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Sign up to Volunteer and Storm Drain Stencil with Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space

Want to connect with others while improving and protecting Casco Bay?

On Thursday, May 12, Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space is teaming up with Friends of Casco Bay to host a Storm Drain Stenciling in Portland from 5 to 7:45 p.m.

What connects our streets to Casco Bay? Storm drains. Storm drains and catch basins are meant to carry water away from our city streets, they end up carrying much more, including trash and hazardous wastes that impact Casco Bay.

It takes a community to protect our coastal waters. Storm Drain Stenciling is a hands‐on way for you to “take to the streets” and create a greater awareness for reducing stormwater pollution. You and your team of 3-4 participants will walk around the West End to stencil the message “Do not dump, Drains to Casco Bay” on storm drains. You’ll also distribute door hangers to let folks know why the message matters to Casco Bay.

Event Details:

Thursday, May 12, 2022
5 – 7:30 PM
(Please note, if the weather is too wet or cold for the paint to adhere, we will reschedule.)

Meet at Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space, 163 Danforth Street, Portland

Note: The event is limited to 25 participants, so don’t forget to sign up in advance by completing the form below

5:00 – 5:30 PM: Sign in, learn about Friends of Casco Bay and get your stenciling supplies
5:30 – 7:15 PM: Stencil Storm Drains
7:15 – 7:30 PM: Head back to Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space
7:30 – 7:45 PM: Wrap up

We will provide all the supplies necessary, including gloves. However, there are a few things to note before participating in a stenciling event: Please plan to dress for the weather and the task. We will provide medical gloves to protect your hands from paint. We encourage you to wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on. Please consider sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen to help protect skin from sunburn. Work boots, hiking boots, or sneakers are great footwear for the event.

Sign up now:

Sign up to Volunteer and Storm Drain Stencil with Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space

  • Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability Form This Release and Waiver of Liability (the “release”) executed on the date this form is completed by the volunteer ("Volunteer") who completes this form releases Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay, a nonprofit corporation existing under the laws of the State of Maine, and each of their directors, officers, employees, and agents. The Volunteer desires to provide volunteer services for Friends of Casco Bay and engage in activities relating to serving as a volunteer to protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. Volunteer understands that the scope of Volunteer’s relationship with Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay is limited to a volunteer position and that no compensation is expected in return for services provided by Volunteer; that Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay will not provide any benefits traditionally associated with employment to Volunteer; and that Volunteer is responsible for his/her own insurance coverage in the event of personal injury or illness as a result of Volunteer’s service to Friends of Casco Bay.
    1. Waiver and Release: I, the Volunteer, release and forever discharge and hold harmless Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay and their successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind of nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from the services I provide to Friends of Casco Bay. I understand and acknowledge that this Release discharges Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay from any liability or claim that I may have against Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay with respect to bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from the services I provide to Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay and occurring while I am providing volunteer services.
    2. Insurance: Further I understand that Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay do not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide me with financial or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health or disability benefits or insurance of any nature in the event of my injury, illness, death or damage to my property. I expressly waive any such claim for compensation or liability on the part of Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay beyond what may be offered freely by Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay in the event of such injury or medical expenses incurred by me.
    3. Medical Treatment: I hereby Release and forever discharge Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first-aid treatment or other medical services rendered in connection with an emergency during my tenure as a volunteer with Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay.
    4. Assumption of Risk: I understand that the services I provide to Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay may include inherently dangerous activities that may be hazardous to me including, but not limited to water sampling and/or attending events that are near or on the ocean, slippery docks, rocks, piers, wharves, and boats. As a volunteer, I hereby expressly assume the risk of injury or harm from these activities and release Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay from all liability for injury, illness, death, or property damage resulting from the services I provide as a volunteer and occurring while I am providing volunteer services.
    5. Photographic Release: I grant and convey to Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay all rights, title, and interests in any and all photographs, images, video, or audio recordings of me or my likeness or voice made by Blind Tiger Guest House & Gathering Space and Friends of Casco Bay in connection with my providing volunteer services to Friends of Casco Bay.
    6. Other: As a volunteer, I expressly agree that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Maine and that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Maine. I agree that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release is deemed invalid, the enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Release shall not be affected.
    By completing this form and checking the box below, I express my understanding and intent to enter into this Release and Waiver of Liability willingly and voluntarily.

