Matthew Levin, Director of Hotels for the Bay View Collection, and Erick Anderson, General Manager of the Bay View Collection, presented a check last month to Jennifer Thompson, Executive Director of NAMI Maine. The donation of $1200.00 is in support of the organization’s comprehensive programs and services, from support groups and suicide prevention, to education, advocacy and awareness, to peer support for all of those affected by mental illness here in Maine.
The donation was a result of 16 Bay View’s ongoing “Great Rates for a Great Cause” campaign. Guests who choose to participate receive a 50% discount off their two or more-night stay, and in exchange for this significantly discounted room rate, guests make a minimum donation of $40/night to NAMI Maine. This offer began in mid-November and continues through April 30th , 2023.
NAMI Maine is just one of several giving campaigns we are offering at Bay View Collection hotels this winter and spring. At Grand Harbor Inn we offer a similar discount to guests in support of Finding Our Voices, and at Lord Camden Inn, we are supporting PAWS.
“The spirit of giving is still alive,” says Levin. “Even with the significant increase in costs, from groceries to utilities to gas and travel, my heart is warmed by the kind and giving nature by those that are fortunate enough to visit Camden and participate in this campaign so far”. Levin goes on to say, “The impacts of mental illness and suicide have hit very close to home for us here at 16 Bay View this past year and that is why NAMI’s mission is significantly important to our hospitality family. We couldn’t be happier to support such a beneficial organization.”
Erick Anderson, General Manager of Hotels for the Bay View Collection added:
“Our partnership with NAMI for this specific package came as a unanimous decision from our management team. We all realize how much our State and specifically our area can benefit from the great support that NAMI’s efforts provide.”
He finished by saying, “anyone in the Mental Health field is considered a superhero in my book and I cannot thank them enough for the work they do. I’m humbled by the support of our hotel guests with this Great Package, many of which make the decision to increase their donation upon arrival.”
“NAMI Maine is humbled and honored to have been chosen by 16 Bayview for the “Great Rates for a Great Cause” campaign. This incredible campaign was created to be responsive to the needs of the communities that we both serve. We look forward to our continued work together to raise mental health awareness and advance suicide prevention.
“The hotel’s support allows NAMI Maine to continue helping Mainers be resilient in the face of depression and anxiety. We are excited to partner with Bayview Collection over the next year to help reduce the stigma of mental illness, especially those in the hospitality and culinary industries,” NAMI Maine’s Executive Director, Jennifer Thompson.
About NAMI Maine
Through support, education, and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the 1 in 4 Mainers who are affected by mental illness. NAMI Maine offers compassion and provides social/emotional support for all persons affected by mental illness; advocates for improved quality of services for all persons affected by mental illness; Educates, inform, and provide resources for and about mental illness; Raises public awareness and promote understanding of mental illness; promotes the importance of peer support for all persons affected by mental illness; trains volunteers and professionals; and fosters a statewide network of affiliates and support groups. For more information, visit: namimaine.org.