May 17, 2022

Governor also walks downtown Brunswick, stops by local businesses

Governor Mills Donates IFW Pack to Maine GearShare

Brunswick, MAINE — To promote outdoor recreation for Maine children, Governor Janet Mills visited GearShare in Brunswick today. GearShare is a new non-profit that acquires, maintains, and lends outdoor recreation equipment to trip leaders and nature-based educators to help connect students to the Maine outdoors. Governor Mills, an avid hiker, donated a Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife Maine Warden Day Pack from L.L.Bean during her visit.

“Every person in Maine – especially our kids – should be able to experience and enjoy our beautiful outdoors, not just those who can afford the gear,” said Governor Mills. “GearShare is doing an incredible job outfitting students for outdoor adventures so they can make memories of Maine that will last a lifetime. I was proud to donate a day pack for students to use and look forward to GearShare’s continued success.” 

In partnership with the Maine Department of Education, Maine GearShare recently outfitted 108 students from 13 Maine high schools on their Teens to Trails weekend whitewater rafting trip. GearShare’s next pilot program is supporting Trekkers’ seventh-grade trip to Acadia National Park.

“Maine GearShare is the result of a truly collaborative process among outdoor-focused organizations, funders, and brands. We all want to boost equitable access to memorable outdoor experiences, and gear is a key component to that endeavor. After years of work, the board and staff are so excited to launch this pilot, see the gear in action, and test, adapt, and grow our model,” said Liv Berg, Interim Executive Director of Maine GearShare. 

Following her visit to GearShare, Governor Mills joined Senator Mattie Daughtry (D-Brunswick) on a walking tour of Maine Street in downtown Brunswick, including Senator Daughtry’s brewery, Moderation Brewing Company; Vessel & Vine; Hatch Home; The Mix; and Little Dog Coffee Shop.

“Downtown Brunswick is home to a beautiful mix of specialty shops, open spaces, and small businesses that you just can’t find anywhere else,” said Governor Mills. “I hope Maine people will get out and enjoy our incredible communities this summer.”

Governor Mills & Senator Daughtry at Moderation Brewing Company

Governor Mills at Vessel & Vine

Governor Mills at Little Dog Coffee Shop

Governor Mills with Hannah and Dustan, co-owners of Hatch and Hatch Home

Governor Mills, Sen. Daughtry, and The Mix Owner, Leslie at The Mix

The Mix in Brunswick Welcomes Governor Mills