Photo credit: The Coastal Journal – Weekly Midcoast Maine news from Freeport to Waldoboro
‘Thank you for your service’: Boots2Roots sets vets up for success in Maine
Susan Sorg with the Coastal Journal did a piece on Boots2Roots community impact. “With volunteers and an unbelievable statewide networking system, Boots2Roots volunteers are teamed up with active duty members planning to leave the service and move to Maine. Each “teammate” is paired with a “front-line” volunteer, someone who made the military to civilian transition themselves within the past five years, and can offer peer support right through that first year in a new job.”
Jen Fullmer, executive director of Boots2Roots, meets with Caleb Fournier (left), a veteran transitioning out of the Army, to prepare for a job interview along with Boots2Roots volunteer Bruce MacMillan. PHOTO CREDIT / TIM GREENWAY
Next 2017: Boots2Roots’ Executive Director, Jen Fullmer is on a mission to ‘see people succeed’
MaineBiz interviews Jen Fullmer on the mission and purpose of the young Boots2Roots non-profit organization to help active military members successfully settle here in Maine: “What motivates me to do this is that I love to see people succeed. This is a win-win situation, because Maine is struggling to find and retain talent, and the folks that I’ve been working with are motivated, ready to join the civilian community, ready to give back to the community, ready with energy and ideas, and a humility to listen to how they can use their experiences to move the missions forward for the companies that hire them.”
Cliff & Steven at the Community Bicycle Center.
Boot2Roots’ Teammate, recently transitioned Army veteran, Cliff Oliver is the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Community Bicycle Center (CBC) in Biddeford. Cliff went from proudly serving his country to proudly serving community youth. He’s pictured here with fourteen-year-old Steven Thurlow who has been part of CBC programs for the past three years and was recently hired as a youth assistant within the program. Cliff is using his years of experience leading, mentoring, and managing programs and people to make a significant positive impact on Maine’s future generations, he’s an outstanding role model, and we’re proud of how he is strengthening Maine communities!
Shawn Campbell and Boots2Roots’ Executive Director, Jen Fullmer, during his HVAC training course.
Boots2Roots Connects Veterans and Employers in Maine
After six years in the U.S. Air Force, Shawn Campbell knew that in civilian life he wanted to work with his hands. Doing what, exactly, he wasn’t sure. But he knew it would be in Maine, because his wife’s employer was transferring her to The Pine Tree State. That’s where Boots2Roots helped Campbell on the path to HVAC training and eventual employment with Estes Oil & Propane in York.
Boots2Roots’ Board Vice President, John Manganello and President, Dave Hickey accepting the Ignition Award, Small Business, Social Entreprenuer category
Boots2Roots’ Executive Director, Jen Fullmer, accepting the 2017 SCORE Success Award, Nonprofit category. Presenting the Award is Nancy Strojny, Portland Chapter Chair and Kathleen O’Donnell, Portland Chapter Vice Chair
SCORE Award Winners
June 16, 2017
Boots2Roots, which gained nonprofit status in May 2016, connects military personnel planning to leave the armed services and settle in Maine with training and education opportunities and with potential employers.
Boots2Roots’ Volunteers enjoying some camaraderie at a Portland Seadogs game