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  • You answered the call when Casco Bay needed your voice
    We asked our supporters to let legislators know they are concerned about climate change and the health of Casco Bay. You urged the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Marine Resources to support a bill to create a Climate Change and Ocean Acidification Commission. Your voices were heard as our bill was incorporated into the Governor’s comprehensive climate change bill, An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council, which was passed with strong bipartisan support.
  • Maine takes a BIG step forward to address climate change
    Friends of Casco Bay fervently supported Governor Mills’ bill to establish the Maine Climate Council because it focuses on the root causes of climate change and recognizes that we must act now to remediate and adapt to inevitable change. Our Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca has been appointed to the Coastal and Marine Working Group of the Climate Council.
  • Casco Bay Temperature Extremes
    Research Associate Mike Doan is often asked, “What were the highest and the lowest water temperatures this year?” Thanks to our Continuous Monitoring Station, Mike is able to share those data with confidence. He can tell you what water conditions in the Bay are on an hourly, daily, weekly, seasonal, or yearly basis in far more detail than ever before.
  • Our new pumpout boat is taking care of business
    On June 10, more than 100 friends cheered the christening and launch of Headmaster, the new pumpout boat specially built for Friends of Casco Bay. It transports raw sewage from the holding tanks of recreational boats to shoreside treatment. The name Headmaster is a play on the word for a marine toilet — “head” — and gives a nod to the educational and ambassadorial role of the pumpout service.
  • Have you seen this fin?
    It’s not a shark! Several boaters on the Bay encountered Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, this summer. Its bulbous body is not designed for speed, but it can plunge down hundreds of feet in search of its favorite food: jellyfish. It then floats on its side at the ocean surface to warm up after its chilly dive.
  • Casco Bay Matters
    In March and April, 380 people attended our first-ever Casco Bay Matters series, held at three venues around the Bay. They heard Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca, Research Associate Mike Doan, and Executive Director Cathy Ramsdell speak on Climate Change, Ocean Acidification and You in Portland, South Portland, and Brunswick. By the last presentation, in Brunswick, it was standing room only. If you missed our Casco Bay Matters presentations, you can see the series of three videos on our YouTube channel.
  • BEE a BayScaper!
    We were proud to see a BayScaper sign on the lawn of Friends of Casco Bay’s volunteer Jane Benesch. Her South Portland yard is bedecked with flower beds, vegetable patches, and wood chip-lined paths — and just a little turf. Her yard attracts butterflies and bees — and neighbors who stop to admire her winged visitors.
  • Hosting so many service days with local companies this year is great for Casco Bay.
    Friends of Casco Bay led 22 coastal cleanups this summer. We had so many requests for community service projects that volunteers sometimes scoured the same location only four days apart. “Still,” said Community Engagement Coordinator Sarah Lyman, “we always found find plenty of debris to pick up!”
  • Keep pet waste out of the Bay!
    While we were examining a pollution incident in Cumberland, we came across several dog poop bags at the outfall of a storm drain. When folks toss poop bags into a storm drain, they are not doing the Bay any favors. Storm drains often lead directly to Casco Bay. So after bagging it, deposit pet waste in a trash can or flush the contents down the toilet and throw the plastic bag in the trash.
  • Water Reporters report in about #sealevelrise
    Volunteer Water Reporters were out taking photos of the high tides to document flooded streets, eroding coastlines, and tide levels encroaching where we don’t normally see them. Water Reporter provides a two-way conversation platform about protecting Casco Bay.

We look forward to keeping you updated in the New year. Make sure you stay on top of news about Casco Bay in 2020!

Storm Drain Stenciling

Friends of Casco Bay Volunteers Take to the Streets—and the Beach

This past summer, volunteers undertook several community service projects to help keep Casco Bay clean. Thank you to TD Green Team, the Leadership Development Program at Windsor Mountain Summer Camp, IDEXX, and Yelp for cleaning up our coastline. Thank you to Bowdoin Women’s lacrosse team, RBC, and Mark Edwards and Jane Braun for stenciling storm drains!