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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.
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.
This is a half-time (20 hours per week), position. Some evenings and weekends required.
The position does not offer health insurance. Paid vacation and sick days determined by sliding scale.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Five Town Communities That Care, PO Box 1135, Rockport, ME 04856.
Posted on February 23, 2015
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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
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.
See our calendar page for a calendar view of events, meetings, etc.
- Reaping the health benefits of volunteering
- Some thoughts on Gatekeeper Training
- Binge Drinking: Prevention Paradox
- Five Town CTC names Youth Advocate Award winners
- Our Changing Community: Panel Discussion on January 23rd.
- Offices closed today due to inclement weather
- Local prevention coalition has increasingly global reach
- Life and Work in the Maine Outdoors… An interview with Kris and Emily MacCabe
- Retailers engaged in local prevention effort
- Smooches for George at the Hoot!
- 4th annual Harvest Hoot family festival fun---Sept. 7th
- Teen suicide and social contagions, a reality
- TOT photo
- STAR and Mentor Programs Receive Funding
- Reward & Reminder (Round 2) a Success
- Kay Stephens: Cyberbullying is not ‘sticks and stones.’ It’s psychological warfare
- Graffam's Harborside Restaurant to host benefit for Five Town CTC on April 2!
- 2nd annual Rock 4 STAR coming May 10th!
- Alcohol consumption and sexual assault
- Give a Hoot! Businesses wanted...
- The Science of not believing in Science
- Five Town CTC’s Dutton a featured presenter at Building a Grad Nation Summit in Washington, DC
- Marti Wolfe joins Five Town CTC
- Mental health stigma: changing minds and outcomes
- Have you checked out SOUND OFF lately????
- Five Town CTC honors Youth Advocates, unveils new MYDAUS data
- Talking to our own youth about the Connecticut school shooting
- Business Sense and Cents: the case for business support of prevention efforts
- The state of Juvenile Justice
- Bucking the trend on teenage depression... or, why we dance for prevention
- Next Youth Advocate Nominees Sought
- Five Town CTC Dancewalk A Huge Success!
- Teen Screen Scene
- Blah, Blah, Blah
- Five Town CTC Development Director Infected by Dancewalk Craze!
- Dancewalk Registration Materials and Pledge forms now available!
- Summertime or Party time?
- What an idiot!
- What an idiot!
- The sex(t)ual revolution
- You're going to WHAT?
- The Art of Fighting Without Fighting
- The Art of Fighting Without Fighting
- Hanging With My Heroes
- Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll!
- Rock4STAR benefit dance April 28th
- Five Town CTC travels to Texas
- Could have been a lost boy…….
- The "good 'ole days"....
- The "good 'ole days"....
- A little history...
- Dad, where are my pants?
- A little history...
- Fostering A Community That Cares About Youth 2012-03-16 08:16:00
- Five Town CTC Honors Youth Advocates
- Project X
- Project X gets an "F"
- March 8 Panel on Juvenile Justice Finalized
- Murder in the headlines...
- Murder in the headlines
- No Place for kids...
- No place for kids...
- Being Grandad...
- Weaving a Web of Relationships
- Exciting Panel for March Coalition Meeting!
- Binge Drinking: Not just having a good time
- "Binge" Drinking: Not just having a good time
- Why NOT to ask, "Is your homework done yet?"
- Why NOT to ask, "Is your homework done?"
- Come Have Fun With Other Parents!
- Embracing the positive in prevention
- Moving Beyond “No”: Embracing the Positive in Prevention
- This week's blog by Adam K.
- Today's blog entry
- How is a birthing class different from a workshop for parents of teens?
- How the Five Town community got started with CTC...
- How we got started with CTC...
- Why "Good Job" isn't necessarily good enough
- Why "good job" isn't necessarily good enough...
- Holiday office schedule
- Newest blog entry: "Skills+Opportunities+Recognition=Bonding"
- Skills + Opportunities + Recognition = Bonding
- Why Community?
