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In the photo courtesy of Mike Clark: Lisa Surran, Adopt-A-Block Event Coordinator; Tammy Goetsch, Program Coordinator; Scott Dionne, Houlton Rotary President.
Tammy Goetsch and Lisa Surran joined Houlton Rotary on September 26th to promote Adopt-A-Block of Aroostook. Adopt-A-Block originated in California and has spread across the country, focusing on creating personal connections by reaching out to support individuals in specific community blocks.
Members of local churches, town government, businesses, the police department, and area residents collaborate to restore a community block by walking the streets, knocking on doors, and offering goods and volunteer services to those living in the area. The program also organizes special events that target needs in an entire community.
The Annual Thanksgiving Box Project is one particular event Houlton’s Adopt-A-Block program carries out to help eliminate hunger in our community. This year’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Box Project will provide 200 local families with the full fixings to prepare a hot Thanksgiving meal. With funds from Houlton Rotary and additional support from local farmers, food banks, and supermarkets, Adopt-A-Block will reach out to our neighbors this fall to establish connections that are often lost in the urgency of daily life.