Town block party helps unemployed network

Posted Aug. 15, 2010, at 11:04 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Piscataquis County Transition Team held its second annual Block Party and Resource Fair on Aug. 10. The event is held to support the residents of the Piscataquis County region who are facing difficult times.

The region has an unemployment rate of nearly 12 percent, and 26 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

“The block party is an opportunity for those who are unemployed, underemployed or laid off to network and receive resources,” said James Macomber, microenterprise consultant for Penquis. “It is a great social activity.”

Several organizations helped make the block party happen. The Living Word Community Food Cupboard donated food for the barbecue and bags of groceries for those who attended. Bangor Savings Bank donated funds. Staff from Penquis, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Eastern Maine Development Corp., Community Health and Counseling, Kiwanis of Dover-Foxcroft, Penquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative, representatives from Maine’s congressional delegation and the Bemis family also played key roles, organizers said.

In addition to the barbecue and availability of community resources, many families who registered for the Smart Starts for Students back to school drive were invited to pick up their starter packs.

“In all, more than 170 people joined the party,” said Debbie Somers, regional manager in Piscataquis County for Penquis. “The day was all about bringing the community together to help those in need, and we want to thank the Piscataquis County Transition Team for continued support and attention to the issues facing the people in our region.”

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