Empty Bowl Supper Helps Fill the Magic Food Bus

Brooksville Elementary School is hosting an Empty Bowl community supper on Thursday October 17, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Families and friends are invited to come for a hearty meal where they can make a donation to take home a student-made bowl that will first be filled with a delicious and nourishing soup. Art students are …

Who Will Speak for You? Having “The Conversation” with Your Family

Are you a thirty or fortysomething caring for aging parents? A retiree wanting to “have a say” in what lies ahead? The idea of planning for end-of-life care has been gaining momentum as society sees what happens when we ourselves don’t make these decisions ahead of time. Without advance planning, too many people are dying …

Healthy Peninsula Receives Maine Health Access Foundation Grant

Healthy Peninsula has received a $75,000 grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation as one of four Rural Health Transformation Grants. The funds are designed to support programs that promote access to a broad variety of non-traditional health services including social service supports. Healthy Peninsula’s grant will support the Age-Friendly Coastal Communities Community Paramedicine Project, …

Maine Council on Aging Releases Blueprint for Action on Healthy Aging

A call to action to build a robust, coordinated system of formal and informal supports and services was sounded by the Maine Council on Aging (MCOA) at the September 2018 Wisdom Summit, attended by staff members Janet Lewis and Anne Schroth. Discussions in work groups throughout the summit recognized two key questions facing us as we …

Possibilities for Early Head Start Funding

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Melissa Mattes, director of Early Childhood Programs at Downeast Community Partners, will lead a community conversation regarding current programs and an upcoming grant opportunity for Early Head Start funding that could potentially be used for programming in the Blue Hill area. The public is invited to …

Area schools use local communities to educate

by Monique Labbe When students on the Blue Hill Peninsula start school this year, they will have unique opportunities to have educational experiences in and out of the classroom. In Brooksville, the students work closely with the Brooksville Historical Society to learn the history of their community and where their ancestors came from. The students …

Healthy Peninsula Receives Support from the Yoakum Fund

Healthy Peninsula is delighted to announce that we have received a grant from the Yoakum Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to provide healthy nutrition programs for young and old. We plan to use this support to continue the healthy cooking classes that we held at senior and low-income residences and senior centers last year …

Blue Hill Heritage Trust awarded AARP Community Challenge Grant

Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT) has received a 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant as a community partner in the Age-Friendly Coastal Communities regional initiative coordinated by Healthy Peninsula, a community health organization in Blue Hill, with additional assistance from the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.  The grant award covers one third of the necessary …

Welcome Lilyanna!

Healthy Peninsula is delighted to be hosting, in partnership with Healthy Acadia, our first Goodwill VISTA volunteer. Lilyanna Sollberger will be working part-time on Healthy Eating projects through August. Having grown up on the Blue Hill Peninsula, she is deeply invested in the health and well being of her community members. Lilyanna attended College of …

MaineCF Awards Community Grants for Early Childhood Planning

The Maine Community Foundation has awarded a total of $148,277 to six nonprofit organizations chosen as first recipients of its Early Childhood Community Planning Grants program. The one-year grants are intended to help communities ensure their youngest children are ready to learn and thrive when they begin school. Each grantee will gather data about its …