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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...
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Lewiston, ME – Sharon Goes, Banking Center Manager for Camden National Bank in Lewiston, has been named 2020 Campaign Chair for United Way of Androscoggin County.“Because of its longstanding history and expertise, United Way is uniquely positioned to identify and address the needs of our community, said Goes. “I am proud to serve as this year’s Campaign Chair, and I look forward to working with the many generous individuals and companies who support United Way and its work in our community.”Sharon is actively involved in the community and serves as a volunteer for Junior Achievement, American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast, and currently serves as the President of Farwell School PTA. “Sharon is an excellent leader whose passion and generosity go a long way in helping people in Androscoggin and Oxford counties,” said Joleen Bedard, Executive...
Monday, June 15, 2020
Lewiston, ME - United Way of Androscoggin County is proud to announce that seven non-profit agencies are receiving funding through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Organizations received funding to help individuals and families in need of food, housing, and utility assistance. Many families in Androscoggin County rely on these services to help alleviate the stress of managing necessary expenses while experiencing crisis situations.“We are helping to connect families and individuals in need of a hot meal, rent and mortgage assistance and keeping utilities on,” said Joleen Bedard, Executive Director of United Way of Androscoggin County. “This help is critical to help families survive and keep a roof over their heads so they can build financial independence.” Bedard also stated that there were two funding streams, Phase 37 and...
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Oxford, ME – United Way of Androscoggin County is proud to announce that six non-profit agencies are receiving funding through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Organizations received funding to help families in need through food, housing and utility assistance. Families in Oxford County can benefit and gain access to free services to help alleviate the stress of expenses while experiencing crisis situations.“We are helping to connect families and individuals in need of a hot meal, rent and mortgage assistance and keeping utilities on,” said Joleen Bedard, Executive Director of United Way of Androscoggin County. “This help is critical to help families survive and keep a roof over their heads so they can build financial independence.” Bedard also stated that there were two funding streams, Phase 37 and Phase 37 CARES directly...
Monday, May 18, 2020
Alexandria, VA - CFRE International is proud to announce Joleen Bedard has recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Joleen Bedard, Executive Director for United Way of Androscoggin County joins over 6,700 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.  Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.  "The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills, and commitment to perform...
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
LEWISTON, ME – May 6, 2020 – As the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact local nonprofit organizations, United Way of Androscoggin County is responding by providing funding to help meet the unprecedented need for support services. In the second round of COVID-19 response funding, United Way provided $20,700 to 14 agencies in Androscoggin and Oxford County.“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unanticipated economic hardships for many people in our community, which is putting additional strain on agencies already operating on shoestring budgets,” said Joleen Bedard, United Way of Androscoggin County Executive Director. “United Way is providing funding to alleviate that strain and ensure no one in our community goes without the essential services they need.”Grant recipients from the second round of funding include:Andover Food PantryBread of...