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  • July 25, 2017

    Looking to make a difference in the lives of others?

    Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of others? Are you compassionate and want to feel good about what you do? Does working for an organization that invests in its employees matter to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, employment with Volunteers of America Northern New England may be the right fit for you.

  • May 19, 2017

    May 19 Groundbreaking Story in Mainebiz

    Twenty-one Maine veterans and their families will have brand-new, energy-efficient, ADA-accessible cabins to call home once construction is completed on the "Cabin in the Woods" development being created by the Volunteers of America Northern New England in Augusta.

  • May 19, 2017

    WGME Groundbreaking Story 5-19

    WGME's story on our May 19 Cabin in the Woods Groundbreaking: 21 homeless, disabled Maine veterans will soon have a place to call home

  • May 19, 2017

    WABI Cabin in the Woods Groundbreaking Story

    Volunteers of America held a groundbreaking ceremony at Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta Friday on the Cabin in the Woods development. 21 Maine veterans and their families will have brand new, energy efficient cabins to call home when they're built.

  • May 19, 2017

    NECN Groundbreaking story

    AUGUSTA, Maine (NECN) — Army veteran Joseph Robichaud says there's something therapeutic about being in the woods. "I like it out in the wilderness," he said. "It's quiet. I'm not a big person into the city. I like to keep to myself."

  • May 19, 2017

    WCSH 6 Cabin in the Woods Groundbreaking

    WCSH 6 Cabin in the Woods Groundbreaking interview with veteran Joe Robichaud

  • May 19, 2017

    Kennebec Journal Groundbreaking story

    Cabin in the Woods project for homeless vets starts construction at Togus Officials and veterans celebrated the start of construction of the long-awaited project to provide permanent housing for homeless veterans.

  • May 19, 2017

    NECN Groundbreaking story Danielle Waugh

    Army veteran Joseph Robichaud says there's something therapeutic about being in the woods. "I like it out in the wilderness," he said. "It's quiet. I'm not a big person into the city. I like to keep to myself."

  • May 19, 2017

    Portland Press Herald May 19 Groundbreaking Story

    Volunteers of America break ground for veterans' housing PORTLAND PRESS HERALD STORY The $4.2 million Cabin in the Woods project will build 22 cabins for homeless veterans.​

  • May 17, 2017

    Hundreds walk at Togus to raise awareness of homeless veterans

    Hundreds walk at Togus to raise awareness of homeless veterans The VA2K Walk & Roll event included a 1.2 mile walk and dunk tank, and many participants donated money or household items, which will help homeless veterans across the country.

  • May 15, 2017

    Cabin in the Woods Groundbreaking / Portland Press and Kennebec Journal

    Construction to start on housing project for homeless Maine veterans The project will provide 21 cabins on the Togus campus of the state veterans' hospital. A Brunswick-based nonprofit will break ground Friday on a $4.2 million housing project for homeless Maine veterans on the VA Maine Healthcare Systems-Togus campus.

  • May 15, 2017

    Construction to start on housing project for homeless Maine veterans

    Construction to start on housing project for homeless Maine veterans, story in the Portland Press Herald and the Kennebec Journal

  • May 5, 2017

    Holland Family Donates $2000 to Camp in memory of Little Tim

    Tim Holland, retired Oxford County Sheriff, has been a Camp POSTCARD (https://www.voanne.org/camp-postcard) Leader for 14 years. He takes extra time to listen to the kids who might be left out. As a School Resource Officer, he pays close attention when referring students to Camp POSTCARD who would best benefit from a Camp experience. He is also a dad and neighborhood hero.

