2nd Annual Martin’s Point Employee Volunteer Fair a Success

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More than 50 employees attended our second annual Volunteer Fair making it a huge success! The event aims to connect Martin’s Point employees with organizations in the community that have volunteer opportunities.

Colleagues from multiple locations came to the fair to show their support for community activism and volunteerism. This event not only shows the value that we place on volunteering, but also the support of the greater Martin’s Point community. There were 10 organizations in attendance and several tables had entire sign-up sheets filled with names of employees wanting to make a difference in their community.

Many of the organizations were asked to describe their causes, and to give a few words on the value of the Volunteer Fair and the impact of employee volunteers. A few of these organizations are represented below:

Make-A-Wish

This foundation helps children in the US, between the ages of two and a half and 18, that are living with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children in the categories of “I wish to go,” “I wish to be,” “I wish to meet,” “I wish to have,” and “I wish to give.” The Maine chapter of this foundation is committed to helping the wishes of Maine children come true.

When asked about the value in having the fair, Lani Geistwalker, Program Services Coordinator from Make-A-Wish stated, “It’s a great chance to battle misconceptions. Many people still believe Make-A-Wish is for children suffering from a terminal illness. This gives people the chance to ask questions and truly understand the foundation.”

Parker Harnett of HowtoHelpinMaine.org

Partners for World Health

This organization collects, sorts, and distributes medical supplies and equipment locally and internationally to those in need. These supplies come from various donation sources and the organization is 98% operated by volunteers.

Partners for World Health is an organization that is still expanding. “Even though we’re located in Portland, there are still a lot of people that don’t know who we are. We’re working on getting more exposure and this event allows that to happen,” one representative of the company said. Another representative added, “I actually came to PFWH for the first time with an employee group and then I decided to stay. It’s just nice to get people through the door.”

Good Shepherd Food Bank

This is the largest hunger relief organization in the state of Maine. Volunteers take part in sorting, bagging, and boxing food items for the organization’s various hunger relief programs that support children, the elderly, and many people in between. Last year, volunteers provided over 18,000 hours of support for the Food Bank.

“It’s great to see an organization that encourages their staff to give back to the community,” said Beth Tatro, Volunteer Manager at Good Shepherd Food Bank. “[Employee volunteers] tend to have common goals and are effective in completing those goals.”

Southern Maine Agency on Aging

This organization provides resources, programs, and support for the needy and elderly in Cumberland and York counties. This organization provides financial, medical, and personal support to those adults that are 60 years or older. They currently have volunteer opportunities for more than 600 people each year, which include helping deliver Meals on Wheels, mentoring elderly adults about heathy eating and exercise, and many others.

The representative for the Southern Maine Agency on Aging talked about the value of employee volunteers: “They bring specific workforce skills to the organization that others may not have, and they tend to be quite efficient. I also find that, because they have more limited time, they tend to value their time more.”

Many of the representatives expressed their approval of the support that Martin’s Point shows for community activism and volunteering efforts.

“Taking the time to have this event shows that Martin’s Point wants to know they are supporting what its employees support,” said the representative for Riding to the Top. Their dedication to the community is one thing that makes Martin’s Point employees special and that makes Martin’s Point a Great Place to Work.

See below for the complete list of organizations represented at the Volunteer Fair:

American Heart Association

Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Good Shepherd Food Bank

How to Help in Maine

Make-A-Wish

Maine Senior Games

Partners for World Health

Portland Public Schools

Riding to the Top

Southern Maine Agency on Aging

If your organization would like to be involved at our annual Volunteer Fair please contact community@martinspoint.org

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