With great thanks to the Maine Volunteers Lawyer Project, PPL is pleased to announce a new series of legal aid clinics to help veterans access benefits will be held on the first Thursday of every month, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The clinics will take place at the Portland Public Library (5 Monument Square, Lower Level Meeting Room #4). Volunteers will provide free help to veterans applying for VA benefits or appealing a denial. No appointment necessary.
VLP and the veterans’ benefits attorneys are pleased to provide this service to help guide our respected veterans through the VA benefits process.
The VLP is a joint project of Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the Maine Bar Foundation, dedicated to engaging volunteers in providing civil legal aid. Housed within Pine Tree Legal, VLP has more than 760 students, attorneys and community members volunteering It was established in 1983 to coordinate the volunteer efforts of Maine attorneys and community members volunteering each year and it generated more than $1 million dollars annually in volunteer services.
Spring — a season of renewal, a season of mud. April seems to me to be a perfect time to engage in reflection about what sustains our civic engagement when the cold persists, the mud tracks in, the rain falls. We keep at our community projects in part because we believe that the sun will shine on us again and that the outcomes will be meaningful and worth our time and attention. However, we also keep volunteering or keep on with activism because the alternative is to give up a sense of optimism and connection and even identity…. Activism is an antidote to despair about civic problems, but even the most intrepid activist experiences discouragement, frustration and burn-out at times.
This 2-part workshop stems from work by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone and their book Active Hope, but it is not necessary to read the book to participate! We will also draw on many other resources, included some shared here.
We are offering two distinct sessions – come to one or both!
Saturday April 12th 10:15am – 12:00pm — Meeting Room 5 –> explore the spiral of the work that reconnects including our biggest concerns for the future and our greatest hopes.
Tuesday April 29th 3:30 -5:00pm — Meeting Room 5 –> explore exercises designed to help sustain hope during dark times and to promote individual and collective self-care without encouraging a turning away from social problems.
Both of these public conversations are intended as starting points – an opportunity for developing and sustaining an Active Hope group will be considered by the group.
March is Women’s History Month and invites us to celebrate the unique contributions that women have made to American History while also considering the ways that sexism has shaped our collective history. There are many resources for learning more about women’s history and women’s role in political life. Among them: