Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation Seminar

An upcoming seminar at the

Congregational Church in Cumberland
on
Saturday, April 5th
from 9:30am to 12:30pm

will be of interest to everyone who works with the elderly in the area, such as hairdressers, bankers, volunteers, etc. It will focus on:

  • How to recognize abuse
  • How to protect elderly clients from fraud and scams
  • How to talk with victims
  • Available resources

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the Rev. Lin Peyton by phone (207) 865-4067 or e-mail: peytol@comcast.net.  You may also view this poster for details.

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Children’s Summer Camp Fair

Seventy camps are participating in a Summer Camp fair on

Sunday, March 16, 2014
1 – 4 p.m.
East End School Gymnasium
195 North Street
Portland, ME
Admission is Free

Come meet camp staff and find a great summer fit for your child, ages tots to teens.  Overnight & Day camps. See Seadogs Slugger!   Biggest camp fair in Southern Maine this year.  Click here for more information, or call 207-518-9557.

Like To Sing? Join The Yarmouth Community Chorus

A Community Chorus is forming in Yarmouth, and they seek singers of all ages (old, young, and everything in between) as well as instrumental musicians to accompany the singers (keyboard, guitar, drums, strings, etc.).

The first meeting will be on January 28, 2014 in the Rowe School music room.  For more information, please click on this link to view their flyer.

 

A Big Thank You from Project Holiday!

Thanks to the Yarmouth Community for being part of “Project Holiday” 2013. This Holiday Season we were able to help 29 Yarmouth families (68 children and 59 adults) who would otherwise have very little to celebrate. The Yarmouth Food Pantry gave out over 50 food baskets with turkeys and all the fixings.

Thanks to
– the First Parish Congregational Church
– St. Bartholomew Church
– the Lions Club
– Yarmouth Fire and Rescue’s Hats and Mittens collection
– the Girl Scouts
– over 20 individual residents and businesses
– all of the volunteers who helped with distribution
each of the families we helped had food on the table, something to keep them warm, and something to help keep the Holiday Spirit alive.

“Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors” (YCAN) was formed to bring the community together to help those residents who find themselves in need of assistance. Project Holiday is a shining example of what can happen when we all band together in a common cause. We are making a difference.

Help another family during the Holidays

Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors is proud to help facilitate Project Holiday, which is supported by many Yarmouth residents and organizations. Project Holiday helps families who do not have the means to buy gifts for their children during the Holidays.

There are two ways you can help:

  1. Sponsor a family. We will send you a list showing each child’s age, gender and interests. We ask that you spend less than $100 per child. You do not have to purchase items on the interest list – they are there to provide shopping ideas. For teenagers, gift cards are often a welcome gift.
  2. Contribute money or gift cards to support this program. Money is always welcome, and gift cards from Hannaford’s, or Wal-Mart, etc. are very useful to help address “tough to shop for” and last minute situations ($25 is often the most useful card balance)If you have a credit card with a rewards program that offers gift cards from national retailers with local stores (such as Wal-Mart), it can be a very convenient and economical source of such cards. We welcome as much financial support, or as many gift cards, as you care to offer.

If you are interested in sponsoring a family for Project Holiday, we prefer to hear from you in October or November as all gifts must be wrapped and ready by mid-December. You may indicate your interest by e-mail to Yarmouth CAN or by calling 207-838-2261.

To donate funds or gift cards for Project Holiday, please see our Donate Money page. Funds or gift cards are needed as far in advance of mid-December as you can get them to us.

Thank you!

Please Contribute to the 2013-2014 Yarmouth Fuel Fund

The YCAN Fuel Fund is supported entirely by the kind and generous gifts of Yarmouth area residents, service organizations, and companies. Their support and yours makes a huge difference to our neighbors who cannot otherwise keep their houses warm through the winter. As this year’s heating season begins, we are once again asking for your financial support to help achieve two goals:

Goal 1: To offer some Fuel Assistance to qualifying residents.
The price of fuel oil remains high, and the overall economy has not improved much either, so we expect that the need for Fuel Assistance will be high once again this winter.

Goal 2: To help one or two homeowners qualify for home insulation assistance.
The insulation assistance program available in the area requires a home to meet certain standards before they will help. If a Yarmouth homeowner cannot afford to make the repairs required to prepare a home for insulation improvements, they do not qualify for insulation assistance. YCAN, in partnership with other local organizations and you, would like to help one or two low-income Yarmouth homeowners make the repairs needed to qualify for insulation assistance. If we can help a homeowner qualify for insulation assistance, their need for Fuel Assistance in the future will hopefully decline or perhaps even disappear.

Please help us raise $25,000 this winter!

Every $350 contributed last year helped one family obtain 100 gallons of much needed heating fuel (or the equivalent in wood or gas). Your willingness to help out a neighbor in need makes a big difference, even if you can only contribute a small amount. When put together, our contributions add up to something big: Community.

For information on how to contribute, please click here.

Thank you!