Weekly Update from our Resource Navigator

Mobilize Katahdin was created when a coalition of concerned community members gathered to discuss ways to help our friends and neighbors with their immediate needs as they arise from the COVID-19 pandemic.  That coalition has now grown to over 30 members made up of local agencies who want to get involved and aid in the assistance to local residents.  Members of the coalition meet virtually bi-weekly to receive updates, discuss needs and brainstorm ways we can better serve those in need in our area.

Fundraising continues with support from Our Katahdin, as generous donations continue to be received so we can continue to help with things like food, household items, toiletries, fuel assistance, gas and grocery gift cards and any other immediate need as a result of the pandemic.  We are also doing a large number of deliveries of groceries and medicines to people who want to use this service.

The Mobilize Katahdin Steering Team met this week with Attorney Hilary Knight, Esq. of Pine Tree Legal who gave a presentation on General Assistance regulations in the State of Maine.  We learned a great deal about what residents are entitled to, and requirements needed in order for help to be available.  This presentation can be viewed at:  https://youtu.be/oRSApgqheuI

With a volunteer base of nearly 50 residents now, Mobilize Katahdin strives to help anyone in need.  Volunteer training continues by appointment, and a video zoom meeting takes place on the first and third Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. to give volunteers an opportunity to connect, share ideas, offer feedback and to support one another.  Volunteers, please join us at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89946559883 to participate in this call.

What We Accomplished Last Week . . .

  • We are working on our new transportation services.  Once State guidelines allow, we are excited to offer rides to all Katahdin region residents who request it. VOLUNTEER drivers are needed so if you are interested in helping once this service is safely allowed, please email me at shelly@millinocketmemoriallibrary.org
  • The Mobilize Katahdin Steering  Team has been working hard on a re-opening plan.  As the library renovations are nearly complete, and the 230 Penobscot Avenue location (the former Epstein’s Building) is soon to be completed, we are excited to be able to utilize these new spaces very soon.

Spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors to contact Mobilize Katahdin with any request for assistance they may have, like and share us on Facebook, call us at (207) 370-1581 or visit our website for up-to-date information or to donate to our fund.  We look forward to making a difference with your continued support.

Thanks so much,

Shelly

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