Letter: Count on folks in Freeport, Pownal

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Since December, we have witnessed the generosity of Freeport and Pownal citizens on repeated occasions. Celebrating Freeport Community Services’ (FCS) mission of neighbor helping neighbor, an increasing number of people have contributed record donations through FCS’s White Nights Fundraiser and Freeze-Out Food and Fuel Drive.

Freeport Community Services runs many programs to serve people in need in Freeport and Pownal, including heating fuel assistance, camp scholarships, The Food Pantry, and more.

In a time when so many Mainers are without work, and many working people are unable to make ends meet, these services are increasingly vital. FCS’ Food Pantry serves 263 families each week and this number continues to rise. Just from 2008 to 2011, there has been an average 16 percent increase in the number of families who access this service.

Freeport and Pownal residents are contributing in ways beyond just the financial. The number of volunteers at FCS continues to increase to help meet the demand for services. Incredibly, many of the new volunteers are the same people who are struggling and rely upon the services that FCS provides. For them volunteering is a way to complete the circle, to turn around and give help right back.

I am honored to be a part of this generous community and to have the privilege of serving Freeport on both the Town Council and the Board of Freeport Community Services. This active community pours energy, enthusiasm and means into positive action to improve the lives of our neighbors.

Thank you, Freeport and Pownal.

Town Councilor Sara Gideon
Freeport

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