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Janice Mellyn, CHIP, Inc Coordinator visits the Bristol Area Lions 12/04/2014

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CHIP Volunteers

CHIP Volunteers

Chip Volunteers

Chip Volunteers

CHIP Volunteers

CHIP Volunteers

At their Dec. 1 meeting of the Bristol Area Lions, Janice Mellyn reviewed CHIP’s accomplishments in the past year.

Since it was founded by Ruth Ives in 1984, CHIP, Inc. has been helping less fortunate neighbors by providing emergency home repairs and fuel assistance. Ives recruited Janice Mellyn, recently retired after 37 years of teaching fine arts, to take over the helm of CHIP in 2004.

Because of generous support from area churches and community members, in the past year CHIP was e able to provide needed assistance to 270 area families. CHIP carpenters, electricians, plumbers and volunteers were able to repair 46 homes, including the replacement of roofs, floors, doors, windows, handicapped access ramps and steps, and plumbing, heating and electrical repairs.

One of five examples cited by Mellyn was that of a disabled and blind father. He called CHIP when the floor of their only bathroom collapsed into the basement. A CHIP carpenter not only rebuilt the floor, but installed a new toilet, sink and tub/shower unit. He also cleaned and sanitized the basement with the help of the family’s children and their mother. Now the family again has a working bathroom.

On Sept. 6, Community Cares Day, 130 area volunteers made needed repairs to 10 homes, from South Bristol to Whitefield.

CHIP’s emergency fuel assistance program last winter had the highest demand in its 30 year history. CHIP provided 237 families each with 100 gallons of fuel at a cost of more than $95,000.

CHIP Coordinator Janice Mellyn receives a $1,400 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Treasurer, a long time CHIP volunteer, and a member of their Board of Directors.

CHIP Coordinator Janice Mellyn receives a $1,400 donation from Michael Hope, Bristol Area Lions Treasurer, a long time CHIP volunteer, and a member of their Board of Directors.

A recent generous bequest will cover overhead costs well into the future. Hence, every dollar you donate to CHIP will go directly to helping those they serve. It is unfortunate that the demands for assistance far outweigh the non-profit’s ability to meet them, so continued support of its work is vital. To learn more about CHIP, Inc. please visit its website at http://www.chipinc.org.

At the business meeting that followed Mellyn’s presentation, preliminary plans were reviewed for the distribution of Christmas food baskets on Dec. 20. Members and friends are asked to meet at C.R. Reilly & Son’s loading dock in New Harbor at 9 a.m. that morning.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be a Christmas party at the Damariscotta River Grille on Dec. 15. Reservations for that dinner must be made before Dec. 8 with Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584,

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