Welcome to the Spring/Summer Cobscook Currents, the edition that spans “the growing season.” In this edition, we thank and honor each of you who so generously contributed the essential gifts of funding, time, and talent to carry us across 2017 and into another cycle of generative work to meet our mission to create responsive educational opportunities that strengthen personal, community, and global well-being. 2018 is a special year.
There is a human being behind each contribution to CCLC. Each gift is received and acknowledged as a personal expression of support or participation, and each is essential. This edition of Cobscook Currents celebrates some of the many people whose energies combine to keep CCLC’s innovative programs and welcoming facilities going and growing. The articles that follow feature donors, community partners, and CCLC staff members who represent the heart and soul of the CCLC.
Michael and Monica are very much global citizens. Monica has been a professional astrologer since 1970 and enjoys a large international clientele. Michael is a multilingual Harvard graduate who, for the past thirty years, has served as a business adviser with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, helping immigrants, artists, writers, and other entrepreneurs strive to transform dreams into reality. Monica and Michael love CCLC’s mission and vision, its impact, and the promise it holds; their support can be seen and felt at CCLC every day.
Pat’s Impact: Pat’s attention to detail combined with her compassionate nature makes her approachable and easy to work with while ensuring the critical financial and human resource details that keep an organization functioning are in order. While she is often behind the scenes making payroll and health insurance happen for CCLC staff, one co-worker said, “when I am unsure of a work situation and even in a personal situation, sitting with Pat always makes me feel better.”
Kevin’s Impact: Through his drive to help CCLC provide opportunities that might not otherwise be available, Kevin does whatever it takes to support CCLC’s work. From combing through the facilities during power outages and snowstorms to making sure everything is functioning to managing the entire information technology system to providing pottery classes to the community, one co-worker described Kevin as “the axle that keeps the CCLC turning.”
The race is on! The last Northern White Cedar shingle from Phil Gardner’s shingle mill will have been nailed into place by Chris Goodwin’s skilled team of builders by the time this newsletter hits the press. Thank you to the many businesses, foundations, and individuals who have carried this campaign so close to the finish line!
At the time of this writing we have, with the remaining 100 Hearts pledges, $17,797 to secure. Please help us cross the finish line this year! Thank you.
Laura’s Impact: Laura joined CCLC as a Resource Coach for TREE in August 2017. She has been able to fold her many years of experience as an elementary school educator for English language learners into her new role of supporting the resilience of schools and communities through TREE.
Sean’s Impact: Sean has served as CCLC’s primary business partner and loan officer. He has also guided CCLC through challenging financial decisions due to his in-depth understanding of the needs of small non-profits and his ability to make financial processes easy.
Bonnie’s Impact: Bonnie takes great pride in keeping CCLC buildings clean so that everyone who spends any time on campus feels welcome and comfortable. She also volunteers for CCLC promoting programs and opportunities within her hometown of Lubec.
Ryan’s Impact: Ryan is responsible for the maintenance and landscaping on CCLC’s campus. He imparts a sense of whimsy and care throughout the campus. From elaborate gardens to secret elf doors to smiley faces in snow piles, Ryan brings intention and talent to every corner of CCLC.
Wanda’s Impact: As a local community member and business owner, Wanda has serviced CCLC vehicles, served on the Board of Directors, welcomed a Cobscook Experiential Program student into her home, promoted CCLC programs, and donated financially to CCLC.
Mary Anne’s Impact: Mary Anne has served on CCLC’s Board and has worked to support the development of the Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE) program. Now, as the principal at Calais High School, she continues to support CCLC through their partnership with the Cobscook Experiential Program.
Michael’s Impact: Michael first came to CCLC not in response to an open position, but with an idea for an outdoor program that would be accessible to Washington County youth. He helped create and run the Cobscook Outdoor Adventure Club to make outdoor programs for 8-14 year-olds accessible, then became a teacher for the Cobscook Experiential Program, where he continues to teach and learn with high school students through outdoor, hands-on experiences.