Yalies support museum

Posted May 13, 2011, at 2:25 p.m.

SEARSPORT — An association of Yale alumni has selected Penobscot Marine Museum as the beneficiary of its annual day of service. The museum has responded by turning the Saturday, May 14, event into a broader Spring Cleanup & Volunteer Day, with the goal of preparing its campus for opening day.

Blue-hatted members of the Yale Alumni Association of Eastern Maine will converge on Searsport on May 14 to rake garden beds, move boats, prep woodwork for painting and perform other tasks. “Community service is an important tradition at Yale,” said Steven M. Feinstein, the group’s coordinator. “Every year, Yale alumni groups around the world select organizations to assist on the Yale Day of Service. For 2011, we’re delighted to work with Penobscot Marine Museum, one of the premier cultural institutions in Maine.”

“The museum greatly appreciates the generous support of the Yale Alumni Association of Eastern Maine,” said Communications Director Bob Holtzman. He said the museum is seeking additional volunteers from the community, and that many have already signed up, including Girl Scout Troop 2908 from Stockton Springs.

The May 14 event will begin with free breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and will run until 4 p.m. Lunch will be served, and boatbuilder Ralph Stanley and friends will provide live music. Museum staff will be on hand to discuss ongoing opportunities for volunteers in several departments, including administration, library-archives, curatorial, education, marketing and visitor services.

Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves. Rakes, brooms, rags, buckets, paint scrapers and step ladders, and pickup trucks also may come in handy, said Holtzman, “but the only thing you really need to bring is a desire to work alongside others.” Individuals who wish to participate are requested but not required to preregister. Service organizations and local businesses with service programs are especially encouraged to register by contacting Holtzman at 548-2529 ext.208, or bholtzman@pmm-maine.org.

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