Spring has sprung here in Maine and with it came the opportunity to get outside and get our hands dirty for another season of #YelpHelps. From coastal clean-up projects to community gardening, it was a great time to be a volunteer. Read on for more info!
At the end of April a group of Yelpers headed to Fort Williams (where Portland Head Light is located) to spend some time weeding and removing invasive species to prep the beds in the park for flowers – just a small part of what the Fort Williams Park Foundation is up to (they also help increase native biodiversity that is more sustainable and supportive of wildlife). It was hard work, but well worth it! Check out the Photos, and read the Reviews here.Jess B: “I love to weed, and doing it cliff side was a perfect way to spend a Saturday… one local resident came up to thank me and asked if we were volunteers or working off public service…. it gave me a chance to talk about #YelpHelps.”
We headed back to the Fay Garman House – an independent living community for persons 62 years or older and part of the Volunteers of America Northern New England services – in May for some outdoor work. A little rain didn’t stop us from picking up leaves, mulching, planting, and rebuilding garden beds. Afterwards we were treated to a chili luncheon by the residents before we headed off for a walk around Peaks Island. Reviews (and photos from our island adventure!) can be found here.
Amanda B: “This was my second year at the Fay Garman House, and Yelp and VOA are becoming family. With Bill, Aveeta, and Janice as our contacts to guide us through our tasks, I feel like we are really beginning to build a beautiful friendship with these folks. “
Our spring season of #YelpHelps came to a conclusion on a very warm summer day in June at the Yarmouth Community Garden (which benefits all of Yarmouth through education, mentoring, and volunteer participation). We weeded and mulched in the area of the garden that’s dedicated to supplying fresh produce to food pantries, and planted tomatoes in the children’s educational part of the garden. Reviews and Photos right here!
Shane L: “Can I say when we came here today it was to work and we worked!! Laying paper, weeding gardens, laying mulch and hay, planting tomatoes, all to invest in the community through food kitchens and local needs.”
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn. If you’re interested in a little community service with some seriously amazing people, join us! It feels good to do good especially for the amazing NPO’s we’re lucky enough to work with each month. RSVP here to volunteer in Maine!