make a giftWoodin Challenge for the Best Friend Fund Goal: $8,000

Eddie Woodin’s philanthropic drive is deeply rooted in a deep, abiding faith. For decades, he and his wife, Nancy Robinson, have supported charities all over the world. However, Eddie felt called to focus his philanthropy locally.

“I felt that global programs were important but I also felt a divine calling to concentrate on needs right here in my community.” Woodin stated. “Our hearts are with those in the shadow of life like low income older Mainers who need support.” Eddie continued.

In 2010, Eddie Woodin and his wife Nancy Robinson combined their love of animals with the needs of lower income seniors with pets to establish the Best Friend Fund at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging. This fund is designed to help them manage emergency needs for their pets. They know the joy that comes from the bond they have with their dogs. They realized that this bond is even more important to older people, especially homebound elders on a fixed income. Sudden pet illnesses or injuries can be financially devastating for them.

The Best Friend Fund has funded many special pet needs. Recently, Maggie’s* 3 year old mixed breed dog, Boomer, was suffering from frequent infections. The multiple trips to the vet and medications were costly. On her low income, Maggie was struggling to care for him. A careful examination revealed that the infections were being caused by a dental issue. While the dental issue would resolve the infections, the treatment was expensive and Maggie didn’t have the money. Maggie’s neighbor had read about the Best Friend Fund in Senior News and called us for help. The Best Friend Fund enabled Boomer to get the necessary dental treatment and the infections stopped. Thanks to the generosity of all of the Best Friend Fund donors, Maggie and Boomer remain constant companions.

The Woodin Challenge: Help us reach $8,000!!

Eddie and Nancy have stepped up once again and are offering a generous matching gift of $2,000 if SMAA can raise $6,000. The Woodin Challenge for the Best Friend Fund kicks off on July 1st and runs through September 30th.

“We appreciate Eddie and Nancy’s generosity and know that this challenge will help local low income elders to get help for their unexpected pet expenses.” said Laurence Gross, SMAA’s CEO. “They have long been a friend of the Agency so it’s only fitting that their gift help leverage more funds so that we can continue to keep beloved pets healthy.”

If you’re interested in supporting the Best Friend Fund, please send a contribution to SMAA, 136 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074. You can also donate securley online. If you have questions or prefer to make a gift over the phone, please contact, Kate Putnam, Chief Advancement Officer, 207.396.6590.

*Name changed for privacy.