July 2012 – First Congregational Church, White Elephant Sale

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme volunteers Bob Davis, and Morgan Ely, wearing cap, work side by side with Mount Saint John students Will C. and Christian D. unloading donated furniture for the Church’s White Elephant sale. The annual event, held in July, raises money for over 25 local charities.



July 2012 – Mount Saint John Students Volunteer for First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Old Lyme – Every July, for the past 76 years, countless volunteers pitch in to make the First Congregational Church White Elephant sale a success. Over the two day event, hundreds of bargain hunters find everything from sporting goods to boutique items, books to furniture, art to electronics, dishes to clothes, toys to antiques and tools. All of the items are donated and all the proceeds are given to local charities.

The White Elephant sale is much more than finding a great bargain and raising funds for charity. It is a people helping people community experience. This is a perfect opportunity for young men from The Academy at Mount Saint John, in Deep River, to give back and volunteer with a cross section of people of different ages, faith and color.

“This volunteer opportunity gives our students the chance to build their social skills and work experience” said Doug DeCerbo, Executive Director for Mount Saint John. “We provide vocational and employability training using a social skills model. The objective is to help students return to their home community confident and ready for success” said DeCerbo.

“It’s a pleasure having the boys here” said Nathalie Fogg, Volunteer for the White Elephant sale. “They really are a huge help” adds Nathalie.