CAMDEN — West Bay Rotary, in partnership with United Midcoast Charities, 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 and 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,” said 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.