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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...
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...