Articles by Nicole Carbisiero

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Over $1,000 Raised Provides Summer Camp for Local Kids

By Nicole Carbisiero on June 23, 2015, at 2:59 p.m.
Over $1,000 Raised Provides Summer Camp for Local Kids GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives non profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised $181,158,610 from 469,493 donors who have supported …

Nature Arts Camp at Camp Forest

By Nicole Carbisiero on June 03, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.
June 29 – July 3 NATURE ARTS CAMP Come explore your creative side in an all-outdoor experience of artistic fun! Dye cloth with things you find growing in the woods, sketch on mushrooms, paint with mud and bark, and make your crafts beautiful with decorative carving, feathers, glazes, or paint. …

Aina Moja OPEN for Summer

By Nicole Carbisiero on May 07, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
Aina Moja, will be open Monday through Saturday beginning Monday, May 11th. Six days a week are available for browsing and purchasing authentic hand crafted, one of a kind fashions that are fairly traded and support children in Kenya. Aina Moja is an artisan support project of Expanding Opportunities (EXOP) …
Margaret Adhiambo with her four grandchildren. To support the efforts of Expanding Opportunities shop at Aina Moja located at 39 Main St. Belfast. Aina Moja is an artisan support project importing authentic fair trade goods from Kenya, Africa and all proceeds benefit the organizations many efforts.

S.T.E.M.S: Expanding Opportunities; Success Through Education, Money and Support

By Nicole Carbisiero on March 25, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.
Margaret Adhiambo is a widow aged 69 years who is living with her 4 grandchildren. Her daughter dropped the children, left and has not returned since the baby Maurice was 8 months old. She has various medical problems. Pneumonia and other chest problems as well as debilitating arthritis in her …
Service Journey Volunteers with Expanding Opportunities work in the very remote village of Aremiet, Kenya, will include school construction, assistance with secondary school education, teaching culinary skills, and working with residents of the village to help with whatever needs arise. Mason will be spending two weeks volunteering in Aremiet, and is raising money to be given directly to Expanding Opportunities to assist with the completion of the school and other prescient needs, including food and water for villagers.

Belfast Brings Volunteers to Kenya

By Nicole Carbisiero on March 02, 2015, at 1:42 p.m.
Four volunteers have arrived safely in Aremiet Kenya for a Service Journey at Gordon Clem Academy with Expanding Opportunities non profit organization. Mason Hall of Belfast and Shelby joined Kevin Lees and Marley Smith of Vermont and director of Expanding Opportunities, Beverly Stone this week upon arriving at the airport …

Feb 20 World Day of Social Justice

By Nicole Carbisiero on Feb. 20, 2015, at 11:33 a.m.
World Day of Social Justice is a day recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We advance social justice when we remove barriers people face. You can …

Aina Moja Joins Vendors: Partners for World Health Craft Fair, Orono

By Nicole Carbisiero on Jan. 30, 2015, at 1:43 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: American Legion Post 84, 156 Park St, Orono, Maine Aina Moja, a project of Expanding Opportunities 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization will be among the 70 vendors this February at American Legion Post 84, in Orono. Partners for World Health – …

Staff Meeting Embarks Gordon Clem Academy

By Nicole Carbisiero on Jan. 21, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
By Nicole Carbisiero January 20, 2015 marked the day when the recent hire-es of Expanding Opportunities’ new school in Aremeit, a remote bush village in Kenya, Africa. The teachers and staff at the recently constructed Gordon Clem Academy met to discuss project needs and goals and begin an orientation of …

Stories All Start Somewhere: JWHS; How Progress Began With A Meal

By Nicole Carbisiero on Jan. 14, 2015, at 11:56 a.m.
A local non profit organization takes the new year to reflect back on the beginning and be thankful for all the progress made. Starting with a simple feeding program in Kenya, Expanding Opportunities, led by founder and director, Beverly Stone opens door to a new school with gratitude. In 1996, …

