Lifelong Fellows Program

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LIfelong Fellows are honored at the Annual Lifelong Maine Conference, June 2023

Communities for a Lifetime – Maine Community Foundation.pdf

The Lifelong Fellows Program supports the mission of Lifelong Maine by training experienced community leaders to support peer community’s efforts to reach their goals for a more age, ability, and dementia-inclusive future. The program provides experienced age-friendly leaders with training and support to assist peer communities to plan and implement the changes that are right for their community. Fellows support communities beginning their age-friendly journey, re-energizing their efforts, or launching a new program, service, or activity. For a summary of the program impact during Year One, read Communities for a Lifetime (to the left).

How does the program work?

The program year starts in September and ends in June. Prior to the start of the year, Fellows are matched with Host Communities that have identified needs in line with the expertise of the Fellow. For example, a community starting a volunteer home chore program will be matched with a Fellow who has experience implementing a similar program. 

Benefits for Fellows and Hosts

The Lifelong Fellows Program is in its fourth year. Some of the Fellows have been with us since the beginning. Others have served for only a year. The benefits that they have described include: (1) the opportunity to share what they have learned as leaders of Lifelong Communities; (2) the relationship between the fellows—they have developed very strong ties; and, (3) participation in the training series

Host Communities have also benefitted. During the pandemic, host communities were 6x as likely to develop programs to address emerging needs as communities that had not engaged a Fellow. During the past three years, host communities have completed assessments, developed plans, implemented new programs and activities, advocated for changes in policy, identified and deepened relationships with partners that allowed them to expand the scope and reach of services, and MORE! 

More Information

Want to know more? Read highlights from each year below. Contact us if you are interested in joining as a Fellow or as a Host Community.

With much gratitude to our funder, the Maine Community Foundation, which has generously funded the program and provided thought leadership and technical support since 2019, when the program was launched. 

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Highlights, By Year

Bangor Livable Communities -  Announcing the Durgin Center

Age-Friendly Library shelf - Caribou Library

Age-Friendly Saco - Volunteer Transportation

Age-Friendly Bowdoinham - winter safety kits