  • April 24, 2017

    Major League Baseball Players Announce Scholarship Winners

    News Release: Major Leaguers Celebrate National Volunteer Week by Awarding $40,000 in College Scholarships to High School Action Team Captains Students from 11 different states recognized for their leadership and commitment to helping their neighbors in need. Four of the 20 winners are from Maine, Two from Brunswick High School

  • April 1, 2017

    Celebration thanks Let's Eat program

    SACO — Since 2009, the Let's Eat program has helped seniors at Paul Hazelton House put fresh food on the table. Paul Hazelton House is an affordable senior housing program run by Volunteers of America, Northern New England. The agency, with the help of community partners, through its Let's Eat program provides the 66 residents with a bag of groceries once a month that includes meat and fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • March 24, 2017

    Camp POSTCARD: Giving Kids a Camp Experience and a New Look at Law Enforcement

    Bangor Daily News, by Kristine Millard: Every summer since 1994, law enforcement officers from around the state have exchanged their uniforms for shorts and t-shirts to spend a week in an unlikely role: camp counselors.

  • March 22, 2017

    Smoothie Tuesday, Thanks Juice Plus!

    At the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center (MCRRC) in Belfast, Maine, everyone looks forward to "Smoothie Tuesday"

  • March 10, 2017

    The Country Villa podcast on WVOM

    Listen here to the ​WVOM podcast about The Country Villa featuring Carmen Daigle, Melissa Morrill and Brian Sites.

  • February 24, 2017

    A "Human" Story from Local Writer

    Lane grew up in poverty and suffered violence, abuse and addiction from childhood until his early thirties, when he was finally able to turn his life around. With the help of narrative historian Meghan Vigeant, Lane has written a compelling memoir that takes its readers on a wild roller coaster ride from despair to joy; from hopelessness to inner peace.

  • February 14, 2017

    Hunger Pains: Widespread food insecurity threatens Maine’s future

    Preble Street and the Good Shepherd Food Bank have been working all year on a large scale collaborative research study about hunger that we're calling "Hunger Pains," the first and largest of its kind in Maine. We teamed up with Dr. Michael Hillard at USM to survey over 2,000 people at Maine food pantries, hold focus groups and in-depth follow up interviews.

  • February 9, 2017

    Chelsea grants final approval for Cabin in the Woods project

    Officials from Chelsea and Volunteers of America have reached an agreement on taxes for the Cabin in the Woods project, clearing the way for a new type of housing for homeless veterans.

  • February 9, 2017

    Chelsea grants final approval for Cabin in the Woods project

    Chelsea grants final approval for Cabin in the Woods project The approval clears the way for Volunteers of America to build cabins for homeless veterans on the Togus campus. Officials from Chelsea and Volunteers of America have reached an agreement on taxes for the Cabin in the Woods project, clearing the way for a new type of housing for homeless veterans.

  • January 10, 2017

    Homelessness happens in York County.

    Homelessness happens in York County. Help us find our neighbors who need help because everyone counts! Homeless Survey/Assistance Stations The York County Military Community Network will be helping the Department of Housing and Urban Development identify homeless individuals/families (Veterans and nonVeterans) to make sure that they are counted so that a fair-share of resources are sent to York County to assist them.

  • December 29, 2016

    Cabin in the Woods Coastal Journal Story Dec 29th

    Cabin in the Woods Coastal Journal Story Dec 29th

  • December 28, 2016

    WABI Story about Cabin in the Woods

    WABI Story about Cabin in the Woods

  • December 27, 2016

    Strive Northern New England graduates Fall Class 2016

    Strive Northern New England, in collaboration with Volunteers of America, Northern New England and the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, recently graduated the Strive Fall Class of 2016.

  • December 23, 2016

    Restorative Justice Seeks Mentors

    BELFAST — Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is seeking stable, compassionate and resourceful mentors for the populations it serves: youth (both male and female) who are taking responsibility for causing harm by participating in the RJP Community Resolution Program and men who will soon emerge from the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center and rejoin the community.

  • December 22, 2016

    TD Bank Grants $100,000 to Cabin in the Woods

    On December 22, Volunteers of America was honored to have many partners join us for a check presentation from TD Bank and TD Charitable Foundation. Volunteers of America Northern New England has been awarded $100,000 from TD Charitable Foundation's Housing for Everyone program in support of our Veterans Housing program: Cabin in the Woods.

