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Jobs for Maine’s Graduates students pitch in at Camp CaPella

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Brewer High School students unstack picnic tables at Camp Capella for spring cleaning on Monday, May 23, 2011 in Holden. Camp CaPella provides quality of life experiences for people with disabilities, and their families.

DEDHAM, Maine — Students from the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates program at Brewer High School provided fix-up and cleanup efforts at Camp CaPella on Monday. It was a chilly day, but that didn’t stop the students from wading right into Phillips Lake.

“The fix-up and cleanup tasks also included some painting as well as putting in our docks and floats, and their contributions will really help us right now,” said Dana Mosher, executive director at Camp CaPella.

“I think doing the spring cleanup and fix-up for Camp CaPella is a great way to help

our community,” said Matteah Hamm, a freshman. “Kids with disabilities have this camp to be with each other and have fun with activities that I get to do every day. Why not have a cleanup day to make it more enjoyable?”

Through their ongoing participation in the statewide youth philanthropy program Jumpstart Our Youth, the JMG students also will donate $600 to Camp CaPella, provider of recreational resources and opportunities, along with handicapped-accessible facilities, for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities


Jobs for Maine’s Graduates provides learning and assistance to students facing barriers to education and success, enabling them to develop the skills and motivation needed to succeed in higher education and the work force.

“Our JMG students are giving back to our community through their work for and donation to Camp CaPella, and we can all learn from the lesson they’re teaching us,” said Maggie Savage, temporary JMG specialist at Brewer High School.

In collaboration with JMG at Brewer and 60 other JMG school locations throughout Maine, the Jumpstart Our Youth program helps students learn about the critical roles that nonprofit organizations fulfill in meeting community needs, including hands-on work, thoughtful grant contributions and stewardship.

“Our youth philanthropy program offers these students a learning experience about helping their communities through financial support as well as volunteer time,” said Larry Sterrs, president and chief executive officer of the Unity Foundation, JOY’s founder and provider of financial contributions such as the $600 grant, along with funding partners UniTel and the Maine Community Foundation.


Craig Larrabee, president and chief executive officer of Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, added that “volunteering at Camp CaPella is a prime example of how our students work with organizations all over Maine to help those in need. It’s a great opportunity for these young people to feel they are needed and that they can make a difference in their own communities.”


“How terrific that these students were doing work that will help other young people with special needs, and it shows how people in our communities all get behind Camp CaPella,” Mosher said. “And maybe some of these students getting involved in this JMG-JOY project might be interested in working with Camp CaPella going forward.”

Located on Phillips Lake in Dedham, 12 miles from Bangor, Camp CaPella provides quality-of-life experiences for people with disabilities and their families. For information, visit www.campcapella.org.

Jobs for Maine’s Graduates is an independent statewide 501(c)(3) private nonprofit corporation established by the Legislature in 1993 to provide Maine students facing barriers to education with a comprehensive dropout prevention and school-to-career transition program.

Jumpstart Our Youth teaches middle and high school students about the value of hands-on community commitment and the principles of “smart” philanthropy. Program founders and funders include the Unity Foundation in Unity; UniTel Inc., a communications company in Unity; the Maine Community Foundation; and Jobs for Maine’s Graduates. The Unity Foundation is the legacy of Bert and Coral Clifford, who believed in the value of community participation in charitable giving. For information on JOY, visit www.jumpstartouryouth.org.

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