One Less Worry introduces 'Shed Your Worries'

Supported by West Bay Rotary
Apr 15, 2019
Preparing the shed pad site are, from left, Wayne Hobson, Kim Milton, Sharon Hobson, Mike Milton, Deborah Fink, Joan LeMole and Leamon Scott.

Camden — West Bay Rotary’s support of One Less Worry started in May 2017, when Sharon Hobson, One Less Worry founder and director, spoke at a West Bay Rotary meeting. She told the club about collecting and distributing toilet paper to help those in need. Perhaps one of the most meaningful things she told the club was that people in need cannot purchase toilet paper, tampons, or pads with food stamps.

Members of West Bay soon found out that One Less Worry distributes more than just toilet paper. One Less Worry provides personal care necessities and grooming products to those in need. In the three years since One Less Worry was founded, it has grown from simply providing pads and tampons to clients of AIO Food Pantry & Emergency Assistance to providing essential grooming products to 20 locations. OLW provided more than 70,000 tampons and pads in 2018.

Through their subsequent work with One Less Worry, it became clear to several Rotarians that the nonprofit was outgrowing its headquarters at Hobson’s home. Rotarian Deborah Fink wrote a Rotary district grant request to help alleviate the storage problem and with help from other local businesses, the result was a new storage shed for OLW -- now called “Shed Your Worries.”

For more information about One Less Worry, including volunteering, attending a packing party, or making a donation, visit online at onelessworry.me. For more information about West Bay Rotary, visit online at westbayrotaryofmaine.org.

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