Easy, fun ways to support community

(NEWS CENTER) -- There are plenty of volunteer opportunities around Maine, but finding an organization that fits with personal passions is particularly helpful. Diane Atwood of Catching Health shared about two organizations she admires that can use support from the community.

Eating fresh vegetables is important for overall health and preventing chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. While prices for fresh foods has increased, the price of soda and other junk food has decreased. Atwood said there is a program in Maine working to help everyone access fresh food, called Veggies for All. It is a nonprofit based in Unity that grows food on three acres of land, half on the Unity College campus and half on donated land throughout the community. All of their produce goes to the local good pantry. The Volunteer Regional Food Pantry in Unity provides families with non-perishables and fresh veggies from Veggies for All. Since 2010 the program has harvested and distributed 75,000 pounds of vegetables.

Veggies for All often needs help with weeding and harvesting - their website lists ways to support with the organization.

The Fight Back Festival is another way to get involved with the community. Atwood said the fundraiser supports Cancer Community Center in South Portland . The Cancer Community Center offers support groups and wellness programs for people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families and friends. The Fight Back Festival at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester is one of their major fundraisers and Atwood said it needs 250 volunteers to run smoothly.

For more information about the Fight Back Festival or Veggies for All, visit Diane Atwood's blog.


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