In this time of great uncertainty and stress, Yarmouth children are stepping up in a big way to teach the community about the coronavirus and how to stay healthy. As part of a new community-wide project sponsored by the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force, K-12 children are submitting their original artwork through May 31st for virtual display on school websites and community social media sites.
Amid growing frustration among citizens about new rules, park access restrictions, and social distancing guidelines, the task force turned to local children for help. Their heartwarming submissions include encouraging messages to lift our spirits, gratitude to those working on the front lines, reminders about how to stay safe and make positive choices, and calls for action to help others in need.
The Yarmouth Student Coronavirus Art Showcase is a truly collaborative effort sponsored by the town’s task force which includes representatives from the school department, police department, fire and rescue, food pantry, Yarmouth Community Services, Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, the Rotary Club of Yarmouth and other local service organizations. Art supplies for this project were generously donated by the Yarmouth Education Foundation and marketing assistance was provided by Artascope, a local art studio. All children participating in the project will be entered into a raffle for gift cards to Yarmouth businesses that are popular with students. Most of the gift cards were donated by residents as an effort to support local small businesses. In addition to the Art Showcase, the task force is coordinating grocery delivery for Yarmouth residents, school supply distribution to students, a call center to help answer resident questions (207-846-4763), referrals for emotional support, cards and letters to nursing home residents, and mask making by the Yarmouth Sewing Warriors.
For more information about the Art Showcase or other task force initiatives, please contact the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force on Facebook or at email@example.com
The Yarmouth Community CoronavirusTask Force is looking for volunteers NOW to help out with coronavirus-related tasks in Yarmouth. Please see the link to their FaceBook page at the bottom of this post.
The Yarmouth Community CoronavirusTask Force is a grassroots organization working in collaboration with both Yarmouth and Cumberland County service organizations to assist with the disruptions and uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus epidemic. Together, they seek to assist people who may experience food shortages, social isolation, medical needs, and/or transportation needs. The role of the Task Force is likely to evolve over time as needs change.
The Task Force is but one part of a larger community strategy initiated by the Town Council, Town Manager, EMS, Police, Fire, and all public servants with the goal of keeping core services available, providing residents with safe ways to meet their needs, and helping everyone work together as we seek to mitigate this epidemic while maintaining our personal and community health.
Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN) has three new programs! Programs are for Yarmouth residents only, and are designed to maintain independence at home and connect with the community.
The Handy Helper Program offers a volunteer that can assist with light household maintenance duties such as replacing light bulbs, raking leaves, cleaning windows, light painting, organizing, gardening, etc. No jobs requiring licensure (i.e. plumber, electrician).
The Friendly Visitor Program offers a volunteer who will visit Yarmouth residents at their home regularly to provide companionship and friendship.
The Phone Pal Program offers a volunteer who will regularly call for a friendly chat.
A volunteer orientation will be January 16, 2020 (snow date January 17, 2020). Registration Required.
YCAN’s Operation Bundle-Up is in need of gently-used winter outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, boots) for children AND adults. Donated items are cleaned, then made available for distribution to local families in need of winter gear.
Operation Bundle-Up collection boxes can be found at: – Merrill Memorial Library – Yarmouth Town Hall – Yarmouth Community Services