Opportunity Enterprises, Inc.
May 2021 Newsletter
Mainely OEI
Kindness Activity

May Baskets:

 May baskets are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats, left anonymously on someone's doorstep as a celebration of spring. This month we will work together to create some May baskets and fill them with candy, wildflowers, and seeds to leave on the doorsteps or hung on the doorknobs of friends, family, and neighbors in our communities.

April Kindness Activity recap:

Last month was Autism awareness month. OEI sold Autism Awareness bracelets and cookie kits from The Cupcakery with all proceeds going to benefit the sensory trails at Rising Stars Therapeutic farm in Turner.
Rising Stars Therapeutic Farm
Welcome to spring at the farm!
Spring has a magical property of energizing us and cheering us up with hope and new beginnings. We now are finding plenty of chances to get outside into the fresh air and sunshine to ride. We are trying out new techniques like hands-free riding!
The Cupcakery Cafe & Bake Shop
Sweet desserts double as gifts on Mother's Day so call us to place your special orders today. We also have gift certificates available!
May also kicks off what's known as “peak wedding season,” which runs until October. If you or someone you know is getting ready to tie the knot call us to schedule a free consultation today!
Starfish Greenhouse & Gift Shop
Spring has sprung everywhere we look here in Searsport! This is one of our favorite times of the year!
Out and About In The Community
There were plenty of Earth Day volunteer opportunities and trash cleanup days. There were even some treasures to be found along the way!
Community News
Supporting local non-profits has never been more important than it is right now! Give back to your local community by purchasing a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Hannaford located at 95 Spring Street, Auburn ME in May. We will receive a $1 donation for every reusable bag sold. If you do pick one up, be sure to practice standard safety protocols. Just like you need to wash your hands regularly, always wash your reusable bags before and after use. If possible, bag your own groceries at check out when using a reusable bag. Thank you in advance for your support!
We were excited to welcome two new team members to OEI in April!
 Donna Nava:
Direct Support Professional – Auburn CSS

Cindy Savage:
Case Manager – Bath
Founder's Day/Spirit Week 2021!
Each April we celebrate the anniversary of the agency. This year on April 17th marks the 13th anniversary of OEI! We were all excited to commemorate this milestone with a week-long celebration we call “Spirit Week”! We dressed up in the style of a different decade each day and had many laughs along the way. Thursday, April 15th we wrapped up our celebration with a drive-in COVID-friendly meal like they had back in the fabulous ’50s.
It was so fun to see everyone enjoy themselves and let loose a little bit. Enjoy the photos and don't forget to peep the video too!

All employees received a fanny pack, water bottle, and pedometer for Founder’s Day which included a group challenge: Walk, hike, or run 100 miles in the next 100 days! There were cards attached to track the mileage each week. If successful in reaching or surpassing this by the end of the 100 days, a t-shirt will be received at the company bbq in August noting the accomplishment. We would love to see everyone try to achieve this over the next few months. 
In Honor of Founder's Day, We would like to highlight our founding CEO,
Christine Vincent
In April of 2008, Chris Vincent founded Opportunity Enterprises Inc. with the intent of providing the best services possible and the belief that every individual deserves the opportunity to live the life they desire. Chris was the only employee of OEI at the time supporting just one individual in Lewiston, Maine. 13 years later she is joined by 150+ employees who provide caring, compassionate, and dedicated support services to more than 450 individuals throughout the state of Maine. Kindness is our guiding principle here at OEI and it remains at the core of all we do. Anyone who has had the pleasure of working with Chris can attest to the fact that she “walks the walk”, she exemplifies what it means to be “kind” and OEI is a place where ALL people are treated with dignity and respect. This month, we at OEI honor HER, for her hard work and commitment to making the agency what it is today. It IS a place where ALL people DO know that they deserve the opportunity to live the life they desire.
Thank you, Chris.
From all of us.