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 …

Our Advocate-in-Chief Remembered

Longtime friends of Healthy Peninsula remember fondly our founder and advocate-in-chief Barbara Peppey. Barbara died in a tragic car accident near the winter home in New Mexico she shared with her husband Gerry. We received this e-mail from Gerry reporting on a fitting memorial for Barbara, who loved plants almost as much as she loved …

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Maine Farmland Trust Supports Food Security Work

Healthy Peninsula is proud to announce the award of a food-security grant from the Maine Farmland Trust. Our work in food security began eight years ago with the Magic Food Bus (which will be rolling again at the end of June), and since then, we have discovered other ways we can help people in our …

AARP’s Support Increases

Healthy Peninsula is proud to announce that we have just received an additional grant from AARP Maine to help support the work we are doing in our Age-Friendly Coastal Communities project in partnership with all nine towns in our service area and many of our Thriving in Place partners. We appreciate this vote of confidence …