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!

SAVE THE DATE: 30+1 MaineShare Anniversary Celebration

SAVE THE DATE: 30+1 MaineShare Anniversary Celebration

On October 21st, MaineShare and friends will gather at Viles Arboretum to honor our past and celebrate our very bright future!

We hope you will join us.  

We are deep in planning mode, but you can expect strict adherence to the best COVID guidance, chances to get outside and experience some of what Maine has to offer, a short business meeting, and some exciting announcements.  And of course, plenty of food, drinks, and great company.

We are also tying this into a 30+1 Hike & Bike / Get Outside for Maine FundraiserCheck it out and plan to enjoy the great outdoors for a great cause (or 40)!

Add this to your calendar & stay tuned for registration and other details!

August 2021 Newsletter – Engage & Feel Better

August 2021 Newsletter – Engage & Feel Better

I don’t know if you’ve been losing sleep about the state of current affairs like I have, but I hope you continue to find sparks of optimism in your days.

I have been thinking about the story of the little boy who is walking along the beach with thousands and thousands of dying, beached starfish. He is picking them up, one at a time, and throwing them back into the ocean. A man tells him not to bother. His efforts don’t matter. He will never save all the starfish. The little boy says, “It matters to the ones I can save.”

There are lots of charitable & religious organizations, government programs, and individuals focused on helping animals, the planet, and people when they are suffering. This work is critical and I am grateful for all these efforts.

MaineShare organizations are groups that are trying to stop whatever it is that is causing those starfish to end up dying on the beach (as well as a myriad of other suffering.) This work is equally critical, but results take time and at times like these, it may seem like all we can do is throw a few starfish back in the ocean.

However, hope springs eternal when we stay connected to others who are doing this long-term work. I attended the retirement party for the long-time leader of Friends of Casco Bay, a MaineShare member, this week and I was reminded about how important good leadership is to building the relationships, strategies, and movements that create long-term, positive change. Cathy Ramsdell was lauded for her commitment to building broad coalitions and empowering staff to become leaders in their own right. Because of the diverse groups of individuals Friends of Casco Bay was able to attract to their mission, they have been incredibly effective in moving public policies over the past 30 years that protect and improve the health of the Bay.

Another MaineShare member group, MOFGA, just celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. Because of their leadership, Maine has had an outsized role in the organic movement. MOFGA is preparing to host their iconic Common Ground Country Fair in-person September 24-26. Tickets need to be purchased ahead of time to reduce congestion and they are monitoring the COVID situation to ensure a safe environment. We encourage you to take MOFGA’s advice and “Visit Maine’s most extensive agricultural fairgrounds – complete with a working organic farm, sustainably managed woodlot, organic orchards and demonstration gardens – and hundreds of exhibitors, activities, dances, music and Maine organic foods that make this fair unique.”

Sarah Nichols of member group, NRCM, was recently quoted in a New York Times article about Maine’s newly passed Extended Producer Responsibility Act. NRCM has been part of a broad coalition working hard for at least two years to make this a reality.

But as you know, MaineShare members work on many fronts. These are just three examples of MaineShare members making a difference for the environment. MaineShare’s five areas of focus (Economic Opportunity; The Environment; Safety & Health; Education, Arts & Culture; Social Justice & Peace) feature 40 organizations working to make Maine a more just, equitable, and healthy place.

Read more from our fabulous members below & get involved if you can. I guarantee, you WILL FEEL BETTER!

July 2021 Newsletter – The Importance of Community-Minded Thinking

July 2021 Newsletter – The Importance of Community-Minded Thinking

I’m excited about my new summer read, x + y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender by Dr. Eugenia Cheng. At first, it was because I’m a mathematician at heart and by education, and it seemed like a nice scholarly escape from the escalating climate and virus catastrophes eating away at my hopefulness from earlier in the summer.

I have only read the preface so far, and I’m now excited about the possibility of it being much more than a rejuvenating escape.  

Dr. Cheng writes that she is starting this book in the beginning of the global pandemic and has no idea what the world will be like when the book reaches our hands. She goes on to say, “…one thing that this worldwide crisis has grimly illuminated is a sharp opposition between those who think as individuals and those who think as a community. We see individuals deciding how much risk of infection they are going to take, as if this decision is their own private one, affecting them alone.”

The author believes that we need “individuals acting on behalf of the community, to reduce the risk to the community and protect our collective health. This contrast between individualistic thinking and community-minded thinking is the major theme throughout this book.”

 This calls to me in such a fundamental way and community-minded thinking is exactly the way MaineShare member groups approach the biggest issues of our day.

In this month’s newsletter, we share some great opportunities to get outside and support some wonderful community-minded organizations who are combining education, conservation, and supports for better living to help us all create a better normal. Read more.

June 2021 Newsletter – MaineShare Members are Building a New Normal

June 2021 Newsletter – MaineShare Members are Building a New Normal

For over 30 years, MaineShare has been helping our member groups create a strong foundation for a more just and equitable Maine. Now we have the incredible opportunity to build on this foundation.

Help us build a new normal from this strong foundation. Help us foster a new resurgence. Getting back to normal is not the goal of our recovery efforts. Getting a better normal is. More than 30 years of this work has uniquely positioned us to make a real impact and we invite you to take action today.

Many of you have been part of this foundation-building and we hope you will stay with us as we meet the challenges of this recovery and help our members focus on building a brighter future – as they always have.

Please donate generously today and ensure all this work promoting economic, social, and environmental justice is featured – front and center – in the recovery from the pandemic.

We thank you and our member groups thank you! Read more.