#YelpHelps is a monthly outing where we connect users of Yelp with local non-profits to learn more about what they do before spending a few hours volunteering with them. We’ve been introduced to a whole host of wonderful charities and programs throughout the great state of Maine since we started back in January of 2015.
It feels good to do good, and our latest season was filled with hope, grit, and lots of emotions.
Our #YelpHelps series in April was with the Greater New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society during their Walk MS event in Portland. Yelpers were stationed at two cheer tents along the 6-mile route using cow bells, big voices, and happy hearts to encourage the walkers. Check out the reviews and photos here.
Linda Y: “Hurray to all the walkers who faced the cold, windy weather to come out and support the MS Walk. The crew of volunteer folks were happy to cheer you on and hand out water, granola bars, and Yelp swag.”
In May we took a ferry to Peak’s Island off the coast of Portland to help in the garden at the Fay Garman House – an independent living community with 11 one bedroom apartments for persons 62 years or older. We tore raised beds down, built-up new ones, trimmed trees, weeded, mulched, and got the property ready for plants and herbs. Want to know more? Check out the reviews and photos here!
Shane L: “I loved the fact (as you can see in the photos) that we saw the fruits of our labor and it felt especially great when one of the leads and tenants of the house got very emotional of all of the work and it ended with a whole bunch of tears and hugs all around.”
The end of our spring season was with the Friends of Casco Bay – a marine stewardship organization founded to improve and protect the environmental health of the coast of Portland. Mosts tourist, and many locals, don’t realize that everything drains right into our ocean. Littering is never okay! So, we spent a glorious Saturday morning spray painting “Do Not Dump” near drains throughout the city. Reviews and photos can be found here!
Cookie T: “Ever see those ‘Don’t Dump’ stencils with lobsters or fish by the drains all over the city streets of Portland? Until this experience, I thought that mystical fairies with spray cans just peppered the city with them. Turns out, I am mystical – and you can be too.”
Mainers, are you looking for opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community? We know just the place to do so! #YelpHelps is open to ANYBODY with a Yelp account – all you have to do is RSVP!
Thanks to this year’s sponsors:
Cabot • Simply 7 Snacks
For more information on our amazing non-profits:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society • Volunteers of America • Friends of Casco Bay
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