Camp, Inspiration, Events, oh my!

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The Ride for the Homes was put on by Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 Maine on Sunday May 22, 2016. Huot House was the host site.

There were 52 motorcycles present (roughly 75 - 95 people) for the 1.5 hour ride, escorted by Maine State Police, Old Orchard Police, and South Portland Police. Members of Rolling Thunder, Fallen Saints MC , Combat Vets Association, Patriot Riders , Ridin Steel, Jessie Lilly and husband, Julie Powers Candelmo, ME Army National Guard members, and various other Veteran supporters were all part of the ride.

The riders raised $2,000.00 for the VOANNE Arthur B Huot House and Veterans Career House.

A special thank you to Tim and Cindy DeCosta and RT Chapter 1 Maine for constantly and consistently loving our Vets and supporting our Veteran Services Programs, Veteran Services Staff Ken Darby, Brian Bouthot, and Jenn Carrier and the Vets for their tireless efforts to make the event smooth, and to Huot House Advisory Council members Nicole Albert and Pam Payeur for volunteering at the event!

It was a beautiful day spent with amazing people!

Cabin in the Woods Fundraiser

On June 25th, Brunswick American Legion Post #20, 1 Columbus Drive will host a dinner – dance to benefit Volunteers of America and our Cabin in the Woods program. For more information, contact Joe Donahue at 607-9735. Cost of tickets are $10 and include a meal and dancing.

Camp POSTCARD Kicks Off Its 23rd Year!

On June 18, kids from all over the state of Maine will arrive for a week at Camp POSTCARD. Launched in 1994, Camp is staffed by volunteer law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, community volunteers, and Volunteers of America personnel.

We spend much of the year raising funds to provide this unique FREE experience for Maine kids – most of whom have never been to summer camp.

We also rely on in-kind donations so that we can provide the Campers with appropriate clothing and footwear.

Maine Girls and Boys NEED your help. Contact Susan Kennedy at 373-1140 to find out what goods are still needed for this year.

Our Inspirational Fiesta took place on May 19th

Along with employee recognition, the annual event is a chance for employees from our widespread and far-reaching program locations to meet each other and to understand the incredible broad reach of our agency.

While much of the day was focused on fun and food, there were awards given to three outstanding employees and an outstanding team, folks who have gone above and beyond in the course of their projects and whose work is consistent, reliable and exemplifies our founders' philosophies.

This year's awards were given to Greg Drake from the Maintenance team, Patti Hamilton from the Brackett Street Program, and Sharon Jordan from IRT South. The Building Bridges Team award went to the Maintenance/Facilities Team headed up by Julie Staires. Click here to read the full awards speech

Along with a delightful buffet (put together by Julie Dufour and Julia Wilcock) and teambuilding games; there were door prizes, movies (put together by program managers and staff) and inspirational readings (sent in by employees) throughout the day.

Here's one of the quotes:

"You have worked hard to see someone make forward progress. You helped him put things together. You hope to hear from him in the future, but you know you and VOA accomplished something no person or organization in the client's/resident's past had been able to do. No one else had been able to take the time or had the experience to understand all the obstacles and help the client deal with them. Now, it's up to him. You have given him a fighting chance."

As the day came to a close, everyone seemed to agree that it is important to get to know each other, to get to know the breadth of our program offerings, and to have a chance to hear inspiring words from our CEO June Koegel, our COO Terry Baldwin, and our board chair Gail Evans. A truly inspiring time was had by all.

A Big thanks to Fiesta Committee members Terry Baldwin, Tatiana Bickford, William Browning, Don Cray, Carmen Daigle, Julie Dufour, Susan Kennedy, Patty Olds, Jerome Weiner and Julia Wilcock for investing many hours of their time, and to Max Bickford for assembling our program movies into a great presentation and for being the event photographer.

To see images from the Fiesta, click here.