In her day job, Karen Staples helps sort out issues for the constituents of Maine Congressman, Bruce Poliquin.
“I represent the congressman from our ofﬁce in Lewiston,” said Staples. “I assist constituents with issues that arise involving social security, immigration, veteran affairs, taxes, or environmental problems. I listen to citizen concerns.”
Her drive to helping others has a far reach through her work with the Lewiston Elks Lodge #371 where she and her husband immerse themselves in community efforts.
“I have been able to spearhead various projects through the Lodge in the past seven years. Through the Dictionary Project, we distributed over 700 dictionaries in area schools specifically for 3rd graders. I’ve obtained grants to provide a day at the movies for Tree Street Youth’s summer program and to ﬁll their closet with back-to-school supplies,” said Staples. “I organized the grant process for the Lewiston Police Department’s Movie Night Out and assisted them this summer with popcorn for the kids. I organized the placement of ﬂag poles at the Auburn Hospice House and the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue in honor of our veterans.”
If that wasn’t enough, Staples cited her involvement in other efforts that involved geocaching and camping for local Boy Scouts, backpacks filled with personal items for homeless veterans, and drug awareness programs designed to encourage kids to “Just Say No to Drugs.”
“I’m always seeking out where I can give back to local organizations and groups especially those that are for the youth and our veterans.”