  • December 20, 2016

    Story from Veterans Today 12/20

    Veterans Housing awarded $100,000 from TD Bank, story published in National Veterans Today News

  • December 19, 2016

    TD Bank Grants $100,000 to Cabin in the Woods

    Veterans housing program to receive $100,000 grant The Cabin in the Woods, a 21-cabin facility on the Togus campus in Chelsea, is expected to open in late 2017.

  • November 11, 2016

    Cabin in the Woods Becomes a Reality

    "We can't believe a program like this is being built. We need it in Maine. We need it everywhere!," said a WWII Veteran at a recent American Legion dinner, "Vets, especially senior and disabled vets, need and deserve our help. They put their lives on the line for us. We need to take care of them." These are words we are hearing everywhere as news spreads about a Spring 2017 groundbreaking for Cabins in the Woods. Set on 11 acres of secluded woods, Cabin in the Woods is a community with 21 privately situated one and two bedroom cabins that will provide permanent housing for homeless veterans and their families.

  • November 8, 2016

    Miller Square Bake Sale from Bangor Daily News

    Miller Square Bake Sale published in Bangor Daily News November 8, 2017

  • October 30, 2016

    Trick or Treat at Loudon from the Concord Monitor

    Trick-or-Treating time recommended by Loudon Police is Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Don’t forget to stop in and say “hi” at the Richard Brown House on Village Road. The residents love to see the Trick-or-Treaters! Loudon Elementary will have its annual Halloween parade on Monday at 2:15 p.m.. Stop by to see all the wonderful costumes.

  • October 17, 2016

    UNE Students Volunteer at Paul Hazelton Houses

    UNE Students volunteer at Paul Hazelton Houses as well as our Beach Street Residence

  • October 17, 2016

    Hundreds at UNE volunteer for second annual Day of Service

    BIDDEFORD, Maine Nearly five hundred members of the University of New England community, including students, faculty and staff, participated in the university’s second annual Day of Service on Saturday, October 15. Participants were greeted by Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant, Saco Mayor Ronald Michaud and UNE President Danielle Ripich before dispersing to more than 25 local non-profit organizations, where they spent the day volunteering.

  • October 5, 2016

    Staff News and Events

    News around and about Northern New England's programs

  • October 3, 2016

    Welcome to our September/October Inspire: Veterans Programs

    We are excited to bring you stories and from our Veterans Services programs. Stories of great resilience and strength, of hope and new beginnings. Volunteers of America is working hard to honor our veterans' service through programs that provide shelter and assistance for those in need as they work their ways toward independence.

  • October 2, 2016

    September / October Greetings from June

    There are so many interesting and amazing things happening across the organization. Highlighted this month is the incredible work being done in our Veterans Programs. The stories are full of compassion, hope, and independence.

  • September 22, 2016

    The Ties That Gently Bind Us

    This is the story of Bill Marinelli, an incredible musician and Vietnam Veteran born in the 1940s, who lost his home and came to live at Volunteers of America's Huot House in Saco. This is also the story of a Steinway Baby Grand piano, built in the 1940s, whose family relocated to a smaller house, and found its new home at Volunteers of America's Paul Hazelton House, less than two miles from Huot House.

  • September 21, 2016

    Tracy Shaw, A Father-Daughter Story

    Tracy Shaw lost her father, U.S.Army Veteran William Shaw, unexpectedly in December 2015. Heartbroken, she wanted to do something in his honor for other veterans, something that would have meant a lot to him. So Tracy and her husband got together with Mike Merrill, Volunteers Of America's program manager for Veterans Services. They learned about the Huot House (transitional housing for homeless male and female vets with supportive services) and Veteran's Career House (similar to Huot House, all male, with a focus on jobs training) and were very inspired by the support they offered veterans.

