Dead River Company receives Hire Vets national award for stellar record of hiring military veterans, members of Army and Air National Guard, and reservists
Award praised by Governor Mills
SOUTH PORTLAND, ME – Dead River Company is the first Maine-based company to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor with its Gold Medallion award, an honor from the department’s HIRE Vets program, part of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017. The award was announced today by the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS).
“We’re honored to receive this award,” said Dead River Company President and CEO, Deanna Sherman. “Our company has a long history of recruiting military veterans because our motto of ‘delivering on a promise’ resonates with men and women who are mission-driven to serve others. They are independent thinkers who also work well as part of a team and who can push through sometimes adverse conditions—such as New England weather.”
Dead River Company’s selection for the Gold Medallion Award drew praise from Maine’s Governor, Janet Mills. “I could not be more pleased to congratulate Dead River Company on this achievement,” said Governor Janet Mills. “This well-deserved award is not only a testament to Dead River’s support of our veterans, but it is also proof that Maine companies are national leaders in hiring those who bravely served our nation.”
With nearly 12 percent of its workforce coming from the military, Dead River Company has developed a reputation as a company eager to help veterans transition to civilian life and willing to train qualified applicants who have no experience in the industry.
Back row – Rob Daniels, Mark Ramsay, John Hammond, Dalton Simmons, Tim Corbett, Guy Langevin, Peter J. Coggins
Front row – Left to right Casey Cramton, John Andreozzi, Mike Aboud, Robert Eaton, Greg Gibson, Grant Delaware, Pete Black, Tom Waters
Names and Military Branches:
Dalton Simmons – US Marine CorpGreg Gibson – US ArmyMark Ramsey – US Marine Corp Sea BeeTom Waters – US Navy Sea Bee
John Andreozzi – US Air Force
Rob Daniels – US Army
John Hammond – US Navy
Robert Eaton – Maine Air National Guard
Mike Aboud – US Coast Guard
Peter J Coggins – US Coast Guard
Casey Cramton – US Army
“We work closely with organizations such as Boots2Roots in recruiting employees,” added Guy Langevin, Dead River Company Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. “Ours is a complex industry with a need for people with technical, intellectual, business, and practical skills. We need people who are adaptable to changing environments and situations, and people with a military background bring those skills. We can train them in the particulars of the industry because they bring the ability to learn and be trained.”
“Dead River Company understands the value that military members bring to the civilian workplace and takes every opportunity to diversify its skilled and executive workforce by utilizing the talent found in those with military training,” said Jen Fullmer, Executive Director of Boots2Roots. “Dead River Company has fostered an impressive team culture that forward-thinking, service-oriented professionals want to be a part of, and Boots2Roots is proud to partner with this fantastic company. The Gold Medallion is well earned and deserved.”
Headquartered in South Portland, Maine, with locally-operated fuel offices throughout its service footprint in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and western Massachusetts, Dead River Company is a family-owned company over a century old, with a strong commitment to the states and communities it serves.
The Hire Vets Gold Medallion is the only veterans hiring award at the federal level that recognizes employer efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans.
About Dead River Company:
Founded in 1909 by Charles Hutchins, Dead River Company originated in the forest products industry, along the banks of the Dead River, from which the company took its name. Today, Dead River Company is the largest retailer of home heating products in northern New England. Trusted for their reliable, on-time fuel deliveries and highly-skilled and quality home heating equipment maintenance, Dead River Company is a full-service energy provider offering its customers around-the-clock, no-heat response service, as well as energy-efficiency advice. For more information, visit www.deadriver.com
VOANNE will host two-day seminar on moral injury in Augusta, September 19 & 20
Volunteers of America Northern New England is part of a national effort by Volunteers of America to raise awareness of and treat moral injury. Volunteers of America national is launching an ad campaign on moral injury in New York’s Times Square to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, tomorrow September 10th. Launch of the campaign, titled “The War Inside” will include video on the NASDAQ and Reuters digital boards for the first 10 minutes of every hour on Sept. 10.
Locally, Volunteers of America Northern New England, which is based in Brunswick, will hold a two-day seminar on treating moral injury. The seminar, titled Moral Injury, Pathways to Recovery, will be held at
The Senator Inn
284 Western Avenue, Augusta, ME
September 19, 2019
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 20, 2019
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It will be led by Dr. Rita Brock, a foremost authority and researcher on treating moral injury, and will feature sessions with Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, Rev. Dr. Linda Mercadante, and Mr. Jesse Estrin, all of whom have extensive experience working in the moral injury realm.
“There is an urgency to raising awareness on moral injury,” said Richard Wayman Hooks the CEO of Volunteers of America Northern New England. “From military veterans to those struggling with substance use disorder to victims of domestic abuse, we recognize that there are significant numbers of people suffering and Volunteers of America is here to help. Our seminar is aimed at those who are trying to help and treat people dealing with moral injury. Mental health workers, law enforcement, social workers, clergy, and veterans’ service workers—all will gather vital information that will greatly aid their efforts.”
