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Posted on February 23, 2015

FTCTC Seeks Part-Time Development Director

In order to meet the needs of this growing organization, Five Town Communities That Care will employ a part-time Development Director to assist the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in achieving its fundraising goals.

The Development Director will report to the Executive Director and will be expected to work from the organization’s offices in Rockport, Maine.

The chosen candidate must enjoy and excel at cultivating relationships with individuals in our community. He or she will:

1.)    Assist the Board, the Executive Director, and the Board’s Funding Workgroup* in developing and implementing a plan for reaching budgeted yearly fundraising goals;

2.)    Work with the Funding Workgroup to identify potential sources of grants that align with the organization’s mission and goals, and prepare selected grant applications;

3.)    Work with the Funding Workgroup to draft annual fundraising plans and design and implement fundraising appeals;

4.)    Lead work (in conjunction with Community Coordinator) with ad hoc committees dedicated to fundraising/awareness-raising events; duties include soliciting business sponsorships and publicizing events;

5.)    Assist in the placement/training of volunteers involved with the Board’s fund-raising events.

REQUIREMENTS

At least three years experience in non-profit development or leadership—with proven success in writing successful federal grant applications, and in the design and management of effective annual sustaining campaigns. Demonstrated ability to speak effectively and professionally in public to a variety of audiences. Must possess professional demeanor. Must be able to write clear, concise and grammatically correct letters, reports, and other forms of communication. Demonstrated ability to form relationships with strategic partners, schools, businesses, volunteers, donors, board members, staff, students and families. Working knowledge of Word, Excel, and email programs; prior experience with Mac software a plus.

HOURS

This is a half-time (20 hours per week), position. Some evenings and weekends required.

OTHER

The position does not offer health insurance. Paid vacation and sick days determined by sliding scale.

*Funding Workgroup

The Funding Workgroup manages the acquisition and use of public and private funds for Five Town Communities That Care. The funds are used for planning and for implementation and evaluation of the selected programs, policies, and practices. Members of this workgroup evaluate the funding needs of the Community Coalition, seek grants to provide funding, suggest fund-raising events, and solicit donations.

Applicants may submit their cover letter, resume and three references to mariah@fivetownctc.org, or mail to Five Town Communities That Care, PO Box 1135, Rockport, ME 04856.

Posted on February 23, 2015

February Newsletter

Share The LOVE! 

Alright Five Town CTC Coalition members, I’m officially declaring February Five Town CTC Spread The LOVE Month! Let’s take advantage of this season of pink hearts, red roses, and candies to show some well-deserved appreciation for the folks who work tirelessly to keep our kids and our community healthy.

I’m going to start by constructing this newsletter a little differently. This month I’m going to shine the CTC Spotlight on the folks who work in the background, my superstar coworkers, the coalition staff. While our community volunteers are truly the heart of Five Town CTC, the staff members are the ones who support the coalition to ensure that their community vision can come to be.

These folks are dedicated, knowledgeable, and always willing to “talk shop” with community members. So catch us at a coalition or work group meeting or stop by our Meadow Street office. We always welcome a friendly visit!

COALITION HAPPENINGS 

What’s New?

In this new section we will be sharing what’s happening in our coalition including recent meetings, a schedule of upcoming meetings, and a schedule of upcoming Adult Education courses that our members may want to take advantage of.

Meeting News

At our most recent Coalition meeting, we tackled an important question: who are we as a

coalition? The group broke this question down into three parts:

1. Who are we?

2. What do we do?

3. Why should people care?

Each question brought up some important pieces of who we are as a Communities That Care Coalition. Stay tuned for notes from this valuable discussion!

 

Youth Advocate Awards  The most recent round of Youth Advocate Awards were presented to Jessica Decke and Sweet Tree Arts!