- Have you checked out our blog yet?
- Bullying: Not just playground scuffles
- Teen Brain ≠ Adult Brain
- Five Town Communities That Care Celebrates 23rd Cycle of S.T.A.R.
- Five Town CTC Launches Weekly Blog
- Why prevention?
- STAR Program To Go On Hiatus
- SOUND OFF About “Hopes and Frustrations” in November Issue
- Five Town CTC Honors Youth Advocates at October Meeting
- What Does Bullying Look Like?
- Guiding Good Choices Starts November 1st!
- Five Town CTC Director Named to Fed Advisory Committee
- Pies Earn Bakers Some Dough!
- BBQ Kings and Queen of the 2011 Harvest Hootenanny
- STAR Begins Again on September 21st!
- STAR Registrations Mailed Today!
- STAR Support Staff Wanted
- Only Five More Days Until the Harvest Hootenanny!
- Earn Some Dough With Your Pies!
- Wanna Be A BBQ King (or Queen)?
- Gathering Data With a Smile
- Guiding Good Choice Facilitator Certification Opportunity
- Five Town CTC Honors Youth Advocates at June Meeting
- Five Town CTC Adds Alex Owre To Staff
- Five Town CTC's feature page, "Sound Off" up and running!
- Camden PD Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 30th
- STAR's April 1st Fun Friday Canceled for Snow
- Updated Research Report on Marijuana Available
- Inhalant Abuse: Right Here Under Our Noses
- Leap into Spring with STAR!
- STAR Celebration Wednesday night (March 16) at Rockport Elementary School
- Five Town CTC Honors Youth Advocates
- STAR Program Canceled Due to Inclement Weather (Feb. 28)
- Five Town CTC To Start New Feature Page By Teens
- STAR Canceled Due to Slippery Roads (Feb 1)
- Vote for Five Town CTC in the Community Matters More Contest!
- Five Town CTC Offices Closed, STAR Canceled (Jan 20, 2011)
- Five Town CTC Welcomes Liv LiaBraaten!
- STAR Canceled January 18, 2011
- STAR Classes Canceled Today
- STAR Registrations Open NOW!
- Five Town CTC offices closed Monday, December 27
- E.D. Position Opening at Greater Old Town CTC!
- Holiday Home Tour Canceled for this Year
- Over 150 Gather For STAR Cycle 20 Celebration!
- Entries Sought for Second Annual Holiday Home Tour
- CTC Info Session tonight at CHRHS
- STAR Canceled Today (October 15)!
- Harvest Hootenanny Contest Winners Announced!
- Harvest Hootenanny Ticket Winners
- Harvest Hootenanny Schedule Available
- Win up to $100 in the Harvest Hootenanny Pumpkin Carving Contest!
- Win up to $100 in the Harvest Hootenanny Pie Baking Contest!
- First Annual "Harvest Hootenanny" Comes to Snow Bowl!
- Guiding Good Choices Parent Workshops Begin Oct 18th!
- Five Town CTC Among Awardees as White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Gives Out $85.6 Million
- STAR Registration Materials Available for Download
- STAR Registration Underway!
- More Than Just Words: MMA Students Raise $850 for Five Town CTC
- STAR Registration "Envelope Stuffing Party"
- Levels of Risk, Protection, and Drug Use Predict Student Test Results
- STAR Support Staff Wanted
- Learn about teen medicine abuse
- Info on Specific Drugs Available for Parents
- Take Preventative Steps With Prescriptions
- Blue Sky Cantina and Big Fish Restaurant Donate to Five Town CTC
- Prevention "Number One Priority"
- Traumatic Childhood Experiences Common For Most Justice-Involved Youth
- West Bay Rotary Donates $600!
- Five Town CTC offices closed week of July 4th
- Midcoast Community Chorus Concert Yields $10K for FTCTC!
