Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a local organization providing heating oil to in-need families during the winter, has received a donation from local civic group the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows.

The Lake Pine Association, which manages the finances of the Odd Fellows, donated $10,000 from the recent sale of their lodge on Route 302 to the neighborhood group, according to a press release from Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

The lodge was purchased by local developer Peter Gilman in March.

Bill Diamond, president of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors and State Representative for Windham, said the group is “very grateful” for the donation.

“This amazing contribution will help keep many needy Windham citizens, who have no other place to turn, warm this coming winter,” he said.

Given the near seven decades of civic involvement and volunteerism on the part of the Odd Fellows, Board of Directors member Mark Bryant said, “it’s in keeping with their proud history to help those who struggle to stay warm in the winter by donating funds to Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold their sixth annual charity gala on Friday, September 30 at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish. From 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. there will be dinner, auction, raffle, live music and a cash bar. For more information about the organization or the gala, visit

Janet Waterhouse, left, president of Lake Pine Association, and Bill Diamond, president of Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors, hold a flyer for the neighbor’s annual gala outside the former Odd Fellow Hall, which was recently sold.

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