Ready by 21 Mentoring Teams with Sunbeam for Isle au Haut Community Service

Photos courtesy Island Outreach director Douglas Cornman and Ready by 21 Mentoring

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Outreach director Douglas Cornman reminds us that May 15th, the Sunbeam carried a group of 25 young men and women and their adult mentors from the Deer Isle/Stonington area to Isle au Haut.

Each May, as one of Ready by 21 Mentoring “Real World Trips,” a sophomore class travels with the Sunbeam for a day of community service. Once the group is on Isle au Haut, they will work with rangers from Acadia National Park to clean debris from the island coastline.

Ready by 21 Mentoring is a Maine based program. According to its web site it “seeks ways to create safe, quality opportunities for youth beginning at age 14 thru 21 to develop multi-generational relationships that allow them the opportunity for growth, self expression and views of their highest potential.”

“The Sunbeam has collaborated with Ready by 21 Mentoring each of the four years I’ve served as outreach Director,” said Douglas Cornman, who is “pretty certain” the Ready by 21 Mentoring and Sunbeam partnership precedes him.

Learn more about the Mission’s Island Outreach programs.

Free DETOP Community Supper, Sunday, May 13, Downeast Table of Plenty

Please join us, Sunday, May 13, for our Downeast Table of Plenty (DETOP).
Would you like to host a DETOP meal? Thank you. Please go to the calendar website (SignUp), and schedule your Sunday, or email Wendy Harrington.

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Each Sunday afternoon, 3:30-5:00 pm, at the Mission’s Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

If you would like to host a meal, please go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or email Wendy Harrington.

Mission Scholarship Recipient Nellie LaValle Awarded Fulbright Grant

BAR HARBOR, Me — Congratulations to Maine Seacoast Mission scholarship recipient Nellie LaValle for her Fulbright Grant award at Colby College, Waterville, ME.

Thanks to Mission Program Manager for Scholarships and Outreach Terri Rodick for bring us the news. Learn more about the Mission’s Scholarships.


Student Achievement Recognized at Colby Awards Ceremony
May 9, 2018

Three Colby seniors were recognized for having been awarded prestigious Fulbright Grants for 2018: Clare Murray ’18, Nellie LaValle ’18, and Alyssa Kullberg ’18.

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Getting by With Help From Our Nautical Friends

BAR HARBOR, Me — When the Sunbeam is in dry dock for it’s annual upkeep, Mission Island Outreach director Douglas Cornman, and Island Health director Sharon Daley, RN rely on alternate transportation to continue their work on unbridged islands. Beal & Bunker Mail Boat & Ferry “Sea Queen,” photographed by director Cornman, is one much appreciated alternate ways of moving among the islands and mainlands.

PBS News Hour Features Mission’s Food Security Programs


PBS News Hour recently visited the Mission’s Downeast to learn about our work with food security. PBS’s interview and filming at the Downeast Campus informed a longer tv segment airing this past weekend, “How work requirements for social security programs impact people in need.”

Jonesport EdGE Students Learn Positive Decision Making Skills

CHERRYFIELD, ME — 7th Grade Students from Jonesport attended the 3 Day Marion Kane Leadership Program at the EdGE Building this week. For part of each day they worked on positive decision making and creating Public Service Announcements. They also worked on Team Building and Leadership skills while on the low and high Ropes Course.

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Scientists Help EdGE Kids Extract DNA from Strawberries

HARRINGTON, ME — Local scientists visited the Harrington Elementary EdGE Afterschool Program. Students extracted DNA from strawberries and worked as detectives to identify samples underneath a microscope.

This opportunity was made possible due to a COMPASS Outreach Award from The American Society For Cell Biology.

See more Harrington Elementary EdGE After-School Program photos.

Learn more about EdGE In-School and After-School programs.

Mission Attends Counties Public Health Improvement Meeting

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Sunbeam and Downeast Campus staff attended Healthy Acadia Advisory Council’s April 11, 2018 meeting in Machias addressing public health improvements in Washington and Hancock counties.

