going to support our "Investing in Student Success" project that helps kids start the first day of school ready to learn.
Project GRACE, the Scarborough Food Pantry, Scarborough School Nutrition, and friends are convening another working forum on Tuesday, March 28th. Many are already making a significant contribution, doing a lot to halt hunger in our community. But there are still unmet needs, opportunities for us to do more, to collaborate for greater impact.
Mainers are hungry. Did you know: Maine ranks 17th in the nation and 1st in New England in terms of food insecurity (hunger). 24%, or nearly 1 in every 4 children, are food insecure in Maine. Here in Scarborough, 17% of our kids are receiving 'free and reduced' lunch and snacks through the school nutrition program.
A lot of great information came to light at the September convening, and it was inspiring to hear what's already happening to help our neighbors. We are pleased to report that as a result of our conversations at the last forum, several actions have already been taken. We are eager to hear what else is in the works, how things are going, and your ideas for what else we can tackle together to halt hunger in our community. We hope you'll join us on March 28th.
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A lot of great information came to light at the September convening at the library, and it was inspiring to hear what's already happening to help our neighbors.
We are pleased to report that as a result of our conversations at the last forum, several actions have already been taken. We are eager to hear what else is in the works, how things are going, and your ideas for what's next. We hope you'll join us and bring a friend to the forum in March.
Please save the date: Tuesday, March 28th (4:00-7:30)
Inn by the Sea is very involved with the community all year long, but one of the highlights is their annual Holiday Giving Tree where guests are invited to keep paper ornaments made by local school children in exchange for gifts for community members who are less fortunate.
This tree collects warm hats, mittens and gloves, scarves, and chapsticks which Project GRACE then shares with kids throughout the community.
Giving trees for Project GRACE sponsored by community groups and local businesses include:
Look for trees starting the weekend of Thanksgiving.
Kind-hearted seniors, some in their 90s, are taking over the kitchen at Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living to bake homemade treats to benefit Project G.R.A.C.E. Proceeds of the bake sale help purchase children’s clothing, hats, gloves, boots and jackets that Project G.R.A.C.E. distributes to local families. “It touches my heart to see how much our residents enjoy helping the community,” said Elizabeth Simonds, marketing manager of Scarborough Terrace Assisted Living. “We find it very rewarding, and we feel it is extremely important to do our part to assist families in need.”
Please join Project GRACE, the Scarborough Public Library, and United Way of Greater Portland at a Community Conversation on December 9th (6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road)..
The United Way of Greater Portland is hoping to spark conversations in communities in the Greater Portland area to help them establish measurable 10-year community-wide goals in education, financial stability, and health.
All are welcome to identify and explore the critical community needs and issues that affect us all. You don’t need to be an expert to participate, just someone who cares about your community. By sharing your experiences, concerns, and vision for our community, you will help guide positive change for the future.
The Scarborough Community Conversation is being hosted by the Scarborough Library and is cosponsored by the United Way and Project G.R.A.C.E. We hope to see you there!
Your RSVP to Jim Elkins (jelkins @ gwi.net or 885-0700) is appreciated.
22 teams competed for the bragging rights for winning one of four prizes for the trivia bee champion, best costumes, best team name and most enthusiastic supporters. With a lot of great teams playing to win, and many deserving of honorable mention, the teams taking home other top honors were:
Best Team Name--Our Boss Told Us to Bee Here
Operation Hope’s Jaimie Higgins, Heidi Knight, and Glenn Tucker
Best Costumes--Smokey Bees
Fire Department’s Jim Butler, Julie Sanford, and Chief Mike Thurlow
Most Enthusiastic Supporters--Pied Pipers
Piper Shores’ Joe Kunkel, Betty Perry, and Evelyn Marcus
8th Annual Trivia Bee Champions---The Trivials
Scarborough Ed Techs: Maureen Kirsch, Julia Iuretig, and Rebecca Zafonte
Helping Kids Succeed at School
Thanks to a community-wide effort, more than 90 kids started school prepared for learning. It was an outstanding community-wide effort to provide backpacks and school supplies for all who turned to us for a helping hand.
