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Maine Adaptive Donates Winter Jackets To Sandy Relief

Maine Adaptive staff including Executive Director Peter Adams load the final jackets into the van for the trip to New York today.
Maine Adaptive staff including Executive Director Peter Adams load the final jackets into the van for the trip to New York today.
Posted Nov. 21, 2012, at 1:09 p.m.

Portland, Maine—November 21, 2012: Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (Maine Adaptive) sent nearly 300 winter jackets to New York today as a donation towards Sandy relief efforts. The final jackets were loaded this morning in Monument Square and the bright red Maine Adaptive van headed south on its 315-mile journey to deliver the donation over the holiday weekend.

Maine Adaptive, formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing, recently replaced the winter jackets that will be worn by their volunteer instructors this winter. The replacement of instructors’ uniforms was part of the organization’s rebranding effort over the past year. The old jackets will be delivered to Materials for the Arts in Long Island City to have the old MHS logo patched over and the jackets redistributed to aid agencies serving the New York metro area.

“We have received so much generous support from our own community, especially recently, and ‘giving back’ is what we are all about,” said Peter Adams, Maine Adaptive’s Executive Director. “We wanted to find the best possible use for the old jackets, most of which have plenty of life left in them. Through the same creativity and collaboration our year-round work requires, we were able to find this ideal, timely solution. These tough jackets that have served our volunteers so well will now be a warm relief to 300 Sandy victims just in time for the holidays. This contribution represents the giving spirit of all Mainers as well everyone in the Maine Adaptive community.”

Maine Adaptive provides adaptive skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing lessons and programs for over 400 people with a broad range of physical disabilities at numerous alpine and Nordic resorts. Thanks to the work of the volunteer instructors who teach most lessons, all Maine Adaptive programs are free of charge.

When the organization changed its name from Maine Handicapped Skiing last year, it made the old uniforms obsolete. Most of those jackets were over ten years old as well, so the organization faced a significant capital expense even before rebranding.

With help from Maine Adaptive Board member Tony Lawless, a former participant who became a volunteer and race coach, a matching challenge grant from the Marjorie Harris Reynolds Foundation for $30,000 was secured and effectively cut the price in half. Lawless and other Board members led the effort to raise the necessary funds to secure the match, including challenging volunteers to contribute financially.

The organization successfully conducted an accelerated mini capital campaign in September and the contract was completed October 1st. 400 new uniform jackets are to arrive in December and will be distributed to volunteers during their preseason training days.

For more information about Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, please visit www.maineadaptive.org or email info@maineadaptive.org or call (207) 824-2440.

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