BANGOR — Residents of Bangor’s New Capehart neighborhood are working together to build community and strengthen their neighborhood by hosting a neighborhood party 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the playground located between Griffin Road and Bolling Drive. Working in partnership with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, neighborhood residents are hosting the party to encourage their neighbors to reach out to one another and the many community organizations that want to support them. The event is an effort to build relationships, build community and give voice to those neighborhood residents who may feel that they have no control over the negative influences at work in their neighborhood by connecting them with others who want to make positive change.
Twenty partner organizations will be on hand with information to share, and activities and games will be available. Darling’s Ice Cream Truck will be on hand, as will members from the First Assembly of God Church grilling burgers for everyone. Weebeez Deli and Market, the Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis Club and Penquis will help provide food and a limited number of backpacks in preparation for going back to school.
During the summer of 2011 a group of organizations met through the leadership of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services and Wings for Children and Families to begin the implementation of a new community initiative called the Community Partnership for Protecting Children. The goal of the coalition is the reduction of children coming into care with the state as a result of child abuse or neglect. The philosophy of organization is that healthy and safe children reside in healthy and safe families, who reside in healthy and safe neighborhoods, which flourish within healthy and safe communities.
Also partnering with the organization are the Bangor Police Department, Bangor Housing, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Wellspring, Families United, Spruce Run-WomanCare Alliance, Bangor Health and Community Services, Safe Families, Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Penquis, Twin Rivers CDS, United Way of Eastern Maine, Wings for Children and Families, Stepping Stones, Saint Andre Home, Catholic Charities and others.
As a result, the community has seen the development of resident groups who have joined Community Partnerships for Protecting Children to build community and strengthen the neighborhoods they live in.
For more information about the neighborhood party or about Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, contact coordinator Tom Grogan at 951-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.