West Bay Rotary’s 2021 Community Challenge Tops $4,850!

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 11:00am

While the end of the pandemic may be coming into view, its impact on many of our friends and neighbors is still being felt and it’s going to be felt for quite some time. Thanks to West Bay Rotary (WBR), help is on the way.

WBR in partnership with United Midcoast Charities (UMC) recently concluded its “2021 Community Challenge,” and raised more than $4,850. The money raised will all be assigned to UMC’s Urgent Needs Grants fund, which supports those desperately in need of food, housing, health & safety, and economic security during these challenging times.

“The impact of the pandemic continues to be devastating for many people who were already struggling to make ends meet and to feed or house their families,” says outgoing WBR President Ken Gardiner, who oversaw the campaign. “We’re delighted with the response to our 2021 Community Challenge and continuing our commitment to service above self that lies at the core of Rotary.”

As with all UMC fundraising campaigns, 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to the agencies with no administrative fees and will provide urgent needs funding of food pantries, homeless shelters, and other basic needs during the COVID crisis.

About West Bay Rotary

West Bay Rotary has been a Midcoast Rotary club for 35 years as of April 2021. As described by its mission, "The Rotary Club of West Bay is a community leader that effects positive changes through service—locally and internationally.” Club members also abide by the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” WBR members have made and continue to make many significant contributions to the Midcoast community and to the greater Rotary world. The club meets on Thursday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., currently via Zoom.  For more information about WBR, go to: www.westbayrotaryofmaine.org.

About United Midcoast Charities

UMC energizes Midcoast Maine nonprofits through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization. UMC’s primary focus areas are food, housing, health & safety and economic security. Through a thorough application and review process, individuals and businesses throughout the region join forces to provide funding for the vital work of clinics, daycare centers, food banks, soup kitchens, medical services, housing providers and many other organizations. For more details, visit www.unitedmidcoastcharities.org.