Volunteers help with 17 projects in Unity Barn Raisers' Day of Service

Oct 17, 2016
Volunteers from Iron Wood LLC in Liberty clean and reset stones in North Ridge Cemetery, Montville, in one of 17 Unity Barn Raisers Day of Service projects Oct. 1.

Nearly 120 volunteers completed 17 service projects in and around Unity Oct. 1 in Unity Barn Raisers' annual Day of Service event. The Day of Service is a celebration of community spirit and volunteerism that culminates in a community meal to thank volunteers and sponsors.  The meal consisted of local ingredients sourced by Unity Food Hub.

Projects included trail work with Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, gardening at Triplet Park, digging potatoes with Veggies For All, tidying local cemeteries, fall cleanup with the Unity and Freedom historical societies, post-fair cleanup at MOFGA, projects at the Unity Firehouse, stacking wood at Avian Haven Bird Sanctuary, downtown trash pick-up, painting and cleaning the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry, cemetery clean up in Montville, and more.

This annual event is a fundraiser for Unity Barn Raisers that ensures the group's ability to serve Unity and the surrounding communities of Troy, Knox, Freedom, Thorndike, Montville and Burnham. It also provides an opportunity to complete important community enhancement projects.

Sponsors of this event include Unity Foundation, Unity College, Down East Credit Union, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Centerpoint Publishing, LifeShare, UniTel, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity Food Hub, Unity Shop n Save, Varney Insurance Agency, New England Organics, Larry Ward Farm, Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm, and many others.

Anyone interested in volunteering in the community should contact Mary at 948-9005 or visit programs@unitybarnraisers.org.

Unity Fire Department conducted a series of hose tests Oct. 1 with help from a group of Unity College students.
A downtown clean-up crew of Unity College students picked up litter and here pull weeds along a sidewalk in Unity as a Day of Service project Oct. 1.
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