Date(s) - June 3, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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On June 3rd, our agency, in conjunction with awesome sponsors like Mid Coast Hospital, the Bath YMCA, and the United Way of Mid Coast Maine, are hosting a free Community Baby Shower for residents of Sagadahoc County, Brunswick, and Harpswell. We are inviting organizations from the community to join us in giveaways, demonstrations, and raffles that promote healthy and happy families; we’re hoping for a big turn out! The first 50 parent/caregivers to register for each session will receive a free “Welcome Baby” bag full of goodies for new babies and their families.
Who? This event is free and reserved for parents and caregivers living in Sagadahoc County, Brunswick, and Harpswell only.
What? Our first-annual Community Baby Shower will host a variety of organizations, programs, and nonprofits centered around pregnancy, child/family care and wellness, etc. Each booth will include resources, demonstrations, and activities for attendees. There will be a clothing boutique with donated baby and maternity clothes of various sizes. Refreshments will be available. A full list of participants will be available closer to the day of the event.
Where? This event will be hosted in the Midcoast Maine Community Action conference space. The address is 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath ME 04530. We may expand the event to the outdoors, weather and attendance permitting.
When? This event is on Saturday, June 3rd and will be hosted in 2 sessions; session 1 is 10:00-11:15 am and session 2 is 11:45am-1:00pm. Attendees must register for one session or the other, not both.
Why? This event is a Primary Prevention level community response-based initiative. Child maltreatment data shows that children from birth to age 1 are often the most vulnerable population, and this event will strengthen Protective Factors for parents and caregivers. This free event will celebrate and support expectant parents and new and growing families with children up to age 1 with knowledge about community resources, education, concrete supports, an opportunity to make new social connections, and time to simply to have fun together!
I’m reaching out to businesses and non-profits in the community in hopes of garnering support and sponsorship. There are a few ways for you to get involved:
- Host a donation box! We’re collecting diapers, new/gently used baby clothes, baby and parenting books, and maternity clothes. We cannot accept used car seats or toys for health/safety reasons.
- Donate goods through our Amazon Wish List! These items will be used for event raffles.
- Hang up our flyer! It includes details about the event including the QR code for registration. I will attach the flyer to this email, but I can also drop off a color copy of it to you if needed.
- Come to the event! If you have resources to share and would like to put together a demonstration and/or giveaway, please register here: https://forms.office.com/r/GSWqLL0Wwn Reach out to Missy Kettell at email@example.com for questions and more information. We are hoping to have a variety of activities to add value to this event.
- As always, monetary donations are greatly appreciated as there are many costs associated with hosting an event with this many moving parts. Checks can be made out to Midcoast Maine Community Action.
MMCA is responsible for providing life-saving resources to Maine’s midcoast residents, including:
- WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling, and supplemental food vouchers to pregnant and 6 months postpartum women, infants, and children from birth to age 5 in Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, and Sagadahoc counties.
- Head Start and Early Head Start provide free high-quality, early childhood education for income-qualified families in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, and Northern Cumberland counties.
- Families CAN! (Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council) offers a variety of free parenting classes to residents of Sagadahoc, Knox, and Waldo counties.
We hope that you get involved in whichever ways you can. Community support is what makes events like this one successful! If you’d like to get involved or have any questions, please let me know.