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Regional Poverty Collaborative to Launch ‘Pathways to Success’

How can community groups best collaborate to sustain energy and action in assisting members of our community who are struggling to find pathways to success? How do citizens learn leadership skills to benefit their communities?

Marjorie Withers, Director of the Washington County Community Caring Collaborative, will help to answer these questions as she facilitates the second community meeting on April 19 as a follow-up to the Healthy Peninsula conference on Children and Poverty held in October 2013.

In the past six months, a regional poverty Leadership Collaborative of teachers, health professionals, church members, legislators, and concerned individuals from the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle, and Stonington have met to develop strategies to help young families move beyond the effects of generational and situational poverty: public awareness of the problem, needs and opportunity survey, connection with local resources, school assistance and programs, and mentoring opportunities for children and families.

‘Pathways to Success’ is oriented toward local and regional planning and action. This open community meeting is organized in partnership with the Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA), Child and Family Opportunities (CFO), and the Early Childhood Steering Committee of Healthy Peninsula.

All are welcome to attend the meeting on Saturday, April 19th, from 9 am to noon at the First Congregational Church in Blue Hill.

For more information about the meeting, contact Bob Holmberg at


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