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Governor Partners with the Maine Commission for Community Service in White House Service Initiative

June 22nd, 2009

OAKLAND - Governor John E. Baldacci today joined campers at Camp Tracy in Oakland to help kick off the creation of an organic vegetable garden. The volunteer service project called “Maine’s Future…Organic Kids” was organized by the Governor, the Maine Commission for Community Service, and Camp Tracy in response to President and Mrs. Obama’s invitation to Governors and communities to come together for a nationwide service initiative.

“Mainers have always been good neighbors, but now more than ever we need to pitch in and help one another,” Governor Baldacci said. “Getting involved on the local level is critical to healthy and vibrant Maine communities.”

Campers at Camp Tracy will continue to tend to the vegetable garden on the Governor’s behalf throughout the summer. Food that is grown in the garden will be donated to the Kids Kitchen at the Alfond Center and to a Waterville area food pantry. Governor Baldacci told the campers that he chose the planting of a vegetable garden not only because it will help feed people, but it will also help people make healthy choices.

First Lady Michelle Obama was the Keynote Speaker at this year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service in San Francisco. During her address she expressed her and President Obama’s commitment to community service and launched United We Service, an extended call to service challenging all Americans to engage in meaningful and sustained community service. For more information on United We Serve, visit www.serve.gov or VolunteerMaine.org to get involved in your local community.

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.

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.