Bates responds to Lewiston fires

In the wake of recent fires in downtown Lewiston, the Bates community is organizing to respond to the needs of our neighbors.

Kristen Cloutier of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships (kcloutie@bates.edu, 207-786-6202) is coordinating the campus response. In addition to the efforts outlined below, Bates is working to bolster the relief efforts in as many ways as possible, including volunteer recruitment and transportation, food provision for shelter residents, and campus fundraisers. This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

Key Locations: Lewiston fires and the Bates and community response

How to Help

Donate

Given that donation needs are changing daily, some charitable organizations are currently encouraging the public to provide monetary and gift card donations.

Maine Governor Paul LePage has chosen United Way of Androscoggin County to administer the Lewiston Fire Relief Fund. Donations can be made online at volunteermaine.org or in person or by mail at United Way of Androscoggin County, 66 Ash Street, PO Box 888, Lewiston, ME  04243 (hours are 8am-4:30pm M-F). Checks should be made out to United Way of Androscoggin County and indicate Lewiston Fire Relief Fund in the memo line.

Additional avenues of support

  • The American Red Cross – United Valley Chapter is accepting monetary donations. They may be made through the website or mailed c/o Executive Director Jennifer Gaylord, 1180 Lisbon St., Lewiston, ME. Memo line: Lewiston Downtown Fires.  Rainbow Federal Credit Union is also accepting donations for the American Red Cross at its Main Street location, 381 Main Street, Lewiston, ME  04240.
  • The Salvation Army is accepting clothing donations dropped off at their thrift store location at 720 Main St., Lewiston (hours are 9am-6pm M-Sat). The Salvation Army is also accepting nonperishable items and toiletries at its facility at 67 Park St., Lewiston (hours are 9am-2pm M-F). Contact number for other items: 207-783-0801.

Events

A Community Responds to Crisis: The 2013 Lewiston Fires
An exhibit put together by the students in REL 313: Human Suffering: Job, Genesis, and Revelation with Professor Cynthia Baker
December 3, 2013-February 13, 2014
New Commons, Second Floor
This project is sponsored by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships.  For more information, please contact Cynthia Baker at cbaker@bates.edu.

Join the Discussion

A Facebook page has been created as a follow-up to the Lewiston Unites: Community Discussion, which took place on May 22, 2013 at Longley Elementary School.  The forum offered an opportunity for residents of Lewiston to share their concerns and seek community solutions in response to the downtown fires that took place in May.

The Lewiston Unites Facebook page offers a place to share positive things happening in the community and is a gathering spot for information, events, and activites.  Please visit: https://www.facebook.com/lewiston.unites.

 


 

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