ENCorps eNews - November/December 2014 - In This Issue:



Encorps members came together for regional meetings held in Augusta, Portland, and Bangor during the month of November. On the top of everyone's minds was, "What's next for Encorps?" There have been a number of changes over the past several months, with Sarah Harvey stepping in as Program Coordinator to fill the shoes of Patti Foden, who moved on after more than three years with the program, with Mia Noyes graduating and leaving her role as the Program Assistant, and with the food security grant initiative beginning to wind down.


So, what is next for Encorps?  Yes, the food security initiative is coming to a close. A summary of the incredible work Encorps members have been involved with as a part of this initiative is being prepared to share across the membership, and will be available in the next newsletter. Sarah has been busy getting acquainted with members, learning the ropes, and is actively engaging members in discussions about what the next focus or theme for Encorps should be. Members in every region said the greatest benefits they receive from Encorps are the networking opportunities at monthly workshops and bi-annual regional meetings, and they are looking for even more ways to stay connected with one another. In Augusta, members said, "Let's have more regional or local meetings!" In Portland, members thought it would be fun to extend the networking opportunities to more informal opportunities to get together, such as social outings. Already some excitement is brewing for the annual summit next May, and members shared some fantastic suggestions for topics, speakers, and off-site workshops!


In Bangor, the group had a lively discussion about celebrating the successes of volunteers, and brainstormed various areas of interest, such as health promotion, intergenerational volunteer recruiting, the potential of technology in their volunteer work, and community-based economic development. Members in other locations were interested in potential focus areas of caregiver education, nontraditional senior volunteer opportunities, and "people helping people" around basic needs, childcare, and community emergency preparedness. One thing is for sure, Encorps members are committed to bettering their communities and the world around them in diverse and numerous ways! Thanks to everyone who attended the regional meetings and contributed their energy and ideas!



New and existing projects sometimes need an extra hand to really take off. Projects related to food security have the opportunity to apply for a stipend of up to $300. Stipend applications will be accepted through December 18, 2014. 
For more information about the stipend application, contact Sarah Harvey at info@encoreleaders.org or (207) 699-9363. You can also download the application online at www.encoreleaders.org/2013/11/its-stipend-time/
Don't be shy. Applying is easy!



Carol Ransom


          Carol Ransom is enjoying her retirement, but she is far from living a life of leisure. She is wholeheartedly engaged in the needs of her community, in following her inspiration and passions, and in the wider world around her. She said retirement has afforded her the opportunity to "...take an overview of my life and the world around me." She feels that it is important to give back, which she does by working with kids, the elderly, the environment, and by promoting health.

          Carol volunteers with Karl's Kids, a program of the Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club that was created by fellow Encorps member Mary Berger, to honor the legacy of her husband and longtime Rotary club member, Karl Berger. Karl, who passed away suddenly in 2007, was active in the outdoors, athletics, coaching and mentoring. Karl's Kids is a tribute to Karl's lifetime passion for supporting community youth and their development through athletics and the outdoors. The program, through a network of donors, considers any request to cover sports-related expenses for Lincoln County kids 18 and younger. They aim to eliminate any financial barrier to playing sports. Carol was drawn to the program through her appreciation for the need to develop strength in youth and to maintain it as we age through life. She spoke passionately about the importance of sports for youth: "Sports are the best way to develop strong bodies and maintain our strength over the years while having fun. Kids also learn great team work and social interaction skills through sports."

          She has been active all of her life as well. She snowshoes and downhill skis. She also stays active in other volunteer activities such as working with the Damariscotta River Association youth program on Wabanaki tribal history. They scour the land for edible roots and berries that would have been natural sources of food for the Wabanaki people, they make mat huts, and work with an expert birch wood canoe maker. Carol is also involved with the Pemaquid Watershed Association and Damariscotta River Association doing water sampling for their water monitoring programs. The data they gather is charted and submitted to the State of Maine for use in creation and guiding of policies to maintain healthy water.

           Carol brings a lifetime of experience and enthusiasm to all of these endeavors. She has worked as an actress in New York City, owned her own business, worked as Director of National Accounts for AIG Financial Services, and then as Director of Marketing for a rural Maine assisted living facility. She lived in Vermont, Connecticut, New York, and several other places, before settling for 20 years in Manhattan Beach, California. Maine has always been a part of her life, though, having spent every summer in Bremen (where she currently lives) since she was 6 months old. She always wanted to retire in Maine, and she moved here ten years ago to spend time with her father in the last years of his life. She has two daughters who remain in California. Another fun fact: Carol has had her pilot's license since 1976. She has flown across the country many times to Canada, Mexico, and the Virgin Islands, and was a member of The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots. She does not fly any longer, but still maintains her license.     

          Carol has been an ENCorps member for 4 years and feels that the program's biggest strength is getting the members together several times a year. In these meetings ideas flow freely and the networking opportunities are great. In fact, she attributes the relationship between Karl's Kids and the local food bank to the "cross-fertilization of ideas" that ENCorps inspires. They have reached more kids through their post at the food bank and there has been an increase in food being donated. When asked if Karl's Kids would expand to other counties she said no, that they will remain local, because they believe in grassroots efforts, and taking care of their home. Carol said, "If everybody did that, everybody would be taken care of."


Karl's Kids 
c/o Damariscotta Rotary,110 Gibbs Road Wiscasset, ME 04578
Tel.  (207) 522-4369
Email: KarlsKidsOrg@gmail.com





with Heather Davis of The Telling Room in Portland

The arts are a powerful tool that can help kids feel connected to the world around them and be successful learners. Using the arts and creativity plays to kids' natural strengths: their imagination, playfulness, and more. In this workshop, you'll have a chance to do some creating of your own, learn some activities you can use with kids no matter what kind of organization you're volunteering with, and come away feeling inspired and energized. 

