You know us as providers of great health care. You may not know we’re also big fans of healthy communities. At Martin’s Point, it’s a priority to make it easy for our employees to connect to the people that call Maine and New Hampshire home and help make our hometowns better for all who live here.
One way we do this is by teaming up with Make-A-Wish® Maine. Since we became partners in 2006, Martin’s Point has donated $57,500 to help Make-A-Wish grant wishes for five Maine children living with critical illnesses. Financial support helped make some special dreams come true – dreams like visiting Disney World and going on a dig for dinosaur bones. Now the next phase is about getting more employees directly involved.
Behind the magic
One thing that helps us do just that is a special benefit Martin’s Point provides to employees: volunteer-time-off. Each year, our employees get 24 hours of time off with pay to they can use for the great good of their local communities. Then we help teams and individuals get involved, by connecting them with a variety of opportunities to give back throughout the year.
In June, for example, 25 Martin’s Point employees and Make-A-Wish Maine helped a local family and their son share a remarkable day. The event began at Funtown Splashtown USA, and included a tour of the local fire station, a fire truck escort home, and then one final surprise: a new backyard play area, complete with protective fencing, wooden play house, and a digging toy.
Our team pitched in to plan the day and greet the family with signs, balloons and ice cream sundaes – with happy results. After a moment of surprise and shyness, one preschooler was thrilled to be able to play outside more safely.
“This particular wish hit home for me, because it took place in my hometown,” said Katie Piantoni, a marketing specialist at Martin’s Point who took an active role in our June event. “I feel blessed to be able to use some of my volunteer time to put a smile on a little boy’s face. It’s wonderful working for an organization that values employee volunteerism and allows us time to give back to our communities.”
Martin’s Point employees have also used their volunteer time to help young students practice reading, share conversation with isolated seniors, fight food insecurity at local food pantries, and more.
Whatever the circumstances or cause, these efforts really do make difference. As Rebekah Roy from Make-A-Wish Maine says: “Everyone involved in fulfilling the wish of a child battling a critical illness is touched by the magic of the experience. Magic that brings hope, strength and joy to children and their families during a difficult time.”
The new fenced play yard is just one of more than 1,500 granted by Make-A-Wish Maine since 1993.
To learn more about Make-A-Wish Maine, visit their website at maine.wish.org.