Rockland, ME - OUT Maine is pleased to announce that Jennifer Temple has joined its team as Development & Communications Coordinator. This new position will allow OUT to grow its donor and volunteer base as the program itself expands statewide.
Temple and her family have lived in midcoast Maine for 14 years. Much of that time she was self-employed as the co-owner of Clean Bee Laundry in Camden. After selling the business, she is returning to social service. “One of the aspects I liked most about running my own business was the challenge of communicating the intention behind the service. By using social media as well as direct contact from personalized notes to utilizing community bulletin boards, OUT Maine has a wonderful story to tell. OUT Maine is all about creating safe spaces - in schools, in families, and in communities and I’m proud to be part of this meaningful work.”
“Having a third staff member, one who is based in our downtown Rockland office and focused on streamlining systems and expanding community connections, is helping OUT be more involved in community and school outreach,” says Jeanne Dooley, executive director. OUT Maine, originally OUT! As I Want To Be, began 20 years ago as a volunteer-led organization. Originally a drop-in center for Rockland based youth, OUT Maine maintains drop-in hours for local youth and has expanded its reach by assisting middle- and high-schools in establishing Gay Straight Trans Alliances (GSTAs) and offering supportive training to educators, service and health care providers.
As OUT Maine continues to grow, it welcomes volunteers. Anyone interested in helping OUT -- from administrative tasks to participating with staff during the drop-in hours -- is welcome to contact OUT. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-530-6997.
OUT Maine supports, educates and empowers rural LGBTQ youth by providing community safe spaces; changing school climate through education and building Gay/Straight/Trans Alliances (school clubs); building a strong provider safety net by training health and mental health providers, school staff, clergy and other youth service organizations; and supporting parents and families of these at-risk youth to keep youth safe in their homes.
To support rural LGBTQ youth, go to outmaine.org to make a donation or mail a check to PO Box 1723, Rockland, ME 04841. OUT Maine also encourages donors to consider providing a monthly sustaining donation to help the work continue.