LA Students lend a hand during CHIP’s Community Cares Day

students posing with homeowner
LA students with Theo Barstow at her home at the Stepping Stones property
in Damariscotta

Sarah Kennedy from Lincoln Academy’s Resident Life Program sent the following letter:

I just wanted to share how impressed I was by the students who volunteered for CHIP’s Community Cares Day on Saturday. They were up quite early with no complaints to join more than 100 volunteers from across Lincoln County assisting with housing improvement projects. There were 15 worksites in total and our group worked with Stepping Stones Transitional Housing project, not far from campus, in Damariscotta.

The homes where we worked are part of a group of mobile homes in need of some TLC. After an overview of the projects and a brief presentation on CHIP’s safe worksite guidelines, we met Stepping Stones founder Bill Howlett and executive director Marilee Harris. Several of the residents were at home and worked alongside us on the projects. The students painted one small home on the property and did a lot of mowing, weeding and pruning.

A highlight was helping resident Theo Barstow, who is in her 80s, spruce up her small garden, level the stone walkway leading to her home as well as other work to make the site’s communal yard area more safe and welcoming. For some of the Res Life students coming from homes in the city, this was their first time doing any sort of yard work. A big contrast to the day students in the group who shared how mowing and yard work were part of their regular household chores. After helping each other get familiar with the tools, everyone joined in.

The group also removed load after load of household items from a storage building on the property to inventory, organize and prep for future use by families in need. The students worked hard and their interactions with each other, the other community volunteers and Stepping Stones residents demonstrated their maturity and genuine enthusiasm for helping others. If you see any of the students who took part please let them know how much their efforts were appreciated!