BREWER — Maple Street Park in Brewer got some sprucing up Friday but the effort was about more than just cleaning.
The clients from Downeast Horizons in Brewer chose the activity for the group to get out and enjoy spring.
“People with disabilities are seen as people who kind of take and receive services from society but today they’re going to give back,” Downeast Horizons Executive director Anthony Zambrano said.
“It makes me feel proud of cleaning up,” said a participant.
Zambrano said sometimes people with disabilities can be isolated. Opportunities to interact with other people make them more comfortable. He said activities like this build momentum for their real-world life.
“They’ve been with us for 4 to 5 years and every year they come out to help us clean up a park,” said Brewer Parks and Recreation Director, Micheal Martin.
Maple Street Park didn’t have much trash, but people raked the leaves and picked up sticks to make it easier for lawnmowers to get through.
The adults and children said they enjoyed the project. .
“Hi, Mom, hi Dad. I’m cleaning up the Earth. See you when I get home. Love you, bye,” said Rey Quindy,
“They can teach us a lot of things about volunteering and doing things for other people,” said Zambrano.