Norm Elvin: Man on a Mission

China Dine-ah; G & E Roofing

South China, Maine

I think this new hospital is incredibly important for our region. We shouldn't have to drive to Portland or Bangor to get world-class health care and with this hospital we won't.

Norm Elvin

Norm Elvin wants to die a poor man. An unusual ambition, to be sure, but one that is particularly well-suited to this accomplished but unassuming man. Over the years, he has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to try and make a difference in people's lives. His goal is to give away most of the wealth he has accumulated over a lifetime of hard work.

“I give without conditions,” he said. “It's the only way I can do it. To me, that's what being a philanthropist means.”

Norm's philanthropic investments touch many lives. His first major gift came when he named the floor of the basketball court at the new Cony High School. “I spent many hours sweating on the court,” he said. “I learned some of the most important lessons of my life there.” He credits basketball for teaching him dedication, perseverance and the importance of teamwork and calls his decision to put his name on the court one of the most satisfying of his life.

When the campaign to build the new Kennebec Valley YMCA began, Norm again recognized a familiar need. "My grandmother was a single parent raising four kids in the shadow of the old Augusta Y. It was a major influence in my father's life." Norm not only supported the Y campaign by naming the gymnasium floor, but he went on to become Chair of the Board.

In 1987, Norm needed a bed for his mother, then terminally ill with cancer. She wanted to live at home and he was determined to make that happen. There was a bed available through HealthReach Hospice, but no way to transport it. Norm's business, G & E Roofing, had trucks. With that delivery, a wonderful partnership between HealthReach Hospice and G & E was born. What began as a one-bed delivery has grown into 13 beds with a crew of five men that deliver, set up and later return the beds to G & E.

You may be familiar with another of Norm's undertakings — his ‘mid-life crisis’ as he calls it, the China Dine-ah. Norm sees it as another opportunity to care for the community he loves, which is why you can see Norm at the Dine-ah nearly every day, meeting and greeting his customers, taking care of his friends and neighbors.

Caring is clearly a way of life for this Maine native, which is why supporting MaineGeneral's vision for transforming health care in the Kennebec Valley is Norm's newest high priority. A generous donor to the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Norm recognizes the impact MaineGeneral's New Regional Hospital project will have and he's made an even larger commitment to it.

“I think this new hospital is incredibly important for our region. We shouldn't have to drive to Portland or Bangor to get world-class health care and with this hospital we won't. This new hospital will touch the lives of every person who lives here, young and old—people I care about. It will also be a huge economic driver for our region creating new jobs—construction jobs in the short run and more health care jobs in the long run. I knew I needed to step up for this project.”

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