ELLSWORTH — Healthy Acadia, in partnership with the city of Ellsworth, has hired a coordinator to connect local businesses to supportive resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sonya Connelly is serving as Ellsworth business outreach coordinator this fall as part of the city’s state-funded Keep ME Healthy initiative. Working with city staff, she provides proactive education and support to Ellsworth businesses regarding best COVID-19 public health practices and helps to identify any challenges and resources needed by businesses, including access to personal protective equipment (PPE) for their staff and their patrons.
Connelly, who has lived, worked, and volunteered in Ellsworth for the last five years, has developed strong community connections.
“I have gotten to know so many people, and I so appreciate the relationships I’ve developed,” said Connelly. “I have volunteered with Healthy Acadia over the years and have always been so impressed with the support it gives our communities. I was thrilled when the opportunity came along to work with Healthy Acadia and City Hall. I want to be a part of helping Ellsworth walk through this pandemic.”
Connelly has extensive experience in the nonprofit world in the area of community development and counseling, as well as the corporate world in human resources and training. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Indiana Wesleyan University and earned her master’s degree in counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. She looks forward to connecting with Ellsworth business owners and to supporting the community.
“I’m inspired by this community and want our small businesses to know how much they are needed and vital to us. I feel so lucky to be a part of a team that is striving to keep this community safe and supported.”
Connelly will be reaching out directly to individual businesses and business owners in Ellsworth, and can also be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 479-1164.