2017-09-01 / Community

Tom’s of Maine helps out at fort


From left, Tom's of Maine volunteers Jesus Martinez and son Rodrigo, Luis Montenegro, Denise Saldana Montenegro, Jim Marshall, Nancy Pak Marshall, Matt Smith, Ryan Marshall and Fort Williams Park Foundation volunteer and former board member Steve Bates. (Courtesy photo) From left, Tom's of Maine volunteers Jesus Martinez and son Rodrigo, Luis Montenegro, Denise Saldana Montenegro, Jim Marshall, Nancy Pak Marshall, Matt Smith, Ryan Marshall and Fort Williams Park Foundation volunteer and former board member Steve Bates. (Courtesy photo) True to Tom’s of Maine’s mission of being a good citizen in the communities it serves, 130 volunteers with the Kennebunk-based business devoted a day – Goodness Day – at Fort Williams Park, doing everything from removing invasive species, weeding, mulching and watering to painting various structures, picking up litter and installing signs.

“Goodness Day is our favorite day of the year. At Tom’s of Maine, one of our core values is giving back,” said Nancy Pak, vice president and general manager of Tom’s of Maine. “Our team loves getting out into the community and giving back to the organizations that make Maine a great place to live and work. We’re grateful for the work of the Fort Williams Park Foundation; their staff and volunteers were incredibly knowledgeable, and taught our team a lot about protecting and preserving the park. We’re happy to play even a small part in keeping this Maine coastal jewel healthy for families from near and far to enjoy.”

Since the 1980s, Tom's of Maine has given employees 5 percent paid work time (the equivalent of 12 days per year) to volunteer in their communities. Additionally, every year, employees spend a day – dubbed Goodness Day – volunteering for a local nonprofit. For the Maine recipient this year, Tom’s chose the Fort Williams Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) devoted to protecting and preserving Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, home to Portland Head Light.

Volunteers spent a combined 520 hours at the park. That’s the equivalent of $8,000 worth of donated labor. They accomplished:

 Park-wide litter removal

 Painting of the tennis court shed, park office building (formerly known as the officer’s quarters when the park was a military base), and fencing around portable toilets near the lighthouse

 Invasive plant control, one of the main objectives of the foundation’s Arboretum project – the most ambitious environmental project in Park history

 Installation of signs and bird motels at the Children’s Garden

 Weeding of plant beds

 Trimming grass and weeds in areas adjacent to the Children’s Garden

 Mulching

 Watering newly installed plants

“It is always a great pleasure working with Tom’s volunteers in Fort Williams Park. Their very positive, capable and hard-working teams accomplished in four hours what would normally take over two months for us to do alone,” said James McCain, director of the Fort Williams Park Arboretum.

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