This photo taken at the Advisory Council meeting shows (L to R) Shoshona Smith (HAAC Development Coordinator), Elsie Flemings (HAAC Executive Director), Wendy Harrington (Mission Service Program Director), Margaret Snell (Assistant to Mission Director of Island Health) and Gabe O’Brian (HAAC Community Health Coordinator).

Learn more about the Mission’s Downeast Campus Community, and more about the Sunbeam‘s Island Services.

Building New Bridges for Islander Health

Photo: Health pros head toward the Sunbeam for the “Meet Your Providers” event. (Courtesy Doreen Willett, Executive Director Island Connections

BAR HARBOR, ME — Tuesday, April 10, the Sunbeam eased away from it’s home dock in Northeast Harbor on a special telemedicine trip that turned out to be more special than anyone imagined.

Island Health director Sharon Daley, RN and Island Outreach director Douglas Cornman have earned islanders’ trust in matters of health care. Over the years the two Sunbeam crew members have served as — in director Sharon Daley’s words — “a bridge from islands to health providers.” Quite often directors Cornman and Daley find themselves explaining to islanders the services of certain mainland health providers.

Then why not host a “Meet Your Provider” event aboard the Sunbeam? Mainland providers could introduce themselves to islanders. Islanders could ask health providers direct questions about their services. So the Sunbeam’s first stop Tuesday morning was Great Cranberry Isle (GCI). Eight mainland health providers met the Sunbeam at GCI ahead of interested islanders who would come to the event from GCI and Islesford.

That’s when the serendipity kicked in. While waiting for islanders, “The providers were so busy talking to each other and networking. Most of them didn’t really know each other or what each other did,” said Sharon Daley.

Photo: Island Health director Sharon Daley (foreground) and Island Outreach director Douglas Cornman (background near staircase) listening to islanders and health providers in Sunbeam salon. (Courtesy Doreen Willett, Executive Director Island Connections

Out of that networking came the first inkling of the providers seeing first-hand the relationship Sharon and Douglas have with islanders. “That insight helps providers integrate what they do with the Sunbeam’s work,” Cornman said.

Coupled with their own networking, the health providers learned where their own services were unique, where services might overlap, and where services are lacking. Plus, said Cornman, “Islanders were able to put a face to the agencies,” he and Sharon talk about. “This will help islanders,” said the Island Outreach director, “feel more comfortable if and when they decide to use agency services.”

Elise O’Neil took part in the Sunbeam “Meet Your Provider” event. Ms. O’Neil, a registered nurse, is Mt. Desert Nursing Association Nurse Administrator. O’Neil, too, thought the event “was a wonderful networking opportunity” for MDNA, which provides home health care to Islesford, Great Cranberry, and other islands. O’Neil said in an email, that her health organization is looking “forward to collaborating with the Seacoast Mission and others. There is so much potential to build upon what the Seacoast Mission has already accomplished,” O’Neil said.

The April 10 Sunbeam telemedicine trip was special for another reason. Acadia Family Center in Southwest Harbor had its executive director, Dr. Dan Johnson, aboard at the “Meet Your Provider” event. But, Dr. Johnson stayed on board, traveling with Sharon on the Sunbeam for the three days (April 10-12).

On Isle au Haut, Frenchboro, and Matinicus, Dr. Johnson offered islanders his know-how with a talk on “Forming Habits: Both Good and Bad,” including Johnson’s exploration of addiction.

“The rest of the trip,” Johnson said, “was a great chance to see how valuable the Sunbeam is to the outer islands. It is amazing to watch islanders come to the boat — almost as a floating community center.”

Maine Seacoast Mission is grateful to the all of the health providers invited to take part in the April 10 “Meet Your Providers” Sunbeam event:

Learn more about the Sunbeam‘s Island Health and Island Outreach programs.