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Maine National Service Programs respond to COVID-19: Alfond Youth & Community Center A series by Volunteer Maine on the National Service initiatives in Maine to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak

The Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville at the Alfond Youth & Community Center (AYCC) is a Maine Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant recipient, and the AYCC team is stepping up in a big way to help the communities that they serve.

Earlier in March, we at Volunteer Maine, the state service commission, connected digitally with AYCC's Crista Lavenson for an update on the agency's response to COVID-19. We would like to thank Crista and the AYCC team for providing the following information!

"We have pivoted from proving after school program services -- which included feeding 250 youth per-day a free, hot, nutritious meal and evening snack -- to serving 1,000 evening meals and snacks a day through curbside service at 6 locations throughout the community: Waterville Boys & Girls Club at the AYCC; North End and South End; Fort Halifax parking lot in Winslow; Fairfield Community Center parking lot; and in Oakland at the Fabian Oil parking lot."

"Local restaurants and businesses have stepped up to make donations to this food service program as well. The Proper Pig donated 50% of sales for three days and GHM Insurance matched them with a $1,000 donation. Amici’s Cucina is donating a portion of their proceeds for meals sold Thursday – Sunday and Campbell’s True Value Hardware is matching that donation dollar for dollar."

"We are also providing a childcare camp in partnership with MaineGeneral to keep their healthcare workers on the job knowing their kids are safe and well cared for at our fully accredited and licensed childcare program. We are also reaching out to our at home kids with story time, drawing lessons, exercise games and more."

FYI: You can learn more about the precautionary safety measures AYCC is taking by viewing one of the news stories below.

Once more, our thanks to Crista Lavenson and the AYCC team for the photos and information! While times are tough, it really is wonderful to see individuals and organizations across Maine pitching in to help one another.

To learn more about AYCC, please visit their website.

For future stories and info on the COVID-19 response effort by Maine's National Service Programs, follow Volunteer Maine on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Learn more about Volunteer Generation Fund grantees on our website -- access here.
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