Maine-Wabanaki REACH is a cross-cultural collaboration that successfully supported the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
REACH is implementing the Commission’s recommendations, focused on Wabanaki health, wellness and self-determination and community building.
REACH envisions and prepares for a future where Maine and Wabanaki people join together, acknowledging truth, promoting healing and creating change.
National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 19 - 25, 2020
We Appreciate YOU!
This week being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, all of us at Maine-Wabanaki REACH would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to dozens of passionate volunteers who help us in so many ways - whether it be helping to staff tables, setting up or cleaning up at events, co-facilitating workshops, offering support opportunities for volunteers, creating art, writing blogs, addressing thank you notes, donating plants for tribal gardens, taking photos, making connections, or amplifying our teachings - we see you and we appreciate you!!
Many of the ways in which people get involved with REACH is organic in nature. Most recently REACH was contacted by Carolyn Schaperkotter Wollen who wrote that she had been thinking about the need for a lot of masks.
“I have been a hoarder of great quality quilting cotton which is recommended,” Carolyn wrote. “Would it be worthwhile for me to send a box of material to REACH so that someone in the tribes could make their own masks?” REACH identified mask makers for the material to go to and Carolyn readily sent the material along with quilting implements, rotary cutters, and pads. Thank you to Carolyn and the mask makers Esther Mitchell of Wabanaki Public Health, Heather Augustine, Maine-Wabanaki REACH Maine Community Organizer, and Michele Beaney, sister to the co-chair of our Board, Penthea Burns.
Carolyn said, “I have felt very useless in this crisis so I am glad to find a way to help!”
Journeying together toward truth, healing, and change in the Dawnland.
From all of us at Maine-Wabanaki REACH