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Jan 26, 2017: The Opportunity Alliance Expands Crisis Services to Include Children

TOA’s Cumberland County Crisis Response Now Provides Crisis Intervention Services to Any Individual or Family Regardless of Age.

Jan 19, 2017: TOA's Cultural Broker to be Honored at Immigrant Woman Conference

Claudette Ndayininahaze, The Opportunity Alliance’s (TOA) Cultural Broker, has been named a Trailblazer Honoree for the 2017 Empower the Immigrant Woman Conference.  The Trailblazer Honoree Selection Committee chose Claudette (and four other women from the Greater Portland area) because of her “passion, commitment and leadership.” 

Dec 27, 2016: MeHAF Funds TOA’s Public Health Program

Funds Support Public Health Programming in Lakes Region and Other Communities

PORTLAND (December 2016) The Opportunity Alliance’s Public Health Program is among 11 grant recipients of The Maine Health Access Foundation’s (MeHAF) “Healthy Community” grant initiative. TOA’s share of the funds, $187,500 over three years, will help it to continue its work in several communities throughout southern Maine.

Dec 19, 2016: Crisis Response Police Liaison Awarded Civilian Honor

Missy Etsy, The Opportunity Alliance’s Mental Health Police Liaison, has been honored as the Portland Police Department's civilian of the month. The Mental Health Police Liaison is a specially trained TOA crisis services staff member who works closely with the Portland Police Department to provide crisis intervention, assessment, and assistance in facilitating a crisis. 

Dec 9, 2016: Preventing and Responding to School Based Bias and Harassment

Webinar to Feature Experts Discussing the Recent Increase in Bias Incidents

WHEN: Tuesday, December 13th: 12noon - 1:00pm

TO JOIN THE WEBINAR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r06HB06RD3g

Nov 17, 2016: Residential Treatment Program Marks 20 Year Anniversary

Gordon Green, Residential Treatment in a Homelike Environment, Opened Its Doors in 1996

Oct 20, 2016: The Book Fairy Project Comes to The Opportunity Alliance

Families at the Women, Infants, and Children Program Each Receive a Free Book

Oct 11, 2016: The Opportunity Alliance Awarded Grant to Support the Women’s Project

Award from the Welch Charitable Fund to Help Women Affected by Substance Misuse

Oct 10, 2016: Legislative Candidates Pledging Support for Affordable Senior Housing

Aging, Housing, and Construction Sector Leaders Release a List of More Than 160 State Legislative Candidates Supporting a Pledge to Release Senior Affordable Housing Bond.

Sep 21, 2016: The Opportunity Alliance’s Summer Lunch Program Serves More than 55,000 Meals and Snacks

Free Summer Lunch Program Administered at 21 Sites across Cumberland County

PORTLAND (September 2016) The Opportunity Alliance’s Summer Food Service Program served 55,550 meals and snacks this summer, including 9,500 snacks served at the Portland and South Portland Boys and Girls Clubs. 

Sep 15, 2016: National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how one can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background.

Sep 1, 2016: The Opportunity Alliance Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that will allow it to evaluate the impact of peer services within TOA's Behavioral Health Home.

Aug 18, 2016: Giant Backpack Party in South Portland Celebrates Children and Community Service

These Kids Earned Their Back-to-School LLBean Backpacks by Doing Community Service!

What: Back to School Barbecue Celebration

Where: Redbank Community Park and Gym, South Portland

When: Saturday, August 20th from 11am until 1pm

 

Jul 13, 2016: The Opportunity Alliance Announces Board of Directors for FY2016-2017

The Opportunity Alliance has announced its Board of Directors for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2016.

Jul 7, 2016: USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program

Meals are available at no separate charge to all enrolled participants.  

Jun 8, 2016: Summer Lunch Program in Cumberland County

PORTLAND (June, 2016) Free nutritious meals are available statewide for children and teens 18 years of age and younger during the summer while school is out of session. New sites are added as the school year ends and throughout the summer.  

