Last week to help West Bay Rotary support the Shields Mission Project

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 6:15am

West Bay Rotary is raising money for the Shields Mission Project and you can help.

It is a West Bay Rotary meeting tradition that our members donate money to local charities and nonprofit organizations by putting money into our buckets on the table.  Because we are meeting via Zoom these days, we are now calling these buckets in cyberspace.

In order to increase donations, we decided to open this up to our community.  If you would like to donate to this month’s recipient of the buckets in cyberspace, please click the donate button on our website at

The Shields Mission Project is a dedicated fund of the First Congregational Church of Camden used to benefit needy residents of Knox County and Lincolnville who do not qualify for assistance from various social services and governmental agencies.  Its purpose is to provide direct financial aid to individuals and families in crisis for any number of reasons.

During this time of COVID, increasing numbers of families in our local communities find themselves in precarious financial situations, having lost their jobs and unable to afford housing, utilities, food, transportation, health care, etc.  For some it is truly a desperate situation with nowhere to turn.

Since the beginning of the pandemic Shields has seen a 20% increase in requests for assistance. There is every expectation that the number of families struggling will continue to increase as the pandemic wears on during the upcoming winter months.

According to Rev. Ute Molitor, Pastor of the Congregational Church, “Donations to the Shields Fund go directly to assist our friends and neighbors as together we work to get through this difficult time, reaching out to support each other in as many ways as possible.”

For more information about this project, please click the link here: Shields Mission Project.

Donations may also be mailed to Rotary Club of West Bay Charitable Foundation, PO Box 1033, Camden, ME  04843.  Please note on the check if you would like the donation to benefit the Shields Mission Project.

West Bay Rotary meets on Thursday mornings from 7:30 am to 8:30 am, currently via Zoom.  If you would like to join them on a future Zoom meeting, please email