Guidance Counselor Jeremy Marks and Abbie Healy '15 volunteered for the CHIP Community Cares Day on September 7, 2014.

Guidance Counselor Jeremy Marks and Abbie Healy ’15 volunteered for the CHIP Community Cares Day on September 7, 2014.

On Saturday September 7, LA Guidance Counselor Jeremy Marks and students Abbie Healy ’15 and Luke Huntington ’16 from the LA Habitat for Humanity club, participated in CHIP’s Community Cares Day, working on a house in South Bristol.

Community Housing Improvement Project, Inc. (CHIP, Inc.) is local organization that began in 1984 to help area residents who lack sufficient resources or the ability to make basic repairs to their homes. The mission of CHIP, Inc. is, “Neighbors helping neighbors keep their homes safe, warm, and dry.”

CHIP, Inc. sponsors Community Cares Day in September of each year on the first Saturday after Labor Day. This event brings together 100 to 150 volunteers, who, working in teams led by professionals, are able to make repairs ranging from general clean up to roof replacement at upwards of a dozen homes. The homeowners, if they are able, also help.

Students help paint a house in South Bristol.

Students help paint a house in South Bristol.

Jeremy Marks, who led a student Habitat for Humanity trip to New Mexico last spring, and has plans to take students volunteer on a Habitat project overseas this spring says, “It is wonderful to provide experiences with which LA students can travel abroad to be exposed to different cultures and inform world view perspectives, however it is also important that these same students interact with our local community and support those in need right in our backyard. In addition to Community Cares Day, we will be working with Habitat for Humanity 7rivers on various projects that provide adequate housing for veterans, and Stepping Stones, which is working to offer supportive housing right in in Damariscotta.”

For more information about the Habitat for Humanity Club at Lincoln Academy, please contact Jeremy Marks at marks@lincolnacademy.org.