Once again we were impressed by the generosity and care put into making each of the packs 'just right' for the kids. With the help of neighbors, local businesses, service clubs, and faith communities, dozens of local families could equip their kids with the basics: sturdy new backpacks, paper, notebooks, pens and pencils, rulers and glue sticks.
We are very grateful to all who volunteered their time, brought in a full pack, gave supplies, sponsored a child's backpack, or hosted a collection drive or drop-off site. Whether you gave a little or a lot, it added up to a great start for the kids.
Partners included: Alere, Blue Point Congregational Church, St. Maximilian-Kolbe Church, Kiwanis of Scarborough, Rotary Club of Scarborough, Foy Insurance, Michelle Raber State Farm Insurance, The Study Hall, Scarborough Public Library, Biddeford Savings Bank, Town & Country Federal Credit Union, Gorham Savings Bank, Saco Biddeford Savings Bank, Ruth's Reusable Resources, Buy Local Scarborough, and many many more!
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Weeding Wednesday at the Community Garden >>MORE
THURSdAY, AUGUST 6th
Sorting School Supplies at Ruth's
The Scarborough Middle School wanted to know which school team would BEE the smartest! Family, friends, and teachers turned out to cheer the 22 teams at the first annual Junior Trivia Bee. Organized by the Builders Club and sponsored by the Scarborough Kiwanis Club, the Junior Bee made an outstanding debut on April 9th at Wentworth Cafe.
Many, many thanks to all who helped make the "Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm" another strong example of the heart of our community. An extra special thanks to all our friends at the fire station who gave us shelter and a place to rally. Project GRACE thanks you, one and all!
Project GRACE and its partners, including the Scarborough Fire and Police Departments, Scarborough Public Library, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Volunteers in Police Service, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Pine Point Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion, Town of Scarborough, Buy Local Scarborough, and Boy Scout Troop 47 hosted another successful community-spirited "Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm." >>View Pictures
Despite the freezing cold and a blizzard warning, dozens of hearty souls turned out for the rally to show their neighbors some love on a frigid Valentine's morning, raising funds for fuel assistance for their neighbors. It was just 3 degrees outside, but inside the Oak Hill fire station there was plenty of warmth and good cheer.
"We're just trying to make sure no one is left in the cold, and we are deeply thankful to all who came to the Rally or made a gift to the fuel fund." says Project GRACE's executive director, Steffi Cox. "This is a good town, with many compassionate and caring people, who know it's important to look out for one another. When it comes down to it, it's not hard to be the change, to do something meaningful, to give a lift to someone else. And this Rally shows it can be fun, too."
In three short hours, the groups raised close to $7,800 with a raffle and bake sale, bottle and can collection, and even a drive-through the fire house to give on the fly. And just in time: more sub-zero arctic temperatures are heading our way.
Missed the rally? You can give to the fuel fund online at projectgracemaine.org or by mailing your donation to Project GRACE, PO Box 6846, Scarborough, Maine 04074.
Scouts Collect Bottles & Cans for Fuel Fund
Local scout, Ethan Boardman, is a familiar face to many business leaders all over town. For the past two years Ethan has been making the rounds alongside his grandfather, Dick Boardman, co-founder of Buy Local Scarborough. While Dick promotes local connections that provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs and help to build a sustainable local economy, Ethan encourages local business leaders to save their returnable cans and bottles for a good cause. This coming Saturday, Ethan and Boy Scout Troop 47 are aiming to collect enough returnable bottles and cans to fill 100 CLYNK bags for Project GRACE. Stop by during Project GRACE’s “Rally to Keep Your Neighbors Warm” at the Oak Hill Firehouse on Saturday, February 14th (9-Noon) to help the scouts reach their goal!
