Silver Lake campers are, in general, a generous, thoughtful, and creative bunch. During this pandemic year, our campers have been finding new ways to make a positive difference in their communities.
PHOTO COURTESY SARAH POPE
Megan Millbauer runs meals to cars to help out at her New Hampshire church’s community dinners.
Megan Millbauer of Peterborough, N.H., has been working with her church to distribute meals to families in need. “Before the pandemic, Monday night supper was served and eaten in my church fellowship hall,” Megan said. “I was helping the supper crew by setting up the dinning room. “When the church figured out how to do take out I wanted to continue helping. Now I help our church supper crew by running meals to peoples’ cars.” Megan said that her work makes a difference because she is helping out people who are in need of food and that it is extra important this year. “I also think seeing a young person helping the community makes people happy,” she said.
Another Silver Laker has found a very different way to help. Caleb May of Lakeville took his interest in birdwatching and turned it into a pandemic-safe activity for his entire community. “Although this year took a lot away from me, it also gave me a lot of free time,” wrote Caleb. “I decided to put more attention into my interest in birding. It filled me with joy, and with the help of my mother, I decided to bring the joy of birding to others.”
Caleb began to write a weekly birding blog for Noble Horizons, a retirement community in Salisbury, CT. He also wrote articles for Main Street Magazine and gave an hour-long Zoom presentation through the Scoville Memorial Library in the fall. He has continued his work in the spring, writing about the spring migration and recording another presentation. “I have loved every second of what I’ve done,” Caleb said. “I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love with other people in the hopes they discover the same joy I felt.”
Do you have a story of a camper helping out this year? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will feature it on our Facebook page.
Jennifer Kronholm Clark
Silver Lake Program Director