Jun 2, 2016: Annual Meeting June 23rd

The Opportunity Alliance Hosts Annual Meeting; June 23rd Meeting Open to the Public

May 6, 2016: The Opportunity Alliance Celebrates Foster Care Month

May is Foster Care Month and The Opportunity Alliance is celebrating and honoring all of its therapeutic foster parents. Therapeutic Foster Care Supports Children Removed from their Homes

May 6, 2016: Cabin Fever Traveling Art Show & Sale Comes to The Opportunity Alliance

The Cabin Fever Art Show Features the Work of People in Recovery from Mental Illness

Apr 18, 2016: PUBLIC NOTICE

Board of Directors Openings

Apr 13, 2016: Portland residents, social service providers and housing advocates to hold emergency public meeting on housing crisis

Portland residents, social service providers and advocates for the homeless and tenants will hold a public meeting on Thursday evening at 6:00pm at the Parkside Neighborhood Center.

Mar 9, 2016: Work/Life Advisor Program Continues Success in 2nd Year

Helping People to Overcome Barriers to Employment: Now in its second year and funded by a grant from Unum, the Work/Life Advisor program works with people to overcome pervasive barriers in their search for employment by developing and implementing strategies to address these barriers.

Feb 18, 2016: TOA Offers Coordinated Parenting Education and Substance Abuse Treatment Services

TOA implements new parenting education program contracted through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Feb 18, 2016: CDA Development Center Offers Childcare Credential

The new CDA Development Center offers training for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.

Dec 4, 2015: Original Children’s Book Tells the Story of a Foster Grandparent

“Ace Gets a Grammy” Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Senior Volunteer Programs in Maine

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Foster Grandparents Program, Beverly Robbins, Volunteer Coordinator for the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs of The Opportunity Alliance, and Portland artist, Mirabai Iwanko, collaborated on a children’s book to tell the story of Maine’s Foster Grandparents.  Ace Gets a Grammy is about a student who transfers into a new school that has Foster Grandparent volunteers. Readers can follow Ace’s day as she discovers why all of her classmates call one individual in the classroom “Grammy.”  Ace settles in at her new school with the promise of a new friend. The story is inspired by the senior volunteers of Southern Maine. 


Nov 24, 2015: Generator at 50 Lydia Lane to Assist in Emergency Management Planning

The Opportunity Alliance’s headquarters at 50 Lydia Lane in South Portland will serve as a site for safe haven for area residents in the case of an emergency or crisis situation.  Through a Homeland Security Grant from the Maine Emergency Management Agency, TOA has installed a 150 kilowatt generator and noise reduction barrier that can keep the building in full operation for several weeks in case of a massive power outage or other emergency situation.

Oct 23, 2015: Maine Youth Unite to Create Healthier Communities

The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) is hosting its annual MYAN Youth Leadership Summit on Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th at the Augusta Civic Center. This event gathers 200-300 Maine youth in grades 7-12 and their adult advisors to learn about how to be effective leaders in their communities around issues like substance abuse prevention, school climate, challenging bias and racism, healthy relationships, and tobacco prevention. During the two-day Summit, young people and adults will participate in skill-building workshops about leadership development, community engagement, and advocacy, as well as peer networking opportunities, panel discussions, and more.

Oct 8, 2015: Renovated Space for Cumberland County’s Head Start/Early Head Start Programming

The Opportunity Alliance has finished renovation of its space at 215 Congress Street in Portland in order to center all of its Head Start administrative offices and concentrate its Portland programming in one location.  The renovation coincides with the hiring of a new Director of Head Start programming, Jean Cousins.

Aug 7, 2015: Planning Grant Promotes Youth Health in Bridgton, Casco, Naples and Sebago

The Healthy Lakes Healthy Maine Partnership (HMP) – a project of the Public Health Program at the Opportunity Alliance – was awarded a $40,000 Healthy Communities Planning Grant by The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) to convene efforts to improve health among 13-25 year olds.

Aug 7, 2015: Seven 2-1-1 Maine Staff Certified Nationally

Seven 2-1-1 Maine Staff completed testing for the AIRS – Alliance of Information and Referral Systems. AIRS is the professional membership association for community Information and Referral (I&R) providers. AIRS sets the standards for and is the accrediting body for those who provide information and referral services.