Production Increases Worldwide in 2015 for Non Profit Organization

By Nicole Carbisiero on Jan. 07, 2015, at 12:57 p.m.
By Nicole Carbisiero – Belfast A push of increased productivity is the goal at Expanding Opportunities non profit as the new year begins. The Waldo County based organization is increasing work space at their Belfast retail shop at 39 Main Street, and opening doors at Gordon Clem Academy in Aremeit, Kenya. “Increase …

Lucky Spoons…Stir Daily

By Nicole Carbisiero on Dec. 30, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
Aina Moja has unpacked new inventory and included are LUCKY SPOONS. The sale of these fair traded, hand carved spoons from Kenya bring blessings back to you while they support orphaned children at JWHS childrens home. Stir daily and share a spoon with all of your loved ones! A beautiful …

Giving Thanks

By Nicole Carbisiero on Dec. 30, 2014, at 12:44 p.m.
Expanding Opportunities non profit organization announces a heartfelt thanks to all donors, customers, sponsors, and volunteers who make our mission a reality. Without the support and generosity of you all, this organization would not be what it is today. We wish everyone a Happy New Year with many more successes …

Expanding Opportunities: FAQ The Gordon Clem Academy

By Nicole Carbisiero on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.
Who was Gordon Clem? Gordon was a long time parishioner, diocesan trustee, choir member and math instructor. He was on the faculty of the Choir School of St. Thomas Church, New York for 40 years, as Headmaster for 28 years. He was much loved and admired by many. Why a …

You can charitably give, shop fair trade, and support a local non profit this holiday in Belfast

By Nicole Carbisiero on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
Aina Moja, at 39 Main Street in downtown Belfast has fun new inventory just in time for the holiday, and fairly traded from Kenya, Africa. The non profit, Expanding Opportunities is announcing the opening of the new Gordon Clem Academy in the village of Ariemet, Kenya and continues to support …

New Inventory Coming to Aina Moja

By Nicole Carbisiero on Dec. 04, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
Director of Expanding Opportunities, Beverly Stone has just arrived from Kenya with fresh new fair trade African products at Aina Moja. The gift giving season is warming up at Aina Moja! Gifts with a story, handcrafted, unique gifts that support artists in Kenya, fairly. Expanding Opportunities is a non profit …

Expanding Opportunities Progress Report: Gordon Clem Academy

By Nicole Carbisiero on Dec. 01, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
In November 2013, Expanding Opportunities received the news of partnering with Trinity Parish in Lenox, Mass to honor Gordon Clem. Gordon Clem knew that education was the key for lifting up children and giving them the best chance in life they could have. Throughout his whole life, Gordon was dedicated …

Cyber Monday… Buy fair trade gifts to support local nonprofit at today and receive a FREE GIFT

By Nicole Carbisiero on Dec. 01, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
Aina Moja, a local Belfast shop at 39 Main Street is an African artisan support project of non profit organization, Expanding Opportunities. Aina Moja is Swahili for “One of a kind” and all proceeds benefit children in Kenya Africa, including JWHS Childrens Home and the Gordon Clem Academy, currently under …

Local Non Profit Organization Impacts Children’s lives in Africa: Meet Our Kids

By Nicole Carbisiero on Nov. 11, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
This is Imam. He has been with us for several years. It is exciting to watch and be part of these boys growing into men. Thank you Morrill Baptist Church for your faithful sponsorship of Imam. Sponsors are needed for several children at Expanding Opportunities. Your sponsorship will support the …

Give Purposely This Season

By Nicole Carbisiero on Nov. 11, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
Thinking about gift giving? Give gifts that give this season! Meaningful, handcrafted gifts from Aina Moja are “one of a kind” and support not for profit projects of Expanding Opportunities organization, including JWHS Childrens Home and the new Gordon Clem Academy. Beautiful Baobab Bags, hand tailored clothing, fun and fashionable …

Expanding Opportunities Organization Will be at UMO This Thursday

By Nicole Carbisiero on Nov. 11, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Memorial Union at UMO, 5748 Memerial Union, Orono, Maine For more information: 2079308012 Local not for profit organization, Expanding Opportunities will be a guest vendor in Memorial Union at University of Maine Thursday, November 13. Aina Moja, the organization’s retail …
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