Lilly McCoy

Bucksport welcomes AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer

BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition has announced the arrival of AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Lilly McCoy to work in the Bucksport Bay area.

McCoy will be working with coalition volunteers, municipal staff, business owners, organizational leaders and community residents of all ages to improve early childhood programs and services for older adults.

Specifically, McCoy will be working with the Bucksport town manager and health and social support organizations to explore the feasibility of converting the former Timberland building on the old mill site to moderate income housing units. She will also work closely with the Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition’s Senior Resource Committee on efforts to implement the objectives listed in the AARP Age and Ability Friendly Action Plan, including assisting the Bucksport Senior Center director with recruiting needed volunteers for the Senior Meal Program.

McCoy will be working with the newly formed Network Committee, convened by Town Manager Susan Lessard to explore, in part, the restructuring of the Thriving in Place Program.

An additional focus will include working with Regional School Unit 25’s pre-K and kindergarten programs to assist with enhancement of school readiness and Healthy Futures programming.

Goodwill of New England manages AmeriCorps programs that strengthen communities in northern New England by placing volunteers in local nonprofits, municipalities and schools. These AmeriCorps members support the long-term health of communities.

The Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition was founded in 1995 to improve the health and quality of life of area residents. Over the course of its 25-year history, the organization has sponsored six Vista Volunteers who worked to improve health and social support programs in the community. The town of Bucksport contributed funding to support placement of the Vista Volunteer in Bucksport.