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Reaching Those Who Need Us the Most: Overcoming Isolation and Stigma in Rural Maine (Webinar)

Jan. 30, 2018, 11am-12pm


One of the ongoing challenges in rural Maine is reaching those that need assistance the most. How do we overcome isolation and stigma associated with accepting assistance and participating in programming? Isolation and lack of community in rural Maine has been identified as a barrier by both community forums and data throughout the state. The loss of a community identity has impacted the ability of nonprofits to fill in the gaps in these communities. Services such as substance abuse assistance, women's access to health care and mental health services have a stigma attached in some rural communities, preventing people receiving assistance. How do we overcome this?

Strategies that will be covered in this webinar include:
  • Peer-to-Peer Outreach; 
  • Fostering partnerships with schools for early intervention; 
  • Community visibility in unique ways;
  • Coordinated efforts and partnerships with other organizations; and 
  • Grassroots outreach programs and how to combine all of these to be the most effective at overcoming isolation.

Intended Audience:
Development staff, leadership personnel, volunteers in programming, board members, small and mid-sized organizations that do not have dedicated marketing staff

Cost + Registration:
  • $30 MANP Members / $50 Non-members
  • To register yourself, click the link below
    To register someone else, email Learn@NonprofitMaine.org
About the Presenter:
Tavia Melhus is currently the Executive Director for River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition based in Rumford. She recently moved to Norway, Maine from Nashville, Tennessee. While in Tennessee, Tavia founded a local nonprofit then expanded to a national network while serving as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She has experience in a variety of industries, including health care, hospitality/ customer service, and sales for major corporations. She launched her own nonprofit growth consulting business in Tennessee, focusing on helping small non-profits expand in a logical and sustainable manner in 2017. 

Tavia has served as a Board Member on a multiple nonprofits in Nashville, including an educational based group titled Carnegie Writer’s Group. While there, she collaborated on the publication titled, “Writing in the 21st Century,” and presented a grantwriting workshop at the Annual National Conference. Since moving to Maine, she has joined the Board of Directors of the Center for an Ecology Based Economy and the Development Committee for the Alan Day Community Garden, located in Norway. 

Tavia has held leadership roles for a variety of public sector organizations, including the American Red Cross, Vanderbilt Medical Center, and Pet Community Center. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Keller Graduate School of Management. Tavia is also an Adjunct Facility member in the Leadership Studies Department at the University of Southern Maine.

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