The awards are to be presented at a gala ceremony on Wednesday, October 3 at the G. Peirce Webber Campus Center at Husson College, to be televised as a primetime special on WLBZ 2 later in October. 2 Those Who Care was developed by WLBZ 2 in partnership with the United Way of Eastern Maine. 2 Those Who Care is sponsored by Merrill Bank and Webber Energy Fuels.
Hosted by NEWS CENTER anchors Chris Facchini and Kara Matuszewski, 2 Those Who Care will treat viewers to some truly exceptional people – men and women from throughout Eastern Maine who unselfishly make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to the 2 Those Who Care winners, G Clifton Eames of Bangor will be presented with the John W. Coombs Award, a volunteer recognition award of the United Way of Eastern Maine since 1984. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor will be honored with the Agency of Distinction Award.
The following is a brief highlight of the honorees, and their outstanding community work:
Galen Cole (of Bangor) has been a dedicated volunteer and service provider for both the Bangor community and veterans. Galen owned and operated Cole’s Express for fifty years, helping it become one of the most prominent trucking services in the nation. Galen served on the Bangor City Council and was President of the Bangor Chamber of Commerce. For twenty-four years he served as a chairman and member of the University of Maine Development Council. Stepping up to campaign leader for the Second Century Fund, Galen oversaw the building of the Maine Center for the Arts and hockey rink. Galen is a Mason and a past Potentate of Anah Temple Shrine.
Ralph and Joyce Harvey (of Searsport) provide their solace and companionship throughout Waldo County. People that are ill or hospitalized depend on Ralph and Joyce for food, transportation to medical appointments and friendly visits. They volunteer their time at the Food Cupboard at the Searsport Methodist Church. This work includes transporting food to stock the cupboards and making personal food deliveries to those in need. During the holiday season, Ralph and Joyce deliver food baskets to the disabled. They are also active members of their church and help with suppers by picking up supplies and serving the people. When they’re not attending to people, they attend to the plants and flowers along Searsport’s Main Street.
Linda Howard (of Dover-Foxcroft) is a key member of the steering committee for Womencare, a domestic violence association serving students and their families. She has been a huge contributor in Womencare’s Capital Campaign to create a building where people in crisis can be served in a safe and confidential environment. Linda has been an educator for 30 years in both kindergarten and home economics. The Center Theater has also benefited from Linda’s “get it done” attitude. Under her leadership, the once vacant theatre underwent a complete renovation helping to bring back the performing arts and film to Dover-Foxcroft. Linda’s outstanding services also include: President of women’s fellowship at the Congregational Church, Mayo Regional Hospital volunteer for 7 years, and the Penquis Leadership Institute Steering Committee.
Walter Moore (of Bangor) is a full-time nurse in the Cath Lab at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Walter works endlessly to fulfill the “Wish List” for pediatric oncology patients and their families. Walter coordinates and motivates colleagues to get all of the items on the wish list each year, often providing multiple gifts himself. The helper of all helpers, Walter gives without expecting anything in return. In addition to his work at EMMC, Walter volunteers through Hospice of Eastern Maine helping many patients to remain at home during their final days. Others who know Walter outside of his nursing services know his community work at area soup kitchens, church fundraisers, and his willingness to help out a friend, family member, or even a stranger in need.
Warren Steward’s dedication to the youth community of Millinocket stems from raising four children of his own. For the past fifteen years Warren has committed many hours to developing the Volunteer Programs for Millinocket Schools. While coordinating volunteers for youth activities Warren never fails to serve at these events himself. His overall hard work and dedication to the Millinocket youth, teachers, and parents is apparent everyday through the thriving music and drama programs, sporting events, school dances, D.A.R.E. program, Scholastic Book Fairs, church programs, and more. Warren’s caring ways have helped keep students and parents at ease during threatening situations at the school complex. His strong relationship with the community and concern for the well-being of the youth speaks largely to his personal values.
John W. Coombs Award Recipient
G. Clifton “Clif” Eames (of Bangor) has performed exceptional governing board and committee participation and leadership for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems since 1971. Clif’s integrity, ability, modesty, hard work, and deep understanding of the community have been directed toward strengthening many of Eastern Maine’s most important agencies and organizations. He was one of the founding trustees of The Acadia Hospital, serving men and women struggling with mental illness; with his continuous support and leadership, Acadia has been recognized as one of the finest psychiatric hospitals in the United States. Clif has a unique sensitivity to regional healthcare needs. But perhaps most importantly, he has served as a great example and mentor to many other Bangor area volunteers.
Agency of Distinction
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is a group of people that are dedicated to improving literacy in the Bangor community and beyond. Volunteers work hard at improving the lives of individual learners both in the classroom and at home. An estimated 37% of adults in the Bangor area operate at the two lowest levels of literacy, which can become a serious challenge in their personal, work, and community life. Thanks to over 200 volunteers that are well trained and eager to help, 45 adult learners are improving their reading, while 70 adults, previously from other countries, are mastering the English language. LV-Bangor serves roughly a 25 mile radius of Bangor; however, matches are coordinated outside of this area as tutors are recruited and trained. Recently, LV-Bangor launched Volunteers Optimizing Increased Civic Engagement (VOICE) program. It will apply the tools of adult literacy education to the highly focused goal of enabling its learners to participate as active, informed citizens in the electoral process. LV-Bangor is an “active, vibrant organization” improving the quality of life for students, tutors, and the Bangor community.