Bain Capital group donates wheelchairs to Island veterans

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K.CONKLIN

Thanks to a recent donation by Bain Capital employees, 10 wheelchairs will be available free for Island veterans who need them, either for home use or at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. The group of about 100 employees participated in a team-building event facilitated by the Corporate Teams organization on September 18 at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown.

The Bain Capital group selected a Veterans Administration (VA) wheelchair/care package event from a list of charitable program choices from Corporate Teams. They spent the afternoon assembling 10 wheelchairs and filling 10 boxes with much-needed supplies, well wishes and letters of thanks to veterans, according to Kimberly Stewart of Corporate Teams. The donations were presented that day to Dr. Monty VanBeber, Associate Chief of Staff for Community-Based Outpatient Clinics for the Providence VA Medical Center.

Their contribution will be well received by our volunteer services to provide for homeless veterans in need,” Dr. VanBeber said in a statement emailed to The Times. “The wheelchairs will be given to veterans on Martha’s Vineyard who are in need of the adaptive equipment.”

Dukes County Veterans Agent Jo Ann Murphy said she is seeking veterans who are in need of the wheelchairs. Call her at 508-693-6887. Ms. Murphy also plans to give one or two wheelchairs to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for veterans to use there.