December 2021 Newsletter: Reflecting on a year

December 2021 Newsletter: Reflecting on a year

Are you someone who approaches the end of the year with a sense of reflection on the months prior, or eyes forward with hopes for the days ahead?  I find myself falling somewhere in the middle, while also trying to revel in every moment of the present day.   A best friend of mine often reminds me, “Keep your head where your feet are,” a useful mantra for the times where either dismay over the past or worry for the future distract me from the joy and beauty in the here and now.  I think this time of year, we can often feel pulled by the past as well as the future.  As long as we remain grounded, it can be a beautiful thing to reflect on how far we have come, our resolve and resilience, and feel the emotions arising from the hard times.  It can also be rejuvenating to set our hopes and intentions for the future and be curious about the unknown ahead.

Here at MaineShare, we have recently spent time looking back, through the development of our Annual Report and celebrations with our Board and Member Organizations.  We are also looking forward to good times ahead, as our Annual Appeal has been sent out, and we are finalizing details of exciting changes ahead.  We look forward to sharing more with you all in 2022!

Continue to be kind to yourself during this time of year, and read on to reflect with our member organizations.

November 2021 Newsletter- A Season to Share and to Celebrate

November 2021 Newsletter- A Season to Share and to Celebrate

Music has always been a source of joy and comfort for me, and sets the stage for any celebration.  I have been singing with my sister in the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Magic of Christmas for several years now, and I love how it enables me to spread joy and to share in happiness with friends, neighbors and strangers.  Toward the end of every show, former PSO Music Director Robert Moody used to say to the crowd, “However you celebrate, celebrate well.”  This sentiment has always resonated with me, especially this time of year.  Celebrations don’t have to all look the same, they don’t have to accompany a specific holiday, or even be connected to any holiday at all.  When we share with others, we are celebrating.  Celebrating joy together, our commonalities, even just a shared human experience are wonderful moments to relish in life.  The work our members do all year long is certainly cause for celebration, as they make Maine better for us all.

We at MaineShare are very excited about the accomplishments of the last year, and pleased to celebrate with our wonderful community. We invite you to share in the continued impactful work of our member organizations by reading on.

 

MaineShare 2021 Annual Report

MaineShare 2021 Annual Report

We are so pleased to share our MaineShare 2021 Annual Report with our community.  In this report, we reflect on the amazing work we have done in the last year, share what we have been up to lately, and look forward to a bright future.  This report truly celebrates what our community does for us, because without YOU, none of this would be possible!  We invite you all to take a look and share the MaineShare Annual Report 2021, and if you are inspired by what you see, donate here!

October 2021 Newsletter – Fall Into Giving

October 2021 Newsletter – Fall Into Giving

I am so honored to greet you all as the new Director of MaineShare! I am thrilled to begin this role working with our amazing member groups, dedicated workplace partners, and community donors. MaineShare works with so many change-makers in our beloved state, and I look forward to getting to know you all and sharing in what you do. I am confident that we can grow our connections to increase our impact and ability to make sustainable change.

The 2021 Workplace Giving Season has begun, and we have had great discussions with our workplace coordinators as well as some presentations to their employees. We are very optimistic about meeting our goal of 110% of our 2020 results. Read on for a few highlights of the campaign so far, and other member news and updates!

MaineShare Hires Permanent Director

MaineShare Hires Permanent Director

Amanda Langley PhotoIt is with great pleasure that we announce MaineShare’s new permanent director has been hired!  Amanda Langley, MPH, will be joining the MaineShare staff during the week of October 18th.  We had an amazingly talented pool of applicants and Amanda’s commitment to social justice, curious mind-set, collaborative nature, and wicked smahts will serve us all well. We thank all of you who applied for the position and participated wholeheartedly in our process.  Maine has some incredibly committed and talented people! 

Amanda will be joining us as soon as she concludes her current role as the Community-Based Education Manager for the University of New England, College of Dental Medicine.  

Amanda grew up in Falmouth, ME and has a background in public health, academia, and is a life-long social justice warrior.  Amanda is committed to improving conditions for vulnerable populations, actively exploring equity issues, and she is thrilled for this opportunity to lead MaineShare into its next chapter!

After graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, she worked as a Care Manager with the Connecticut Homecare Program for Elders. In 2013, she returned home to Maine, and in 2014, she began working with Graduate Admissions at the University of New England, coordinating the admissions for UNE’s DMD program. She joined the College of Dental Medicine (CDM) in 2016 as Community Outreach Coordinator and earned her Master of Public Health degree in December 2016.  She was promoted to Community-Based Education Manager at UNE CDM in 2018. While completing her Master’s program, Amanda participated in an interprofessional health service trip to Ghana, providing free medical care to patients for two weeks. She also completed an interprofessional research project on rural healthcare for the elderly. She has volunteered as a bereavement facilitator at The Center for Grieving Children and Maine Needs. She is a member of Delta Omega, a public health honor society, and the Maine Public Health Association, where she is a co-lead of the Member Subsection on Vulnerable Populations.  She is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Dental Medicine as well as the UNE College of Arts and Sciences sociology department.  Her extracurricular interests are skiing, mountain biking, and gardening and flowers. 

Join us in welcoming Amanda!

30+1 Anniversary Hike & Bike

30+1 Anniversary Hike & Bike

Thirty plus one years ago, MaineShare was launched by several individuals and organizations dedicated to funding grassroots organizations who were advocating for a better Maine.  On October 21st, we will gather to honor MaineShare’s incredible roots and history and celebrate its bright future.

To help ensure this bright future, we are bringing back MaineShare’s Annual Hike & Bike event with a goal of raising $5,000.  

Here’s how it works!

Option 1:  Gather your family and/or friends, come up with a good team name, and then have some fun outside.  Take pictures and post them to your social media with the hashtags #MaineShare  / #HikeAndBike.  And don’t forget to urge them to donate & mention your team name!

Option 2:  Sign-up for one of our already planned events!

 – Viles Arboretum Guided Tour – October 21, 2021 @ 4PM – Augusta, ME

 – Spring Point Shoreway Insider’s Walk – October 9, 2021 @ 4 PM – South Portland, ME

 

Option 3:  Just donate HERE today!