BELFAST, Maine — In this community, it takes a village to make strawberry shortcake.
At least, it does in order to put on the kind of fundraiser that volunteers from the Greater Bay Area Ministerium have in mind. The event will be held during the annual Arts in the Park festival on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, and the money raised will be used to support the Interfaith Fuel Fund. The ministerium, a group of area churches, runs the fund to help needy Waldo County residents stay warm in the winter.
Chris Urick, a member of the organizing committee, said last year the fund gave more than $13,000 to the cause.
But what makes the fundraiser really special, she said, is the breadth of help the community is giving. Men who are inmates at the Maine Coastal Reentry Center will pick more than 100 pounds of strawberries for the treats. Students from the Waldo County Technical Center baked and froze 450 shortcakes before the end of the school year. Volunteers will make freshly whipped cream to ladle on the dessert and sell them for $5 to hungry passersby.
“I feel like it’s really a community effort,” Urick said.
In 2005, the last time that a strawberry shortcake fundraiser was held, the group raised $10,000. Urick said that the sum is so large because they received donations, which she is hoping will be the case this year, too.
Arts in the Park, an arts and crafts festival, will take place July 13-14 at Heritage Park in downtown Belfast.