May 14, 2014

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

Date: May 1, 2014

Community Partnership for Protecting Children (CPPC)

FMI: Sarah Dore CPPC Prevention Caseworker/DHHS 286.2480

Christina Comenos, Community Builder 409.1180


Press Release

For Immediate Release


14 year old Evan Enis isn’t a teenager making the news and getting attention for causing trouble.  As part of a service project for his conformation at Saint Martha’s' church in Kennebunk, Evan saw a need to help other children “It is important to me [to do this] because I like helping any one I can. It is important to me that we help kids stay in their families and help meet their needs so they can remain with their families”.

Evan and his mother then contacted the Prevention Caseworker at the Department of Health & Human Services and the Community Partnership for Protecting Children and created a project designed to collect basic need items for children in need, including non-perishable food item, diapers, toiletries  and gently used or new stuffed animals, toys, or books.  In collaboration with the Middle School of the Kennebunk’s, Evan created a drop off box and placed it in the main lobby for other students to donate with the message, “Kids can help other kids”.

 “Evan is a loving, kind, compassionate, and giving young man.  He has a great sense of humor, is witty, athletic, intelligent and well mannered; He is strong in his faith and loves bringing joy to others through his faith”, says his mother, Deanna Enis. “Evan is completing this project because it is a requirement for his Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church but above that, Evan enjoys helping others.  He is a caring and giving person.”

“It is important to not forget the people that need help,” Evan says. “Everyone needs a little help at some point in their lives.  Children are dependent upon adults to meet their basic needs.  Sometimes parents need help providing for their children.  By helping provide basic supplies, it takes some pressure off so that families are less stressed and more functional.”

In early 2011, Biddeford was designated as a Community Partnership for Protecting Children (CPPC) city. The CPPC model in Biddeford supports families by encouraging them to define their own needs, and helping them problem solve and/or advocate for the resources to meet those needs. It is a partnership driven by the people who live, work and pray in the communities served and builds on the philosophy that by creating safer and stronger communities where neighbors help each other, families become stronger and children will be healthy and safe.

Evan’s service project and the donations collected will be combined with a larger Neighbor to Neighbor Emergency Needs collaboration between the Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Union Church in Biddeford Pool and Biddeford Housing Authority. If you or your organization, business or family are interested in learning more, getting involved or working with the Community Partnership for Protecting Children, please contact Christina Comenos, CPPC Community Builder at 409.1180 or via email at