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Updated: November 9, 2022

CMP donates $50K to nonprofit that helps veterans, law enforcement officers

Three people standing with oversized donation check Photo / Courtesy CMP From left, Katie Yates, CMP's community relations manager, presents a $50,000 donation to Operation Reboot's Nicole Waite, the organization's board president, and Nathan Williams, board treasurer.

Central Maine Power Co. has donated $50,000 to Operation Reboot Outdoors, a Turner-based nonprofit that helps veterans, law enforcement officers and others mentally recharge through hunting, fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation. 

The donation will be used in part to connect power to the group’s camp in the Oxford County town of Byron while bringing the facility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“We have a lot of people at the camp who need breathing machines or chargers for their prosthetics, and we want to be able to help everyone we can,” said Nathan Williams, board treasurer at Operation Reboot Outdoors “Our partnerships are extremely important to us, and without CMP we wouldn’t be able to get the power here that we need.”

Joe Purington, CMP's president and CEO, said, “Operation Reboot Outdoors offers a safe environment for veterans who find that a chance to reconnect with nature brings so many health and mental health benefits.

“CMP is proud to support this unique service that introduces more people to outdoor recreation in the woods and waters of Maine.”

Purington added that CMP has a tradition of supporting veterans’ organizations as well as veterans in the workplace through a business resource group.

"Twenty-two veterans said active-duty service members commit suicide every day in the United States," CMP said in a press release. "The services Operation Reboot provides are critical to veterans' mental health."

Nicole Waite, board president at Operation Reboot, told Mainebiz that the organization has an annual operating budget of $150,000. The group has no paid stuff but 10 regular volunteers, most of whom are veterans, and around 30 volunteers who help with fundraising events.

"Being 100% volunteer-run allows us to put 100% of our fundraising efforts into our mission to help veterans heal in the outdoors," she said, noting that the organization assists well over 200 individuals every year.

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