Successful Maine Outreach Trip Despite Snowstorm Nemo


February 13, 2013
Jenny Martin, New England Grassroots Organizer, U.S. Poverty Campaigns

My recent trip to Maine to expand our RESULTS chapters started with a bang in the town of Lewiston. I was inspired by Bates College Early Childhood students, who got engaged with understanding how Head Start is at risk this year, and also by our EPIC Laser Talk! I led another advocacy training with the Bates College Bonner Program students where we learned EPIC and turned it into a letter-writing action to protect SNAP funding. I’ve been asked to come back to host a letter to the editor event, and many students signed up for online advocacy! I also connected with the Maine People&rsquols Alliance, a key anti-poverty advocacy organization for the state.

As I readied to meet up with the local Head Start, I ran into Storm Nemo preparations — they were busy making sure the centers were ready, and ensuring families would be safe in the storm. Unfortunately, my travel plans were in the danger zone, and I had to cancel the rest of my Maine trip.

I got home safely, and as predicted great loads of snow fell! Now I&rsquolm looking forward to scheduling my next trip to Maine and meeting up with those I missed in Bristol, Bangor, and Presque Isle. So, if you know someone in these areas, or somewhere else in Maine, please contact me so that we can work together to bring RESULTS to Maine. My e-mail is [email protected], or go to the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NewEnglandResults.

Thanks and stay warm and safe out there!

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