Maine VOAD Announcements
April 24-25 at the Augusta Civic Center was a great success! VOAD had an inside booth promoting our members. Ready Freddy even showed up for a visit on Wednesday during lunch. Our members got a chance to show of some of their capabilities as well in a display we called "circle the wagons". One communications trailer, a shower trailer, Red Cross IRV, Salvation Army canteen, mobile food "pantry", possible temporary Volunteer housing unit and volunteer processing trailer were all on display in the parking lot. We are excited to see how we can promote our members next year as we partner to prepare for the unexpected.
It's becoming a tradition for Maine VOAD partners to get together and glean broccoli at Smiths Farms in Presque Isle. Broccoli is donated to Good Shepherd Food-Bank and other VOAD partners and distributed to food pantries and soup kitchens across the state.
Please consider lending a hand, the more volunteers we have, the more broccoli is gleaned for people in need. A date will be announced soon. Learn more about hunger in Maine at www.gsfb.org
To be announced
Last year was a great success. Thank you to all that made it a success. We hope that you will join us again this year. Good Shepard Food Bank will transport and distribute this product statewide through their warehouses in Auburn, Brewer and Portland.
If you are interested in picking or need more information please contact Brent Trueworthy.
Hosted by: Maine Association of Emergency Managers (MALEM); State Emergency Response Commission(SERC); and Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
This is a great time to network with professionals, volunteers, instructors, vendors and many others who come to this conferance. The Classes are very informative and helpful. The menu for these classes are varied across all types of emergency preparedness. They always have a great continental breakfast and a great lunch buffet both days. VOAD will have a display both inside and outside. If your Organization wishes to advertise by sending brochures, posted information or setting up an outside display with us please contact us. We could also use help through those 2 days of conferance.
Attn: Tim Brown 207-232-3389
Brent Trueworthy 207-944-2628
We encourage you to register this year the price for the conference is “FREE”. You will be able to register on line at the Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference website in 2013
As A Nation of instant this instant that, cleanup and rebuilding from a Disaster of this magnitude takes time. Opportunities still exist for volunteer service in Haiti.If you're looking for
opportunities to help the victims of the earthquake, we recommend visiting the following sites to see how you can help:
Center for International Disaster Information
We at VOAD are continually looking for Organizations to partner with in times of a Disaster. The time to do that is now when there is no disaster. There are many things that we can do to prepare for the next disaster together. Please call Tim Brown or Brent Trueworthy to set an appointment to discuss how you can help in the preparations for and in the next disaster.
Remember a disaster may be as big as Haiti, Japan, Katrina or as small as the house fire in a community or that neighbor that is elderly or even young that some tragedy just struck.
We've created a new album of photos
covering the happenings at Maine VOAD. Right now you can see images from the Fort Kent flooding, Gleaning operations, and disaster preparedness with Ready Freddy. Be sure to check back as more photos are posted. We'll update people here as well.
Maine VOAD is very excited to announce that we have obtained 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the IRS. The IRS grants this coveted status upon organizations that meet specific legal requirements and operate under strict conditions with the goal of providing a public benefit.
This tax status makes Maine VOAD exempt from paying federal taxes and allows any donations to be a tax deduction for the donor. This status will also open doors for grant opportunities from foundations and the government.
This is a wonderful milestone in the development of Maine VOAD. If you have a donation you would like to make please click on our Donate link or contact:
"Our entire emergency management team has a role to play when it comes to preparing for and responding to the next disaster," said Administrator Fugate. "One of the most important parts of that team is the public. The more prepared the public is now, by getting an emergency response kit, making an emergency action plan, and getting a skill, like CPR, the stronger our emergency response team will be."
-The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate
September is National Preparedness Month
. Consider registering on VolunteerMaine.org
as a volunteer responder to disasters. Take a first aid class with Red Cross
in your area. Check out other resources at Ready.gov
Hurricane season is ramping up. Winter is approaching. There's always a chance of a fire. Help mitigate the damage and distress by preparing during September, National Preparedness Month.
#Update: Coincidentally, September also happens to be Hunger Action Month
. Learn more about it at our partner, Good Shepherd Food-Bank's website
August 27, 2009 colleagues, friends and peers gathered together to celebrate the career of Darla Chafin who is retiring from her long service with Maine Emergency Management. Darla has been an instrumental ally in the organization of Maine VOAD and members of the coalition presented her with a certificate of appreciation.
We join the other attendees of Darla's retirement party, as well as the hundreds - if not thousands - of people she's touched in expressing our deepest gratitude for her work and commitment in the state of Maine especially with respect to her efforts in emergency management.
We wish the best for her and a well deserved retirement.