2017 Resource Guide Published

The 2017 version of the Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors “Resource Guide” has just been published. It lists information about all known sources of assistance for people living in the Yarmouth, Maine area.

Please visit our Resource Guide page for links to downloadable versions of this guide (one for single sided printing, and a separate one for double sided printing).

Printed versions of this updated guide are free, and will be available at Town Hall and Merrill Library after May 25, 2017. If you require up-to-date information sooner than that, please click on the link above to see the on-line version of the Resource Guide.

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Please Join Us for a Meeting of Community Support Groups

So many great, selfless, and charitable things happen in Yarmouth each and every day! Whether through an organization, a community group, or as individuals, we care about each other in myriad ways, making Yarmouth the vibrant and wonderful place to live that it is.

In keeping with that spirit, we are bringing community members together to recognize the work that is being done and to do a “pulse check” on what needs still exist, are not being met effectively, or are developing. The event will take place

Monday, March 30, 2015
at Merrill Memorial Library
on the 3rd floor
starting promptly at 6:30 pm

We encourage you to arrive between 5:45 pm and 6:15 pm to sign in and have a chance for some informal conversation with other attendees! Light refreshments will be available. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to bcostell@maine.rr.com.

We welcome you to stop by if you find yourself suddenly free that evening, but the conversation can be more productive if we know in advance how many people will attend. We invite you to join the discussion, along with the following organizations that have confirmed their attendance:

  • First Baptist Church
  • First Parish Church
  • Lions Club
  • Merrill Memorial Library
  • Rotary Club
  • St. Bartholomew’s Church
  • Village Improvement Society
  • Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN)
  • Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce
  • Yarmouth Community Services
  • Yarmouth School Department
  • Yarmouth Senior Housing

If you plan to attend, please be prepared to give a brief and concise (1 – 2 minute) overview of:

  • your group’s mission
  • the population that you serve
  • the activities or programs that you currently offer

During the facilitated conversation that follows, there will be a chance to discuss both needs that are not being addressed and ones that may develop in the future. Since we have limited time together, our discussion will be most fruitful if you could make a list of current and future needs you are aware of beforehand.

If your organization or group has any literature it would like to share, you are welcome to bring it to the meeting. There will be a table set up to help distribute such information.

We hope that each attendee will gain:

  • an appreciation for the work each of us is doing
  • a broader understanding of what more we can do to help those who need it
  • a pool of resources from which to draw partners for collaboration, should we choose.

We’d like to recognize Lift360, a non-profit in Portland which offers a continuum of programs including consulting services that help nonprofits successfully address their challenges and issues as well as take advantage of new opportunities. They have graciously agreed to facilitate the evening.

We hope you will add your voice to the mix!

Free Tax Preparation & Wellness Resources

The CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) program offers free tax preparation and financial wellness resources to low and moderate income households.

Free tax preparation saves the typical client $175 in preparation fees, and over the past 10 years in the Portland area has provided $1.2 million in free tax preparation services, while helping 6,077 individuals and families receive more than $10.9 million in federal and state income tax refunds, and apply for $3.2 million in federal Earned Income Tax Credits.

CA$H is recruiting volunteer tax preparers, interpreters, greeters, intake & asset guides, and schedulers. No tax experience is required and we provide free training and IRS certification. The volunteer orientations begin November 18th at 6pm.

More information about volunteering and the CA$H program can be found at: www.cashgp.org

2014 Project Holiday Application Available

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 this year. We request that all applications be returned to us by November 7, 2014 if possible, to give our Elves more time to shop.

Applications are available by clicking here, or at:

Yarmouth Community Services
200 Main Street (behind Town Hall)

First Parish Church
116 Main Street

Completed applications should be returned to Community Services at the address above.

If you have questions, or would like an application mailed to you, please call Sandra Barron at 207-829-4354.

Free Dental Care on Friday 11/2/2012

Adults who cannot afford dental care will be able to receive free treatment this Friday at one of 13 dentists’ offices in Cumberland and York counties. The Greater Portland Dental Society is putting on the event, called Dentists Who Care for ME, for the fourth year.

Patients should arrive early Friday at one of the participating offices to make an appointment, as slots are likely to fill quickly. The offices will not make appointments before Friday.

Patients can choose one treatment among a cleaning, filling, extraction or referral to a specialist, who may or may not provide free care.

Volunteers for the day include dentists, dentist specialists, hygienists, office assistants and others. Dr. Demi Kouzounas of Scarborough and Dr. Barry Saltz of Portland are coordinating the event.

Participating offices, their addresses and hours are:

  • Bayview Dental Associates, 70 Bayview St., Yarmouth, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dr. Michael Frost, 323 Main St., Cumberland Center, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dr. Kenneth Myers, 2 Blackstrap Road, Falmouth, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dr. Alan Chebuske, 110 Auburn St., Portland, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dr. David Bagdasarian and Dr. Shane Bryant, 1334 Washington Ave., Portland, 7 a.m. to noon
  • Dr. Kathryn Horutz and Dr. David Kerr, 173 Ocean Ave., Portland, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dr. James Ortengren, 463 Cottage Road, South Portland, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Aspen Dental, 171 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dr. Jean Paul Boudreau, 25 Long Creek Drive, South Portland, 8 a.m. to noon
  • Dunstan Dental Center, 618 Route 1, suite 4, Scarborough, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dr. Mark Diamond and Dr. Lucas Homicz, 500 Enterprise Drive, Scarborough, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Gentle Dental, 440 Narragansett Trail, Buxton, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dr. Jim Trentalange, 1389 Portland Road, Arundel, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.