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About MFN
MFN STEERING COMMITTEE

John V. Finnegan, Chairman

Philip J. Judd, Vice Chairman/Project Director

Roger Pomerleau, Treasurer

Lisa Miller, Secretary/Clerk

Committee Members:

Dean LaChance

Edward Miller

Kay Rand

Mitchell Ross, MD

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  • A new monthly message sometimes calls for reading message of the same month from the previous year. What a shock it was to read the first paragraph of The September 2019 message! - It read:

    “It is now September, following a family friendly warm summer. The signs-back to school shopping, last minute vacation, maybe a family Labor Day gathering…..a new year of friends, yet unknown, new ideas and experiences, holding fast to family ties and memories……We are thankful for these times and memories that shape(our children) into who they are becoming.”

    Wow! Coronavirus has had a big impact and changed family life. Many changes are beneficial-families spending more time together, a lot of home learning, appreciation of the neighborhood you live in and getting to know your neighbors. Calling friends and family just to say hello and “ how they are you doing”.

    There are stressful moments--wearing masks, will there be school, controlled access to re-opened businesses which must operate in ways that conform to rules in place. Yet you can witness acts of kindness and humor. I have received, given and observed acts of respect, generosity, and helpfulness in my travels around my home town.

    Today, I went to a local store. I have been to their old location and at this new one. I got a new cellphone and needed to transfer data from my old phone. In the past, the store wasn't a friendly place. I was in for a wonderful surprise. They now had a hostess! It was a delight. She and the staff were welcoming and kind.. She managed the traffic- sometimes taking what was needed to pay a bill and the customer never entered the store. Incredible customer service and an understanding of the person she were interacting with. I was there for a long time and enjoyed watching the customer miracles.

    We are all tired and want to go back to “normal”. Yes to no masks! But I do not want to lose the blessings we each have received. So I will call it the “new normal”. Think well on the gifts you have received. Hold fast to the good things you have experienced during these difficult times. It makes a difference for us all.

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    “The bad news is time flies, the good news is you're the pilot!”

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Keith Edwards, staff writer for the Kennebec Journal, has written a great article about MFN for the January 24th issue.  You can read the full article here at KJ Article.   Or you can read the article at the KJ here.

Maine Families debuts with Music In the Kitchen, partnering with Cony High School, KVYMCA and local business.

Nate's Story

Child's Play is Important!

MFN October 24, 2015 Symposium

UMA symposium, October 24th:

PARENTS, NATURAL EUCATORS. CHILDREN, NATURAL STUDENTS.

University of Maine at Augusta President, Dr. Glenn A. Cummings, has stated UMA’s support for the mission of the Maine Families Network, citing UMS’s strong commitment to areas of study related to healthy living and community-based support networks.

MFN and UMA are logical allies in building a stronger Maine.

  • Be patient. Some things just take time. on your favorite social network. Or go to our Facebook page: Provided by MFN

Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

– MARGARET MEAD –

What is a Home?

The home is the most important school for children.  Every moment in the home teaches…it is important those lessons be good ones.

Radio News

Listen for public service announcements by Maine Humorist and family man Gary Crocker, a Maine Families Network supporter sharing food for thought for Maine families airing on local Radio.

What is a Family?

MFN identifies a family as any adults or group of adults who assume responsibility for the growth and intellect, values and physical skills for the children in their life.

MFN OUR VISION

Our vision is that parents naturally take on the nurturing and educational journey of their children.  It is their home which becomes the first and most impactful “life” school.  It is here the child discovers their uniqueness, builds self-esteem and desire for learning.  The ultimate goal is a vibrant young adult and good citizen.  We all thank you.  MFN

“Respect, responsibility and reliability is what binds a family together.”

OUR GOALS

To Provide

Maine Families with access to resources that support the mission of MFN.

TO EMPOWER

Maine Families thru networking and providing a wide range of family activities, workshops and conferences.

TO BECOME AN ADVOCATE

for Maine families on issues and concerns that impact family life and the well-being of their children.

TO EDUCATE

Maine families on wholesome learning, and building rewarding futures for children.

TO IDENTIFY

key building blocks for strengthening families.

TO PROMOTE

healthy practices for learning, education nutrition, health & well being, and concern for the environment.

There are lots of people in Maine

And lots to get done.  Let’s do it!

25952

Maine Children

45000

Maine Families

727632

Number of Maine Homes

179562

Neighbors below Poverty Line

JUST THINKING

Parents help build productive lives for their children.