In an effort to help continue support to military service members and their families, the cadets of the Hermon High School JROTC Hawk Battalion were honored to donate $500 to the Maine National Guard (MENG) Foundation Fund through fundraising efforts graciously supported by local organizations such as the Hermon Baptist Church, American Legion Post 200, and Danforth’s Supermarket.
First Sergeant Pinkham represented the MENG Foundation Fund and received the donation from the JROTC Battalion Commander Chris Arnold near the end of this past school year in the high school gymnasium during a school-wide assembly. The MENG Foundation Fund provides support to Maine military families who encounter emergency financial needs. The money comes from individual donations, Combined Federal Campaign contributions, and the sale of yellow ribbon license plates. Over the past several years, this program has helped in many ways to support military service members and their families. Whether financial support is needed to deal with a death in the family, a need for fuel for a cold winter’s night, money for food, rent, or utilities, the MENG Foundation is there to help.
As part of this non-profit program, the MENG Foundation Fund also has the ability to provide programs that support military families during deployments. One of them is the MENG Youth Camp. The MENG Youth Camp for military children ages 9 – 15 is held each summer at Bog Brook Training Site near Bethel, Maine. This program was created, so military kids can get socially connected with other youth while also learning skills to cope with the deployments they face. Youth Camp is now in its 14th year and has become the highlight of the year for many kids and volunteers too!