Railroad preservation exists only because of the generosity of others. Donations small and large are needed to rebuild Maine history in the Sheepscot Valley.
Here are some ways you can help:
We have partnered with PayPal and Square (our Gift Shop provider) to receive donations directly. To make a monetary donation using any major credit card (or similar electronic means) please choose from:
Feel free to note how you would prefer your donation to be used (see the current fundraising needs, below, for ideas) by indicating it as a note (using Square donations only) and/or by emailing your intentions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations that are not earmarked will be deposited into the museum’s general fund and spent at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
Mail a Check
Donations to the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum will be gladly received at:
PO Box 242, Alna, ME 04535
This mailbox is checked regularly and donors acknowledged promptly.
Support a Campaign
Beyond our regular fundraising to our members, we sometimes encourage our friends and followers to contribute to major efforts that may be of interest to the wider preservation community. This includes our current initiative to Build Locomotive #11.
Give Money when Shopping at Amazon
Did you know that Amazon donates millions of dollars to charity each year? Best of all, those charities are determined by their customers! All you have to do is visit smile.amazon.com when you shop online; there you pick YOUR charity to support (such as the WW&F) and Amazon donates a percentage of each purchase made back to the WW&F.
It doesn’t cost any extra, and it’s a simple way to help the causes you love. Just be sure to always start at smile.amazon.com (and not the regular web site) so that your purchase is credited correctly. (And yes, it also applies to those with Amazon Prime memberships.)
Give Money when Shopping ANYWHERE Online!
Virtually ALL e-commerce sites (including travel sites, large retailers, and smaller shops) will make donations to the charity of your choice, IF you use a “shopping portal.” These websites share the commission they receive on your purchase back with the WW&F.
Donate Your Car!
We’ve partnered with CARS to accept vehicle donations. Why send your junker off to that place with the annoying jingle when you can use it instead to rebuild Maine history.
Current Fundraising Needs
Each Fall, the WW&F Board of Directors looks ahead to the coming year, and evaluates the capital needs of the organization. The Fall Fund Drive then supports the initiatives for the following year. Projects that are in active development and deserve support are:
- Build Locomotive #11
- The Mountain Extension to Route 218
- Sheepscot Station Campus Improvements
- 3-Stall Roundhouse (in the style of the Wiscasset roundhouse)
- Car Barn Exhibit Hall (hosting the Narrow Gauge Collection)
- Pavilion and Improvements at Alna Center
- Pay-down of Mortgages
Other Ways to Help
The Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway Museum is a 501c3 charitable organization. All donations will be acknowledged for tax purposes.