Letters, Oct. 5, 2017

Oct 05, 2017

Preventing child abuse

Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) is a cross network of signed and informal partners who share the goal of preventing and reducing child abuse and neglect. Our common defined purpose is to transform child welfare and communities to better serve vulnerable families and reduce the incidences of child abuse and neglect.

On Friday, Oct. 6, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the First Church in Belfast, UCC, Wanda Gamage-Wyman (regional CPPC project coordinator) and Janna Swift (CPPC parent partner coordinator) will give a presentation on this new and innovative initiative for Waldo County.

An important part of this initiative will be to establish a community resource hub, where families will feel comfortable accessing resources, a place where community members feel comfortable coming, having a cup of coffee and connecting with other folk from the community.

This event is open to those engaged in social service, family and child welfare and assistance organizations and faith communities, as well as anyone with an interest in family services in our area.

The First Church in Belfast, UCC, is an Open and Affirming Congregation, located at 8 Court St. For more information, please call the church office at 338-2282.

The Rev. Joel Krueger


New group forming

There soon will be a new chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby serving Belfast and surrounding towns.

An informational meeting will be held for the general public about Citizens' Climate Lobby at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library.

Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) is a non-partisan volunteer group working with all members of Congress to establish a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels at their source of extraction. The money raised will to be returned to all citizens as dividends. In this way our nation can spur innovation, investment in new technologies, boost the economy, and dramatically curb carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

There are hundreds of chapters of CCL across the country and and its equivalent around the world. Maine currently has chapters representing Portland, Kennebunk, Brunswick, Hallowell, Augusta, Waterville, Rockland, Camden and Bangor. Belfast will be the newest location in Maine to start a local chapter of CCL within the next few weeks and volunteers are welcome.

If you have concerns related to the risk of climate change and have questions about this non-partisan proposal, come to this informational meeting. You can learn more at citizensclimatelobby.org. and by calling the co-organizers Steve Ouillette (322-4500) and Mary Bigelow (338-6886).

Steve Ouillette



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