Jul 7, 2015: New Feeding Bodies & Minds Project to Launch with Bigger-than-Ever Summer Success Picnic in Deering Oaks Park

On Wednesday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Portland’s new Feeding Bodies & Minds collaborative project will host a bigger-than-ever Summer Success Picnic at Deering Oaks Park to celebrate the power of combining summer meals and summer learning for kids.  Mayor Michael Brennan and Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk will be on hand to offer remarks and lead children in the Portland Pledge for Summer Success at 12:00 PM, followed by a special performance by the Circus Conservatory of America at 12:30 PM.

Jun 30, 2015: Summer Lunch Program Underway in Cumberland County

Free Summer Lunch for Kids Offered Now through August

Jun 15, 2015: The Opportunity Alliance Newest Playground Opens

The playground is made possible through donations from the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Norway Savings Bank, and other private donors

May 27, 2015: TOA Senior Volunteer Awarded National Honor

PORTLAND (May 2015) —  Fran Seeley, a Foster Grandparent in The Opportunity Alliance’s Senior Volunteer Programs, was honored with the prestigious Senior Corps Hero award.  She is one of only five volunteers nationally out of a pool of 360,000 to be selected as a Senior Corps Hero. Seeley volunteers at Portland’s Lyseth Elementary School teaching math and reading skills to 9 and 10 year olds. She has been doing this work for 14 years. 

May 22, 2015: Survey Results Indicate Broad Community Support for Lakes Region Bus

A survey of over 400 Lakes Region residents, conducted by the Greater Portland Council of Governments and The Opportunity Alliance this spring, found that three out of four people support funding a portion of the bus’s operations with local taxpayer money. One in six respondents noted that the lack of a vehicle, or reliable access to transportation, can be a barrier to employment for them.

Apr 30, 2015: The Opportunity Alliance Celebrating Foster Families Month

May is Foster Families Month! The Opportunity Alliance is a proud supporter of foster families in Maine and home to one of our state’s Therapeutic Foster Care Programs.

Apr 30, 2015: Cabin Fever Traveling Art Show & Sale Comes to The Opportunity Alliance

Art Show Features the Work of People in Recovery from Mental Illness

Apr 30, 2015: PUBLIC NOTICE

The Opportunity Alliance, a community action agency, is seeking volunteers to join Committees, the Board of Directors, and other opportunities for engagement.

Mar 4, 2015: Reaccreditation by COA

The Opportunity Alliance Reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).  After a year-long process whereby the policies and practices of our entire agency were scrutinized against the rigorous standards of the Council on Accreditation, The Opportunity Alliance has been reaccredited.

Mar 2, 2015: United Way of York County Supports Three TOA Programs

 

The Opportunity Alliance Receives United Way of York County 2015 Community Investment

Feb 13, 2015: TOA Vice President Named John T. Gorman Foundation Fellow

 

Louise Marsden, TOA’s Vice President for Family and Early Childhood Education, was one of the 10 initial class of fellows.

Feb 11, 2015: 40 Hour Mediation Training

Mediation Training at The Opportunity Alliance

Introductory 40 Hour Certificate Training to be Offered in Bangor in April and South Portland in June

Jan 14, 2015: TOA Implements Behavioral Health Home

Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health to Improve Outcomes

Dec 22, 2014: Heating Assistance Applications Up

Applications for Heating Fuel Assistance Increase over Last Year

Dec 2, 2014: Holiday Gift Drive Benefits Hundreds of Families

This year, the season will be a little brighter for more than 300 families, most with children and teens, who wouldn’t otherwise have gifts during the holidays.

Oct 24, 2014: Maine Youth Unite to Create Healthier Communities

MYAN Maine (Maine Youth Action Network) holds its annual Youth Leadership Summit on October 27th and 28th at the Augusta Civic Center. This annual two-day event gathers youth in grades 7 through 12 from across the state along with their adult partners so that they can work together to create positive change in our communities. The Summit includes workshops on leadership and advocacy skill building, networking, and fun activities. This year, 250 youth will attend. The event will help them to find their voice so that they can make an impact in their communities.  

Oct 10, 2014: Summer Food Services Program Tallies 2014 Meals and Snacks

The Opportunity Alliance’s Summer Foods Services program served 57,108 meals and snacks to children from June 24th to August 23rd throughout Cumberland County.

