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.
POLAND SPRING, MAINE – For more than 170 years, Poland Spring® Natural Spring Water has been part of the fabric of Maine, not only as one of the state’s most iconic brands, but also as a responsible steward of Maine’s natural resources. A true community partner, Poland Spring is active in the communities where its employees live and the business operates a bottling facility or load station, or where it sources its spring water. Philanthropic support of local projects always has been and continues to be a priority for Poland Spring.
With the launch of “Calling 207: Mainers Helping Mainers,” Poland Spring is now widening that effort to other communities across Maine and is looking to the state’s citizens to help find and select special activities, known as 207Acts. A 207Act is something that lends a helping hand to a community project and could include such projects as repainting a building, planting a garden or organizing a food drive.
How can someone nominate a 207Act? It can be done online at PolandSpring.com/calling207 where Mainers will find guidelines and dates for nominations and voting, or in person at summer events around the state wherever you find the Poland Spring Hydration Station. Look for the Hydration Station (a self-contained mobile trailer where people can fill up their reusable bottles with Poland Spring water—and enjoy flights of Poland Spring sparkling water flavors) and you’ll also find Calling 207 ballots. Once a 207Act is posted to the Calling 207 website, anyone can vote for that act.
In each of three periods this summer, five acts with the most votes will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will then select two acts from each voting period between now and August 31, 2018. During the three periods, six projects ultimately will be chosen and be carried out between July 23 and October 13, 2018.
- Must not take more than eight hours to complete
- Must be able to be completed by October 31, 2018
- Carry a maximum budget of $5,000
Upcoming locations for the Hydration Station throughout the summer will be posted to the Poland Spring Facebook page.
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 company, a division of Nestlé Waters North America Inc., operates three Maine bottling plants in Poland, Hollis and Kingfield. The Kingfield facility, which officially opened in January 2009, represents an initial $60 million investment and ninety jobs in rural western Maine. In the Spring of 2017, the Kingfield facility added an additional bottling line representing a $25 million investment. Poland Spring maintains spring sources in Fryeburg, Poland, Dallas Plantation, Poland Spring, Pierce Pond Township, Kingfield, Denmark and Hollis, Maine. Poland Spring also:
- Employs nearly 900 full-time and seasonal workers across Maine, 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.
Northern Penobscot Activities Council to receive $50K
from Poland Spring each year for three years
POLAND SPRING, Maine – In keeping with its commitment to serve the communities in which it operates, Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water is donating $150,000 to support a Lincoln-based service organization, the Northern Penobscot Activities Council (NPAC).
Founded in late 2017, NPAC’s mission is to be an umbrella service organization that serves the greater Lincoln area. The newly formed organization will develop programs, services, and activities with an emphasis on outreach to youth and elderly residents, populations that are currently underserved. While an early emphasis will be placed on youth and elderly, NPAC plans to examine the needs facing all sectors of its community and plans to develop additional programs, as needed.
“We are committed to helping the people and communities across Maine where we do business,” said Heather Printup, Community Relations Manager for Poland Spring. “As new members of the greater Lincoln community, we want to show our support for the residents in the region, especially those who are currently underserved. We are impressed by NPAC’s mission and believe that our contributions will help make a big difference to the people who need the services NPAC will provide.”
The Poland Spring donation will be made in $50,000 increments annually over three years. Since 2000, Poland Spring has donated more than $7 million in Good Neighbor Grants to communities across Maine. Some of the organizations that have benefitted from Poland Spring’s Good Neighbor Grants include the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond, Camp Susan Curtis in Stoneham, and the Franklin County Animal Shelter in Farmington.
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 company, a division of Nestlé Waters North America Inc., operates three Maine bottling plants in Poland, Hollis and Kingfield. The Kingfield facility, which officially opened in January 2009, represents an initial $60 million investment and ninety jobs in rural western Maine. In the Spring of 2017, the Kingfield facility added an additional bottling line representing a $25 million investment. Poland Spring maintains eight spring sources across the state: Poland Spring (Poland Spring, ME), Evergreen Spring (Fryeburg, ME), Garden Spring (Poland, ME), White Cedar Spring (Dallas Plantation, ME), Spruce Spring (Pierce Pond Township, ME), Bradbury Spring (Kingfield, ME), Cold Spring (Denmark, ME) and Clear Spring (Hollis, ME).
June 15-22, 2018 at Agassiz Village in Poland
BRUNSWICK, ME. June 14, 2018 –Friday, June 15, marks the opening of Volunteers of America’s 25th year of Camp POSTCARD, a free week-long sleepover summer camp for Maine 5th and 6th graders — helping them make new friends, learn life skills, and build relationships with law enforcement.
Camp is held every year, in June, on the grounds of Agassiz Village in Poland, Maine, and is staffed by law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, and first responders who volunteer their time at Camp POSTCARD. They are joined by other community volunteers, as well as personnel from Volunteers of America Northern New England.
Every day there are new educational and hands-on activities. Mid-week, Wednesday June 20th is “Demo Day” and includes demonstrations of healthy snack making, law enforcement equipment, trained police dogs, wilderness survival skills, fire prevention, a “touch tank” of live marine creatures, an ice cream truck, face painting and more.
Camp POSTCARD is a different kind of camp.
The experience provides a safe environment that stresses appropriate role models, ideals and values. It also allows campers to experience law enforcement in a positive way. Officers too, get to know the kids in their communities better and come away reminded of why they entered their professions: to help improve peoples’ lives.
Who attends Camp POSTCARD?
Law enforcement officers, school resource officers, school personnel and community members identify & recommend children who would benefit from this unique camp experience.
Thanks to community support, there is no charge for any child to attend. Camp POSTCARD is free to all campers. For many kids, it represents his/her first camp experience. It is truly a dream come true, introducing them to many firsts – rock wall climbing, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and team building.
All of this is possible due to the support of donors, corporate sponsors, foundation grants, volunteers from law enforcement agencies throughout Maine and numerous in-kind donations of food and supplies from our supporters.
About Volunteers of America Northern New England
Based in Brunswick, Maine, Volunteers of America Northern New England is a regional branch of Volunteers of America, a faith-based organization that has been serving our country’s most vulnerable citizens since 1896. Volunteers of America Northern New England serves the people of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont with the promise to reach out and uplift the human condition and provide opportunities for individual and community involvement. We offer support in the areas of housing, behavioral health, veterans, mediation services, community justice, senior services, youth and families, ministry, Camp POSTCARD, and Cabin in the Woods.