2022 Project Holiday Application Now Available

Project Holiday provides:
– gifts for young children
– food for holiday meals
– cold weather clothing
to families that need them during the holidays. If your family will need such items during this holiday season, please submit an Application.

Please click here to download the 2022 Project Holiday Application.

Applications should be returned to Yarmouth Community Services at 200 Main Street, behind the Town Hall, by November 9th.

YCAN Grants Program

Yarmouth Cares About Neighbor’s (YCAN’s) mission is to connect people in Yarmouth, Maine with needed resources, and build community by encouraging volunteerism and collaborating with other community-based groups when appropriate.

Please click here to download the application for the YCAN Grants Program. This program is designed to promote collaboration and volunteerism in our community in keeping with the YCAN mission. Grant applicants may be community organizations or individuals. Share your ideas with us and let’s see how we might collaborate and help fund your project! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and grant decisions are typically made within 4 weeks of application submission.

Community organizations or individuals who would like to learn more about this program can email grants@ycan.info or call YCAN at 207-838-2261.

To submit a completed application, either:
– email a photo or scanned copy to grants@ycan.info, or
– mail it to Yarmouth CAN, PO Box 553, Yarmouth, ME 04096.

YCAN Letter to Yarmouth

December 2, 2020

Dear YCAN friend,

As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to update you on several YCAN efforts over the past year. YCAN has continued to work on our mission: to connect people in Yarmouth with needed resources and build community by encouraging volunteerism and collaborating with other community-based groups when appropriate. Many of our programs look different in 2020 due to the pandemic.

In this unprecedented year, we have collaborated with the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force to make Covid information available and address needs related to the pandemic in our community. More information about the task force can be found on the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force facebook page, BeWellYarmouth.org, and this website.

YCAN continues to work to alleviate local food insecurity. The Yarmouth Community Food Pantry serves approximately 70 families. The pantry is open every Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 until noon and has initiated weekly deliveries to a small number of patrons. The Food Pantry coordinates the delivery of monthly Senior food boxes, along with the preparation and distribution of Thanksgiving and Project Holiday food baskets. Please visit the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry Facebook page or the YCAN website for an updated list of items most needed at the Food Pantry. In collaboration with Yarmouth Community Services and Yarmouth Schools, YCAN and the pantry support the efforts of Lunch Crunch, a program aimed at addressing summertime food insecurity for school-age children, and the Nutrition Closet, a program aimed at addressing weekend food insecurity for school-age children. YCAN further supported local school families with food resources this past spring when schools closed as a result of the pandemic.

As the cold weather sets in, YCAN’s Operation Bundle Up is in need of clean, gently-used winter coats, hats, gloves/ mittens and boots for children and adults. We have drop-off boxes at the Merrill Memorial Library and Yarmouth Community Services. YCAN has also continued to support the fuel assistance fund and weatherization projects for those in need. Each winter, YCAN is part of a community-wide collaboration which provides for the distribution of holiday gifts to Yarmouth children in need through the generous support of local Project Holiday sponsors.

Yarmouth Aging in Place continues to offer services and support from our Southern Maine Agency on Aging Resource Specialist Zany Holman. Zany is available every Tuesday and Thursday at (207) 835-9866 or SMAAResource@Yarmouth.me.us. This year we are offering Phone Pals to seniors who would like a regular friendly chat, providing connection especially during these challenging times. Virtual programs are available through Zany as well. Sidewalk shovelers are also available. Watch for our Senior e-newsletter to keep you connected.

The Rides for seniors program has been suspended as we wait for it to become safe to resume the program. If you would like to volunteer to be a driver in the future, please email ycan@ycan.info

Please reach out if you or a loved one needs services or would like to volunteer. Learn more about how you can become involved with YCAN using the menu on this website (on the left side on computers, or under the three horizontal line “hamburger menu” on tablets and phones).

On behalf of our Board of Directors, stay well and happy holidays!

Sincerely,

The YCAN Board of Directors

Thank You! Thank You!

YCAN is very grateful for the four ambitious moms who created a way to spread love and caring in our community with their Red Heart Project.

Jill Sady, Phoebe Newman, Liz Pearce, and Sarah Fisher… you ladies are a beacon of light. The hearts have brought a new light to Yarmouth as demonstrated by them being displayed throughout the neighborhoods. This has been a valuable lesson for children and adults about the importance of spreading kindness and goodwill.

YCAN is appreciative of your initiative and for choosing us to be the beneficiary of your project. We are also grateful for the community’s support of the Red Heart Project. This shows that YARMOUTH DOES CARE ABOUT NEIGHBORS!

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution you can keep? YCAN is looking for participants and volunteers!

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.

For more information, please contact the Yarmouth Community Resource Specialist at (207) 835-9866 or SMAAResource@yarmouth.me.us