Sep 18, 2014: Mediation Training in October

The Opportunity Alliance and Volunteers of America Host Mediation Training: 40 Hour Certificate Program

Registration is open for the October 2014 basic mediation training program taking place October 8,9,10,17 & 18, 2014 in Topsham, ME.

Sep 18, 2014: Multicultural Mediation Training

15 people are completing the first multicultural 40 hour certificate mediation training at the Parkside Neighborhood Center. The group, from countries around the globe are committed to bringing mediation to their communities as well as the residents of the Parkside neighborhood. Many are residents of Parkside, some speak several languages. There are also pastors from the community and others who are leaders in their communities.

Jul 14, 2014: The Opportunity Alliance Announces Board of Directors for FY2014-2015

The Opportunity Alliance has announced its Board of Directors for the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2014.

Jul 11, 2014: Hudson Foundation to Fund TOA Project Addressing Racial Bias

Project to Build Neighborhood Unity and Connections in Parkside

PORTLAND (July, 2014) The Hudson Foundation, a charitable family foundation dedicated to strengthening communities in Maine, has awarded The Opportunity Alliance a three to five year grant with the first year funded at $70,000 for the OPEN Project which will address issues of racial bias in Portland’s Parkside neighborhood.

Jun 27, 2014: President's Award from GPCOG

Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) Awards TOA President’s Award

Jun 20, 2014: Happy National Summer Learning Day!

The Mayor, Superintendent, 2014 Maine Teacher of the year, and hundreds of students at East End Community School will be celebrating National Summer Learning Day -- and the last day of school -- by taking the Portland Pledge for Summer Success at an assembly to gear up for healthy, active learning all summer long.  And, many hundreds more students all across Portland will be doing the same.

May 14, 2014: Little Hands, Big Heart: Youth Service Project to Help Others in Need

May 2, 2014: Public Notice

Seeking volunteers for Committees, and Board of Directors

May 2, 2014: Therapeutic Foster Care Mom Awarded Foster Parent of the Year

Therapeutic Foster Care Supports Children Removed from their Homes

May 2, 2014: Cabin Fever Traveling Art Show & Sale Comes to The Opportunity Alliance

Art Show Features the Work of People in Recovery from Mental Illness

Mar 20, 2014: Portland Mayor Proclaims April 1st as National Service Recognition Day

Mar 6, 2014: PERC (Parent Effectiveness in Resolving Conflict with Your Teen)

7-week course begins April 1

Mar 5, 2014: Refusal to Expand Medicaid Harms Mainers Living with Mental Illness

Many TOA Mental Health Clients Lack Access to Treatment and Long-term Care

Mar 3, 2014: TOA’s Mental Health - Portland Police Liaison Awarded Civilian Honor

Robert Rockett Receives Prestigious Civilian of the Month Award

Feb 26, 2014: TOA Participates in the Maine Summit on Aging

Feb 24, 2014: Tutoring English Language Learners at Portland High School

Resident Leadership Program in Parkside Neighborhood Supports Tutoring Effort

Jan 15, 2014: Peace Cranes Adorn Portland’s Parkside Neighborhood

Neighborhood Groups Welcome New Year with Symbols of Peace

Jan 15, 2014: Foundations Support Parkside Neighborhood Hub Initiative

Funds to Move a Collective Impact Model Forward

Dec 12, 2013: Morrison Place at Randall Street Celebrates 20 Years

Residential Treatment Program for Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders has Helped Hundreds

Dec 5, 2013: Foster Care: An Integral Component in Keeping Families Together

The Opportunity Alliance's Professional Parent training course prepares families to provide foster care.

Nov 26, 2013: TD Charitable Foundation Supports Parkside Neighborhood Center with Donation

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, recently donated a total of $10,000 to the Parkside Neighborhood Center as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community.

Oct 25, 2013: Portland’s YWCA Continues Legacy through Next Step Loan Fund

Gift to The Opportunity Alliance Will Support Micro-loans

Oct 21, 2013: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Report

Investing in Early Education Now Can Cut Crime in the Future

Oct 9, 2013: Whole Foods Portland 5% Day Results

The Opportunity Alliance was chosen as the beneficiary for Whole Foods Portland's quarterly 5% Day.

