About Sanford Strong

Sanford Strong Coalition is a partnership of residents, organizations, businesses and others invested in the future of Greater Sanford.  The Coalition provides ways for the community to share information and access resources, while supporting initiatives to strengthen the health, well-being, and success of Sanford’s children, youth and their families. The Coalition is governed by a steering committee, staffed by Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, and supported by its members. Membership is free and open to anyone concerned about the future of Greater Sanford and its people. Join today. Also, like us on Facebook.

Community Events

October – November 2014

Family Halloween Carnival & Haunted Walk @ Nasson Community Center Gym
Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) @ Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg.
Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PLTI  is a 20-week initiative that is open for anyone who wishes to help become a parent leader advocate for our children in the greater Sanford community.


We are beginning in just a couple of weeks and still have about seven seats open. Please contact me at kwiegand@sanford.org for more information and to apply.

You do not need to be a parent to participate. We provide all meals, childcare, and transportation (if needed) all at no cost to participants. All you need to do is apply at http://www.sanford.org/pages/sanford_sd/communityinvolvement/plti.

We are also searching for civic design team members that could help organize, plan meals, provide transportation, be a mentor, and attend class once in a while to check in with participants.

The kick-off retreat will be held Saturday, October 4th, from 8:30-4pm, and then weekly sessions on Wednesdays, from 5-9pm (5-5:45 is dinner and 6-9p is the class).

Addict in the Family @ Portland Recovery Community Center
Oct 29 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

This support group, facilitated by addicts and alcoholics active in recovery, is for friends and families who are struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction. We offer a unique perspective on addiction from a first hand experience. Our goal is to educate and equip families with the tools they need to confidently make decisions that support recovery in both the family and their addicted loved one.

*Addict in the Family is a closed meeting for friends and families only*  It is not a support group for addicts and alcoholics.

Contacts: John Buro , Eric Girard, Corey Gamberg

Our Schools Our Future meetings @ Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg.
Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Parents and community members are encouraged to join Our Schools Our Future every Thursday. Please feel free to Drop In anytime between 4:00 – 6:00 PM, at the Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg. ( East Side Acres Community Center).  We will be there every Thursday hosting an open forum and discussion on how parents and community members can impact the school change process.  Come share your ideas or concerns, hear what other parents are saying and learn about emerging parent action groups.  OSOF will provide space, guidance, support and logistical help for parents who want to join or start a parent action group.  OSOF elevates the voice of community members and parents in schools.  FMI: contact Rachel Phipps or  423-0098.

Family Halloween Carnival & Haunted Walk @ Nasson Community Center Gym
Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Fright Night Halloween Party @ Sanford Jr. High School Gym
Oct 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 This is a community event!


Costume contest, Pumpkin contest, Moon Bounce and Maze, Ring Toss, Dart Board, Treasure Chest, Witch Pumpkin, Apple Bobbing, Scary Golf, Popcorn, Candy, FUN..FUN..FUN!

Halloween Party Brewing!  Thursday, Oct. 30th.

Parade from Gowen Park at  5 PM; Party at the Jr. High Gym  5:30 to 7:30 PM  ALL FREE !

12 years and younger welcome-parents must accompany. There will be costume and pumpkin judging.

FMI: www.sanfordmaine.org




Parenting the Love and Logic Way @ St. George's Episcopal Church
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Parenting the Love and Logic Way

A six session parenting program designed by the Love and Logic Institute.
Learn how to:
*Avoid un-winnable power-struggles and arguments.
*Stay calm when your kids do incredibly upsetting things.
*Set enforceable limits.
*Avoid enabling and begin empowering.
*Help your kids learn from mistakes rather than repeating them.
*Raise kids who are family members rather than dictators  and much more!
This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately!
Child care will be provided for those who need it at no cost.
Dates: October 9, 16, 23,30, November 6 &13
Time: 6:30- 8PM
Location: St. George’s Episcopal Church 1 Emerson St. Sanford
Cost: $10 per family please pay the first night
Questions contact Matt and Jami at jamatti@gmail.com
Facilitators of the Parenting the Love and Logic Way™ curriculum are independent
and are not employees of the Love and Logic Institute.
Please register me for your upcoming Parenting the Love and Logic Way™ class!
Name: ____________________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________________
City: ____________________________________ State: ____________ Zip: ___________________
Phone: __________________________________ Email: ___________________________________
Names and ages of children for child care:
Mail registration to:
St. George’s Episcopal Church c/o Matt Westerlund 3 Emerson St. Sanford ME 04073


Family Halloween Carnival & Haunted Walk @ Nasson Community Center Gym
Oct 31 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Family Halloween Carnival & Haunted Walk @ Nasson Community Center Gym
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sanford Strong Coalition Meeting @ Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg.
Nov 4 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

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