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Local nonprofits launch Lucky Duck Fundraiser

By Jackson Long | May 14, 2020
Source: West Bay Rotary Duck Derby Facebook page Pictured is Lucky, the West Bay Rotary Club mascot.

Camden — The West Bay Rotary Club has teamed up with the United Midcoast Charities to hold a second matching fundraiser. Every donation up to $10,000 will be matched one to one.

Of the money raised,100% will be given directly to nonprofits that apply for grants through UMC. This money is given within four to five days of the application.

"Almost immediately and unanimously, we decided that this was a great way to really make an impact with our money," said Deborah Fink, a member of of West Bay Rotary. Within two weeks, the first matching fundraiser West Bay Rotary and United Midcoast Charities worked on topped $5,000. "At our Zoom board meeting on May 6, we talked about the success, and agreed that we could match another $5,000," Fink stated.

The Knox County Homeless Coalition has used the funds to help provide temporary and safe housing solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Hope for Women is also using the funds to help provide safe emergency sheltering for domestic violence victims.

Rockland Salvation Army has also received support from the grants in order to keep up with the increased demand on their fresh food distribution program. One Less Worry, in Rockland, has used the funds to help provide toilet paper to clients in need. The Belfast Soup Kitchen has also used the funds from the grants to help with costs from COVID-19.

Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition, which helps support released inmates recover from substance abuse problems, has also been granted funds.

As of the time of this story, donations have reached $6,656. Donations can be given here. Checks may also be sent to United Midcoast Charities at 87 Elm St., Suite 205 Camden, ME 04843.

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