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Commissioners Participate in Service Event to Refurbish Local School

August 14th, 2009

Commissioner Maximilian Beal and Chair-Elect Mary-Anne Beal, Waterville City Councilor, volunteered at the Albert Hall School in Waterville on Thursday August 13th. Local T-Mobile employee volunteers and City Year members were the events organizers. The teams worked together to transform a local afterschool space from dull to dynamic, creating a stronger environment for learning and fun. There were more than 150 volunteers at the event.

Commissioner Mary-Anne Beal was moved by the power of the event, “What was accomplished today by volunteers was amazing, but the most powerful thing was talking with volunteers and hearing their inspiration.  This event will have a ripple effect because the people involved were motivated to continue to volunteer and inspire others to do the same.” 

Volunteers created an afterschool space stocked with a flat-screen TV, furniture, books and games. They revitalized the gym with fresh paint, colorful murals and new bleachers. Volunteers transformed outdoor areas by building benches and picnic tables and planting new landscaping. Commissioner Maximilian Beal built several new planters by hand and helped out on other various projects. 

T-Mobile has established a partnership with leading national nonprofit organization City Year to help kids reach their potential. City Year is part of the family of programs operated by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This event was part of T-Mobile Huddle Up, T-Mobile’s national community outreach program, connecting kids to positive people, places and programs. The Maine Commission for Community Service was delighted to be invited to be a part of this exciting initiative in Waterville. 

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