A Day in the Life of Our Outreach & Community Navigation Director
7:00am: Wake up, check the weather. Today is a weekly Fill the Y Bus Drive. Better dress warm. Snow is coming and it will probably be quiet.
8:00am: Go into the office at the Y, check emails and phone messages for community navigation help line. Reach out to partners and make connections for those in need. Someone’s furnace needs to be fixed. Someone else needs a ride to an appointment. Someone wants to know how they can help. Post on Facebook: Here’s what our local food pantries, food cubbies, and Lincoln County Food Initiative meal delivery service needs! Come see me at the Fill the Y Bus Drive!
9:00 am print off Fill the Y bus fliers and prepare the Y bus to get ready to go.
10:00am: Park the bus out front at Main Street Grocery. Chat with people, check my messages, load donations on the bus as they come. Much busier than I thought it would be!
10:30am: an in person visit at Main Street Grocery from my cousin - “Saw your Facebook post. What do these people need?” I tell her today we are working on stocking a food cubby at Medomak Valley High School for when kids return from February break. The Waldoboro Pop-Up Food Pantry and New Harbor food pantry are both in need of supplies. Plus, LCFI has given me a list of supplies they need for delivery boxes.
11:00am: My cousin returns with a cart full of groceries to donate. I load them on the bus. I made a mental note . She didn’t buy anything for herself while shopping. That was generous to come down here just for our Fill the Y bus event!
12:00 Several Damariscotta Newcastle Rotarians stop by one by one to give their weekly donations of items and we chat about the other various needs of our community.
1:00 I return a call from someone sharing how their relative just got out of the hospital having had surgery . They need temporary meal delivery. I get all of their information and forward the ask to Lincoln County Food Initiative.
2:00pm: Phew, that flew by! Thought it would be a quiet day, but instead the bus is loaded with 21 boxes of donations.
2:15pm: Call from Jane at Main Street Grocery. Someone was shopping for donations when I left. Oops. Make that 22 boxes of donations!
2:30pm: Drop the bus off at the Y.