  • September 20, 2016

    Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole Albert

    The Huot House Advisory Council is an incredible professional group of passionate advocates for Veterans. They provide support to the operations and residents of the Huot House and its associated programs and activities in the form of outreach, events organization and assistance, fundraising, special donations and more. When we asked Council member Nicole Albert how she came join, here is what she told us...

  • September 16, 2016

    Reentry Center residents grow more produce than ever for needy in Waldo County

    At the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center garden in Swanville, inmates transitioning from prison to community start at level one, where they are supervised, and work their way up to level four, where they are responsible for themselves, Waldo County Commissioner William Shorey said.

  • September 2, 2016

    The Home Depot Foundation Pledges Quarter of a Billion Dollars to Veteran-Related Causes by 2020

    The Home Depot Foundation Pledges Quarter of a Billion Dollars to Veteran-Related Causes by 2020 The Home Depot Foundation Kicks Off Sixth Annual Celebration of Service Campaign

  • August 24, 2016

    A Groovy Day for Camp POSTCARD

    We were thrilled to spend a gorgeous Sunday in Hallowell on the Kennebec River listening to music, seeing great art and talking to people about Camp POSTCARD at Hallowell's Woodstock Revival.

  • August 19, 2016

    Update on Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge

    As you have seen on the news, Baton Rouge and other parts of Louisiana have sustained historic flooding over the last several days with rivers still cresting. Janet Pace, CEO of Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge reported that her daughter and family had to evacuate and are safe, but some of the Volunteers of America staff have lost everything.

  • August 17, 2016

    Peaks Island Fund Awards Dinner was Amazing!

    The Peaks Island Fund Awards Dinner was held August 11 on a gorgeous summer evening. In the glow of the evening sun, Mary Toole (on the right), Committee member of the Peaks Island Fund, presents the award to Bill Browning and Marge Powers, Peaks Island Health Center Board Chair.

  • August 17, 2016

    Hannaford Rides for Camp POSTCARD

    On Saturday August 13th, Hannaford held its first annual "Hannaford Rides" for Camp POSTCARD. 18 Motorcycles showed up on a chilly misty morning, but the riders didn't care that it was chilly out, they were there to support Camp POSTCARD and to have some fun with their friends and coworkers.

  • August 12, 2016

    Swiss Time Donates Raffle Proceeds to Camp

    We partnered with Swiss Time ("Where Watchmakers Work"), 86 Exchange St. in Portland, on a fundraiser for Camp.

  • August 8, 2016

    Home Depot Grant announced at Women Vets USA

    The Volunteers of America (VOA) will receive more than $1.75 million in new Veteran Housing Grants from the Home Depot® Foundation. Since 2011, the foundation has given VOA nearly $11.3 million to improve housing for homeless veterans and their families.

  • August 1, 2016

    July / August Greetings from June Koegel, CEO

    What makes Volunteers of America so incredible, as our National CEO likes to say, is that we are in the Love business. This is so obvious in the work we are doing in providing safe homes and hope for those we serve with severe and persistent mental illness. The quality of the care and the integrity of the clinical model is what sets us apart.

  • August 1, 2016

    We Are Here and We Don't Give Up: Our Intensive Residential Treatment Programs

    Our clients are ordinary people who were out in the world, living with loved ones, getting up and going to work, supporting their families, enjoying hobbies, spending time with friends. They were a former legislator, a veterinarian, a master electrician, a boat builder, a teacher. Then one day, something happened.

  • August 1, 2016

    College and A Drivers License: A BIG Deal for DLSS!

    There's a major celebration going on in southern Maine. One of our clients has enrolled in York Country Community College and is getting his drivers license, two things "unimaginable" a year ago, according to Teresa Roberson, program manager for our Community Mental Health Services (also called Daily Living Support Services, or DLSS). Our dedicated staff has been working with this client for more than a year and we are all celebrating.

