Maine Sheriff's Association President Sheriff Joel Merry (L) was at our offices this week with Michael Coon, VP of External Relations and Mark Doty of Plum Creek Foundation. Plum Creek Foundation awarded $2,000 to Volunteers of America Northern New England in support of Camp POSTCARD (Police Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams). Volunteers of America partners with Maine law enforcement and public safety organizations to provide a free, week long, overnight summer camp to 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.
For 22 years, Camp POSTCARD (Police Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams) has welcomed Maine 5th and 6th grade girls and boys (approximately 150 each summer) to this camp experience during the last week of June. For the past five years, Camp POSTCARD has taken place at the beautiful lakefront campus at Agassiz Village in Poland, Maine. In 2015, children from 14 Maine counties enjoyed this week of Camp. This gift to Maine children and their families is made possible through the generosity every year of hundreds of supporters. Camp POSTCARD also depends on the dedication of over 50 Camp Leaders who spend the week 24/7 caring for and guiding children. Vital camp partners include Maine Sheriffs' Association, Maine Chiefs of Police and local Police Departments, Maine State Police, Maine Wardens Service, Maine Department of Corrections and Maine Firefighters.
Plum Creek is among the largest private landowners in the nation with more than 6 million acres of timberlands in 19 states, operating wood products mills in the Northwest and managing working forests using sustainable practices. Plum Creek employees work to create shareholder value, serve as stewards of the environment, make wood products for everyday use, and build strong communities. The mission of the Plum Creek Foundation is to provide philanthropic contributions to support and improve the general welfare of life in the communities that Plum Creek serves.
Volunteers of America operates 28 programs in Maine and New Hampshire, including affordable senior housing programs, residential programs serving men and women with mental illness, residential programs helping veterans who have experienced homelessness, community justice programs (including two reentry programs assisting incarcerated men and women), community mediation services, and Youth and Family Services, including Camp POSTCARD, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Action Teams (high school volunteers). Volunteers of America serves people with the promise "to go wherever we are needed and do whatever comes to hand" with the goal to reach out and uplift the human condition and provide opportunity for individual and community involvement.