Sandra Donnelly spent 13 years on a private yacht working her way up from cleaning and serving to captain. When she was ready to settle down on dry land she chose Windham. She worked at Panther Run Marina and Hall Implement before she decided that she’d like to work for herself and started Camp Care.
This dream started two years ago. “I was very familiar with taking care of high end properties. I was ready to do something for myself,” Donnelly said. “I started taking care of people’s camps while they were not there.” She opens, closes camps, does lawn care, takes care of cleaning before homeowners arrive and after they leave. Then she turned to landscaping. She now does mulching, spring projects, planting gardens to the owner’s specifications.
“There wasn’t anyone who specialized in camps. I own two. I know what it’s like to have a property and to see 18 inches of snow dropped on it,” she said.
She is now involved in all levels of camp and home maintenance and care from purchasing groceries for an incoming family to renting out camps for clients. “No day is the same,” she said. She is also doing local home cleaning on a weekly or monthly basis for families in this area.
All winter she spent her time shoveling, shoveling to fuel tanks, shoveling to walking around homes to check for issues. “I shoveled a lot this winter,” she said.
In the summer she hires a few more people to help her flip houses on Saturdays before a new family arrives at a rental. When she cleans, she does not use harsh chemicals. Working on the yachts gave her the knowledge to clean in an eco-friendly way.
Donnelly is licensed and insured. She also has access to reliable contractors and will sub-contract for certain jobs, like on a three to five story house that needs its roof raked. “I’ll take care of it, but I won’t personally do it,” she said with a laugh. “I know how to solve weird problems.”
She travels in the Sebago lakes region including, but not limited to Sebago Lake, Brandy Pond, Thomas Pond, Long Lake and Douglas Mountain. Her clients range from retired couples and a college professor to an artist and investment bankers. “It’s a little bit of everybody,” said Donnelly.
Her best cleaning tip is “once you think you’re done, look around from a seat they’d sit in and see what you missed. You’ll see a different perspective,” she said.
The best way to reach Camp Care is by phone at 712-2238. She can also be reached at Sandra@campcarellc.com and the website is www.campcarellc.com.