STONEHAM and BANGOR — The 136th Engineer Company Maine Army National Guard was honored March 23 for work at the Susan L. Curtis Foundation, serving disadvantaged Maine Youth.
Soldiers of the 136th conducted their annual innovative readiness training at Camp Susan Curtis last June, which included construction of a new cabin from the ground up, and renovation of most of the youth cabins, some of which are more than 50 years old, replacing floors, bathroom fixtures and water heaters. Most of the materials costs were covered by several benefactors.
The Susan L. Curtis Foundation Partnership Award “recognizes a corporation, agency or business that directly impacts the work of the Foundation through in-kind services.”
All youth attending SCF programs are economically disadvantaged and must be sponsored through private fundraising, so the much-needed capital improvements represent “a substantial advance in sustainability for our facility and programs,” said Melissa Cilley, executive director of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation.
The IRT construction projects allow the soldiers to conduct basic tasks and drills while also helping out community organizations in southwestern Maine. The soldiers of the 136th are not only honing old skills but learning valuable new ones.
“It’s important we develop these skills now because when we deploy, typically we won’t be looked at for our combat skills, we will be looked at first and foremost for our construction skills,” said Capt. Morse Doane of the 136th.
About the L.E.A.D. ME. Campaign and Susan Curtis Leadership Celebration:
Each year, The Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation holds a Leadership Celebration dinner marking the culmination of the Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign. This year’s event will be held at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland on Friday, March 23rd. The event will include three awards: the Governor Curtis Family Leadership Award will be presented to Kim Block of WGME, the Camp Susan Curtis Spirit Award will be presented to George Crockett, and the Susan L. Curtis Foundation Partnership Award will be presented to the 136th Engineer Company Maine Army National Guard. Also featured at the event will be alumnus Sean Slaughter, who shares his inspirational story of resilience in the face of adversity. Major sponsors of the Foundation’s annual L.E.A.D. ME campaign include Bangor Savings Bank, Binga’s Restaurants, Citizen’s Bank, IDEXX, Pratt Abbott, Scott Searway (in memory of Jan Searway), TD Bank, Dan Diburro, and Bob Griswold (in memory of Fran Griswold) at the Katahdin level ($10,000 and up); Exclusive Magazine Media Sponsor: Maine magazine, and Laura and Stephen Beckmann at the Sugarloaf level ($7,500-$9,999); Main Line Fence Co., Crooker Construction, LLC, Helen Cianchette, Machias Savings Bank, Paul G. White Interior Solutions, Michael Pizzo and Maria Trivellin, Poland Spring, Pulp + Wire, Purdy Powers & Company, and Susan and Jack Thomas at the Saddleback level ($5,000-$7,499); plus L.L. Bean, Headlight Audio Visual Inc., Truc Huynh, Alumnus Tommy Pelletier and his wife, Jennifer, Alliance Press, and Fat Sheamus Productions at the Cranberry Mtn. level ($3,600-$4,999).
For information, visit susancurtisfoundation.org or call/email (207) 774-1552/info@ susancurtisfoundation.org:
The Susan L. Curtis Foundation and its hundreds of supporters have been investing in Maine’s economically disadvantaged boys and girls since 1974, helping to build a better Maine by developing in youth the character, skills and self-confidence they need to become independent, contributing citizens. Serving more than 17,000 Maine youth to date, SCF’s youth development programs are uniquely delivered at Camp Susan Curtis where Maine youth from 3rd through 12th grades learn critical life and workplace skills while developing the tools they need for a bright future in our communities and our businesses. Youth return year after year, growing in the curriculum and with each other in a powerfully supportive, residential camp environment. As teens, CSC youth enter into the CSC Leaders program which guides each individual youth onto his or her own path through year-round engagement. CSC’s award-winning programs are highly impactful: 99% of long-term, leadership participants graduate from high school and more than 8 out of 10 go on to some form of post-secondary education. Youth are referred through Maine’s public schools and are all fully sponsored, primarily through donations. The Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation’s offices are located in Portland with Camp Susan Curtis located in Stoneham.