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New Website crafted for Eastport Labor of Love

Community Author: Colin Windhorst
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Bangor Daily News, Janaury 14, 2016
Bangor Daily News, Janaury 14, 2016
It’s not easy making a living on the clam flats in January. This image, from an earlier BDN article published in January 2016, captures the rigors of clamming in mid-winter off the coast of Maine. It is to help families dependent on perilous conditions like these John Widelski has created new website for Eastport Labor of Love at eastportlaboroflove.org.

A new website has been launched for Eastport Labor of Love, home of the Garrapy Food Pantry, Labor of Love Nutrition Center and the Victory Garden.

John Widelski of Eastport, a maker of violins and other stringed instruments, has spent many hours this fall to hand craft an on-line presence for this hub of local community service.

“I have been learning all the way,” says John of his efforts to master  Word Press and bring this site into action in time for GEECA’s annual end of the year appeal.

Starting from scratch, Widelski has worked with the Board and volunteers to develop the site and incorporate an on-line donation page.

Says Widelski: ” We have worked hard to integrate a donor management system  with our web site and Facebook pages, combining useful information about the services of the Labor of Love with news, recipes, and practical advice on where to seek help for food and fuel assistance in time of need.”

During this holiday season, some people just do not have enough to go around, observes GEECA President, Pastor Colin Windhorst. He recalls a young father of two who was clamming last winter to make enough to buy some food and a little fuel to keep his children warm that evening.   By the time the buyer arrived, the  shellfish had frozen and become useless, and he had nowhere to turn.  With one phone call, Windhorst says, and a little legwork, the emergency fuel fund was able to ensure he had more than enough to get through the night and look after his family.

This kind of timely assistance is only made possible by the generosity of community members, working in tandem with Eastport Labor of Love.

Widelski hopes that his work on the new website will provide an avenue for people to participate in the mission of this essential community service.

“We have placed a big blue donate button on the website so people can find us easily, make a donation of any amount, and leave an encouraging word or dedicate their gift, if they choose, to a friend or family member,” said Widelski.

The new website can be found at eastportlaboroflove.org, or by visiting the Facebook page of Eastport Labor of Love and clicking on the big blue donate button.

John Widelski says, “We hope, with the help of our community, to make a new kind of music.  We are grateful for everyone’s help, especially at this time of year.”