The Maine Community Foundation has awarded Healthy Peninsula a $3500 grant for their new Age-Friendly Coastal Communities initiative from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund. The grant will be used to support Healthy Peninsula as they lead this complex community collaboration “through community assessment and into action planning, with full engagement from community members, service providers, and town leaders.”
Age-Friendly Coastal Communities is coordinated by Healthy Peninsula, in partnership with the towns of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington, and Surry, as well as many social service agencies, medical providers, and community organizations that serve this area. The goal of this project is to learn from local community members what would make these towns better places to live and thrive as our residents age.
The first step of the initiative – the community survey — recently closed, with a full report to be published in a few weeks. Based on the survey results, the Age-Friendly Steering Committee will develop partnerships and services to improve the livability of our community for people of all ages, but especially for seniors, caregivers, and people with chronic illness.
For more information or to participate in the Age-Friendly Coastal Communities project, contact Anne Schroth, Healthy Aging Program Coordinator, at (207) 374-3257, or firstname.lastname@example.org.