Days of Caring offers opportunities for volunteers

Posted Oct. 22, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — United Way of Eastern Maine will host its fifth annual Days of Caring on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26. More than 100 volunteers from area businesses and the community are needed to complete half-day service projects at local nonprofit organizations.

Anyone in the community may offer a few hours of time to help. Projects volunteers can participate in include:

• A cleanup effort. The area known as “the Pines” is a large section of mostly forested land lying between I-95, Hammond Street, and paralleling Maine Avenue behind Northeast Cardiology and Hope House, with a northern edge behind the Penquis preschool building.  It has been used, especially during warm weather, by people experiencing homelessness and frequently dealing with chronic addictions and-or paranoia. These are often individuals who do not wish to stay in a shelter. Many have given up hope and are chronically depressed and angry.

The goal of the project is to clean up “The Pines” and make it a safe area for the public to enjoy. This project will require the efforts of 50 business partners and community members, working collaboratively to transform the land.

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• Restoration of a portion of Bangor-Orono’s Bog Walk. In partnership with the Maine Conservation Corps and the hard work of 12 volunteers, unsafe portions of the bog walk will be removed and replaced, ensuring the continued safe usage of the recreational and educational resource.

• Painting and weeding of a garden at the Bangor Hilltop School

• Staining picnic tables for My Friend’s Place and Memory Joggers.

• Yard work and painting for Wellspring, a residential program for men and women.

The Days of Caring event also will feature a book drive for Literacy Volunteers of Bangor and a diaper and wipes drive for Spruce Run.

To participate, contact Community Impact Manager Sarita Field at or 941-2800.

United Way hosts, a free volunteer-matching website. Interested individuals and groups also may call United Way at 207-941-2800, ext. 212, to get assistance locating volunteer opportunities in the community.

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