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"Teamwork, family-friendly atmosphere, great benefits, quality supervision, fulfilling work. "

Community Concepts, Inc. believes strongly in teamwork and the wonderful accomplishments that can come from it. This is expressed in various places in our Employee Manual, given to all new employees on their first day of employment.

From your very first day, you feel a sense of belonging to a team of dedicated and caring professionals. In return for dedicated work, Community Concepts believes in offering employees opportunities for development and advancement through numerous trainings, seminars and other learning opportunities.

The possibilities are endless when you work for Community Concepts - an organization that is just as dedicated to its employees as its employees are to their work for the organization. Community Concepts is not only dedicated to providing our customers with the best quality services in order to create opportunities for a better tomorrow, we are also dedicated to providing our employees with wages and benefits comparable to others doing similar work within the industry and within the region.


Employee Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental/Vision
  • Long-term Disability
  • Short-term Disability
  • 403(b)
  • Accident & Critical Illness coverages
  • Long Term Care coverage 
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays/year (for year-round employees)
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Comprehensive Agency Wellness Program
  • Growth and Advancement Opportunities
  • Family-friendly work environment
  • Most departments have a casual dress code

Job opportunities are always posted internally for all staff to access. Employees are able and encouraged to apply for any advancement opportunities that come available within the Agency.

Community Concepts encourages employees to attend training seminars, classes and college courses. Community Concepts arranges to have both formal and informal training programs to enable our employees to progress in their technical knowledge. All or a portion of the expenses for off-premises training will be paid for by Community Concepts depending on the nature of the course. Community Concepts is a Maine Employer's Initiative partner through the Maine Development Foundation. We are committed to taking steps to increase educational attainment among our workforce.

Who We Are

The mission of Community Concepts is

"{C}Provide leadership, education and support to build thriving individuals, families and communities."

"Helping people, changing lives."

Since 1965, Community Concepts, Inc. has offered a variety of social services that promote self-sufficiency within the people of the communities of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties of Maine.

In addition to our Agency's overall mission statement, each individual department and program has its own mission, focusing on the unique needs of the population it serves. Our organization, piloted by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, has become a leader in providing a number of social service programs for Maine residents.

Community Concepts Inc. began as two separate social service agencies in Androscoggin and Oxford Counties in 1965. The Androscoggin County Task Force on Social Welfare was incorporated in June of that year, and hired John O'Toole as its executive director. Assistant Director, Richard Hooper, was hired shortly afterwards, joining one other office staffer at the Park Hill Avenue location in Auburn. The building was owned by the City of Auburn, which donated its use to the organization. Head Start and a Neighborhood Youth Corp were the first two programs. The Neighborhood Youth Corp helped low-income, disadvantaged youth operated for a number of years. Head Start was a summer program operated by the school departments, which were contracted by the Task Force to run the programs. Soon after beginning, staff was hired and classrooms were rented out to support the popular program.

Meanwhile, in early 1965, several individuals organized the first Oxford County Economic Development Council, a group of county leaders who hired Arthur Gouin of Norway as the group's first executive director. The superior court building on Western Avenue in South Paris was the site of the small, one-room office where Gouin and one staff person worked. The new organization discussed mental health needs, children's needs and various projects that the communities in the service area needed. Head Start was one of the first programs launched as a result, starting in the summer of 1966 at the Guy E. Rowe School in Norway, a classroom at the Waterford School and a classroom at the Buckfield school.

Another early development of the Oxford County Economic Opportunity Council was a Visiting Homemaker Services grant that proved to be very popular with the communities. In early 1967 Gouin went to work for the Oxford County Extension Office and a new executive director, Robert Reny, was hired and shortly thereafter the office moved to Main Street, Norway.

The name was eventually changed to Oxford County Community Services and that name remained for a number of years. As visible members of the communities, the Task Force and Community Services consolidated resources and staff in February of 1987 and are now known as Community Concepts, Inc. In the 20 years since the merger, Community Concepts, Inc. has grown to include over 300 employees working in nearly 40 social service programs in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.



Community Concepts is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. We promote mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity in the workplace among people who are diverse in work background, experience, education, age, gender, race, ethnic origin, physical disabilities, religious belief, sexual orientation and other real and perceived differences.


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240 Bates Street Lewiston
Lewiston, Maine  04240
Phone: 207-739-6523
Fax: 207-739-6689
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Type: Non Profit
Industries: Social Services
Contact: Shelby DeCato
Title: Human Resources
Contact Phone: 207-739-6525
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