REM Award Honorees (2012) — Dave Mellott (Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter)

David Mellott is a long-term Shelter volunteer who lives out Winston Churchill’s challenge that although “we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” David is one of those very long-term volunteers who does not seek recognition or status for his vital support. He just comes into the Shelter every Tuesday afternoon to prepare a dinner for over 25 people.

David makes a living most days selling and servicing Electrolux Vacuum Cleaners in the Waterville area but was drawn to give something back to community members in great need. When he learned of the many needs at the Shelter years ago he decided that cooking was something he could give back. He has been cooking the Tuesday night dinner for many years. He has missed very few dinners in all these years, except when he has been on a mission team serving in third world countries.

David shares that he has been very blessed in his life and always receives far more than he gives. A great example of love in action at the Shelter is that he met his wife here, who was also a volunteer, on one of his many cooking nights. David makes meatloaf, or chop suey, or whatever he can with the ingredients that are on hand that day, but whatever he makes, it’s always full of love and kindness.

For more information about the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, please visit its website.

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