Volunteers of America has characterized moral injury as “a war inside.” The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs defines moral injury as “a psychological harm resulting from either (1) acting, failing to prevent, or witnessing actions that violate an individual’s deepest values and principles, or from (2) betrayal by a trusted authority figure in a high-stakes situation.” While moral injury first emerged in research on military veterans, anyone who works in high-stakes situations or who has endured trauma can experience it.
The effects of moral injury are pervasive throughout society and contribute to homelessness, self-harm including suicide, rage, addiction, compulsive overwork and/or depression. Unlike some causes of distress, moral injury is not a mental illness. It is an existential crisis in identity and meaning because of devastating life circumstances and it can happen at any age. Fortunately, recovery is possible. Volunteers of America has stepped up to assist in the recovery for thousands suffering across the U.S.
“The first step in recovery of moral injury is recognition and understanding it,” said Rita Brock, Ph.D., founding director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America. The center is named for Jonathan Shay, a medical doctor and clinical psychiatrist best known for his work with post-traumatic stress disorder who first introduced the concept of moral injury. Brock leads Volunteers of America’s efforts to identify and treat moral injury as part of its service programs and is eager to lead the seminar in Augusta. “Some think that moral injury is the same as PTSD,” said Brock. “While they can share some symptoms, they’re very different conditions and treating moral injury the same as PTSD can actually worsen the condition.”
A noted theologian, Brock was the founding director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, where she was also a research professor of theology and culture. She is an author of multiple books on moral injury and is a leading national expert on moral injury in combat veterans.
About Volunteers of America Northern New England
At Volunteers of America Northern New England, we serve the people of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont with the promise to reach out and uplift the human condition and provide opportunity for individual and community involvement.
About Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has provided compassionate care to a variety of groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps almost 1.5 million people in over 400 communities. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit www.VolunteersofAmerica.org.
Community organizations and residents in Poland, Hollis, Kingfield, Fryeburg, Denmark, and northern Maine receive assistance through associate-driven efforts
POLAND SPRING, Maine, December 20, 2018 – Poland Spring associates from the Poland, Hollis, and Kingfield bottling facilities helped spread holiday cheer in their communities this season by supporting local families in need.
“Each year, our team of dedicated associates goes above and beyond to support local charities in their communities to help families have a brighter holiday,” said Heather Printup, Community Relations Manager for Poland Spring. “Poland Spring associates don’t do this because they have to; they do this because they understand the importance of giving back and being good neighbors.”
In Poland, associates donated a total of 40 turkeys to the Lifesprings program and the Gray Food Pantry. They also fulfilled the holiday wishes of five local families through the Giving Tree program at Poland Community School. Additionally, Poland Spring held a food drive to benefit the Regional School Unit 16 (RSU 16) Mannafed Backpack Program, along with a water donation and clothing drive to benefit the Poland Food Bank.
Associates at Poland Spring’s Hollis facility donated 120 turkeys and two truckloads of food to support Thanksgiving meal service at the Hollis Food Pantry, and continued the season of giving with the purchase of gifts to help two families in need through the Town of Hollis.
At Poland Spring’s central Maine facility in Kingfield, associates participated in the annual Giving Tree Program, which provides winter clothing and toys to children in need from Kingfield Elementary School. Associates also continued to provide meals to senior citizens through the Bridging the Gap program, which associates have done each month this year.
These efforts are just a few among many in which Poland Spring is involved in helping to make the holidays brighter for local families in need. Other noteworthy charitable efforts in which Poland Spring is actively engaged, include donating $5,000 to Fryeburg’s Community Giving Tree program. These funds helped provide winter clothing to families in the Maine School Administrative District 72 communities of Fryeburg, Denmark, Lovell, Stow, Sweden, Brownfield, and Stoneham. Poland Spring also supported heating assistance programs benefitting thousands of residents in the towns of Lincoln, Passadumkeag, Enfield, Howland, and Denmark.
“We are grateful for Poland Spring’s generosity and support for residents of our community who are most in need of help,” said Jim McKay from the Hollis Food Pantry. “Thanks to their efforts, many families here and elsewhere throughout the state will have a better holiday season.”
About Poland Spring
Established in 1845, Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has invested in Maine and created jobs using an abundant, renewable resource. The brand, part of Nestlé Waters North America Inc., operates three Maine bottling plants in Poland, Hollis and Kingfield. Additionally, Poland Spring maintains spring sources in Fryeburg, Poland, Dallas Plantation, Poland Spring, Pierce Pond Township, Kingfield, Denmark, Hollis and Lincoln, Maine. Poland Spring also:
- Employs nearly 900 full-time and seasonal workers across the state, contributing nearly $49 million to the economy in annual payroll;
- Spends over $135 million directly with other Maine companies each year; and
- Invested over $7 million in community giving since 2000 to support schools, local non-profits, fire and rescue, environmental conservation, and many other local and statewide causes.