1942 - 1942

October 8: United Camden Charities founded.

In 1942, six organizations came together as United Camden Charities (eventually to become United Midcoast Charities) in urgent need of help. The onset of World War II had curtailed their customary summer parties, entertainments, and other fundraisers. In response, summer residents pitched in to supplement funds that locals donated year-round. 


The local press quoted the appeal sent on behalf of the Camden Community Hospital, Camden Red Cross Workroom, Camden District Nursing Association, Milk Fund, YMCA, and the Boy Scouts: 

“Because of the existence of War and consequent restrictions, it was deemed wise by representatives of our activities to dispense with any form of entertainment this year. Our hospital is required to be prepared for any emergency by putting in reserve supplies; the YMCA is asked to care for the Coast Guard and Army stationed here, and the costs of milk and all supplies have greatly increased.”

United Camden Charities raised $5,569 that first year (the equivalent of raising $97,000 in 2022).

Incorporators included: J.Hugh Montgomery-Pres., Edward Cornelis-1st VP, Charles Seaverns-2nd VP, Francis Gilbert-3rd VP, Bertha Clason-Scty., Emma Alden-Treas., Clayton McCobb-Asst.Treas., Thomas Crimmins, Elmer Joyce, Charles Wood, P.R. Keller, Milford Payson, Gilbert Laite, Martha Cornelis, Frank Mansfield, William Berger, Florice Pitcher, Edwy Taylor, Helen Montgomery, Zlatko Balokovic, Charles Babb Jr.

Photo shows the Camden Community Hospital c.1942. Photographer unknown.

The Camden Herald, Page1, 1942-08-20 (1)