WHEN: December 11, 2014, 10 AM - 12 PM


WHERE: 211 Wishcamper, University of Southern Maine, Portland 

Other locations offered via Polycom:

Augusta:  University of Maine Augusta, Studio Room 53

Bangor:  Camden Hall (Center on Aging)

Belfast:  Hutchinson Center, Room 129

Machias:  University of Maine Machias, Torrey Hall, Room 103


MORE INFO & TO REGISTER: This workshop is free to ENCorps members and their guests. Please register with Sarah Harvey, Program Coordinator, at: info@encoreleaders.org or (207) 699-9363. 

2015 ENCorps Summit - Save the Date!


We're excited to announce that planning for the 2015 Summit is underway!  

Next year's summit will be held on:

May 18 and 19, 2015 

at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine in Orono. 

We're looking forward to seeing you there! More details coming soon!



The Telling Room, Portland, ME 

The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.


Contact: Sonya Tomlinson(207) 774-6064  

225 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine 04101 


The Telling Room Volunteer Experience
The Telling Room Volunteer Experience


Volunteers are needed to assist with Workshops, Field Trips, Special Events/Readings, and Office Work. 

 Why Volunteer? Take a look at what some of our Featured Volunteers say about their experience in the video, and then  fill out an application and let us get to know you!





AARP Tax Preparation Assistance 

Join the Eastern Maine CA$H Coalition (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) and help low to mid income folks, like seniors and students, access the dollars they deserve. Each year, millions of dollars are lost when our hardworking neighbors don't claim their annual tax credits. You can help!


Listen here to the reason others have become involved!

Meet face-to-face with the taxpayer to gather information and review documentation. Prepare the tax return using TaxWise software. Review the tax return with the taxpayer. FREE TRAINING: We will provide training and materials for you to become IRS certified. Training is available in a classroom setting during the month of December.

Bangor: Contact Janelle Wuoristo at  janellew@unitedwayem.org, or (207) 941-2800 x212
Portland:  Contact CASH@GoodwillNNE.org or (207) 699-0753.
For other locations, visihttp://www.cashmaine.org/find to find the office nearest you.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum 

It's time for the Polar Express to make its annual appearance at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad.  Volunteer elves are needed for this enchanted holiday ride. As elves, volunteers make the hot chocolate, deliver cocoa and cookies aboard the train and help Santa to give out the first gift of the season.  We are looking for people to help make magic aboard this special train.


This is a great way to give back to the community, have a fun time with friends and experience the magic of the season!  Join the fun and make kids of all ages smile and Believe this holiday season.


MNGRR Polar Express
MNGRR Polar Express

Other volunteers are needed for:

For more information and to volunteer, contact:
Jennifer Halm-Perazone, Volunteer Coordinator
(207) 828-0814




Other volunteer opportunities can be found at www.volunteermaine.org!



Free & Low-Cost Technology Classes

Free and low-cost technology classes a can be found all over Maine, as well as online.  From 
beginners to the more advanced, there is something for people at all levels of learning. 
Check out these classes and resources for in-person and online instruction!


iPad Training

December 8, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm

Oak Hill Adult and Community Ed, Wales


(207) 375-6605

Cloud Computing

December 10, 2014, 9:30-11:30 am                  

RSU #13 Adult and Community Ed, Rockland          


(207) 594-9764

Tips and Tricks in the Computer Lab  

January 13 and February 17,  2015, 10:00 am - noon

Gold LEAF Institute Senior College            

University of Maine, Farmington


(207) 778-7063


Introduction to Basic Computers

January 14 - February 11, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

York High School, York                  


(207) 363-7922


Facebook for Baby Boomers ICYMI          

January 28, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

York High School, York


(207) 363-7922

Get to Know Your iPad   

February 3, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

York High School, York


(207) 363-7922


Making Your Own PowerPoint Slideshow

February 6, 2015, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

University of Southern Maine, Portland


(207) 780-4406

Computer Training

Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Open Computer Lab M-F 8:15 - 4:00 pm

Hammond St. Senior Center, Bangor        


(207) 262-5532

Tech Tuesday Drop-In Help

Any Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 pm

Maine State Library, Augusta


(207) 287-5600


Computer Lab

Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm

Bangor Public Library, Bangor                    


(207) 947-8336



Search for technology (and other) classes statewide:


Maine Adult Education



Maine Senior College Network




For online computer instruction, try out these websites:




A nonprofit organization that specializes in computer and Internet education for older adults. SeniorNet's mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom. 


Learn the Net


A privately-held company based in San Francisco, California. The company focuses on delivering high quality educational products and services in print, digital media, and to the desktop and mobile devices via the Internet and intranets. 




A national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. We aim to leverage the democratizing power of the Internet to provide opportunity to all Americans - regardless of age, race, geography, income, or education level. 




ENCorps members have volunteered 57,776 hours to date! Keep up the great work!

Why Report Hours?
The purpose of ENCorps is to support your efforts to improve your community with training and networking opportunities. All of our programming - the Summit and training events - are free for ENCorps Volunteers. Since we are privately funded through grants, we need to report how you're doing. One tangible way is to keep track of our volunteers' hours each month. It's also a great way for us to acknowledge your good work! Please help us by reporting your hours by the 15th of the following month (for February hours, please report by March 15). 

Welcome to our newest member,
Elaine Taylor!

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ENCorps is a program of the University of Maine Center on Aging in partnership with 

the Maine Community Foundation and with the cooperation of local, state, and national organizations. Funding in support of ENCorps has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Aging Initiative, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Maine Community Foundation, Jane's Trust, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, Davis Conservation Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. 


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