Welcome to the Bangor Circle of Caring

The Circle of Caring is a community united, surrounding people struggling with opioid use disorder in the greater Bangor region

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Circle of Caring Campaign

The Circle of Caring is a social media campaign to show our community united, surrounding people struggling with opioid use disorder in the greater Bangor region. How to show your support:

  1. Make a circle. Draw a circle. Join hands to form a circle.
  2. Give $10 - Give Now
  3. Take a photo of your circle. Share online on the Circle of Caring Facebook Group or with #caringcircle.
  4. Challenge others to give and start an avalanche of giving by clicking on “Givealanche”.

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Your Gift Makes a Difference

By making a gift, you are part of a circle of support that surrounds and cares for those struggling from opioid use disorder in the greater Bangor community. Your gift will stay right here in the greater Bangor region, allocated by the Community Health Leadership Board, a partnership of hospitals, healthcare providers and the city of Bangor that seeks to reduce stigma and increase understanding of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery.

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Learn More About Opioid Abuse Disorder

Want to learn more about how to reduce the stigma, talk to your kids about drugs, or support those who are suffering?

Parents can learn more about how to talk to their kids about substance use and how drinking alcohol and using drugs can get in the way of hopes and dreams.
Visit maineparents.net for more information and helpful conversation starters.

Choose Wisely

Ask the right questions. The “Choose Wisely” website aims to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is free from harm and truly necessary. Click here to learn more about choosing medicines to relieve chronic pain.

Be Kind To Others

Words create stigma. Choose your words carefully. Show respect and compassion for those suffering from opioid addiction. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Be kind. Always.

Click here for an article on the importance of words.

Write to Augusta

Write to your Maine House and Senate member, Congressman Bruce Poliquin, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Angus King urging passage of legislation that will increase funding for programs that support those who are struggling with opioid use disorder.

Healthy Region

Visit #HealthyRegion, a blog by local people and experts on addiction recovery. As part of the work of the Community Health Leadership Board, #HealthyRegion’s aim is about the science and treatment of addiction.

The Bangor Daily News held a community event a few weeks back called the One Life Project. Click here for 99 ideas put forward by the public at the One Life Project in Bangor on May 4, 2016 to help end the opiate epidemic. If you know someone or an agency that's pursuing the ideas listed, write it in the document. Or, include who could be working on each idea if they're not already.

Maine Resilience Building Network
The Maine Resilience Building Network was founded in 2012. It is a collection of individuals and organizations in Maine working to educate about Adverse Childhood Experiences and build resilience. Maine Resilience Building Network

Thank You

Your Circle of Caring dollars will help fund efforts to:

  • Educate healthcare providers – to decrease the number of people using opiates and improve access to Suboxone and other treatment options.
  • Provide immediate support for those in crisis, especially those returning to the community after a detox/rehabilitation program – to decrease the likelihood of overdosing from opiates.

How we use your gift depends, in large part, on how much we are able to raise. We have set an initial goal of $50,000 that could (for example) help educate, license and support more physicians to prescribe Suboxone. If we were to raise $150,000 or more, the Community Health Leadership Board might pursue the first stages of a social detox program. The more we raise, the more we can do. Please consider giving a minimum of $10, or any number that ends in a circle -- $20, $50, $100 or $1,000. All funds raised (except for credit card processing fees) will go directly toward solving the opioid problem in this area.

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The First Circle

The members of the Community Health Leadership Board made the first circle of caring on May 23, 2016. Community Health Leadership Board members include: Acadia Hospital, City of Bangor, Community Health & Counseling Services, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Penobscot Community Health Care, Penquis, and St. Joseph Healthcare.

Download Community Health Leadership Board PDF

Give by Mail

Gifts will be processed and held by St. Joseph Healthcare as the fiscal agent for the Community Health Leadership Board and the Circle of Caring.  If you prefer to mail your gift, please make your check payable to “St. Joseph Healthcare” and be sure to write “Circle of Caring” in the memo line.

Mail to:
St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation
PO Box 1638
Bangor, ME 04402