It’s not too often that visitors Downeast get to see local factories and lobster pounds first-hand. On the first weekend in November, Mano en Mano hosted a group of volunteers from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. While volunteer groups in the past have often come to help run community events, this visit focused on experiential learning, as well as assisting us with some office tasks.
Bowdoin students first visited Cherrypoint Point Products inMilbridge, a seafood processing plant, talked with a manager about the business, toured the factory, and got a taste of some of the local work opportunities. Next theyvisited BBS Lobster Trap in Steuben, a sizeable lobster pound, learning how to band lobsters and about the holding tanks and fishing business Downeast. Lastly, the group drove up to Wyman’s Blueberry company to see the blueberry barrens.
The students were kept busy in the afternoon, assisting the Milbridge Congregational Church cleaning up after their successful Annual Warm Clothing Drive; stuffing envelopes for our Annual Campaign; and helping the Adult Education program in preparing activities and games for their students. We closed the experience by showing a film, “The Visitor”, in the evening, which deals with issues of identity, immigration, and cross-cultural communication.
We were so pleased to host another volunteer group, because we feel it’s a unique opportunity to visit Downeast Maine and experience the area and mix of local cultures. We are grateful to our Bowdoin volunteers for making the trip and being so helpful!