BREWER – Volunteers with Downeast Horizons spent the day cleaning up Oak Hill Cemetery.
Over 90 volunteers cleaned up Oak Hill Cemetery in Brewer as a part of the second annual Earth Day Clean-Up.
When Anthony Zambrano, the Executive Director of Downeast Horizons, got the call for help from the Brewer Parks and Recreation Department, he gladly offered their assistance.
“This is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area and it has a lot of old trees and a lot of branches come off during the winter, and it ruins the lawnmower blades. They reached out to us and said, ‘Could you help us?’ We said sure, and since then we’ve been doing it,” Zambrano said.
D.J. Hart, the supervisor for the Brewer Parks and Recreation Department, said the department members appreciate the extra help.
“What they do in a couple hours takes three or four of my guys a couple of days to do, just the more hands the better off it is. And with spring and all the damage and stuff, it really makes a huge difference and saves us a lot of time and it’s great to see these guys out here helping out and having fun,” Hart said.
And for volunteers, participating in the Earth Day cleanup is about more than just helping the community.
“It builds self-confidence. It builds their sense of esteem that they are a productive part of society. It’s rewarding for people to just give back and given the opportunity, anybody can help somebody else,” Zambrano said.