The Dexter Historical Society is the inspired offspring that resulted from some Civil War letters in an attic being read by local teacher, Frank E. Spizuoco on July 4, 1962. Not long after that initial reading, Frank told others about what he read and soon, they were telling him of other materials of interest. He began collecting even more items as his passion for local history grew. Believing that it would be a great learning experience for students at school, Frank suggested to a senior class that they consider displaying his collection of historical items the following spring as a class project. They enthusiastically agreed. Reed’s Clothing Store on Main Street offered their location for the exhibit and it was received so well that the Dexter Jaycees sponsored more at other locations through 1965. Thanks to the coverage that the Eastern Gazette was providing, and for interest in creating a wider historical collection, many more donations started coming in. The seed was planted.
The mission of the Newport Cultural Center is to inspire lifelong learning and creativity, strengthen our communities, and to preserve our heritage. The NCC is a unique institution in that it is a “public-private partnership.” We receive funding from the town, and also do a significant amount of fundraising (over $51,000 in 2012). Contact Becky Steinnes for more information about the cultural center. Serving the reading public since 1899.
2016 marks Pine Tree Society’s 80th year of transforming the lives of Maine people with disabilities and their families. In 1936, our founders had of vision of continuously assessing unmet needs and cooperating with partners to fill gaps that currently existed or may exist in the future for Maine people with disabilities. It is this vision that is alive and well today. As an organization we are proud of our ability to be nimble and respond to needs in innovative ways.
Adults with intellectual disabilities want the same things we all want. A safe home, people who care about them, and the chance to use their skills and talents. At SKILLS, Inc. we support more than 185 adults with intellectual disabilities and other challenges, helping to make all of that possible. SKILLS offers community support programs, residential programs, and support in private homes across central Maine. All of our programs are staffed by trained Direct Support Professionals. In addition, we offer employment opportunities in Skowhegan and at our Skowhegan Thrift Store. Our goal is to help all of the people we support to reach their full potential. At SKILLS, we learn and grow together, and we have fun doing it. We want to be part of the community. So we get out and about as often as we can. We attend baseball games, plant gardens, and visit museums. In addition, we give back by volunteering for Meals on Wheels, serving at local soup kitchens and donating to animal shelters. A Maine Non-Profit, SKILLS was founded by families. In the 1950’s families built non-profits to support their children with developmental disabilities. SKILLS was born from those early organizations. As the children grew into adults, their needs changed. So SKILLS changed too. We started serving only adults with intellectual disabilities. To meet their needs, we added services and expanded programs. Over the last 60 years, we have grown into one big, supportive family stretching across Central Maine. Won’t you join us? Contact us today for details about our programs and services, as well as career opportunities.
Here at United Way of Mid-Maine it is our mission to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities. United Way of Mid-Maine is a local organization that creates long lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of our most significant local problems. We proudly serve Northern Kennebec County, Somerset County, and four towns in Western Waldo County.