In 2004, the Roman-Catholic Parish of St. Bernard's in Rockland, Maine, established the Caring Fund. In 2009 St. Bernard's parish merged with the parishes of St. Francis in Belfast and Our Lady of Good Hope in Camden to form the new parish of St. Brendan the Navigator in Midcoast Maine. The entire new parish now supports the Caring Fund.

In keeping with St. Brendan’s Mission Statement –

… we are called to follow in Christ’s footsteps … serving the human and spiritual needs of others … [and] sharing our gifts… – the Fund supports poor communities in Brazil, El Salvador, Haiti and India. In the first five years since its establishment the Fund raised over $100,000 for six projects that have made a difference in the lives of, literally, tens of thousands of people.


    Mahatma Gandhi observed that,

        There are people in the world so hungry that God can appear to them only in form of bread. 

And a Chinese proverb says,

        Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”


The Caring Fund takes its inspiration from those quotes. In one form or another, most projects financed by the Fund are designed to help the poor to improve their situation by providing them with skills, facilities, or tools for earning a living in dignity.

In India, the Fund has focused on education and empowerment of women, in El Salvador on microcredit lending and access to clean water, in Brazil on providing a poor parish with a new church and a community and crafts center, and in Haiti on enabling victims of the devastating 2009 earthquake to re-establish their livelihoods.

Most charitable entities use part of their donations to cover administrative and/or fund-raising expenses. The Caring Fund does not: It is administered by volunteers, and 100% of all donations reach the intended beneficiaries.

The Fund accepts donations year-round. Each year it launches a specific Sharing Project for one of the beneficiary countries.

All donations to the Fund are tax-deductible.



 

Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, 

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you invited me in, 

I needed clothes and you clothed me,

I was sick and you looked after me,

I was in prison and you came to visit me....

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

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