This year, PL will have two projects for the summer mission.  Camps with kids will be supporting the Friends of the Cobbosee Watershed, and adult camps will be supporting Puerto Rico recovery efforts through the UCC Disaster Ministries.

Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed

The Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed works to protect the lake Pilgrim Lodge is blessed to sit on. Founded in 2001, the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed was founded by local residents concerned about declining water quality in their lakes. Pilgrim Lodge’s beautiful home on the shores of Lake Cobbosseecontee is one of the things that truly makes our camp special. We’re very excited to support their work so we can swim in these waters for years to come.

Campers will be doing a hands-on project with the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed during their time at PL. To support the health of  Lake Cobbosseecontee and surrounding watershed, we will be taking a mission offering during camp.  Campers are encouraged to bring an offering (donation) to help support the important work the Friends are doing to preserve our beloved lake.

The Cobbossee Watershed programs include Tadpole Patrol, Nature Day Camps, the Watershed Science Program, Slow the Flow, and LakeSmart Start! which works with property owners to identify and remedy erosion and runoff pollution.  They also provide courtesy boat inspections to check for invasive aquatic plants and have multiple teams working to remove invasive plant species.

The Cobbossee Watershed works collaboratively with a range of partners include the Annabessacook Lake Improvement Association (ALIA), the Cobbossee Watershed District (CWD), the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Youth Conservation Corps and shorefront property owners.

Disaster Recovery – Puerto Rico, UCC Disaster Ministries

September 2017’s Hurricane Maria was the worst natural disaster on record to hit Puerto Rico. Nearly 3,000 people died – more than 60 in the hurricane and the rest from the crippling of health, power, water and other systems for months after the storm. Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, estimates it will need $139 billion to fully recover. A group of Maine Conference folks volunteered as a fieldwork team in 2018 and will be leading the mission presentation.

UCC Disaster Ministries is working hand in hand with the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Puerto Rico to:

  • meet partners’ requests for generators, water filters, hygiene kits, food, first aid kits, tarps, construction materials, tools, vehicles, and medical equipment,
  • give preparedness workshops, funds for tuition assistance and pastoral support, and
  • provide fieldwork teams to restore homes.

“We need more volunteers to help us stretch our resources and reach,” said Zach Wolgemuth, UCC Disaster Ministries Executive. “There are many houses on the waiting list.”

How You Can Help from Home
  1. Organize a work team! Puerto Rico still has openings for volunteer work teams during the months of August, October, November, and December 2019. In addition, the calendar for 2020 was officially opened a few weeks ago. The focus remains on fixing concrete, and wooden/zinc roofs. Click here for more information and to schedule your work team.
  2. Donate money to the UCC Emergency USA Fund.
  3. Advocate with Congress! The U.S. Senate looks poised to introduce a bill that could unlock assistance to ailing communities. Please reach out to your members of Congress with the following message:

“As a person of faith and your constituent, I urge you to take immediate action to ensure that disaster aid funding for Puerto Rico is passed by Congress with no additional delays. Thank you for doing all you can to ensure the residents of Puerto Rico receive the funding that is needed to ensure the continuity of the Nutrition Assistance Program as well as ongoing rebuilding efforts. Please pass a disaster aid package that provides for aid for all.”