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Join the Circle of Caring

A community united, surrounding people struggling with opiate addiction


THANK YOU for joining the Circle of Caring. By making a gift, you are part of a circle of support that surrounds and cares for those suffering from opiate use disorder in the greater Bangor community. Your gift will stay right here in Maine, allocated by the Community Health Leadership Board (CHLB), a partnership of hospitals, healthcare providers and the city of Bangor that seeks to reduce stigma and increase understanding of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery. The Circle of Caring dollars will help fund efforts around two specific CHLB objectives:

  • Education for the community and for healthcare providers – to decrease the number of people using opiates. (See below for educational links and resources.)
  • Immediate support for those in crisis, especially those returning to the community after a detox/rehabilitation program – to decrease the likelihood of overdosing from opiates.

Please consider giving a minimum of $10, or any number that ends in a circle -- $20, $50, $100 or $1,000. All funds raised (except for credit card processing fees) will go directly toward solving the opiate abuse addiction problem in this area.

Donate now! You can make a difference.



Please note: Gifts will be processed and held by St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation as the fiscal agent for the Community Health Leadership Board and the Circle of Caring. Community Health Leadership Board members: Acadia Hospital, City of Bangor, Community Health & Counseling Services, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Penobscot Community Health Care, Penquis, and St. Joseph Healthcare.

Want to do more?


  • Visit #HealthyRegion, a blog by local people and experts on addiction recovery. As part of the work of the CHLB, #HealthyRegion’s aim is to help reduce stigma around substance use disorders by sharing the stories of real people and providing information about the science and treatment of addiction.
  • Ask the right questions. The “Choose Wisely” website aims to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is free from harm and truly necessary. Click here to learn more about choosing medicines to relieve chronic pain.
  • Words create stigma. Choose your words carefully. Focus on the person, not the disease, and above all, show respect and compassion for those suffering from opiate addiction. Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always. Click here for an article on the importance of words.
  • Write to your Maine House and Senate member, Congressman Bruce Poliquin, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Angus King urging passage of legislation that will increase funding for programs that support those who are struggling with opiate use disorder.
  • The Bangor Daily News held a community event a few weeks ago called the One Life Project. Click here for more information, including how you can get connected to the hundreds of One Life Project participants.
  • More resources and action steps coming soon!


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