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Lending a helping hand for Hope
RUMFORD- Are you the type of person that wakes up each day and asks yourself how you may be able to help those in need around you? If you answered yes, then you have something in common with Patrick Milligan, a disabled Navy veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“I learned a lot in the military,” noted Milligan, a 2000 graduate of Mountain Valley High School. “The experience gave me a drive to want to do what I could to help others, but being from Maine, we all love to help. We all have the propensity to do great things, why not do it here in my hometown and help others take it to the next level.”
In February of this year, Milligan went to the newly appointed Executive Director of Hope Association, Catherin Johnson and conveyed to her his desire to help bring more awareness to what Hope is all about and what they have to offer.
Most of the work Milligan does for Hope is done by the computer; putting event video on their website, their Facebook page and Milligan even shares the advertising through the internet satellite radio stations he performs disc jockey services for.
“The advertising may not be centralized right around here,”noted Milligan. “But if I can reach someone in another state or even in another country, and they reach out to volunteer their time, it's well worth the effort. It engages others to seek out ways they can help.”
When asked what gives him the most satisfaction volunteering with Hope, Milligan stated, “There is no better thanks than to see a smile on any of the faces at Hope. I know that by creating more social awareness it will lead to people wanting to become more involved in something close to their community. Be it as a volunteer, someone who donates their unwanted items to the What Not Shop or decides to get their summer flowers at the Briar Patch. It all helps and comes full circle.”
With the Hope Association's many events throughout the year, including the Snowmobile Ride In, the Roxbury ATV Riders Ride for Hope, the annual craft fair and many more; clients are exposed to various ways of community service.
When this reporter asked Milligan what he thought Hope had to offer their clients, workers, and their community, Milligan stated, “Overall the Hope Association is the leader in community service assistance. With staffers helping members of the local community who cannot care for themselves, many members either elderly or disabled, are unable to do a lot of the things we take for granted. The staffers step in and help engage and entertain as well as personally care for the clients. It's always a joy to see Hope staffers bringing clients to community events and seeing the joy it brings to their faces. Not to mention helping them feel a part of the communities in which they live.”
For more information on Hope Association and how you may be able to help, visit www.hopeassociation.org, find them on Facebook or call 364-4561 for more iformation. To view a video of the 2011 Snowmobile Ride In, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqy9T1PENXc.