We Make Life Better!
Studies show that kindness is contagious. Doing an act of kindness for someone prompts them to then do something thoughtful for somebody else. Every little bit of kindness helps to make your community a better place. February is a month that celebrates love and kindness. On Valentine's Day and during the National Random Acts of Kindness week from February 11 to the 17 individuals are encouraged to share the love. It is a time to celebrate not only those we love but those organizations that are spreading love and kindness in our communities.

A few ways to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week:
·          Pay for coffee for the person behind you in line
·          Send an encouraging text
·          Shovel a neighbors door step
·          Find and opportunity to volunteer
·          Smile (just because!)
·          Donate to a non-profit
·          Leave a kind comment
·          Give an unexpected compliment
·          Buy a warm meal for someone in need

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Freshstart Comes to the County
ACAP’s Tobacco Cessation Program funded by a grant from Maine Cancer Foundation provides adults in Aroostook County the opportunity to participate in American Cancer Society’s Freshstart program.

Elaine Sipe, ACAP Community Educator, provides a supportive environment for County adults as they go through their quit smoking process As the program facilitator, Elaine provides a safe, confidential group environment that allows adults to get the resources and tools they need to attempt to quit tobacco products or continue to stay quit.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating contact:
Elaine at 554-4151 or esipe@acap-me.org.
Something to "Bragg" About
Bruce Bragg is an Associate Trainee in the
771 Main St. ACAP Office.
ACAP is now a host agency training site for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) through the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging. The program is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans and enrolls qualified job seekers in part-time, paid training positions at public agencies or at non profit organizations in local communities. The purpose of the SCSEP is to offer a "stepping stone" back into the workforce. For more information about the program visit: https://a4td.org/
Spread the Word
The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape the future of your community.
ACAP Board Spotlight
Gary Sanfacon
In the Community Connection spotlight is a resident of Caribou, Gary Sanfacon. Gary has served Aroostook communities throughout his career, including but not limited to a 12 year ACAP board commitment.
Gary, a native to Aroostok County, is a graduate of Caribou High School, UMPI and Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Gary came to his current position at the Department of Corrections as a Juvenile Community Corrections Officer after twenty three years as Chief of Police in Washburn. 
Gary plays a key leadership role in the Aroostook Community Collaborative (ACC). The ACC has had a variety of names since it's inception in 1995, but it's mission of developing and sustaining collaboration, expanding resources, and enriching the health, hope and well being of Aroostook County people has remained. This year marks the 25 th anniversary of the ACC and the commitment that the group has had in Aroostook County over the past quarter of a century. 
Gary is a member of the Caribou Kiwanis Club and truly enjoys the work the local club does. He looks forward to summers when he enjoys being outside taking care of his variety of fruit trees and shrubs.
Home Energy Assistance Program Expands it's Guidelines
ACAP Employee Receives National Certification
Matt Guimond, ACAP Housing Specialist, received certification from the Building Performance Institute as a
Quality Control Inspector.

He is now a Building Professionals Institute certified Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector. Which allows him to complete energy audits, choose tasks required to complete a weatherization on a home, and inspect the completed work done by a local contractor or ACAP’s in house Weatherization Crew.
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