As we close on another successful year, all we can say is THANK YOU! We more than appreciate all that our supporters and volunteers have done to help our organization grow!
Because of more growth and exciting challenges, our organization is in a more sustainable place heading into 2020! Many new events and programs launched this year, with tons of opportunities and projects that will advance our mission and vision going forward.
We truly are fortunate and amazed to have a team that is unlike most. From those that just wear our shirts to show support, to those that are involved in the everyday operations of the organization, it truly is a team effort that has created ample opportunities for the communities that we serve.
As Walt Disney said "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." I would have to say that those have and will continue to become possible with optimism and creativity always in mind.
2020 will be full of new and exciting challenges. Some definitely daunting and challenging to pursue, but many of them exciting and rewarding. But with that comes following our same mission that has gotten us here today. That same mission that has impacted 29+ schools, thousands of children in Eastern Maine, and has supported numerous other programs/organizations.
We look forward to all that 2020 brings, and we cannot wait for you to join us for the fun and exciting ride!
With Appreciation & Gratitude,
Connor J. Archer
Founder & CEO/Executive Director
The Courageous Steps Project
The Courageous Steps Project recently awarded a donation of $500 to the Dr. Lewis Libby School in Milford. This donation will be used to add more flexible seating options within the classrooms of the school.
We are so pleased to continue our support of local schools and their pursuit of making the lives of students better inside of school and outside of school.
The Courageous Steps Project's Wishlist Initiative continues to support several programs in the Eastern Maine region. Interested in learning more about our Wishlist Initiative? Click here to visit the page and find the application: Wishlist Initiative.
The Step Forward Initiative of The Courageous Steps Project hosted its' first ever Step Forward Essay Contest. This year, we were able to recognize three middle school students for their outstanding essays, demonstrating how the power of writing can be used to share powerful stories.
This year, we were proud to recognize two 8th grade students from the Bangor Christian School, and a 6th grade student at the Dedham School.
The Step Forward Essay contest gives the opportunity for middle and high school students, to tell their stories, and challenge themselves to write creatively. The Essay Contest debuted in 2019, and will be offered again next fall!
Greetings Courageous Steps Supporters & Volunteers! It is that time of year where the holidays are around the corner, and the end of the year is almost upon us! We have several ways that you can get involved for this last part of the year!
Join us on Saturday December 7th at Old Town Elementary School’s Holiday Bazaar from 9am-2pm. We will be once again selling Yankee Candle products and holiday goods to benefit our growing organization!
Left-over holiday goods from our Holiday Bazaar booth will be put up for a quick sale that following week! Be on the lookout for that on our Facebook page & website in the coming weeks!
2020 Masquerade for Awareness tickets go on sale Sunday December 1st at 12:00am! We are looking forward to this year’s event, and look forward to seeing you register for our event on Saturday March 21st, 2020 at the Morgan Hill Event Center from 7pm-11pm. Here is the link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-masquerade-for-awareness-tickets-59936410417
2020 Step Forward Sports Dodge For A Cause tournament registration is NOW OPEN! We are currently accepting teams for our event on Saturday February 1st! To register, you can visit the program link (https://www.stepforwardsports.org/Default.aspx?tabid=567095).
Other events have and will continue to be posted on our Facebook pages and websites!
On behalf of our entire organization, we certainly appreciate all of your ongoing support in helping us grow. 2020 is shaping out to be our best year yet!
As always, if you have any questions, please email me directly at: email@example.com!
Connor J. Archer
Founder & CEO/Executive Director
The Courageous Steps Project is pleased to welcome Dana Davis of Milford, to the Courageous Steps Project’s Fundraising Committee, as announced by founder & CEO/Executive Director Connor Archer.
“Dana will be a great addition to our organization’s fundraising team, and will help us continue to strengthen our fundraising committee” said Archer. Archer adds that this is the beginning of growing the fundraising team for the upcoming year and future of The Courageous Steps Project.
She is married to the love of her life Glenn and have two amazing children Maddie and Brady.
She lives in Milford, but grew up in Baileyville with her amazing mother and three siblings! Her mom was such a giver and such a selfless lady, we lost her way to early due to cancer...she wants to keep her alive in me by helping others in anyway she can!
She heard about Courageous Steps by signing up for a race. She is preschool teacher at the University of Maine and has been there since 2008. She loves to exercise, Zumba, cheer, and watch her children play the sports they love! Her kids say she talks too much, but she loves them with all her heart, they just don’t realize how cool their mom is.
