There is something special about early spring sunshine. It brings out the best in nature, human and otherwise. Those earliest spring days, when the air still has a crisp edge and the sun reaches us again after too many months of merely shining and not heating — those days we see daffodils coaxed into blooming, birds begin their ceaseless chatter, people smile for no reason. Early spring sunshine warms us — inside and out.
Giving does the same. There is the act of giving — the sun is shining — and then there’s the reality of your impact: we smile for no reason at all.
It’s been a banner year in MaineGeneral philanthropy. In the fall our employees contributed more to MGH and our area United Ways than they ever have before in a non-capital campaign year; Cakes for a Cause raised $17,000 more than in its inaugural year; President’s Club–level contributions to our annual fund have grown and we’re seeing organizations maintain increased levels of support as their capital pledges wind down.
We can’t take credit for this. It’s the sun — it’s shining. You, our kind supporters, make gifts when and where it’s meaningful to you and the result is a whole lot of healthy outcomes.
This November the Alfond Center for Health (ACH) will celebrate three years of operation; Thayer renovations have been complete for over a year and the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care (HACCC) is in its eighth year of serving patients. You may have made a gift to support one of these transformative projects (thank you!) but your real gift wasn’t to a facility — it was to all those cared for within them. It was to Jan Kilburn and the many families like hers who’ve had to navigate the earth-shaking news of a cancer diagnosis and who choose to do it here when they could go anywhere. The HACCC is constantly evolving, embracing the latest in best practices and advanced technology to care for you, your loved ones and friends — for anyone who needs caring.
This past March we celebrated for a second year, putting a healthy take on an artful cake and taking a step toward transitioning the way we think about a social staple —dessert. This festive, collaborative evening baked up more than healthy, creative cakes — the proceeds are having a real impact on real people and we are really, really grateful.
In October we’ll reconvene for our 13th annual Walk for Hope which you may have supported in past years by walking or donating. Your real gift manifests in free mammograms for under and un-insured women in our area and in state-of-the-art technology investments that will benefit hundreds of patients each year beginning this fall when Tomosynthesis, 3-D biopsy and C-view come online at our ACH and Thayer campuses.
You may be a steadfast contributor to our annual fund supporting pediatrics, cardiology, women’s health, Alzheimer’s care — the list goes on. Or you may be like Katy Shevlin, with quiet intentions to leave a legacy, upon your passing, in support of a system that cared for you and many you knew.
Regardless of who you are and how you choose to give, your gifts don’t stop at the act of giving. Your light shines on through the remarkable stories of healing that happen on a daily basis throughout our system of care.
It’s springtime and things are flourishing at MaineGeneral. Thanks to you, the sun is shining and the Greater Kennebec Valley is brimming with ceaselessly smiling people just because. Shine on. Your warmth is a beautiful thing.
With warmth and thanks,