  • August 1, 2016

    The Ladies of Sawyer Street

    The Sawyer Street House is at the end of a dead end street. It is a beautiful home with a large quiet backyard and lovely mature trees and gardens. You would never guess that the bustling city of Portland is just across the bridge. It is safe to walk in this neighborhood, without fear of traffic. Kathy moved to Sawyer Street House more than 20 years ago, before Volunteers of America bought the house. She tells us that since Volunteers of America bought the house, she has been very happy, and feels safe. She lives her life just as she wants to, and considers our staff and clients to be her family. Kathy hears voices, and responds to them, but she hasn't been checked into the hospital since she moved here.

  • August 1, 2016

    "Hey, Did You Hear the One About..."

    When we came to the back door of the beautiful house on Beach Street, and stepped into the bright kitchen, we were greeted by three men. One very shy gentleman, dressed in khakis and a button down shirt, looked up briefly and offered a quiet hello, then looked away.

  • August 1, 2016

    Former Reentry Resident Publishes His First Book

    Alton Lane met Peggy Smith when he was an inmate at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center (MCRRC) in Belfast. He became so engrossed in the study and practice of Courageous Communication that he transformed his life, and is now her assistant teacher at the Reentry Center. This book tells his story.

  • August 1, 2016

    Greetings to our staff from June Koegel, President/CEO

    What makes Volunteers of America so incredible, as our National CEO likes to say, is that we are in the Love business. This is so obvious in the work we are doing in providing safe homes and hope for those we serve with severe and persistent mental illness.

  • July 7, 2016

    Classic country music at home on the grange

    SACO – A monthly country jam at Saco Grange 53 has attracted the interest of country music aficionados, both players and listeners, for more than a year. Assistant stewart at the grange, Sandy Leeman, who organizes the jams on first Fridays, said a loyal following of musicians and fans gathers every month to enjoy performances of traditional country songs in a music-in-the-round format. Singers take turns playing a song of their choice and others may join in if they know the tune.

  • April 19, 2016

    VA2K Events, May 18, 2016

    VA facilities across the Nation are once again holding VA2K walk and roll events on Wednesday, May 18th 2016. The VA2K is designated to help employees recognize the importance of exercise and nutrition and help them live healthier lives.

  • March 24, 2016

    Vietnam Veteran Welcome Home Rally held in Saco

    Ken Darby, Brian Bouthot, and Mike Merrill (L-R) braved chill temperatures while standing outside from 9:00 - 11:00 Sunday morning waving flags and holding signs to welcome home our nation's Vietnam Veterans.

  • March 16, 2016

    News From the National Veterans Resource Squad

    Mike Merrill, Program Manager for our Veterans Services was one of the first National Veterans Resource Squad​ members to achieve certification as a Veteran Peer Support Specialist.

  • March 8, 2016

    Happy Founders Day

    The Booths, formerly commanders of the Salvation Army, organized Volunteers of America to spread the gospel message through "practical religion." Tied to the Booths' vision of salvation was a keen desire to provide material relief. The early Volunteers nursed the sick, fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and visited those in prison.

  • March 7, 2016

    Tomorrow is Founders Day!

    Founders Day Worship Service Streamed Live! The annual Volunteers of America Founders Day Worship Service will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 11 a.m. Mountain Time at the Volunteers of America Colorado Branch Mission in Denver, Colo.

  • February 22, 2016

    Important Notice Concerning New Tax on Service Providers

    As you may know, the 1% service provider tax impacts every agency (including Volunteers of America) in various amounts. It is important, if you are impacted, to quickly talk to your Senators and Representatives to urge that they support a solution to eliminating the 1% service tax increase.

  • February 18, 2016

    Fay Garman House receives Kitchen Gardeners International donation!

    Kitchen Gardeners International has made a generous donation to the Fay Garman House garden project. They teamed up with Seedmoney.org, a nonprofit crowdfunding site, to get the word out and raise extra funds. And it worked! With donations from Volunteers of America Northern New England employees as well as friends and family, Kitchen Gardeners' donation flourished, just like the gardens they will fund.

