“We are grateful to Live and Work in Maine for connecting us with Airbnb, and for all their efforts to partner with us as we work to help veterans transition from the military to civilian life. Our goal is to attract veterans to Maine, and this program will make us more competitive, as it removes a barrier for out- of-state workers to come to Maine and look for a home, explore communities where they might want to settle and make important connections for themselves and their families.”
Bill Benson, Executive Director of Boots2Roots
Boots2Roots, a nonprofit that helps former members of the military find meaningful employment in Maine, has hired its first outside staffer — a veteran — to help more vets land on their feet when they return to civilian life.
Bill Benson, who served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, started this week as the Portland-based organization’s new program director. He will work closely with Executive Director Jen Fullmer, a U.S. Air Force veteran and 2017 Mainebiz Next honoree.
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.” Read More
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. Read More