Our employees pulled up their sleeves, dug in the dirt and shoveled mulch as part of the United Way of Greater Portland’s Dirty Hands & Big Hearts Day of Action. Day of Action is an annual day of service sponsored by the United Way. Volunteers from all over greater Portland come together and spend the day completing 75+ enhancement projects at local non-profits and schools. Citra employees participated in three specific projects this year.
The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine project was a spring clean-up. The blue blocks are a fun activity for toddler play and while the museum cleans and sanitizes them regularly, the blocks only get deep cleaned with the help of volunteers a couple times each year.
“I’m glad I was able to be a part of this project, because my kids and I used to go to the museum all the time when I was a stay-at-home mom. It felt really good to give a little back to them!” - Elizabeth McDougall, Non-Clinical Trainer
The task for the day at Southern Maine Agency on Aging was weeding, organizing the plants, hauling off debris, and adding mulch to all the gardens around the building. The building maintenance operator was a bit nervous that the project was too large for the group to finish in one day. The property was long overdue for maintenance and the bags of mulch were bigger than the Citra Team! With a can-do attitude, the three team members worked together to weed and organize several large flower gardens, as well as the perimeter of the main building. The social workers were so thankful and impressed!
“You get three women together - you get stuff done!!” - Tracy Ross, Executive Assistant
“This was such a great experience and I am so glad to work for a company that gives back to the community!!” - Melissa Marden, Clinical Director
The Opportunity Alliance RISE (Realizing Independence Surpassing Expectation) project is a co-venture with the Department of Corrections to transform the lives of young men (ages 18-21), giving them successful productive futures. The RISE initiative is solely dedicated to the reduction and recidivism rate of juvenile offenders in Maine, with the use of transitional housing, staff support and mentoring. The RISE team’s dream is to share their passion of reintroducing these young men into the community, by engaging them with their local neighborhood. To bring those neighbors in, the RISE project has invested in a large vegetable garden on their property, which is open to the community. The residents of this program will be taught gardening, maintenance, and harvest, with the end goal being a farm stand. The Citra Team felt fortunate to participate in the opening of this program and helped transform the backyard into a garden, allowing growth of sustainable vegetables, as well as the growth in the lives of these men and the neighborhood they live in.
The Citra volunteers came from several departments within the company and most don’t get a chance to interact with each other in their day-to-day tasks. This Day of Action inspired us to not only make this an annual event, but to continue working with these organizations throughout the year. Together, we make a difference.