Freshmen spend the day volunteering in the community

First-year students at Saint Joseph's College in Standish will be busy volunteering at 12 community service sites in Greater Portland on Sunday, Aug. 31 as part of new student orientation. Following is a list of where students will be helping out and what they will be doing:

Community Service Tracks - New Student Orientation - August 31, 2003


Barron Center:Located in Portland, this agency provides high quality, long-term care service for elderly and chronically ill individuals.

Project: Get to know a senior! Students will be visiting with senior citizens while assisting with meals or taking walks. (5 students)

Camp Sunshine: Camp Sunshine in Casco is a camp that provides a retreat for children with life threatening illness and their families. They also provide recreational group support and on-site medical support.

Project: To enhance the community life of Camp Sunshine. Help to provide light maintenance and yard cleaning. (10 students)

Cultivating Community: Cultivating Community is a community development initiative that grows sustainable food to help feed the hungry, empower youth, and heal our planet.

Project: Come and be a farmer for the day. Help to pick and care for the organic fruits and vegetables in Rippling Waters Organic Farm in Steep Falls ( 55 River Road ). (20 students)


Crisis Shelter: Located in Portland, Maine, the Crisis Shelter focuses on rehabilitation for families of abuse.

Project: Learn more about the rehabilitation process and also, help bring a new room to completion through painting. (10 students)

Habitat for Humanity: This Christian housing ministry seeks to create simple, decent, affordable housing for people in need. They work in partnership with future homeowners, volunteers, and various corporate sponsors. Construction site is at 47 Anderson St. Portland, Me. From Franklin Arterial (heading to the old port) take a left on to Cumberland Ave. go .21 miles turn left onto Anderson St. and look for habitat vans. Arrival time 9:00 am.

Project: Help to contribute to various aspects of construction at a build site in Portland. (12 students)

Ledgewood Manor: Located in Windham, this agency provides high-quality, long-term care for elderly individuals.

Project: Visiting and doing activities with the residents (beano!), as well as helping to prepare and serve lunch. (10 students)

Peabody House: Peabody House in Portland provides holistic care, supportive services, housing, and education to people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Project: Help to make a house more like home! Gardening, outdoor maintenance, and cleaning out storage space. (10 students)


Refugee Resettlement: Catholic Charities of Maine provide refugee and immigration services to the Maine community.

Refugee Resettlement provides resettlement, orientation and employment to refugees assigned to its care.

Project: Help to provide assistance in re-organizing storage.

Ronald McDonald House: Acts as a "home away from home" for families with critically ill children in Portland hospitals.

Project: Help make the residents feel welcome! Clean area bathrooms, vacuum, sweep outside areas. If you have extra time, bake some cookies for the guests. (6 students)

Senior Citizen Projects: Senior citizens throughout the Lakes Region are not able to do certain household projects on their own and have asked for assistance from St. Joe's students.

Project: Put on your work gloves! Assist senior citizens with yard work and small household projects. (28 students - 4 groups)

Windham Family Resource: This organization provides individuals and families with much needed food and clothing. St. Center: Joe's students staff this center every Monday night.

Project: Help a community center! Restock food pantry shelves, defrost freezer, sort clothing and toy donations.(10 students)


Windham Parks and Recreation: Provides social, recreational, and educational opportunities for youth in the Windham community.

Project: A picnic in the park! Making trails and picnic areas in Windham more safe and beautiful! (32 students-3 groups)

August 27, 2003 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail