The Emergency Action Network (TEAN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed by Brunswick community members to help support the children and families in our community. Too many families in our community are struggling to meet their most basic needs. Our goal is to identify those needs and harness the resources of the community to support them.
Our process is simple, as soon as a need is identified in the student population we will post the need to our Facebook group of TEAN Allies and ask for your help. We typically are asking for a specific thing or things that is needed by one or more of our students. These items are then collected at the superintendent’s office and distributed to students discretely by administrators.
♦A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT WE DO♦
∴ A local mobile home park lost water as a result of its water wells drying out; many residents were left without drinking water. TEAN responded to the community need by soliciting water from the Portland Spring Water Company. The company donated 4 pallets of water that was distributed to the mobile home park residents. TEAN provided a moving truck to transport water to the mobile homes and received volunteer help from the Brunswick fire department, which graciously carried and distributed out the water pallets to the residents. Through TEAN’s connections, and the generosity of the Portland Spring Water company and the Brunswick fire department, an urgent need in the Brunswick community was met.
∴TEAN through the years has organized a school supply drive, where school supplies: pencils, pens, books, rulers, binders, among other things are donated. These items are then distributed out to students who need them at the beginning of the school year. This is one of the many ways TEAN collaborates with local schools to support children in partnership with the Brunswick community. TEAN also organizes other drives, such as the winter boots and coats drive and bike drive.
∴Maggie, one of TEAN’s board members and nurse, visited a new mom at a local trailer park. Maggie asked this mom if there was anything that she needed, and the mom indicated that she needed a bed for her 10-year-old daughter who had been sleeping on worn out toddler bed mattress. Maggie posted this need to the TEAN allies Facebook page and within a day, a bed, a bed frame, pillows, blankets and linens were donated to TEAN. A local family provided their van to transport the bedroom supplies. The TEAN Board helped in assembling the bed frame for this young girl. TEAN board members, many of whom are mothers, indicated how much joy it brought them as they watched this young girl run into her room to find her very own bed for the first time in her life. The same family which provided the transporting van also continued to support the mother and her children by providing them with groceries and later own Christmas gifts.
TEAN also organized a similar bedroom donation for a family of 10 people. The community donated 6+beds, mattresses and linens, as well as a crib for a 9-month-old baby.