Youth & Young Adult Services

Camp POSTCARD (Police Officers Striving To Create And Reinforce Dreams) is a free week-long program for Maine kids. Police Officers from across Maine volunteer as camp counselors.

Every June, 100 girls and boys from all 16 counties join 60 volunteer law enforcement officers to spend a fun-filled week of adventure together at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop.

Camp dates for 2024

June 14th (Camp Leaders arrive)

June 15th (Campers arrive)

June 21st (Camp ends, all leave)

About Camp POSTCARD?

How are kids nominated for camp? Girls and boys in the 5th / 6th grade are nominated by their school resource officers or school counselors who work with their local police departments. These dedicated officers and counselors know the kids in their schools that would benefit most from a summer camp adventure.

Who are the camp counselors? Volunteer sheriffs, troopers, municipal officers, first responders, and the fire fighters all come together from across Maine to act as positive role models. Kids gain a different perspective of the first responders when they return to their communities. Additionally, officers learn more about the kids they see in their in their daily work lives and create better skills to work with them.

What happens at camp? Every June, children from across Maine counties join with 80 law enforcement volunteers for a week of exploration, healthy activities, outdoor recreation, and bond together.

You can watch all of the Camp POSTCARD videos HERE and see why kids love coming to Camp!

Camp POSTCARD needs YOU!

The generous support from people like you makes camp a reality every year. You help provide campers with the things they need for a great camp week. Year after year, our community friends and neighbors have stepped up to support the young people who are coming to camp for the first time. If you’ve donated before, thank you, you’ve seen the positive impact that camp has on kids. If this is your first time, help change a youngster’s life.

Click below to learn how you can help:

  • Camp POSTCARD is a long-term partnership between the Maine Sheriffs’ Association and Volunteers of America Northern New England.
  • Qualified officers are invited to become volunteer leaders at Camp.
  • Camp is possible because of our generous sponsors. Our deepest gratitude goes out to all of our donors, financial as well as in-kind.

We especially want to thank the following sponsors:

If you would like to volunteer please contact us for more information at (207) 373-1140.

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

VOA recognizes that these are difficult and uncertain times. Some individuals may find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, such as an unsafe place to stay or perhaps you find yourself without a place to live. VOA is here to offer hope and help by connecting Youth and Young Adults (YYA), ages 18-24 in these situations with an opportunity to take control of their life and circumstances by becoming the recipient of a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) that can be used to find a safe, affordable place to call their own. Serving all of Maine.

Requirements of Program

Individuals need a birth certificate, ID (state, license, or passport), and a social security card for all members of the household.

Qualifying relationship to head of household is classified as the following:

  • Spouse, legally married to the head of household.
  • Co-head, individual who is equally responsible for the lease with the head of the household but is not married to head of household (PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE HOUSING VOUCHER WILL BE GIVEN)
  • “OTHER ADULT” family member, other than the head, spouse, or co-head who is 18 years of age or older.
  • LIVE IN AIDE, a person who 1) is determined to be essential to the care and well-being of a household member, 2) is not obligated for the support of the household member, and 3) would not be living in the unit except to provide the necessary supportive services. Must be approved by Mainehousing.

No previous evictions (EXCEPTION, consideration will be given if you have proof of payment plan for prior evictions).

You must report ALL sources of income for yourself or any member of your household. (You do NOT have to have income; however, you must report any and all income).

Consent to Criminal Background Check.

Proof of eligibility to be lawfully withing the U.S. (you and all members of your household).

Consent and willingness to work with a VOA YYA TEAM.

Federally funded programs prohibit the use of illegal drugs including medical marijuana which is still illegal under federal law.

If you need immediate assistance, please call Jessica at (207) 355-5829.

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