Latest YCAN News!

The Summer 2016 edition of the YCAN Bulletin, our quarterly newsletter describing recent YCAN events, was published this week. It includes news about:

  • Lunch Crunch (free lunches for kids)
  • Aging In Place
  • Yarmouth Community Center
  • Rides Program
  • Community Conversations
  • Spotlight: Sue Rowe and the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry

Click on this link to read about what has been accomplished recently. If you have questions or comments, you are welcome to email them to us at ycan@ycan.info

Eat Lunch at Clayton’s on May 17!

TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 17th is the 2nd annual Lunch Crunch fundraiser at Clayton’s Café and Bakery (click here to see the flyer)… from 11 am – 2 pm.  10% of their sales this day, plus an additional lump sum, will be donated to support the Lunch Crunch program. Join us in eating something delicious…while contributing to the Lunch Crunch program.  It’s a win-win!

Lunch Crunch is entering its 2nd year of providing recreational and social opportunities for children – as a lure – as well as lunch…FREE!  There are now 190 students who receive Free and Reduced Lunches at school this year – that’s how big the need is in Yarmouth.

This year’s program is expanding.  New items we are adding are:

  • FREE breakfast at 8:45am!
  • Expanded activities, arts/crafts/games and socializing from 9 am – 12 pm (last year was only 11 am – 12:15 pm)
  • One-day per week we will be taking a trip to Yarmouth’s open spaces and parks for outdoor learning, adventure play, and nature exploration
  • A “walking school bus” will be initiated from Red Wagon Trailer Park to assist the children who live there in getting to Yarmouth Pointe safely and supervised
  • Not as exciting for the children, but exciting to the adult team is the addition and incorporation of fresh(er), better tasting produce, new and in-season options for local fruits/veggies, that are displayed and presented in more appealing and enticing ways (kebabs/skewers, layered yogurt parfaits, etc.)
  • SOON TO BE ADDED:  Weekend bags of non-perishable foods!  There is a group in the community that will be helping to coordinate food donations in order to stuff a mini-pack for these students to take home on Fridays.

If you have any questions about this program, or if you’d like to get involved in volunteering or donating – we’d love to help build our friend base and raise awareness.

Many thanks for your time, interest, and support! We are so proud of the support we get from our entire community.

Thank you,

Karyn

Karyn Garofoli
Yarmouth Community Services
200 Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096

Spring 2016 YCAN Bulletin

The Spring 2016 edition of the YCAN Bulletin, our quarterly newsletter describing recent YCAN events, has just been published. It includes updates on the:

  • Yarmouth Community Center
  • Aging In Place initiative
  • Fuel Assistance
  • the Rides Program
  • the YCAN Resource Guide
  • Town Council liason
  • Yarmouth Cares Fund

Please click on the link above to read it.

If you have any questions or comments, you are welcome to email them to us at ycan@ycan.info

Aging in Place Community Survey Update

Many thanks to everyone who helped with the recent Aging in Place survey. More than 840 surveys were returned, which represents 24% of Yarmouth households. This is an amazing return, as most such surveys have less than a 10% return rate. Further, 51% of Yarmouth households age 65 and over returned their surveys.

There was strong awareness of existing programs, such as:
– Yarmouth Police Department morning safety check-in
– YCAN Rides program
– Meals on Wheels
– Yarmouth Community Services
– Yarmouth Fuel Fund
– Yarmouth Community Food Pantry
– Yarmouth Health Council Medical Equipment Loan Closet
But, the above programs are not used much by those who responded to the survey.

Yarmouth’s health care services were generally rated as good to excellent, though more mental health services (including dementia support) and a greater variety of specialists were requested.

Most people have opportunities to socialize with friends or family, but over 17% get together with others every 2-3 weeks or less. Almost 23% noted issues with walking in their neighborhoods due to physical limitations, sidewalk availability and/or the condition of the sidewalks.

Reasons for not remaining in Yarmouth included:
– the burden of property taxes
– the lack of affordable housing for those on a fixed income
– the health status of the respondents
– the lack of available support
– the location of adult children

67% rated a Community Center and 57% a Senior Center as a moderate to high need.

64% wanted volunteer opportunities while 45% requested help from volunteers.

For 65+ age group 58% want to volunteer and 41% need assistance.

The winning entries for Hannaford cards were Casey Walton and Rob Billings.

A full report will be presented to the Town Council in April. The next phase of the project involves brainstorming solutions to address the priorities identified by the survey. We will provide updates when they are available.

Contact Leigh Kirchner if you want to help with any phase of the project by phone at (207) 712-7244 or e-mail to “leighmk2050” at gmail.com