Nevin's 2018 Service Trup to Farmington, Maine:
During the week of June 24th to the 30th, I traveled with The Dover Church Youth Group to Farmington Maine. My purpose on this trip was to be an Adult Leader during the Youth Group’s annual service trip, which I used to be a part of as a high schooler.
Through Mission at the Eastward (MATE), the Dover Church was able to find projects in the Farmington Maine area. Mission at the Eastward sends volunteers to the poorest areas of our country to build and repair homes; our goal as volunteers is to provide warmer, safer, and drier homes for the families served.
Divided among groups and sent out to different work sites, The Dover Church Youth Group repaired sidings, built decks, replaced windows, installed insulation, and painted homes clean. We had some hot and slow work days, but the occasionally cloudy rainy day and the gratification of completing a project that we knew would make someone’s life better made it bearable.
Unlike the other service trips that I have been on, we had above average living accommodations- we stayed at the University of Maine Farmington. This enabled us to have the ability to use the facilities on campus, including the gymnasium, swimming pool, basketball courts, and cafeteria. I addition to that, the town center was 3 blocks away and we were able to explore and visit local restaurants and shops in town.
Part of my motivation for the trip was to be a model for the high schoolers. As a 23 year old adult leader, I had an upperhand with being able to connect with the kids. Having access to a van I was able to take the high schoolers to places while the much older adults got their rest after our workdays. I connected with a local goat farm where the kids later on milked goats, brought them kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, Walmart, to icecream stores, and best of all was able to be rigorously worked in basketball. Hopefully, in 5 years the highschoolers will return, except in the position is was in to share an awesome experience with the then Youth Group.
Photos to come!