2016 marks Pine Tree Society’s 80th year of transforming the lives of Maine people with disabilities and their families. In 1936, our founders had of vision of continuously assessing unmet needs and cooperating with partners to fill gaps that currently existed or may exist in the future for Maine people with disabilities. It is this vision that is alive and well today. As an organization we are proud of our ability to be nimble and respond to needs in innovative ways.
It’s led Pine Tree Society to become the recognized leader in providing opportunities for growth and development for people with differing abilities based on respect, creativity, and responsiveness to address the changing needs of our clients, their families and stakeholders as well as our employees.
Pine Tree Society’s vision:
- identifies, evaluates and responds to the needs of new and/or under-served client/consumer groups;
- recognizes recreation as essential to the well-being of all people, expands recreational opportunities and imbues new and existing programs with the “spirit of camp;”
- uses technology to enhance services, connect clients and stakeholders;
- assesses our operational effectiveness continuously, to maintain our leadership in meeting the service needs of clients;
- partners with other organizations to maximize resources and expand our reach;
- develops financial, human, and organizational resources to allow for well managed growth, innovation, and the pursuit of new opportunities;
- attracts, retains, and rewards professional staff that excel in achieving the mission of Pine Tree Society.
Pine Tree Society’s Values:
Commitment and Client Oriented: We strive for excellence through standards of accountability, dedication and compassion, and are invested in fulfilling the mission at Pine Tree Society.
Community Impact: We take pride in expanding our outreach by being a resource leader and establishing dynamic community relationships.
Innovation and Growth: We are teachers and learners as we support opportunities for creativity, innovation and growth.
Respect: We acknowledge and honor social, cultural and economic diversity. We encourage open communication by listening and considering others thoughts, feelings and abilities, in a nonjudgmental and professional manner.
Pine Tree Society started as a bold new idea in 1936. That commitment continues every day throughout the state of Maine. Whether it’s a young girl with Cerebral Palsy discovering her first best friend at Pine Tree Camp, an adult finding his voice with customized assistive technology or an adult with a developmental disability participating in new and exciting activities at Community Services…Pine Tree Society changes lives.