United Way Day of Caring brings out best in community

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Students from Katahdin and Sugarloaf communities work together to make this yard neat and clean.

By Vanessa Mosher, Correspondent

FARMINGTON — Something every community needs is caring individuals who are willing to go the extra mile when it comes to lending a hand.

Teaching our youth this important message is fundamental to healthy community growth. Farmington can rest easy knowing that 150 of its 7th graders learned this lesson as they participated in the United Ways Day of Caring.

The Day of Caring was coordinated by the United Way and Danita Gilbert and Erica Emery from RSU9. They got 150 student volunteers to 20 different work sites totally 522 hours of community service in just one day.

The student volunteers were spread out into small groups for the needed work sites. Some went to homes to weed and rake, others went to businesses to help with other yard work, while others planted gardens or helped with a variety of other tasks. There is always work to be done and these kids gave their best efforts throughout their volunteer hours, helping when needed and enjoying their hard work.

Nichole Ernest, Community Resource Coordinator for United Way, said her favorite thing to hear was a student expressing how they couldn’t believe how much fun they were having despite all the hard work.

There are three more Days of Caring that are scheduled for this year. You can follow “United Way of the Tri-Valley Area” on Facebook for updates. July 22nd is the next Day of Caring and it will focus on helping seniors in the community.

If you would like to participate in the next Day of Caring you can call 778-5048 or e-mail volunteer@uwtva.org.

Students from Katahdin and Sugarloaf communities work together to make this yard neat and clean.

(Vanessa Mosher/Franklin Journal)

Jacob Fortiu and Izac Morin spread mulch at the Mt. Blue Motel for their Day of Caring job.

(Vanessa Mosher/Franklin Journal)

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