Veterans Helping Veterans receives grant
Camden — The Maine Community Foundation has awarded a $9,447 a grant to the Veterans Helping Veterans Program, based in Camden.
The program has been operating for the past six years solely on contributions so the foundation saw fit to lend a helping hand, according to a news release.
The primary focus of Vets Helping Vets is to provide a safe place for veterans to gather and share their experiences with one another. This sharing happens weekly at 6 p.m. in the gray Wellness Building at 69 Elm St. in Camden.
One year ago, the group moved into providing firewood to veterans who were in a bind. The project is not capable of filling the entire needs of any one veteran but, there is wood available which will fill a hole in someone’s cellar and help them to get through the winter.
All a veteran needs to do is write a letter describing their situation to Vets Helping Vets at 69 Elm St., Camden Maine 04843. The letter will be read by members at the next meeting and a decision will be reached quickly.
“Delivering wood to some of the homes we have visited has been a profound experience for all of us. We gain as much from the act of giving as the recipients gain from the receiving and the warmth,” said program spokesperson Rob Pfeiffer in a news release.
A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, contact mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.