Oct 4, 2013: Giveaway Day November 23rd

Providing clothing and household items to Portland residents in need

Oct 3, 2013: Funding for The Opportunity Alliance's WIC and Foster Grandparent Programs Remains Intact

Contact the agency with any questions regarding WIC Benefits or Foster Grandparents

Oct 3, 2013: Summer Food Services Program Tallies Increased Number of Meals for 2013

Increase over Last Summer is Substantial

Sep 30, 2013: The Opportunity Alliance Awarded Federal Drug Free Community Grant

Grant Allows Mentoring for Substance Abuse Prevention in Youth

Sep 26, 2013: Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) Wins American Lung Association Award

Youth Advocacy Award One  of Five Awards Presented Annually at Luncheon

Sep 5, 2013: Whole Foods Portland 5% Day to Benefit The Opportunity Alliance

Shop on Tuesday at Whole Foods Market and 5% of the Days Net Sales Go to TOA

Jul 23, 2013: Portland Water District Replenishes Plumbing Assistance Program With $10,000 Award

The award helps with repairs for low-income residents

Jul 2, 2013: Portland Firefighters to Run TD Beach to Beacon in Support of The Opportunity Alliance

The Opportunity Alliance Named Beneficiary of Maine’s Quintessential Road Race

Jun 20, 2013: Portland ConnectED Press Conference

ConnectEd challenge to take the Portland Pledge for Summer Success

Jun 13, 2013: Parkside Summer Meals Program

Free Summer Lunch for Kids Offered July 1st to August 23rd

May 20, 2013: U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree to Speak at Annual Senior Volunteer Celebration

Annual Event Honors Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions

May 1, 2013: United Way of York County Partners with The Opportunity Alliance

Funds for Mediation Services and Senior Volunteer Programs to Achieve Positive Change in York County

Mar 28, 2013: The Opportunity Alliance Board of Directors Adopt Collective Impact Strategy

Five Year Plan to Incorporate Hub and Behavioral Health Home Model

Mar 27, 2013: Health Foundation Announces Grants to Improve Care at Five Community Mental Health Centers

$25,000 grants will support plans to connect patients who receive mental health services and substance abuse treatment with primary care providers

Mar 11, 2013: Head Start Stroll-In

A nation-wide 'stroll-in' is scheduled to voice concerns about federal budget cuts affecting Head Start

Feb 28, 2013: TOA is the 2013 Beach to Beacon Beneficiary

TD Bank announced today that The Opportunity Alliance will be this year's beneficiary.

Feb 26, 2013: Portland's Newest Education Initiative

United Way of Greater Portland, The Opportunity Alliance, the City of Portland and others collaborate on a new set of education initiatives called ConnectED.

Jan 24, 2013: Portland Firefighters Helping to Keep Maine Warm

Portland Firefighters Local 740 Donate to Keep ME Warm Fund

Jan 8, 2013: Parkside Neighborhood Center

Download the January 2013 calendar for program offerings

Jan 2, 2013: 2012 Annual Report

Our latest Annual Report

Dec 10, 2012: 2nd Annual Keep ME Warm Benefit Concert

Local musician is holding a concert to raise funds for heating assistance

Dec 10, 2012: LIHEAP Office Closed

Appointments are cancelled due to weather conditions

Nov 27, 2012: Parkside Neighborhood Center

The latest happenings at Parkside Neighborhood Center

Nov 26, 2012: New Board Chair at The Opportunity Alliance

Tom Saturley Accepts Board Chair Position

Oct 2, 2012: The Community Organizer

Rachel Horton White, Director of Parkside Neighborhood Center, discusses her community-building work.

Sep 7, 2012: Recovery Month Flash Mob

Kicking off recovery month

Aug 31, 2012: Windham Bicycle Committee Works for Safe Roads

Collaborative efforts help to make Windham roads safe for cyclists

Aug 8, 2012: Solutions to Homelessness Must be Multifaceted

CEO Mike Tarpinian shares in a Letter to the Editor

Jul 31, 2012: CEO Mike Tarpinian Interview with Dr. Lisa

Mike discusses social justice, health and wellness in Maine.
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