Community news briefs for 9/21/17

Volunteers Needed to “Open Doors” for Adults with Literacy Challenges

BANGOR– Improved literacy skills open doors. Literacy Volunteers is looking for volunteers to help adults push open those doors to a better future.

An estimated 20% of our local population lacks the literacy skills needed to get better jobs, help their children with homework and participate fully in our community. Literacy Volunteers provides a solution. The organization provides free one-on-one trained tutors to adults who request them. Tutors help with basic literacy, English language instruction and/or high school equivalency preparation.

If an adult finds the courage to ask for help, but must wait weeks or months to be assigned a tutor, the motivation may falter. So, new tutors are vital.

A new Tutor Training course starts Monday, September 25, from 6-8 p.m.. Volunteers who are curious are encouraged to sign up for the first session, Introduction to Literacy. It will help them decide whether this volunteer opportunity is right for them.

The training that follows includes just four weekly evening sessions in either Basic Literacy or English Language Literacy, from 5:30-8:30 p.m..

All sessions take place at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. A contribution of $35 helps defray the costs of the textbook and materials. Scholarships are also available.

For more information on the tutor training and schedule, visit or call Literacy Volunteers at 947-8451.


“Making the Connection: Celebrating Survivors, Embracing Wellness”

Caring Connections and the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition invite the public to attend “Making the Connection: Celebrating Survivors, Embracing Wellness”, on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. at Hampden Academy.

This event will honor breast cancer survivors with a “survivor lap” around the Hampden Academy track.  Family, friends and supporters will be invited to join survivors for a second lap.  Attendees will then go inside the school to take advantage of workshops on stress reduction and nutrition offered by professionals from Eastern Maine Healthcare and sample dance and fitness classes offered by the Bangor Region YMCA.

There will be tables with information resources and door prizes.  Robin Long, Caring Connections Manager says, “October is breast cancer awareness month so we wanted to create an opportunity to honor our survivors and their supporters.  We also aim to educate everyone on the connections between nutrition, exercise and cancer risk as well as provide some tools to help us improve our self-care. While the event has a breast cancer focus, survivors of all types of cancer and the public are encouraged to attend”.

Registration for the event is $12.  For more information or to register, call the Bangor Region YMCA at 941-2808. Pre-registration is preferred but registration on the day of the event will start at 8 a.m.

Caring Connections,, is a cooperative program of the Bangor Region YMCA and Eastern Maine Medical Center.  For the past 21 years Caring Connections has provided access to free, high-quality breast and cervical health services and support for women diagnosed with breast cancer.  The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition,, is dedicated to making a positive difference in the health of Maine people through service, advocacy and education.  Proceeds from this event will support Caring Connections programs and services.

The Good Samaritan Agency’s 20th annual rubber duck race was held Saturday, Sept. 9 in Downtown Bangor. Businesses and individuals sponsor a rubber duck that is launched into the Kenduskeag Stream and “races” to the finish. The agency sold almost 900 ducks and had 42 winners.
Courtesy of The Good Samaritan Agency

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