The Androscoggin Fallen Angels have a set of core values that we use as a compass to guide us. One of these values is Community Involvement.
AFA believes in the importance of community. We recognize the power of positive role models and the strength and success of supporting organizations in our community that are engaging in positive and impactful work. We embrace the strength and diversity of the Roller Derby community at large and our role as a participating league.
AFA has been a part of events in the community and has worked to support causes that we believe in since our founding in 2015. Here is a glimpse at some of the ways we have lent a hand over the last several months:
~Pride L/A AFA helped to hang posters for Lewiston/Auburn’s first ever Pride, and participated in the March to show our support and strong belief in equality.
Safe Voices 5K and Vigil. In the spring we volunteered to help direct runners along the course for the Safe Voices 5k, and some of us even ran or walked in the race! More recently, we attended a vigil in a show of support for victims of domestic violence and their families.
Lewiston Rec Department’s Tiny Tri. We love giving back to Lewiston Rec. The armory is our beloved home track and we assist the Rec Department whenever we can. The Tiny Tri was a chance for kids to experience the fun of a triathlon by riding their bikes and trikes, running through a playground, and taking a romp across Kennedy Park’s Splash Pad. It was adorable to watch and we loved helping out! Some of our kiddos took part too.
We also take part in the Rec Department Trunk or Treat event every year dressing up, handing out candy, and having a blast seeing all the local kids come out in their costumes. This year we did a DC trunk and a Marvel trunk, and we all came as superheroes.
Somali Bantu Community Harvest Day. AFA turned out at Whiting’s Farm that day to set up tables for a celebration of a successful harvest. Afterward, we got to share some amazing Somali food! The SBCMALA is one of the core causes that AFA has chosen to become involved with and we look forward to more volunteer opportunities for them in the future.
The Dempsey Center’s annual Dempsey Challenge. Our most recent volunteering took place at the annual Dempsey Challenge. Angels helped by setting up tents, making PB&J, and serving food and water to the riders along their route.
Angels love giving back. As our organization continues to grow, community involvement will remain a huge part of who we are.