The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley 2017/18 Keystone Club volunteered a little more than 1,200 hours last year.

Their projects included:

• The Next Chapter Project — A project they designed after their work with Healthy Communities, in which they learned that 70 percent of the group had or has an incarcerated parent. The group discussed the feelings that accompany having a parent incarcerated and developed The Next Chapter Program because of it.

The project works with inmates at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta whom have visitation time with small children. Keystone Club members hoped to make visitation times more comfortable and create stronger bonds between parents and children by allowing parents to have books that they can write in, read to their child and that the child can then take home with them. The children have a meeting with the Kennebec County Sheriff at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, for recognition for their work. They also received a $500 grant from Disney to purchase the books.

• Club Grub — A project created to prepare meals on Fridays for children to bring home over the weekend. The children received a $650 grant from Sodexo to support this effort.

• Dancing with the Staff — All Keystoner participated in the event and volunteered hundreds of hours.

• Boys & Girls Club Haunted House

• Ronald McDonald House

• Preble Street Homeless Shelter

• Mid Maine Homeless Shelter

• MaineGeneral Alzheimer Care Center

• Healthy Communities of the Capital Area — The children have spent hours working with HCCA on their efforts to decrease marijuana use

• Boys & Girls Club Open House

• The Shaw House Homeless Shelter

• Maine Greyhound Placement Center

• Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital

• Pet Haven Lane

The organization aims to have at least one service project a month and we are booked into June 2018 with the following projects:

• Be the Match donor Drive

• Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals

• The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

• Lobster Bowl Classic Golf Tournament (to support the Shriner’s Hospital)

• Maine Department of Marine Resources

• Honor Flight Maine Welcome Home Crew.

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