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Maine Action Team Captains “Elect” to Help at Peaks Island

Brunswick High School Action Team Captains helped clean the gardens around the VOA Fay Garman House in Peaks Island, ME

Portland, ME–The Brunswick High School Action Team kept busy during their half day of school this past Election Day, Tuesday, November 4. Upon early dismissal, student Action Team Captains and adult coordinators caught a ferry to Peaks Island, Maine to visit residents of Volunteers of America’s Fay Garman House and assist with “winterizing” their flower and vegetable gardens.

The 15 captains worked as a team trimming perennials and digging up dahlias to be stored for the winter, mulching rhododendrons and blueberry bushes, and raking and bagging leaves.

The job was not complete without pulling out the annuals (veggies and flowers), spreading straw over the flower beds, and filling a truck with leaves and trimmings to be sent to the local recycling facility.

The flower and vegetable gardens are the pride of the senior residents from Peaks Island, and they were excited to have the Action Team Captains eager to learn and to help. Aviva Golan, resident and garden expert, helped direct the crew and watched them in amazement, saying, “It was a very successful day. It was a pleasure to meet all the Action Team members. They worked diligently. Without the numbers of helping hands, we wouldn’t have accomplished all the tasks at hand;  the garden was put to bed for the winter in wicked good time.”

Volunteers of America’s Fay Garman House is a 12-unit affordable senior housing facility located on Peaks Island, and is a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown Portland.

The facility is named in honor of Fay Garman, a Peaks legend who wanted to bring affordable housing to the island. It features gardening opportunities, a patio with grill, available on-site salon services, a variety of social and educational activities, and a nearby health center. For more information please visit

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