Story posted September 07, 2010
The 2010 Give and Go Sale was the most successful yet! The $47,800 raised by the yard sale on June 12 supported 33 non-profits in the Midcoast area. Volunteers from these non-profits organized the thousands of items donated by Bowdoin students — an assortment of goods ranging from laundry detergent to dorm fridges. Revenue from the sale was divided among the organizations based on the number of hours volunteer worked. The funds are being used for diverse and exciting projects that benefit the local community. Following are a few examples:
The Eagles’ Wrestling Club will utilize its Give and Go proceeds to fund training and events for 25 enthusiastic wrestlers from Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham and Harpswell. Proceeds from the Give and Go sale will allow the “Pee-Wee” (2nd-5th grade) wrestlers to organize a tournament in Topsham the first weekend in March that will play host to 360 other young wrestlers from the region. Older wrestlers are sent to a three-day tournament in Vermont, a two-day tournament in Berwick, Maine, and J. Robinson and Messiah College Wrestling camps in Pennsylvania. Additional funds will be used for travel expenses as well as mat upkeep.
Brian Collins, executive director of the Pejepscot Historical Society, is planning to use funds for an electrical update of the Whittier-Skolfield mansion located on Park Row in Brunswick. In 1981, Alice Whittier donated the house and all of its contents to the Historical Society, which has been conducting tours with low voltage, knob and tube wiring ever since. Collins hopes to increase the voltage allowed into the house and to rewire existing historic fixtures, which he believes will “enhance the tourist experience.” Because the house has been without heat for the last 60 years, the Historical Society has been unable to conduct tours in the winter months. Once the electrical system is updated, Collins plans to renovate the museum by installing a new furnace and replacing fallen drywall caused by the extreme temperatures in the space.
Sheila Youmans, executive eirector of Family Focus in Bath/Brunswick, has used the $2,000 her organization received from Give and Go to purchase new wooden toys made by Community Playthings, an environmentally-responsible company that constructs products with maple certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The toys will be used in Family Focus’ Early Learning Center, which houses the classrooms for 50 children varying in age from six weeks to five years. Youmans hopes that the well-constructed maple toys will be used for many generations of students at her centers.
The 2010 Give and Go Sale was the most successful yet! The $47,800 raised by the yard sale on June 12 supported 33 non-profits in the Midcoast area.