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Governor Accepts President Obama’s New Call to Service

June 18th, 2009

President and Mrs. Obama have invited Governors and communities to come together for a nationwide service initiative called United We Serve. Mrs. Obama will officially kick off the new call to service on June 22nd. This summer-long initiative will culminate on September 11th, a National Day of Service. 

Governor John E. Baldacci accepted the President’s invitation to participate in a volunteer service project. On Monday, June 22, Governor Baldacci will join children at Camp Tracy to plant an organic vegetable garden.  Campers will continue to raise the food throughout the summer and donate the crop to Oakland area residents in need.

Before planting begins, the Governor will greet the crowd and Ken Walsh, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA at the Alfond Youth Center will invite other youth summer camps to also plant gardens to teach children the importance of good nutrition and service to their communities. Barry Dana, Relations Director of the Maine Native American Boys & Girls Clubs has already accepted this call to service.

Please join us for this joint initiative of the Governor of the State of Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service and Camp Tracy as we kick off this national service initiative in Maine .

WHEN : 11 am -12 pm on Monday, June 22nd
WHERE: Camp Tracy, Oakland ME.

Maine Commission for Community Service The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.

Camp Tracy
YMCA Camp Tracy was established in 1960 to provide outdoor recreation and education for children throughout Central Maine. During the merger of the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club in 1999 Camp Tracy underwent a 3 Million dollar renovation to create a new and exciting opportunities which included the Harold Alfond Fenway Park.  Now over 1000 children attend the premier camp on McGrath Pond each summer.  The new organic garden will allow children to learn at an early age to grow and sustain a garden. They will understand the importance of community and will realize the opportunity to assist the needy in the area.