BANGOR, Maine — Residents of Bangor’s New Capehart neighborhood are joining together to build community and strengthen their neighborhood by hosting a neighborhood party 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. Working in partnership with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, neighborhood residents are hosting a party to encourage their neighbors to reach out to one another and the many community organizations that want to support them. This 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 their negaitive influences at work in their neighborhood by by connecting them eith others who want to make positive change.
The party will begin at 3 p.m. in the playground located between Griffin Road and Bolling Drive. 20 CPPC partner organizations will be on hand with information to share and activities and games. Darling’s Ice Cream Truck will also 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 have also joined us to 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 came together through the leadership of the 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 measureable goal of which is the reduction of children coming into care with the state as a result of child abuse or neglect. The philosophy of CPPC 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.
Partnering within CPPC are a number of organizations including; Bangor Police Department, Bangor Housing, 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.
A result of this community effort has been the development of resident groups who have joined with CPPC to build community and strengthen the neighborhoods they live in, knowing that only when we all work together, to strengthen families through a stronger neighborhoods, will as many children as possible be truly safe and happy.
For more information about the Aug, 27 neighborhood party or about CPPC, contact Coordinator Tom Grogan at 951-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.