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Wednesday, January 6, 2021
EITC and United Way Help Working Families Like Lisa’s Reach Financial Freedom Lisa has the kind of unshakable spirit that comes from living in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a rural town. She makes things work, no matter what hand she’s dealt.  When COVID-19 began shutting down businesses and shifting life to remote living in her small 89-person town of Garfield Plantation in Aroostook County, Lisa and her two sons, Jacob and Joshua, adjusted.  The family feels fortunate that they have space around their house where they could have socially distanced meet-ups with friends, ride ATVs and fish. Plus they’ve all remained healthy, even as COVID-19 cases rise in the state. The family’s ability to manage is partially because of Lisa’s penchant for keeping a level head and an optimistic outlook through change. She sees the past year as an...
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Lewiston, Maine (December 2, 2020) - United Way of Androscoggin County has announced that it has been selected to administer the Phase 38 grant for Androscoggin County and Oxford County from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to aid in the local fight against homelessness and hunger.The grant will be administered by a local board comprised of area non-profit leaders, local municipalities and members of the faith community.  Androscoggin County has been awarded $37,857 for Phase 38 of the program and Oxford County has been awarded $21,811 for Phase 38 of the program. The deadline to submit applications for the grant is: December 30, 2020.Under the terms of the grant, local organizations are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria: must be private voluntary nonprofit organizations or units of government;...
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
United Way meets its mission to improve people’s lives and build a strong and healthy community in many ways, including providing funding for programs through its Community Fund. United Way invites 501 c 3 non-profit organizations to apply for 2021 funding through its investment fund.For more information on eligibility, please review the Application Narrative and Budget instructions documentation linked below. To apply, please complete the Oxford County Investment Application and the Community Investment Budget Forms. Applications are due on Friday, December 18 at 3 pm. Organizations that have questions may email Joleen Bedard, Executive Director at jbedard@unitedwayandro.org or call 795-4000.2020 Application Narrative and Budget Instructions [PDF]2020 Oxford Community Investment Application [Word]Community Investment Budget Forms [Excel...
Monday, September 21, 2020
United Ways of Maine collects over 37,000 pounds of food and essentials during statewide drive to kickoff fundraising campaign  STATEWIDE— Last week, the nine United Ways of Maine kicked off their annual fundraising campaigns with a statewide food and essentials drive, collecting 37,856 pounds of food and other critical supplies for local nonprofits at 20 locations across the state. Critical supplies collected included over 26,273 packages of diapers and wipes, bars of soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and hundreds of coats and warm weather items. The series of events, called United for Maine, also generated over $5,000 to support organizations and programs serving Maine people.  These collection drives not only collected much-needed food and supplies, but they also raised awareness about unmet basic needs and food insecurity—the effects of...
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
September 4, 2020 – LEWISTON, ME – At their August meeting, the current United Way of Androscoggin County board of directors voted in seven new members for the 2020-2021 term.The seven new members are:Maureen Aubé, Associate Dean of Finance and General Services, Central Maine Community CollegeBobbi Avery, Chief Administrative Officer, Lewiston Public SchoolsPatricia Gilbert, Vice President of Commercial Credit, Androscoggin BankSharon Goés, Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager II, Camden National BankLew Jensen, Electronic Services Team Leader, Norway Savings BankAbulkerim Said, Executive Director, New Mainers Public Health InitiativeBrian Wood, Assistant City Manager, City of Auburn"I am honored to have such a talented group of individuals representing our organization. The new directors come from a wide range of industries...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
LEWISTON, ME – July 28, 2020 – The ongoing financial impact of COVID-19 has led to sharp increases in demand for food and housing assistance and mental health services in our community. In March, United Way of Androscoggin County established the COVID-19 Response Fund to help local partner agencies meet the anticipated short- and long-term needs in the community. Funding has been disbursed on a monthly basis since April. Local nonprofit agencies are able to apply for funding when each round opens by completing a short application that explains how the funding will be used. Priority consideration is given to organizations that provide access to basic needs (food and housing), programs working on social contact, mental health support, and innovative ideas to support remote learning in Androscoggin and Oxford County. The fourth round of...