March 15, 2010
I became involved with Marc Badeau in 2007 when he launched Operation Holiday Cheer (OHC), a program designed to provide a holiday gift to each child of Maine's military families that desired to participate. The premise was elegantly simple, regardless of one's beliefs about the war, the children of Maine's military familes deserved a show of support and appreciation for their sacrifice as children of military members who were deployed or facing deployment. In that first year, 8,000 gifts were distributed to over 140 cities and towns in Maine with a personal letter addressed to the child. Renamed, Operation Tribute, the program now recognizes the children of those serving, regarless of service or component and has expanded from Maine to include all of New England, New York and New Jersey. Not suprisingly, expansion over the entire Eastern seabord is the next step. I was so impressed by the purpose, organization and impact on the children of the Maine National Guard that I volunteered to serve on the Board of Directors.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the Maine National Guard by hosting the presentation ceremonies at our units Christmas parties each year.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the organization, focus and commitment to the children of our military families
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
dedicated to the elegantly simple premise that regardless of your politics, the children of our military familes sacrifice in their parents' service and deserve our recognition
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & Adjutant General, Maine National Guard.