Attached you will find the Winter Wish List from VA Maine Voluntary Service. Please note that there have been multiple updates made. The most notable change is that we are holding off on accepting any Homeless Housewarming items at the moment. We have had such a large amount of generous donations that we have run out of space to store them and must deplete some of our supply before we start accepting more items. You can continue to support the Homeless Program by providing gift cards (gas, Hannaford, Wal-Mart, TracFone), TracFones , or contributing to the Homeless Assistance or the Homeless Stand Down funds. The generosity that has been shown throughout the community is overwhelming. We appreciate all the support that you provide to our Veterans. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Voluntary Service Specialist
VA Maine Healthcare System
1 VA Center
Augusta ME. 04330
Tel: (207) 623-8411 x5633
“Maine’s Plan to End and Prevent Veterans Homelessness“
This is an excellent plan, several Elks worked on it and we are now seeing positive results.
A recommendation was made to hire a Maine State Homeless Coordinator and this has been done.
This is a giant step forward for our homeless program. On page 11 the plan
details what organizations will be on his committee and what the committee will do.
Additionally $250,000 has been appropriated this year and $200,000 next year to provide ready funds for veterans in need and homeless veterans.
A “Request For Proposals” is open for submission by vendors who would like to administer the program. Interested vendors should contact the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services
This is a state wide program and will have several vendors.
Closing date is 22 Feb. Anyone interested should contact Darren for details.
State ENVSC Chairman
Togus VA Medical Center
Maine Elks Association
Eighteen young free throw shooters from all over the state of Maine gathered at Bangor High School the morning of Sunday, January 27th to conduct the state level Hoop Shoot contest and see who will move on to shoot against the top kids from Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the Regional contest to be held at the end of February in Portland. Winners there will travel to shoot for the National Titles in Chicago, IL.
Beginning with the local lodges, some as early as December, we’ve been searching for young ladies and gentlemen who enjoy to shoot a basketball, to join in a competition to find the best from each lodge area. Throughout this competitive series the Boy and Girl shooters are divided into three age brackets: 8-9 years old, 10-11 and 12-13.
Those top place local finishers then advanced to the state’s District shoot-offs, depending on their location relative to the Coastal lodges, the Central lodges or the Northern ones. It’s those District top-place finishers who came to Bangor.
The kids and their families were shown a truly well organized and executed event by the officers and members of the Bangor Lodge, #244. Competition was keen and everyone attending really enjoyed the day. Initially tied at 23 each of their 25 shots during the regular competition there was even a five-shot shoot off between Blayne Tardiff and Audrey Mackie to determine overall top Girl shooter of the event. In the end, Audrey took the trophy, shooting 5 for 5 to Blayne’s 4 of 5 in the shoot-off. A truly exciting end to the morning’s competition! Overall top shooter honors for the boys went to Brandon Furbush, Skowhegan-Madison Lodge #2531.
Maine’s top shooters for Fraternal Year 2018-19 are:
8-9 Brandon Furbush – Skowhegan-Madison Lodge #2531 Blayne Tardiff – Presque Isle Lodge #1954
10-11 Adam Fitzgerald – Skowhegan-Madison Lodge #2531 Kaylee Baglee – Ellsworth Lodge #2743
12-13 Wesley LaPointe – Presque Isle Lodge #1954 Audrey Mackie – Rockland Lodge #1008
Pictures from the State Hoop Shoot