BANGOR – The Greater Bangor Maine Military and Community Network will host its Veterans Resource Fair on Wednesday, May 25 from 3-6 p.m. at the University of Maine on the Augusta Bangor campus. The event will take place at Eastport Hall, 128 Texas Avenue. The event is free for all veterans and their families.
Food and resources will be provided at this free event which will provide information from over 25 different organizations.
Many organizations will also share information via video conference during the day’s events. Among those offering virtual presence opportunities are the offices of Congressman Jared Golden and Senator Angus King, both members of the Armed Services Committee. Each will offer messages via videoconference in the afternoon.
Veterans requiring transportation are encouraged to call Penquis LYNX Services at 207-973-3695 or [email protected] by May 22 to reserve a ride.
Participants can also remotely attend the https://maine.zoom.us/j/88270171221
University of Maine Center on Aging – RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) provides community engagement and volunteer opportunities for seniors age 55 and older throughout the state of Maine.
Penquis – Penquis is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1967 to alleviate and eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty. Through its programs and affiliates, Penquis impacts all of Maine’s sixteen counties, but primarily serves low- and moderate-income people in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox counties. Our efforts focus on helping families and communities make measurable improvements in five areas: financial security, reliable transportation, stable housing, school readiness and healthy living.
Maine Families – Maine Families is an in-home service available to all families who are expecting or have a new baby at home. Whether it’s your first or third baby, Maine Families Certified Family Visitors can provide free, factual information, encouragement and support, regardless of your income.
The Maine Department of Labor Veterans Employment Team – This organization serves eligible Maine veterans, transitioning service members, and spouses with support and employment services. Veterans Representatives are located throughout Maine to provide top-notch support to those seeking employment opportunities. From initial job search to job placement, we help with all facets of the employment spectrum. Veterans’ representatives also have a diverse network to facilitate linkages to non-work-related services.
Community Health and Counseling Services – We are committed to providing compassionate and caring community health care. Community Health and Counseling Services is a private, nonprofit organization that provides community home health, hospice and mental health services to adults and children in central, eastern, southern and northern Maine . More than 9,000 people benefit each year from the efforts of the agency’s professional, support and management staff.
The Maine Soldier & Family Readiness Center – This agency is essential in providing support to geographically dispersed military families who cannot access the services of a local base, installation or fort. This is especially true during long and short term deployments and mobilizations of a service member. The Maine SFRC serves service members and their families of all branches and statuses (active, TPU, retired, veteran). Soldier and Family Readiness Specialists are available 24/7 for help and resource referrals for military families!
Northern Light Acadia Hospital – A non-profit acute care hospital and community mental health agency located in Bangor, Maine. Acadia Hospital is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for children, adolescents and adults with mental health and chemical dependency issues and to championing their mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Acadia’s hospital and community mental health and addictions services operate under a unified mission: to empower people to improve their lives.
Office of Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) – Jared Golden represents Maine’s Second District in the United States Congress, where he serves on the Small Business Committee and the Armed Services Committee.
Office of Senator Angus King (I) – Angus King is an independent serving his 2nd term in the United States Senate, on behalf of all Mainers, and especially our veterans. Senator King is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Intelligence Select Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Rules and Administration Committee.
Veterans Inc. – Veterans Inc. is a Massachusetts-based 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and the largest provider of support services to veterans and their families in New England. Since 1990, we have helped more than 85,000 veterans in need and today operate offices and programs in all six New England states.
Preble Street Veterans Housing Services – VHS helps veterans and their families find and maintain stable housing and works to end veteran homelessness in Maine. Our team covers all 16 counties in the state and has offices in Portland, Lewiston and Bangor
Salute of Service – Salute of Service is a non-profit organization that helps veterans train their own dogs to become service dogs or help them find the right dog for their needs.
Quilts of Valor – The mission of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation is to blanket war-affected service members and veterans with comforting and healing quilts.
Small Business Administration – Established in 1953, the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only federal cabinet-level agency dedicated entirely to small business and provides procurement advice, capital, and expertise as the nation’s only resource and voice for small businesses. The SBA offers technical support and loan guarantee programs specifically for eligible veterans and their family members.
Rape Response Service – The mission of Rape Response Services is to offer hope, support, and advocacy to victims and survivors of sexual assault and harassment, to provide education about sexual violence, and to promote prevention.
Maine Suicide Prevention Program – The goal of the Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSPP) is to reduce suicide deaths and attempted suicides throughout the life course. The Maine Suicide Prevention Program provides resources, technical assistance, and training on suicide prevention best practices for professionals and community members across the state. The MSPP strives to promote hope, healing and support for all Mainers.
Veterans Crisis Line – The Veterans Crisis Line is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help veterans, National Guard, Reserve members, and those who support them. The Veterans Crisis Line can connect you with your local VA Suicide Prevention Team.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – We offer confidential assistance to veterans, service members, and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting. Our services include counseling for needs such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma (STD). We can also connect you with more support in VA and in your community.
FAME – To meet the financing needs of the Maine business community, FAME offers a wide range of business assistance programs, from traditional loan insurance programs for small and large businesses to tax credits for the investment. Through a variety of loan, grant, and scholarship programs, FAME also helps Maine students and families with the costs associated with higher education.
The Maine Bureau of Veterans Services – leads the Maine veteran community in creating a streamlined, fully integrated continuity of programs to strengthen veteran employment opportunities, improve veterans’ access to career opportunities, education, reduce veteran homelessness, improve access to mental health programs, and honor the remarkable legacy of service of our veterans. MBVS coordinates with federal partners, other Maine state agencies, and local organizations to provide all necessary services and support to Maine veterans.
Better Life Partners – Better Life Partners provides high-quality medical and behavioral care for people with substance use disorders, in person and online. Our program includes medication treatment with medications like buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) and support group therapy with licensed professionals. Our treatment is tailored to each individual and we offer comprehensive, easy-to-access care no matter where you are in the state.
Maine Career Center – Maine Career Centers provide a variety of employment and training services at no cost to Maine workers and businesses.
Reigning Hope Ranch – Reigning Hope Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the best equine activities and therapies that promote healing, renewal of self-esteem and confidence in self of children and adults from diverse backgrounds. .
Glamping Veteran Women – Glamping is a term used to experience the outdoors with just about all the comforts of home. Our ladies stay in a yurt equipped with a kitchen, composting toilet and fully furnished. There are over 100 acres to explore. Hiking trails, 4 km run around a pond, kayaking, canoeing or swimming.
UMA is transforming the lives of students of all ages and backgrounds in the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support , civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs. For more information, please visit https://www.uma.edu/.