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 list of current fundraising needs & restricted funds, below) by “adding an order note” (using Square donations only) and/or by emailing your intentions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Current Fundraising Needs & Restricted Funds
These funds have been established by donors for specific needs and improvements to the railway. When donating via Square, or sending a check, you may specify one of these funds:
- Alan Carroll Memorial Special Projects Fund
This includes diesel locomotive #53
- Build Locomotive #11
- Build Coach #9
- The Mountain Extension to Trout Brook Preserve (at Route 218)
- Sheepscot Station Campus Improvements
- 3-Stall Engine House (in the style of the Wiscasset engine house)
- Car Barn Exhibit Hall (hosting the Narrow Gauge Collection)
- Pavilion and Improvements at Alna Center
- Pay-down of Mortgages
Donations that are not earmarked will be deposited into the museum’s general fund and spent at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
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, coupon purveyors, 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.
Online shoppers can find deals and coupons for thousands of the most popular stores on CouponCause. When these deals are used, CouponCause donates a portion of that revenue to their partnering charities. When you save, they donate!
Buy Stuff we need on Amazon
Amazon maintains a “Wish List” for charities (like a gift registry). Ours contains mostly day-to-day needs, but there are a few special projects that need materials. You pick what you want to donate, and Amazon ships it directly to us! See what we need at:
Donate Your Car!
We’ve partnered with CARS to accept vehicle donations. Why send your junker off to that outfit with the annoying jingle when you can use it instead to rebuild Maine history.
Sell Stuff on eBay
The WW&F is registered as a non-profit on eBay, and can receive donations from listings. The seller just has to select the WW&F as the non-profit of their choice, and they can donate 10 to 100% of the sale to the museum. So anyone that has plans to sell anything on eBay, please consider selecting the museum as the Organization you would like to give to.
Recycle your Electronics
We are set up with Think Recycle to get credit for all sorts of electronic junk: from print cartridges and cell phones up to laptop computers. Bring your e-junk and deposit it into the box in the Percival House office. Erik Missal is overseeing this effort; he can be reached at: email@example.com (if you have a large number of computers or similar items to recycle and would like to mail them from your location, rather than bringing them to Sheepscot.)
Other Ways to Help
The Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway Museum is a 501c3 charitable organization. All donations will be acknowledged for tax purposes.