The Dorcas Society is a non-denominational charitable, literary, social, historic nonprofit organization. It was founded by Kate Douglas Wiggin, our first Honorary President, on November 23, 1897. It is named after Dorcas of the Bible who after being raised from the dead, by Peter, did charitable works, such as sewing coats and garments for the poor.

Much of our continuing work is associated with the welfare, maintenance repair and upkeep of the historic Bar Mills Parish House which has been used by many community members and organizations. It was a train station purchased and moved with the help of KDW.

Our Charitable contributions include scholarships to Bonny Eagle High School, Christmas baskets to shut-ins, donations to families in adversity, plus organizations including the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Opportunity Farm, our local churches and libraries, York County Shelter for abused women, Ronald McDonald house, Buxton Rescue Unit, Day One and Visiting Nurse Service.
Kate Douglas Wiggin
Kate Douglas Wiggin

KDW's philanthropic vision and spirit lives on. KDW created and supported the Dorcas Society through the Annual Dorcas Fair, performances of the play "The Old Peabody Pew" at Tory HIll Church (1stSunday in December annually), her own reading, performances, apron sales and other events to raise money. Our Multi generational group is always accepting new members to help with our work.

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