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Mariah Smith-Dutton with Jessica Decke of Tanglewood

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Mariah with Lindsay Pinchbeck of Sweet Tree Arts

Upcoming Events: 

  • Program Evaluation Work Group - Tuesday, February 24, 6:00pm in the FTCTC Office
  • Community Data Work Group - Friday, February 27, 11:00am in the FTCTC Office
  • Public Relations Work Group - Thursday, March 12, 12:00pm in the FTCTC Office

Upcoming Trainings

  • Building a High Functioning Board: Tips for Current and Prospective Chairs begins Wed 3/4, $25,
6-8 pm at CHRHS, (2 weeks)
  • Nonprofits and Strategic Planning begins Mon 3/23, $25, 6-8 pm at CHRHS, (2 weeks)
  • Excel Intro begins Wed 3/18, $35, 5:30-6:30pm at CHRHS, (5 weeks)
  • Filemaker Pro (Version 13) begins Tues 3/3, $45, 5:30-7:30pm at CHRHS, (2 weeks)
  • Quickbooks 2014 Intermediate begins Thurs 4/2, $65, 6-8pm at CHRHS, (5 weeks)

 

WHAT’S YOUR OPINION?

Let’s Talk About Marijuana

Here it is, one of the hot button issues for our country today: marijuana, its effects on the developing brain and the legalization of medical and recreational use. Let’s get right down to the facts by looking at what the newest research tells us about the dangers of marijuana use. First of all, the reality is that the marijuana of today is not the same as the marijuana of the past. Today’s marijuana contains a much higher concentration of THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana), averaging around 15% compared to the 4% average that was seen in the 1980′s (NIDA, 2014). The higher concentration of THC means that it is easier than ever to get addicted to marijuana. Today, approximately 9% of users will become addicted; that number increases to 17% when use begins in adolescence and among daily users.

What’s even more concerning is the newest research on marijuana use and educational outcomes. Studies show that marijuana interferes with attention, motivation, memory, and learning. Students who use on a regular basis tend to get lower grades, are more likely to drop out of high school than those who do not, and may be functioning at a reduced intellectual level most or all of the time. According to a new study from New Zealand, regular heavy marijuana use in teens can lead to an IQ drop of up to 8 points (Meier et al, 2012). With the legalization of medical marijuana we are unintentionally sending out the message that marijuana use is not risky because it is medicine. As perception of harm decreases teen marijuana use tends to increase. While there is some promising research out there concerning marijuana’s uses in treating pain and nausea, the evidence suggests that regular use in young people is still very risky. What are your concerns around increasing marijuana use among teens and the potential legalization of recreational use in Maine?

Enjoy your day! Stay warm out there!  

Mariah Smith-Dutton, Community Coordinator

 

Posted on February 4, 2015

FTCTC Agents of Change at CADCA Conference

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Addressing CADCA Agents of Change

February 2-5, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) National Leadership Forum. Five Town Communities That Care staff members Dalene Dutton and Mariah Smith-Dutton were joined by Five Town CTC Board member Peter Russell in National Harbor, Maryland for the event.

From the conference—

MISSION POSSIBLE: AGENTS OF CHANGE

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Maine’s CADCA delegation prepares for the next presenter.

CADCA coalitions represent people and power and are comprised of agents for community change. And, as the leader of the substance abuse prevention advocacy movement, CADCA continues to be the voice supporting investment in coalitions to achieve long-term social change in their communities, states, and nation.

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers. The Forum brings together over 2,700 participants representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, education institutions, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders.

Reducing Drug Use, One Community at a Time

Preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse is no easy task. However, since 1992, CADCA has demonstrated that when all sectors of a community come together —social change happens. CADCA is the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. We have members in every U.S. state and territory and working in 18 countries around the world. Special programs within CADCA are supporting our returning veterans and their families and training youth leaders to be effective agents of change –all through the coalition model.

CADCA’s network of more than 5,000 community coalitions brings together key leaders within the community to address local conditions from underage drinking to prescription drug abuse. Coalitions are comprised of parents, youth, educators, law enforcement, the faith community, healthcare providers, social service providers, civic and government officials, business leaders, members of the media and other concerned citizens. The result is a comprehensive, community-wide approach to reduce substance abuse and its related problems. CADCA’s evidence-based environmental model focuses on changing laws, policies, practices, systems and attitudes –to transform the places we live, work and play. By delivering state-of-the-art training, developing resources and tools that practitioners can use in the field, advocating for coalitions and substance abuse prevention on Capitol Hill and educating the public about key issues, CADCA is helping to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems—one community at a time.

 

 

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