Please consider a donation to RRCT’s Rain or Shine Fund. Your charitable donations allow RRCT to invest in free and better access to Maine’s outdoors for everyone. This fund is used to invest in wheelchair and mobility access at parks and preserves, to reduce or eliminate the expenses of outdoor experiences for low-income populations and to keep all RRCT programs free and welcoming to all. RRCT invites other organizations to create their own Rain or Shine Club, their own Rain or Shine Fund, or to join with RRCT to expand and collaborate.
Wheelchair access: RRCT’s 2018 Rain or Shine Fund resources are funding Maine State Parks improvements for wheelchair accessibility to the playground and picnic area at Bradbury Mountain State Park, leveraging equal matching funds from the state park system; construction begins June 2018. Related, the Pownal Selectmen on April 23rd unanimously supported RRCT & Bradbury’s suggestion to communicate to MaineDOT to study improvements to the safety of the public (and wheelchair) trail crossing of Route 9 at Bradbury, anticipating paving work in 2020. In its 30-year history, the Royal River Conservation Trust helped expand Bradbury five times.
As new funding and your donations build the size of the Rain or Shine Fund, we plan to open dialog with the Town of Durham to explore fishing access by wheelchair facilities at the Runaround Pond Recreation Area.
State Park passes at Libraries: For the 2018 State Park season, RRCT and four other land trusts purchased and distributed more than a dozen Maine State Park passes that can be checked from seven libraries free of charge: Auburn Public Library (4), Gray Public Library (3), New Gloucester Public Library (3), Merrill Memorial Library (Yarmouth(2)); Freeport Community Library (2); Prince Memorial Library (Cumberland); Chebeague Island Library. The New Gloucester Public Library also manages the keys for the free canoes and kayaks and paddling gear that RRCT helped deploy (LL Bean donation) at the Fairgrounds (Royal River) for pubic use. Participating land trusts and recreation organizations include Royal River Conservation Trust, Androscoggin Land Trust, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, Freeport Conservation Trust, Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust.
Outdoor programs for low-income and at-risk youth: Also with the Androscoggin Land Trust, RRCT is financially supporting outdoor and gardening programs through Auburn’s Police Athletic League (PAL), serving Auburn youth from low-income backgrounds. Both the Royal and Androscoggin Rivers run through the the City of Auburn; PAL outdoor programming includes field trips to Gray, New Gloucester, Auburn, and more. The two land trusts helped PAL secure free State Park passes for trips to parks including Bradbury, Range Pond, and beyond. We aim to continually increase the number of people who are getting outdoors and into woods, free of cost.
Free programs, every week: RRCT’s free Rain or Shine Club and other free RRCT programs are central to our work to engage current and future generations. Our free Get Out! Nature Walks are hosted jointly with the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust. Our free annual Royal River Film series is hosted jointly with the Yarmouth Historical Society.
We need your support. Sustaining and expanding this work requires new donations and your support. Thank you, in advance.
To make a donation to the Rain or Shine Fund, click on the button on this page, or send a check to RRCT, P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096.