  • February 17, 2016

    Design Discussion for Cabin in the Woods

    We are thrilled to be in full swing with our Cabin in the Woods project. Friday January 12 we held a Roundtable Design Discussion. Groundbreaking is expected to be later this year with project completion scheduled for next spring/summer.

  • January 26, 2016

    Joan Sheedy Finally Gets to Retire

    Joan Sheedy, longtime resident of Volunteers of America's Bayview Heights in Portland, is pictured here (photograph by John Ewing) with a scrapbook of articles, letters and awards she has collected over the 10 years she has been overseeing her Senior Snow-shoveling Project. The Project, founded in 2004 by Sheedy, provides free snow removal to Portland seniors and people with physical challenges.

  • January 7, 2016

    United Way provides Food Security for Seniors at Paul Hazelton Houses

    Volunteers of America Northern New England has received a grant from United Way of York County for the "Let's Eat" program; United Way has supported this healthy food initiative since 2009. In 2016 and in 2017, United Way of York County will provide $4,500 a year for monthly community meals and grocery distribution for 66 seniors living at Volunteers of America's affordable senior housing program in Saco, the Paul Hazelton Houses.

  • January 7, 2016

    Huot House Advisory Council Celebrates Veterans

    Huot House Advisory Council threw a Great Party for veterans from the Huot House and the Veterans Career House. Vets from both houses were in attendance as well as the Advisory Council members and some past Huot House alumni.

  • January 6, 2016

    Old Town Elks Donate Flag and Stock Pantry at Penobscot River House

    On Thursday, December 17, 2015, the Old Town Elks Lodge #1287 donated an American Flag with a stand to the Old Town River House which is an 80-unit independent living community that provides affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities.

  • January 5, 2016

    Elaine Bourne will lead Conflict Management Workshop at 75th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show Jan 12, 13, 14

    Elaine Bourne of Community Mediation Services will present workshops at Maine's 75th Annual Agricultural Trades Show​

  • January 4, 2016

    Summer Camp Memories

    When I was a kid in the late 50s, early 60s, I attended summer camp in Maine. The camp is no longer there. The camp directors were from Trenton, NJ. I really enjoyed my childhood summers at this camp.

  • December 15, 2015

    Action Team brings music, fun and food to Margaret Chase Smith House

    Brunswick High School filled a bus with students and drove to Augusta on December 2 to provide holiday cheer to residents of Volunteers of America's senior housing program, the Margaret Chase Smith House in Augusta.

  • December 10, 2015

    Legislators Visit Veterans Career House

    State Representative​ Ryan Fecteau of Biddeford, and State Representative​ Martin Grohman of Biddeford, along with Representative Stedman Seavey of Biddeford/Kennebunk and Lt. Col. (Retired) USAF Jennifer Fullmer of Biddeford all met at the Veteran's Career House on Thursday.

  • December 9, 2015

    Rest in Peace, Rex

    Frank and his dog Rex are legends at Camp POSTCARD. Frank Toderico is a former police officer with the South Portland Police.

  • December 6, 2015

    Twenty Days of Giving in Northern New England

    From December 2 - 22, Every day we will post a new opportunity to grant holiday wishes and learn about our programs. See today's wish, along with all that came before by clicking on the link.

  • December 3, 2015

    Will You Help Purchase Grocery Gift Cards for Seniors?

    Every month in Northern New England, seniors wait for their social security checks to arrive. For some, this is their only income, and they must make difficult decisions between paying for food or keeping current with utility bills.

  • December 2, 2015

    Proposed veterans housing project at Togus awarded tax credits

    Proposed veterans housing project at Togus awarded tax credits. The Cabin in the Woods project is one of five affordable-housing projects that will share about $2.9 million in federal low-income housing tax credits allocated by MaineHousing.

