TOA’s Cumberland County Crisis Response Now Provides Crisis Intervention Services to Any Individual or Family Regardless of Age.
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.”
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.
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.
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
Gordon Green, Residential Treatment in a Homelike Environment, Opened Its Doors in 1996
Award from the Welch Charitable Fund to Help Women Affected by Substance Misuse
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.
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.
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
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.
The Opportunity Alliance Hosts Annual Meeting; June 23rd Meeting Open to the Public
The Cabin Fever Art Show Features the Work of People in Recovery from Mental Illness
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.
“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.
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.
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.
The playground is made possible through donations from the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Norway Savings Bank, and other private donors
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.
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.
The Opportunity Alliance Receives United Way of York County 2015 Community Investment
Louise Marsden, TOA’s Vice President for Family and Early Childhood Education, was one of the 10 initial class of fellows.
Introductory 40 Hour Certificate Training to be Offered in Bangor in April and South Portland in June
Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health to Improve Outcomes
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resident Leadership Program in Parkside Neighborhood Supports Tutoring Effort
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.
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