Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 13, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, December 13, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, December 13, 2018
Community Compass names executive director
Community Compass—a nonprofit helping Blue Hill peninsula, and Deer Isle-Stonington region families escape poverty by connecting them with resources and opportunities—recently welcomed Scott Hamann as its first executive director.
Board president Bob Holmberg describes Hamann as bringing great commitment and energy, as well as management and policy skills to the young program, according to a news release. Community Compass has recently formed a Connected Community Collaborative with 18 regional human services and educational groups.
Previously, Hamann was a data analyst and program manager at Good Shepherd Food Bank, served three terms in the Maine legislature, and was appointed twice to the Health & Human Services Committee where he led on public assistance policy. He was also twice appointed to the National Conference of State Legislatures “Hunger Partnership” where he collaborated with food insecurity experts and policymakers around the country to advocate for solutions to hunger in America. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern Maine.
“My life’s work has been spent ensuring everyone in our community has their basic needs met, regardless of how much money they earn,” Hamann said. “I look forward to helping lead Community Compass, and supporting our Neighborhood Navigators as they help families escape and stay out of poverty. Our work is about breaking the cycle and supporting community resiliency.”
Community Compass is a collaboration of community members, Neighborhood Navigators, and partner organizations working collectively to break the cycle of poverty by engaging the financially struggling, reducing barriers to prosperity, and building opportunity for all citizens of the 10 town region including Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington, and Surry. Neighborhood Navigators work directly with families that are struggling with poverty, hunger, and housing, empowering them with the knowledge, resources, and connections they need to thrive. Early childhood is a key focus for Community Compass. Deer Isle-Stonington Navigator Linda Shepard strives to make home visits to all island newborn families, inviting them to infant development/parent support groups in two area churches.