  • December 2, 2015

    Will you help us provide transportation for a veteran to get to medical appointments?

    By last official count, there were 127,000 veterans in Maine. There are 15 vans that transport veterans to and from the VA Hospital at Togus. The vans cover the entire state of Maine, and are driven by volunteers who undergo more than a year of rigorous applications and background checks in order to qualify as a driver.

  • November 27, 2015

    Rave Reviews for Kathy Bulley!

    Kathy Bulley is the chef at our Northern Maine Regional ReEntry Center in Bangor. She gets rave reviews from all the residents. She is so amazing that even the federal auditors mentioned her rave reviews on our annual review.

  • November 25, 2015

    Their Not Hear: Commonly Misspelled and Misused Words in Emails

    This Little Guide can be a Big help: Commonly Misspelled Words in Emails. By popular demand, here is a quick reference to correct usage of confusingly similar (but majorly different) words.

  • November 24, 2015

    As Temperatures Fall, Needs Increase

    In New England this time of year, daylight becomes scarce and temperatures can easily fall below freezing. Going outside requires more preparation and, once the snow flies, walking and driving can be treacherous. It's the time of year when people who have lost family members and friends get lonely.

  • November 23, 2015

    Community Heroes!

    York County United Way recently invited Michael Merrill to speak about our Veteran's programs to an audience of more than 80 people at their quarterly meeting. Shortly after, LogistiCare in South Portland ​and Graftech/FMI in Biddeford brought hundred of dollars in food donations to our Veteran Services Program.

  • November 19, 2015

    This is Why We Do What We Do

    Miracle moments happen every day in Volunteers of America's programs. Sometimes they are subtle, like the conversations that happen during a community meal; and sometimes the grace of simple human kindness intervenes when we least expect it and the world gets a little brighter.

  • November 19, 2015

    Maine Action Teams Help Build Home for Veteran's Family

    On November 14, fifty high school students got out of bed at five o'clock Saturday morning to help build a Habitat for Humanity house for a veteran and his family (wife and four children).

  • November 16, 2015

    Plum Creek Foundation Awards $2000 to Camp POSTCARD

    Plum Creek Foundation has awarded $2,000 to Volunteers of America Northern New England in support of Camp POSTCARD, a free, week long, overnight summer camp for Maine children. Plum Creek Foundation's donation will be used for the Enhanced Recreation Project, with a focus on fishing, archery and rock wall climbing.

  • November 13, 2015

    ​Major Leaguers to join Action Team Captains for Habitat for Humanity Service Project

    In the spirit of Veterans Day, Major League Baseball Players Matt Barnes, Chris Iannetta and Ryan O'Rourke and Action Team Captains from New England will convene in New Hampshire to help Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity with a house-build for a veteran and his family.

  • November 13, 2015

    Facebook: to "Like" or not to "Like"

    Facebook: to like or not to like. Many of our Volunteers of America staff and friends have enjoyed our Facebook posts and have even sent in posts for us to share, but lots of folks have expressed hesitation about "liking" our page or our posts, due to privacy concerns.

  • November 13, 2015

    Community Mediation Services Steps Up to Assist with Veterans' Housing Needs

    From helping veterans find respite in programs, to easing their hurdles in search of a permanent, stable home with HUD-VASH vouchers (see below), Volunteers of America's Community Mediation Services is working on a pilot project with Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA). The project seeks to provide conflict resolution services and education to veterans who receive Department of Housing and Urban Development - Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Vouchers, and to the landlords who rent to veterans.

  • November 5, 2015

    Steven McDermott Chosen for Innovation for Impact

    Steven McDermott is a program manager for Sawyer Street Behavioral Health Program in South Portland. He is also one of thirty people chosen in a national competition to be part of Innovation for Impact, a nationwide pilot program from Volunteers of America, designed to create a roadmap for identifying challenges and opportunities and tackling solutions.