Valentine's Bake Sale for Fuel Fund! Saturday, February 14th
Talented bakers from the Pine Point Ladies Auxiliary are offering up delicious homemade goodies this Valentine’s Day. Bakers contributing treats to the sale are the St. Max Youth Ministry and Scarborough Terrace. All this heartwarming love is part of Project GRACE’s “Rally to Keep Your Neighbors Warm” at the Oak Hill Firehouse on Saturday, February 14th (9-Noon). Please pick up a tasty treat for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, and show your neighbors you care.
With the coldest weeks of Winter upon us, families are struggling to put food on the table and keep furnaces running. To help Project GRACE raise critical funds for their heating fuel assistance program, we have been offered a challenge grant by local businessman and benefactor, Eddie Woodin, who will give us $2,000 if we can raise an additional $10,000 from the community during a “Rally to Keep Our Neighbors Warm” at the Oak Hill Fire Station on Saturday, February 14th (9-Noon).
Free rally activities for the whole family include: tours of the firehouse and police/fire vehicles, bakesale hosted by the Pine Point Ladies Auxiliary, doorprizes and raffles, tips on emergency preparedness and home weatherization. Enjoy storytime for little ones, displays on how animals adapt to Winter, a skills demonstration from the K-9 unit, and more!
There will also be a CLYNK collection of returnable bottles and cans sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 47 and Buy Local Scarborough!
Partners include: Scarborough Fire Department, Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, Scarborough Police and Public Safety, Volunteers in Police Service, Rotary Club of Scarborough, Scarborough Terrace, Pine Point Ladies Auxiliary, Buy Local Scarborough, and more!!
We hope you'll come out on Saturday, show some love for your neighbors on Valentine's Day!
Local artists and artisans are teaming up to help their neighbors with a raffle of fine crafts. A bright and beautifully sewn bag by quilter Liane Giambalvo, a soft handknit sampler of delicate chain work by Karen Cunningham and friends, stoneware pottery bowl by Bill Cox, and original watercolor painting by Elizabeth Saltonstall will be raffled to help our neighbors struggling to pay steep heating bills. Stop by Project GRACE’s “Rally to Keep Your Neighbors Warm” at the Oak Hill Firehouse on Saturday, February 14th (9-Noon) for your chance to win.
Satisfy your sweet tooth, and help Project GRACE, during this annual holiday bake sale. Stop by Scarborough Terrace (600 Commerce Drive) to pick up some tasty treats for the holidays. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 24th. >> PG In the News!
PG in the news! Current 11.20.2014
It is thanks to the efforts of the whole community that we can help our neighbors have a more joyful holiday season. We are already 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. Tis the season for sharing and caring. Will you help a neighbor?
PG in the news! Portland Press Herald 11.09.2014
Our Trivia Bee (10/23/14) made it into the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram Society Notebook last Sunday (11/9/14). Special thanks to Margaret Logan for supporting us! Scroll through the awesome ~20 photos- it was a great event and we very much appreciated the coverage!
Thank you and congratulations to all joining in the fun of the 7th Annual Trivia Bee to benefit Project GRACE! Twenty-one teams competed for top honors at the Bee.
Defending champions, Doug Bennett, Brett Coffin, and Andy Mullin - the Scarborough Middle School Teachers - playing as B.A.D. (aka World Serious), made it into the final round with ease. But in the end the trophy went to returning champs, Patrick O'Reilly, Peter Dufour, and Walker Matthews of Macpage LLC playing as Thunder Buddies!
Top honors were also given for Best Costume (Bee Energized), Best Team Name (Bee Sharp), Most Enthusiastic Supporters (Pied Pipers), and the "Bee-Knees" Buzz Award (Scarborough Grounds). Congratulations, all!
We appreciate the teams for playing, the volunteers, our sponsors, and all who attended to cheer their favorite team - you made this Bee a great success for Project GRACE. Thank you!!
Highland Avenue Greenhouse & Farm Market is hosting their 3rd annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 18th. The festival is fast becoming one of Scarborough's favorite Fall traditions. With games, refreshments, pony rides and much more - the festival is family-friendly fun for all ages. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit Project GRACE, and wewill use the gift to support the Scarborough Community Garden!
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