First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ

The Shields Mission Project

An Outreach Ministry of the First Congregational Church of Camden
55 Elm Street
Camden, ME 04843

Our mission:

The Shields Mission Project is a dedicated fund to benefit residents of Knox County and the towns of the Consolidated School District (CSD) who face financial crises, working cooperatively with social service providers.

The Shields Mission Project is a dedicated fund to benefit needy residents of Knox County and Lincolnville who do not qualify for assistance from various social services and governmental agencies. Its purpose is to help provide direct aid to individuals and families in crisis with immediate needs such as:

  • Warmth: fuel and electricity
  • Shelter
  • Food, clothing
  • Transportation
  • Health care: medical, dental, mental and vision
  • Home maintenance as related to safety issues

A Brief History of the Shields Mission Project

The SMP came into being following the church’s 2001 receipt of a bequest from Dorothy Shields, a summer resident.

The original funding was depleted at year end 2012. Since that time funds have come from the Shields Restricted Fund which is supported by donations from both members of the congregation and the larger community.

The Shields Mission Project is a referral based program only. We work with many Knox County & Lincolnville social service organizations/case managers who are advocating for individuals in need of financial assistance. Our criteria are simple:

  • Client lives in Knox County or Lincolnville.
  • Client has a specific need that he or she cannot meet.
  • Referring agency has determined that other appropriate sources have been sought and funding is not available from established sources (Federal fuel assistance funding, General Assistance, Section 8 housing, etc.)
  • The request is concise and clearly thought out when presented
  • A specific dollar figure has been established
  • Referring agency cannot provide sufficient financial aid to handle the cost and will seek to share costs where possible.

 Payments go directly to the provider of services: such as CMP, landlord, dentist, fuel oil company, etc. — not to the client.

You may donate directly to the Shields Fund by going to the DONATE button found at the top of the page. Your generosity during this time of acute need is much appreciated.

For further information or to request assistance for a client please contact Jeanne Denny at 236-4821 x6 or

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