"Defy All Circumstances" Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 26th, students from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine are hosting two fundraisers for one of their classmates who recently experienced a spinal cord injury.  Your participation is encouraged in a 5K run along Portland's Back Cove Trail beginning at 9:00am.  Registration for the benefit race is $25.00, and all runners will receive a t-shirt.  Also on Saturday, March 26th, beginning at 8:00pm, hear the Mallet Brothers Band at the Big Easy in Portland.  Tickets will be sold for $8.00 at the door.

Rí Rá St. Patrick’s Day charity hits the $65,000 for The Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Found

Rí Rá St. Patrick’s Day charity hits the $65,000 for The Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Found

St Patrick’s Day, such an important day were celebrating it all week

PORTLAND (March, 2011) – Rí Rá Irish Pub, the number one Guinness account in Maine plans to raise $15,000 in this years 10th annual fundraiser for The Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Unit, bringing the total raised over the last 10 years to $65,000. Rí Rá Irish Pub, a world record breaker for the fastest ever consumed keg of Guinness, thanks to its thirsty Portland customers, has launched its 2011 St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Apart from the festivities and a terrific entertainment lineup, most importantly this year is the 10th annual Rí Rá Irish Pub Paddy’s Plunge. All donations benefit The Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Foundation. Last year Rí Rá and the 125 swimmers raised over $12,000, this year with 150 swimmers the target is $15,000 which will take the total dollars raised to over $65,000 in 10 years.

New fund supports Maine veterans; Applications sought

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND—Applications are now being solicited for the Tibor and Anna Doby Veteran Support Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.
The Doby Veteran Support Fund seeks to address the needs of rural veterans, their families, and the nonprofit providers that serve them. Grants of up to $25,000 will be made to help organizations more effectively deliver programs and services to veterans and their families living in rural regions of Maine. Proposals must be submitted by Monday, May 16. Guidelines are available at
The Doby Fund advisors are particularly interested in helping to build the capacity of community-based organizations to offer programs and case management services that provide support to veterans affected by mental and behavioral health issues.
Tibor and Anna Doby escaped the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Maine’s credit unions to give a donation in memory of the Founder of the Good Shepherd Food-Bank

WHO:  Maine’s Credit Unions & Good Shepherd Food-Bank
WHAT: Maine’s credit unions to give a donation in memory of the Founder of the Good Shepherd Food-Bank       
WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Good Shepherd Food-Bank - Portland Warehouse, 111 Pine Tree Industrial Parkway, Portland
Maine’s Credit Unions to Prepare for St. Patrick’s Day by Sharing Some ‘Green’ in Memory of Ending Hunger Pioneer
(Portland) – On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in a ceremony called “The Giving of the Green,” Maine’s Credit Unions, through the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, will make its largest, one-time donation ever to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank in the amount of $21,000, which represents the 21 years that Maine’s credit unions have raised funds for ending hunger.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine Sends Delegation to National Bike Summit

Augusta - A five-member delegation from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will participate in the National Bike Summit on March 8-10 in Washington, D.C.
The annual gathering of bicycle advocates from throughout the country will include a keynote address by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and workshops on a variety of bicycle-related topics.  The Maine delegation will visit all four of Maine’s congressional representatives to discuss bicycling issues.

People’s Regional Opportunity Program and Youth Alternatives Ingraham Announce Merger Discussions

People’s Regional Opportunity Program and Youth Alternatives Ingraham Announce Merger Discussions

--Two venerable human service agencies seek benefits of strong leadership, community experience—

(Portland) The Boards of Directors for the People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) of Cumberland County and Youth Alternatives Ingraham (YI) announced today that they will examine the potential for merging the two human service agencies to better benefit clients and communities in Cumberland County.

PROP has been operating under the leadership of an interim CEO for more than a year and views a merger as an opportunity to gain strong organizational leadership while maximizing funding and programs, serving families and individuals more efficiently.  The Board believes a combined agency with deep experience can operate more nimbly and proactively to deploy limited resources more sustainably in the community.  PROP has considered the possibility of a merger for several months, and has been assessing many candidates as partners; meanwhile recent federal and stat

Maine Choice Coalition calls for immediate action

Eliminating Title X will be devastating for Maine women and their families

What: Press Conference sponsored by the Maine Choice Coalition in response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ elimination of the nation’s 40-year-old family planning program, known as Title X—the program that helps pay for birth control, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, breast and cervical cancer testing, and prenatal care for low-income women. In Maine, approximately 30,000 women, men, and teens receive lifesaving—and cost-saving—preventive and primary health care services every year at a family planning health center.

Who: Local leaders including: Reverend Elsa A.