BANGOR — A local nonprofit wants to take spring cleaning to a new level to spruce up a Bangor neighborhood, and they’re asking for volunteers.
“Bangor was the highest overdose rate city in the state,” said Sean Faircloth, executive director of the Together Place. “Unfortunately, this is the highest overdose neighborhood in our city.”
You may recognize the Together Place from its mural outside, but on the inside is an organization that helps people struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse.
“We really have created this center to really serve that population but also now we’re branching out into serving our community,” Faircloth said.
The organization wants to go beyond its doors and asks people who live nearby to get involved.
“Especially now, during COVID-19, people have felt really isolated and I think it would be something that would make us feel a little bit closer,” said Belle Spearin, one of the co-chairs for the initiatives garden committee.
Gardens increase a person-to-person sense of community according to Spearin.
Faircloth said this section of the city is a high renter, a low-income area that’s struggled for decades. So he’s built a team of members, partners and volunteers to put a fresh coat of paint on the neighborhood.
“And say let’s add murals throughout this neighborhood, let’s add a community garden in this neighborhood, let’s do things where the entire community is working together to help out this section of town,” Faircloth said.
The organization held a Zoom meeting Tuesday afternoon with details, however, Faircloth said to call the Together Place for more information on this neighborhood recovery initiative.
From planting a flower bed to fixing a porch, Faircloth calls this a community effort.
“We can say we’re going to help each other, we’re going to help lift up our city and address one of the most challenged sections of our community, all of us together in the Bangor region,” Faircloth said.