We gain the most when we give the most, and the Yelp community here in Maine knows that. So, this year we're running a year long series called Yelp Helps where once a month we connect with a local non-profit and a spend a few hours learning what it is they do before doing some hands-on volunteering to help them as well.
After all: it feels good to do good!
The first three months in Vacationland saw record snowfalls and cold temperatures, but that couldn't stop the warm, fuzzies we got from the folks we worked with, starting at Ruth's Reusable Resources in early January. By transferring surplus business supplies and merchandise into the hands of school children and teachers, 3R's believes they can ensure that students and classrooms in Maine have the basic tools for learning. After helping Ruth "flash stock" her shelves, unpack boxes, and sort donations we were treated to a delicious dinner of pizza and salad from our sponsor OTTO. Check out the reviews of our first Yelp Helps here!
Cookie T: "I am not going to lie – I was getting choked up a bit the whole night just thinking of all the waste out there – and how this organization is putting it all to good use."
A month later we celebrated Valentine's Day with STRIVE, a non-profit dedicated to serving over 900 tweens, teens, and young adults with developmental disabilities through educational, social, and employment training opportunities. The Yelp crew joined in on a STRIVE Night where we learned dance routines, played foosball, frosted cookies, made cards, and more. We were treated to dinner afterwards by our generous sponsor, Moe's Original BBQ. Photos and reviews of our fun Friday night out can be found here!
Shane L: "This was such a heartwarming and fulfilling event to take part of helping a great organization like STRIVE… How can you not love spending an evening with a bunch of happy and excited people?"
We ended our winter season of Yelp Helps by spending a Saturday morning in March at Partners for World Health, an organization that truly "things globally and acts locally". They collect discarded, but still usable, medical supplies to ship to impoverished countries. Not only does this allow them access to healthcare they may not have had, but it dramatically reduces the waste in landfills here in ME. After many hours of sorting, counting, and packing hospital supplies, we indulged in sandwiches, chips, and potato salad from our sponsor, Market Street Eats. Reviews here!
Kristi M: "Not only are they [Partners for World Health] helping the less fortunate in third world countries, they are also helping to lessen some of the waste here. So glad I've found the Yelp Helps crew!"
We've already given well over 100 hours of service to our community and are excited for what the rest of the year has to bring! And remember: Yelp Helps is open to ANYBODY. We hope to see at our next one (which you can find and RSVP for here).
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