February 25, 2018
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Singer/songwriter to take part in service trip fundraiser

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BANGOR, Maine —  Glen Roethel, a New York-based singer/songwriter, is including Bangor in his spring touring schedule in order to support a three-church service trip to Guatemala this July, at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, 120 Park St., Bangor.

With this concert, Roethel is supporting a group of Unitarian Universalist youth from congregations in Bangor, Belfast and Ellsworth who will be traveling to Guatemala to work with Safe Passage (http://www.safepassage.org), a Yarmouth, Mainebased international nonprofit. Safe Passage works to educate and improve the lives of children whose families live around the Guatemala City Garbage Dump.

 “If it weren’t for the work of Safe Passage, these children would have to work along side their parents spending their days picking through the trash in the dump,” according to the Rev. Becky Gunn, Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, in a press release. When asked why he would donate his time to support this service trip. Roethel said, “All children deserve a chance in life. Safe Passage gives Guatemalan children hope and gives our local children a crucial opportunity to touch and change the world,” according to the press release.

This service trip is the second for the youth from this combined group of three congregations. In 2012, the youth traveled to New Orleans to help with the City’s rebuilding efforts. Their experiences were profound and long lasting. With the support of their families, friends and community they are looking forward to bringing their energy, time and talent to the children of the Guatemala City Dump. Jesse Knight (Belfast), says in the press release: “I went to New Orleans and learned so much about people, about suffering and about commitment to community and brought those memories and experiences home to Maine. I imagine Guatemala and what it will be like and can only have faith that we will have something to offer the children and their families. I am humbled by this opportunity.”

Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 for children 12 years of age and under. To order tickets by phone, please contact the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor at: 947-7009.

[Submitted by: Valerie Carter, UUSB Media Contact, valerie.carter@umit.maine.edu. Cell: 356-1952]