News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Compass, April 17, 2014
Regional poverty collaborative to launch ‘Pathways to Success’

Marjorie Withers, director of the Washington County Community Caring Collaborative, will facilitate a community meeting on Saturday, April 19, as a follow-up to the Healthy Peninsula conference on Children and Poverty held last October. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the First Congregational Church in Blue Hill from 9 a.m. to noon.

In the past six months, a regional leadership collaborative of teachers, health professionals, church members, legislators, and concerned individuals from the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle, and Stonington have met to develop strategies to help young families move beyond the effects of generational and situational poverty: public awareness of the problem, needs and opportunity survey, connection with local resources, school assistance and programs, and mentoring opportunities for children and families, according to a news release.

“Pathways to Success” is oriented toward local and regional planning and action. This open community meeting is organized in partnership with the Washington Hancock Community Agency, Child and Family Opportunities, and the Early Childhood Steering Committee of Healthy Peninsula. For more information about the meeting, contact Bob Holmberg at