- Reserve Tickets Still Available
- Celebrating Community Collaborators in May
- Help us by writing a review for Five Town CTC!
- Hooked on Hookah?
- Spring Youth Advocate Award Winners
- WHO Calls for Action to Reduce Harm From Alcohol
- Table Talks hosts needed
- Celebrating Community Collaborators in April
- STAR Students take Korfball skills on the road
- It Takes A Village
- STAR Celebration June 3rd
- Tickets for Midcoast Community Chorus Benefit Concert Going Fast!
- Drug Free Action Alliance 'SuperBowl Survey"
- STAR Canceled Today (Wednesday, Feb 3) due to poor road conditions!
- Youth Advocate Award Winners
- Winterfest Ice Carving
- Five Town CTC Coalition Newsletter Available
- Perceived Risk of Harm of Marijuana Use Down Nationally for 12th Graders
- Study finds 45% of Seized Cocaine Contained Levamisole
- Holiday Home Tour Tickets On Sale
- We Are Over Half-Way and there is still a chance to Double Your Donation!
- Holiday Home Tour Proceeds to Support FTCTC!
- STAR Program Honored by Chamber of Commerce!
- FTCTC Offered New Challenge Grant!
- FTCTC Executive Director Honored With 2009 MAPSA Prevention Award
- Five Town CTC Coalition Meeting A Success!
- Marijuana Use Down 66% Since We Began Programming in 2004!
- STAR Program Recognized by Maine After School Network
- Have a 5th - 8th grader? This workshop is for you!
- Challenge Met for $25K Grant!
- Help us meet our challenge grant!
- Tug Kellough Takes Over STAR Helm
- CTC featured in JAMA publication!
- Out of Darkness Walk on Saturday, Sept. 26th!
- National Town Hall Webcast Available for viewing
- Five Town CTC on FaceBook!
- Five Town CTC featured on MPBN's "Maine Things Considered"
- Five Town Communities That Care featured on ABC News
- Doris Buffett to match donations!
- STAR Program featured in National Council Magazine!
- Live in Maine? Under age 25? Take our survey and enter to win $250!
- Chestnut Street Baptist Church Donates $1200!
- Volunteers Needed To Assist With Research Project
- Five Town CTC Efforts Featured During Panel at National Event
- CTC Staff off to Louisville Training, Office closed
- Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk Date Set for Fall
- Organizers Needed for Out of Darkness Walk
- STAR Program To Be Featured in National Magazine
- Coalition Meeting Features Inhalant Abuse Prevention Keynote
- STAR Celebration Date Changed to June 2!
- Local Parents Prepare to Guide Good Choices
- CTC Welcomes New STAR Program Coordinator!
- CTC Reps Participate in National Training
- CTC Director Part of Maine Delegation
- CTC HoopSTARs Take On the Harlem Ambassadors!
- FTCTC Presents to Medical Staff at PenBay Medical Center
- CTC Director Presents at National Leadership Forum
- Five Town CTC Joins UMCC Family
- CTC HoopStars to Challenge Harlem Ambassadors
- GGC Registration Extended!
- CTC Hosts SAMHSA Award Program Representative
- Marijuana Sourcebook Available from ONDCP
- Math and Literacy Mentors Receives $5000 from MCF
- Summer Newsletter Available
- CTC Director in Washington, D.C.
- STAR Program National Finalist for "Science to Service" Award
- Prevention Programs Cut Rates of Juvenile Delinquency
- CTC on the MOVE!
- Spring STAR Registrations Due Friday, March 28!
- STAR Winter Cycle Celebration
- STAR Celebration March 13th
- Coalition Members testify before Legislative Committee
- Boys Night Out Begins Feb. 7th
- Meeting on Underage Drinking Jan. 30th!
- Parent Forum on Teen Sexual Assault Jan 23rd.
- Daughters 'N Dads Begins January 15
- You Can Win Diamonds!