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

Celebration of Learning @ Memorial Gym
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

You are cordially invited to join us on

May 28th, 2015

for the 4th Annual

Celebration of Learning  


See * Learn * Celebrate

Family Connection Spaghetti Dinner

served 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Sanford Strong Coalition Meeting @ Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg.
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Pathway to Success (1)


Please join us for the June 2nd Sanford Strong Coalition meeting for a mentor training by the Goodwill GoodGuides program staff.

Goodwill GoodGuides is a national mentoring program for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who want to learn about careers and prepare for success. The goal of GoodGuides is to equip youth to build career plans and learn skills to prepare for school completion, postsecondary training and productive careers.

This training is for all Coalition members who might want to be matched with a mentee. As a mentor, you will volunteer with a young person four hours a month for up to a year. This training is the first step to making a match. Mentors and mentees will be supported throughout the year by the Goodwill GoodGuides program staff. Let’s fill Sanford Strong Coalition with active mentors and mentees!

Coffee and networking begins at 8:00 AM.  The training will be held from 8:30 to 10:30AM. 

Contact: Rachel Phipps


2nd Annual Touch a Truck Event! @ Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Camp Kita’s  2nd Annual Touch a Truck Event!

Camp Kita  is a week long summer camp program open to children ages 8-17 who are survivors of a loved one’s suicide.

Touch – a -Truck is a Family Event!

Fee: $5 each or $20 for a family.

Contact: Nichole 


Public Health Council: Well Water Testing & Healthy Beach Water @ Wells Reserve at Laudholm
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Public is invited to join us to learn more of well water testing and healthy beach water.

FMI contact: Adam Hartwig

College Knowledge Connection Cafe @ Sanford Goodall Library
Jun 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

             College Knowledge Connection Cafe

Join us for a community forum looking at the Sanford data around post secondary education planning. Refreshments will be served.

Place: Goodall Library, Community Room


Contact: Donna Horrigan

College Knowledge Connection Cafe




SOOSTA @ Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Community Bldg.
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Sanford Out of School Time Alliance (SOOSTA) is about ensuring that every young person has a healthy, positive activity available to him or her during the hours that school is not in session.

Sanford Backpack Golf Tournament @ Sanford Country Club
Jun 12 @ 11:00 am

Save the Date!

This year’s BACKPACK GOLF TOURNAMENT to be held on

FRIDAY, JUNE 12 — 11:00 a.m. SHOTGUN

There remains a growing need in the City of Sanford to provide weekend food for qualified Sanford Students. It’s hard for students to sit in a classroom on Monday mornings and learn when they have spent the weekend hungry.

Your help is needed in supporting the BACKPACK GOLF TOURNAMENT which is providing the Sanford Backpack Program with funds to help combat this problem.

Last year’s tournament was a big success. We hope you will consider helping local students again this year with your support.

More information to follow.

Contact: Ayn Hanselmann

ACE (Active Community Environment) Team meeting @ City Hall - Third Floor Conference Room
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

ACE (Active Community Environment) Team is a local group that envisions a community where residents and visitors can walk or bike across town safely and comfortably. Their mission is to foster a community environment in Sanford that is safe and inviting for people of all ages to enjoy active lifestyles. ACE Team meetings are open for any local resident or organization that wants to be involved in advocating and promoting bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly policies, programs, and infrastructure. Join the next meeting!

FMI: Email ACE Team Chairman Lee Burnett

Drug Free Communities Meeting @ WSSR-TV room at SRTC
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Drug Free Communities  (DFC) initiative is a community-wide effort of youth, parents, business leaders, schools, police officers, faith communities, health care providers, and others to decrease alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use among Greater Sanford’s youth and adults.

Contact:  Connie Roux  

Systems Integration Task Force @ Sanford Police Dept.
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

SYSTEMS INTEGRATION TASK GROUP:  The group brings together the leaders of agencies that work with Sanford youth, who are or may become involved in the juvenile justice system, and may have mental health, substance abuse or behavioral challenges, for ongoing cross-system planning, communication and integration.

  • Activities:  establishing a community-level Student-Assistance Team; establishing Restorative Justice practices in multiple settings; developing communications tools; Linkage Project; etc.
  • Meetings:  3rd Thursday of the month
  • Contact:  Chief Tom Connolly

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