The Courageous Steps Project is looking for volunteers to help in many capacities. To learn more, or express interest, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday October 16th, the Courageous Steps Project’s Board of Directors officially welcomed Mathy M. Terrill in as a board member of the organization.
“Mathy will be a great addition to our organization and its’ educational & community initiatives” said founder & executive director Connor Archer. This is just a series of moves that Archer is working on for the upcoming new year!
Mathy M. Terrill is originally from New York but has lived in Maine since 1997. She has been in education for 16 years and currently works at Orono High School as a Social Studies teacher, and is an assistant coach on their Cross Country team. Mathy is married to Barry Terrill, they have 2 children Delaney and Griffin and reside in Old Town.
Hello Courageous Steps Supporters & Volunteers,
It has been a busy month of October, full of exciting ventures for the future of our organization!
We had the pleasure of receiving a donation from the Eastern Maine Bass Club through an event they did earlier this month. Their donation of $1,000, will help our new Unified Sports program!
This past weekend, we hosted our first ever Costumes & Cocktails event at the Morgan Hill Event Center. We had a turnout of over 200 people, and lots raised for our growing organization! We are looking forward to next year’s event already, set for Friday October 23rd from 8pm-12am.
We have been making some changes within our organizational structure this month. This includes naming Heather Martin as our new events chair for The Courageous Steps Project. Heather has been deeply involved within our organization’s endeavors, and this move will allow us to grow for years to come!
Our former board chair, Jay Martin, delivered his resignation message to the board of directors during the October 2019 board meeting. His resignation was based on personal reasons that we will not disclose, in respect of his family. Myself, and our board of directors, are beginning the process of filling this important role, and will hopefully have a decision by the end of this year/early next year!
Coming up for the rest of the year is our Thanksgiving Crockpot Challenge on Sunday November 17th from 3:30pm-5:30pm at the Old Town Recreation Center. $15 to enter your crockpot, and $5 for additional ones (can only enter a limit of 3). Supporters are encouraged to come out and eat with us as well. See the actual event for more details!
Courageous Steps will once again be at the OTES Holiday Bazaar on Saturday December 7th from 9am-2pm selling Yankee Candle products. Come see us, and choose your perfect holiday gifts!
Planning for next year is underway, with several new exciting events being launched, as well as expansion of programs. I am excited to share that all with you in the next couple of months.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please email me directly at: email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support!
Connor J. Archer, Founder & CEO/Executive Director
Earlier in August, Heather Martin (current walk-run & fundraising committee member), joined our board of directors in early August, after her great involvement thus far. Heather was approved unanimously by the board fo directors on Wednesday August 14th at our Board of Directors meeting.
“This is a great opportunity for our growing organization. Heather brings such great work ethic & experience to our organization through her years in education.” said Connor Archer, founder & CEO/Executive Director of The Courageous Steps Project.
Heather has been involved with our annual walk-run, our gala events (Masquerade for Awareness & Costumes/Cocktails, and most recently, has been a huge contributor to our future plans for long-term programming through the Step Forward Initiative and its’ future programs.
Heather Martin joined The Courageous Steps Project’s volunteering team in late 2017. Heather currently sits on our walk-run committee, and helps with other programs of the organization. She has been teaching for 19 years. She always enjoy watching children learn and grow. "I love volunteering with the Courageous Steps Project as it helps, teaches and provides tools to area students on how to face day to day obstacles."
The Courageous Steps Project recently held its' 2nd Annual Masquerade for Awareness on Saturday March 30th at the Morgan Hill Event Center in Hermon.
With a turnout of approximately 230 people, it easily surpassed last year's total.
"Everyone seemed to have an awesome time" said founder & executive director Connor Archer. "This event has allowed us to expand our efforts and has allowed our overall organization to take that next step forward" added Archer.
Archer would also like to add that the event would not be possible without the sponsors, volunteers, and supporters.
Registration for the 2020 Masquerade for Awareness will be open this fall. However, because of the turnout, we have a new event in store for later in 2019.
"Because of all the support we received, we decided to launch an event called Costumes & Cocktails" said Archer. He goes onto say that this event will be a great fall event giving those to go out and have a fun night during the Halloween season. Registration is OPEN and can be accessed through our Facebook page!
The Courageous Steps Project recently awarded a donation to 10 schools worth a total of $2,500. Each school received $250 from playing in our 3rd Annual Unified Basketball Fun-Day in March.
Throughout the end of March and early April, The Courageous Steps Project awarded these donations from schools all over the Eastern Maine region.
We are already looking forward to the 2020 Unified Basketball Fun-Day. More information to be released later this year!
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Courageous Steps Project fundraiser held at Governor's - 8/9/16