Helping America's Most Vulnerable

Local Action Teams... in Action!

Our local Action Teams have been keeping busy this winter! But what is an Action Team you say? Action Teams are groups of high school students who plan and organize volunteer events in and around their schools. They receive support from Major League baseball players and Volunteers of America to help inspire and encourage others to volunteer. Action Teams work to improve the lives of kids, families and seniors right in their own backyards and can be found in more than 100 high schools nationwide! 100,000 high school volunteers have helped more than 305,000 people in their communities.

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The Brunswick Acapella & Action Team visited the Bayview Heights residents in Portland recently. This group not only took the time out of their busy school schedules to sing, share a meal, and play games with the seniors, they also stopped at the Preble Street program in Portland to donate clothing - this is a GREAT group of kids who know the importance of giving back to their communities! The Bayview Heights residents love it when the Brunswick Action team pays them a visit. When these 2 groups are together - there is no age gap - everyone has a lot of fun.

Deck the Halls for the Brunswick Action Team! For the 3rd year in a row, they helped celebrate the Christmas season with the residents of Bayview Heights - serving a meal, singing carols, and having fun. "What a wonderful group of children", "I love it when the kids come; they are full of joy" - was a happy comment from a resident. “Seeing these young people gives me hope for the future." You can also see a short video put together by the BHS Action Team here!

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Also getting in on the Action, pun intended, is the Mt. Ararat High School Action Team at Westrum House in Topsham! The residents at take their bowling VERY seriously - they're in the regional finals and the Mt Ararat High School Action Team joined to cheer them on (and play!) The bowling event was a success - everyone had a great time - these kids really enjoy spending time with the seniors who are neighbors to the high school. What brings generations together? Wii Bowling, who would have thought!