an outreach program of the First Congregational Church of Camden

Shields Fund seeks boat donation in fundraising effort 

Mon, 09/25/2023 - 5:15pm

For over twenty years the Shields Fund has helped people in the Knox County (and Lincolnville) community who find themselves in financial crisis for any number of reasons...the need for a security deposit that they cannot afford, a water pump for the truck that is needed to get to work, a clamming license, food for the children, oil or gas for the furnace; just simple identifiable items that are essential and needed right away. 

Through the Shields Fund, often a last resort when other possible resources have been exhausted, there have been many positive outcomes that have allowed people to move ahead with their lives. 

“Because the Shields Fund is a strategic life line for people with dire needs we are reaching out to the community to help us ensure funding continues to be available for those in such circumstances,” said Shields Fund, in a news release.

With this goal in mind, the Shields Fund is embarking on a boat donation program similar to NPR's car donation program. The Fund is seeking a sailing or motor vessel valued at $50,000 or more. Block Island Maritime Funding, a nonprofit with 24 years of experience in selling donated boats with proceeds going to a designated nonprofit, will assist in this effort. BIMF is the only such organization in the US that provides this type of service. (

Should you or your neighbor be aware of someone who would like to donate a yacht to support the Shields Fund, please text or email David Jones for details and further information. 207-542- 7280; 

The Shields Fund is an outreach program of the First Congregational Church of Camden and is a 501c3. All of its funding comes from donations.