Jilllian O'Hara lemonade

Jilllian O'Hara

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Katelyn Scammon, the leader of the North Attleboro Chapter of Neighbor Brigade, a nonprofit state organization that mobilizes local volunteers to help their neighbors during times of crisis such as illness or accidents, was recognized during National Volunteer Week.

The head of the local chapter since 2011, Scammon has worked to increase awareness about the organization and recruit new volunteers.

"Through Katelyn's leadership, the North Attleboro Chapter is an active and vibrant corps of volunteers that step forward to support the needs of neighbors with meals, rides, and assistance," Neighbor Brigade Executive Director Stephanie Lawrence said. "We're thrilled to recognize Katelyn and celebrate the wonderful work she has done to assist local neighbors in need."

Scammon, a former Foxboro resident, also works at the member service desk at the North Attleboro branch of the Hockomock Area YMCA besides raising four children.

"I'm so privileged to be part of Neighbor Brigade," Scammon said. "As this wonderful organization continues to grow I look forward to increasing our volunteer base and making Neighbor Brigade a household name here in North Attleboro."

To volunteer for or seek help from North Attleboro Neighbor Brigade, email NorthAttleboroA@neighborbrigade.org or visit www.neighborbrigade.org.

Lemonade stand follow-up

Here's a follow-up to the item we had earlier about 7-year-old Jillian O'Hara of North Attleboro selling lemonade recently to benefit the town's animal shelter.

Jillian's mother Barbara, at the time, said her daughter was inspired by commercials by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and she set up her stand at Tailblazer's University, 25 Commercial Drive in Wrentham. The result, said her mother, was the delivery of a check to the animal shelter for $704.

Local student a helper

Kelly Keen of North Attleboro, who just graduated from James Madison University, had taken part in an Alternative Spring Break Program. Keen, a justice studies major, traveled to Atlanta to volunteer with Medici Project.

Almost 300 of the university students embarked on 23 spring break trips around the world, focusing on social issues such as homelessness, resettlement, environmentalism and community wellness.

The students spent the week living simply, focused on service in their destination community but also on teamwork and reflection within their group.

Keen worked in the area of prevention and treating those stuck in the sex trafficking system. She and other students worked alongside community members at free medical clinics, women's shelters, homeless shelters and other organizations in Atlanta.

STEPHEN PETERSON can be reached at 508-236-0377 or at speterson@thesunchronicle.com.

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