Town of Scarborough, Scarborough Police Department, and Project GRACE Jointly Awarded $15,000 Grant from United Way's COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
United Way of Greater Portland has awarded $259,073 in the second round of grants from the Greater Portland COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to 25 local nonprofits, schools, and faith-based groups on the frontlines working with individuals and families disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Project GRACE, Scarborough Police Department and Scarborough General Assistance were jointly awarded a generous and timely $15,000 grant that builds on our community's very long and successful history of working together to give a neighbor a helping hand when it is most needed. These are difficult times for everyone, and this grant will allow the three agencies to respond to urgent and immediate needs due to the COVID-19 crisis.
With the recent order from the Governor requiring face coverings in public places where social distancing is difficult, Scarborough public safety, public works, and town staff are in need of homemade masks to be able to perform routine tasks, particularly when they restart town services. If you have the ability to help, please contact Deputy Chief Rich C. Kindelan at (207) 730-4203 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or email us via our "Give Help" form. Pick up can be arranged so you don't have to travel, and drop-off locations include:
UPDATE 4/14 - Other places looking for masks include Maine Veterans Home, Bessey Commons, Cape Memory Care, and several individuals who have contacted Project GRACE.
UPDATE 3/31 - Scarborough Terrace would like to have homemade face masks. They prefer the pattern with the pocket. You can drop them off at their facility anytime (600 Commerce Drive).
People across the country are putting their talents work, sewing masks and gowns. Project GRACE volunteers are collecting and distributing homemade masks to where they are needed, including right here in Scarborough. >>MORE
Homemade masks are considered by the CDC to be ‘of last resort’, says a Central Maine Healthcare spokesperson, "but if they are worn OVER an N95 respirator, they could prolong the usable life of the respirator and help to conserve resources."
Partners for World Health has surgical blue wrap and other materials to make masks for donations. Interested volunteers can learn more at facebook.com/PartnersForWorldHealth.
If you have supplies like N95 masks that you want to donate to a hospital or health provider, please call ahead to ask about their needs and how they want you to make the donation.
SEDCO has recently launched a new BUS (Business Update Scarborough) page on Facebook. Local businesses can post changes in hours, temporary closures, online offerings and more. We went there and saw there are options for curbside service from our fave local eateries! Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/UpdateScarborough
We all want to make sure all our neighbors have what they need to stay healthy and safe. Any senior (over 65) Scarborough resident who would benefit from a weekly check-in phone call can use this Google form to be added to the Town of Scarborough's call list (or call 730-4150 to sign up). Town staff will make all the calls, and the Town won't share this number with any other group.
Project GRACE needs gift cards to grocery stores, pharmacies, and local take-out/curbside restaurants and national online retailers like Amazon, Walmart & Target. Please don't make a special trip; but if you're already out shopping for yourself, consider picking up a gift card to share with a neighbor. Or make an online gift to the Neighbor Helping Neighbor fund.
The Scarborough Food Pantry, Scarborough Public Works, Project GRACE, and Wayside Foods are working together to make sure neighbors enrolled in the senior box program will get their monthly boxes as usual. Seniors already on the list and living in Scarborough can expect to have their boxes delivered the first week of April. To sign up for a box, or for more info, contact Project GRACE (883-5111) or fill out the contact form.
Connect with Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) Resource Specialists at 207-396-6500 or by email at email@example.com for information related to the impact of the Coronavirus. SMAA also provides information for older adults and adults with disabilities on topics such as housing, Medicare, transportation, etc. as well as for caregivers. >> MORE
Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered at this time. Extra frozen meals (storm packs—just like in a snowstorm) will be delivered to all Meals on Wheels participants and SMAA has ordered shelf-stable packs that will also go out to MOWs participants in the coming weeks. Please contact SMAA to arrange for a home-delivered meal, especially for any senior who was attending Community Cafes for lunch.
Through These Doors is a domestic-violence resource center that serves Cumberland County. The organization cannot accept donations of hygiene products and children’s items right now, so money is needed to purchase those items and other supplies.