  • October 28, 2015

    Mike Merrill Chosen For National Veterans Resource Squad

    Michael Merrill, Manager of our Veterans' Services (third from right, middle row) was selected to represent VOA Northern New England as a member of the National Veterans Resource Squad (NVRS), a group of 17 affiliate employees who are also military veterans.

  • October 26, 2015

    Action Teams At It Again

    Action Teams At It Again...Brunswick High School Action Team members unloaded hundreds of pumpkins for Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church's Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. Fifty of the pumpkins went to Westrum House for a pumpkin painting fun day. Action Team members (left to right): Julia Rutherford, Aiden Sachs, Emma Hughes, Owen Rudalevige). In December they will provide Holiday Celebrations for Margaret Chase Smith House in Augusta and Bayview Heights in Portland.

  • October 20, 2015

    Volunteers of America's Innovation for Impact

    VOA Innovation for Impact is a new nationwide pilot program, designed to create a roadmap for identifying challenges and opportunities and for tackling solutions. Steven McDermott, Northern New England Program Manager for Sawyer Street Behavioral Health Program was chosen to participate in the discussions.

  • September 23, 2015

    Community Mediation Services Awarded $12,000.00 for Work with Veterans

    Congratulations to Volunteers of America's Community Mediation Services (CMS) and Program Manager Elaine Bourne and for their award of a $12,000 grant from the JAMS Foundation. Each year, JAMS provides multiple simultaneous grants for up to two years to mediation centers working to develop programming in specific designated subject areas.

  • September 20, 2015

    Bowdoin Students come to Westrum House for Common Good Day

    In his inaugural address President Joseph McKeen said, "It ought always to be remembered, that literary institutions are founded and endowed for the common good, and not for the private advantage of those who resort to them for education."

  • September 10, 2015

    Hannaford Supermarkets Donates $5,000 to Camp POSTCARD

    As part of its Hannaford Helps funding for young people who face barriers to success, Hannaford Supermarkets Donates $5,000 to Camp POSTCARD

  • September 4, 2015

    Meet Terry Baldwin, our new C.O.O.

    Terry Baldwin, Volunteers of America’s new Chief Operating Officer, loves an adventure. We learned that about her at our recent Sebago Lake employee picnic where she was one of the first to jump into a Frisbee toss.

  • September 3, 2015

    Updated 211 Directory Available to All

    We all know to dial 9-1-1 for medical and health emergencies. And now, finding the answers to health and human services information and resources is as quick and easy as dialing 2-1-1

  • August 24, 2015

    Mindy Bisson, Social Butterfly and DLSS client

    Mindy Bisson is a twenty year old woman from Biddedford, Maine who was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome delays growth and development, causes intellectual disabilities and seizures.

  • July 6, 2015

    Volunteers of America Seniors Bowl On

    Three teams from the Volunteers of America-NNE senior apartment complex in Topsham participated in the National Senior League (NSL) Wii Bowling tournament. The internet based league has 1650 bowlers, 320 teams from 31 states. Bowlers average in age from 63 to 104 years old. Teams of four men or women bowl in different leagues based on skill level.

  • June 18, 2015

    Plan to build cabins for homeless Maine veterans wins strong support

    Lawmakers on the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee on Thursday gave unanimous support to a bill that would provide up to $1 million in state funds to help launch a project that would build up to 21 cabins for homeless veterans.

  • April 24, 2015

    Brunswick students recognized for volunteering

    A week ago, 18 Brunswick High School students were among a group of nearly 40 being recognized for their volunteer efforts throughout the school year — taking in a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. All the students were members of Action Teams, a national youth volunteer program sponsored by Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.

  • July 1, 2013

    Art Students Open Door to Seniors' Imaginations

    An article about a collaboration between Maine College of Art students and seniors living at Volunteers of America's Bayview Heights in Portland. The class was called "Gathering Influences: Collecting, Collections, Collectors, Collectibles.”