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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
The YCAN Board of Directors
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!
Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN) will once again be coordinating Holiday Gifts for Yarmouth, Maine families in need of help with gifts for their children. We request that all applications be returned to us as soon as possible to give our Elves more time to shop, but no later than November 20th.
The 2020 Project Holiday application is now available by clicking here, or by visiting:
Yarmouth Community Services
200 Main Street (behind Town Hall)
Completed applications should be returned to Yarmouth Community Services at the address above.
If you have questions, or would like an application mailed to you, please call Yarmouth Community Services at (207) 846-2406.
The Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task 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 Coronavirus Task 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.
A moderated Facebook Task Force page has been set up to help steer people to reliable local information while providing a forum in which to ask questions and find needed resources. Please click here to visit the Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force Facebook page.
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