News & Events
There’s always a lot going on at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and in the communities we serve. Find out more about upcoming events, community awareness activities, and prevention and training programs.
We’d like you to be a part of all we do!
Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance is hosting the “4th Annual Bangor Walks to End Abuse” on October 22nd as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us and other members of the community as we walk around downtown to raise awareness about domestic abuse. We are inviting all members of the community to walk together in support of survivors, to remember those who have died, and make a statement that our community will not tolerate abuse.
11:30 am -12pm | Gather at West Market Square
Come pick up your walking gear! We’ll be giving away t-shirts, purple ribbon temporary tattoos, purple ribbon stickers and more. Please register for the walk at the constant contact link above to be guaranteed a free shirt!
Show your support of Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and our mission to end abuse in our community. We encourage everyone to bring their company or school signs/banners, etc. and help us make this a successful event that demonstrates our community’s commitment to raising awareness and ending abuse.
Before we walk, we will have a short remembrance ceremony. Speakers from Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and the community will focus on affirming their commitment to ending abuse.
12:00 pm | We walk
Participants should be ready to walk shortly after noon. Walkers will begin to make their way down Main Street and will follow the flow of traffic up Hammond, onto Harlow, turning onto Main Street, walking up to Water Street and back down Main to West Market Square. This is a half mile walk.
Don’t forget your lunch! Registered participants can pick up their bag lunch immediately following the walk. The Darling’s Ice Cream Truck will also be on hand with some very tasty treats. This event is projected to end at 1:30pm.
For more information about all of our Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, including a community calendar of events, please visit our DVAM page.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Each October, communities across the nation join together to recognize the existence of Domestic Violence and to honor those who have been affected by violence with vigils, walks, and other awareness-raising activities.
If you would like to learn more about these activities, please visit our DVAM page. If you’d like to register for an event, links are provided under each event listing.
On October 4th, 2015, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance will hold the 19th Annual Race to End Domestic Abuse, our flagship event in Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event is our largest fundraiser supporting our non-profit organization and provides us with an opportunity to promote awareness of the issue of domestic violence and abuse while engaging community members in this movement. The race and walk are one way that we show our intolerance for domestic violence and bring together individuals, businesses and students to help us show support to victims and survivors. Everyone is invited to join in this commuity event!
Pledge sheets are available on our website and donations may be logged on runsignup.com (preregister at: https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Guilford/RacetoEndDomesticAbuse) or brought to the race (paper registration is available here). The $25 fee will reserve your long sleeve, performance special edition tee-shirt, while $100 or more in pledges earns a black fleece vest emboidered with a purple ribbon!
The timeline for the day is as follows:
*At 7:30 am there will be a delicious Community Breakfast at the Piscataquis Community Elementary School. The hearty breakfast including pancakes, bacon, eggs, muffins, and much more for $5 per person or $20 for a family (kids under 2 years eat free).
*At 8 am on-site registration begins. (Participants are encouraged to pre-register and to log donations online to facilitate organization on race day!)
*The race and walk events begin at 9 am in the driveway of Piscataquis Community Elementary School at 25 Campus Drive in Guilford, Maine.
Runners will take a left out of the parking lot onto Blaine Avenue and will continue on taking another left onto Route 15 or Water Street, past Goulette’s IGA and the Athletic Field. Runners will progress to the Piscataquis River Walk, winding along the banks of the Piscataquis River during peak foliage season. The route continues to the junction of Route 23 where runners will take a left until they reach Route 15 and take another left. This will lead runners back to the school and to the finish line.
We invite all participants to stay for a spirited awards ceremony!
PLEASE NOTE: dogs are not permitted during the race or at the finish line. Please do not bring pets to the event.
The 2015 Harmony Camp sessions will begin soon! Harmony Camp is a 3-day mini camp for children ages 6-9 designed to promote self-esteem. Art, crafts, songs and playtime will be used to help children appreciate their own uniqueness and that of others.
Camp will take place in three locations this year:
- Dover-Foxcroft Harmony Camp: July 14-16 at the Congregational Church
- Dexter Harmony Camp: August 11-13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall
- Guilford Harmony Camp: August 18-20 at the United Methodist Church
More information and registration can be found here.
Spring is finally here and all of us at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance are ready to get outside and enjoy the good weather!
On April 25th, Erin’s Run will take place in downtown Bangor. The annual 5k race and walk honors the memory of Erin McGrath Woolley and benefits Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and the University of Maine Swimming and Diving Team. You can find more information at their website or on their Facebook page.
This year Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance is teaming up with the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter for the 20th Hike for the Homeless. Last year’s hike had more than 800 participants!
Check out www.hikingforthehomeless.org to register. We’ll have a team walking and we hope to see you there!
On Saturday, April 11th, the Friends of the Cross Insurance Center will hold its second annual Gala in celebration of our community, its successes, and the continuing economic development efforts of the region. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and two other area non-profits.
Please join us or an evening of dinner, dancing, and celebration at what is being billed as, “the single largest evening of giving back to the community the region has ever experienced!” Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance will be in the running for an additional bonus gift based on Gala attendee voting during the event.
For more event information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Cross Center Gala site.
On Thursday, April 2nd from 6 to 8 pm, there will be a screening of the documentary film “In Plain Sight,” which deals with the topic of sex trafficking in the U.S. It will be shown at Mathieu Auditorium, in Schoodic Hall on the EMCC campus. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided, and after the film there will be a brief panel discussion. The event is sponsored by Eastern Maine Community College’s PUMA Club in cooperation with St. Andre Home, Rape Response Services, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance, and the Salvation Army.
Please join us! For more information about the film, visit the In Plain Sight page.
You’re invited to Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. RSVP now or get more information.
In light of the weather predictions for pouring rain on Thursday, we’ve changed the Bangor Walks to End Abuse event to Monday, October 27th (times are the same). We’ve also changed the gathering location to Pickering Square since the construction at West Market Square is not quite done. If you’ll be attending, please pre-register so we’ll have enough free T-shirts and lunches for everyone. We hope you can join us!