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Five Midcoast Rotary clubs initiate collaborative service effort for communities

Apr 03, 2020

Under the sponsorship of West Bay Rotary, Rotarians from Camden, Rockland, Belfast and Unity chapters are collaborating to help Knox and Waldo county nonprofits, governments, businesses and individuals who are challenged by actions necessary to stem the spread of COVID-19.

West Bay Rotary has created a special website,, with four segments to support efforts and provide help in the Rotarians' Midcoast communities:

  • I Will Donate: Sign up to donate to a long list of nonprofits aiding communities.
  • I Will Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer for nonprofit agencies involved in the effort.
  • We Offer Help: Nonprofits, businesses and government agencies list an explanation of the help they offer, and visitors to the site can click through to obtain assistance.
  • I Need Help: Individuals, as well as businesses, schools, organizations and governments, can initiate a request for help.

“We recognized this crisis required much-needed collaboration and cooperation among the multitude of nonprofit, government and school entities in our area,” said Richard Anderson, one of the initiative's organizers.

Sandy Cox, another of the organizers, said, “This Rotarians serving initiative provides four important services. The first two allow area residents to donate money and offer their time directly to those entities responding to this crisis. Third, it is a central place to link directly to those entities offering important services. And fourth, Rotarians will be monitoring requests for help and assisting people to connect to the service best suited to their needs ….”

Anderson said the response has been “gratifying.”

“Town offices, schools and area agencies quickly adopted the initiative,” he said.

Following the Rotary motto, “putting service above self,” the five local Rotary Clubs donate over $100,000 annually to various nonprofit agencies, provide scholarships to area youth, distribute gifts to needy at Christmas, donate time to deliver meals on wheels, paint town benches and street lights and build homes.

For more information about the Rotarians’ COVID-19 initiative, visit

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