Summer in Maine is incredibly special. We are thrilled that so many Yelpers decided to spend some of that precious and fleeting time with us volunteering around our community. From coastal clean-ups to the caring of magnificent animals, the past few months of #YelpHelps have been absolutely memorable…
Our summer series of #YelpHelps kicked off in July with our friends at the Maine Island Trail Association who took a group of Yelpers on skiffs to remote islands off the coast of Portland for privy rebuilding, trail maintenance, and the clean-up of a nearly inaccessible beach of washed up bottles, buoys, and broken lobster traps. MITA tends to and protects a 200+ network of wild coastal islands. Check out the Photos, and read the Reviews here.Laura M: “First off I have to thank MITA for all that they do! It can’t be easy to keep up with so many trails over such a large area. I also want to thank them for making this event so spectacular! I had an amazing day. I took my first little boat ride, went to a cool island, helped a great cause, took a short hike, saw historic sites, and met great people.”
August found us at the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals – a nonprofit located in Windham, ME that provides refuge and rehabilitation of seized equines who’ve suffered from abuse or neglect; then supports the placement of surrendered horses to forever homes. We had the opportunity to tour their beautiful space and then truly get our hands dirty as we moved hundreds of hay bales and cedar chip blocks from one end of the farm to the other. Reviews (and Photos of very beautiful horses, mini ponies, and donkeys!) can be found here.
Mandy C: “Well this was a great spot for some volunteering! What could be better than some sweat, hay, and gaggle of mini donkeys on a beautiful Maine Summer Saturday? Not much. We had a fantastic time lending a hand to MSSPA and their beautiful equine family. What a great cause, caring for rescued horses!”
In September we spent our mid-morning on Open Lighthouse Day here in Maine with the Friends of Casco Bay who are a marine stewardship organization that improves and protects the environmental health of the bay. We combed through Bug Light Park in South Portland picking up nearly 70 pounds of trash and over 1,000 cigarette butts. Reviews and Photos right here! #KeepCascoBayBlue
Caralyn C: “Had a great time being a true amiga of Casco Bay with the Yelp crew and Friends of Casco Bay! This was truly a rewarding way to spend the morning for such a great cause, with a great group of people. Crazy to think that for a seemingly clean park, we were able to collectively gather over 70 lbs of trash.”
“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” — Kahlil Gibran. Looking to give back to the wonderful community you live in? Join us for our next season of #YelpHelps! We’re always looking for an extra pair of hands or twenty, so RSVP here to get your volunteer on right here in the great state of Maine!