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Thursday, April 15, 2021
April 13, 2021 – LEWISTON, ME – United Way of Androscoggin County, which serves both Androscoggin and Oxford counties, recently wrapped up a successful Day of Giving donation campaign to benefit area food pantries.The goal of the campaign was to raise $10,000 to help rural food pantries purchase food to help meet the increased needs in the communities they serve. Donations to the campaign were matched with a separate $10,000 gift from the COVID-19 Response Fund.“Food insecurity continues to be a challenge in our state, especially in rural areas where lack of transportation creates additional barriers for individuals and families in need,” said Joleen Bedard, Executive Director of United Way of Androscoggin County. “This targeted fundraiser helped us raise awareness of food insecurity in the counties we serve, and the matching donation...
Thursday, April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021 - As we ramp up for our 2021 United Way campaign, we're actively recruiting volunteers to join our Campaign Cabinet. Are you a community volunteer or business leader willing to help United Way of Androscoggin County broaden our reach, improve lives, and achieve the annual goal for the campaign? We'd love to have you join us! If you are interested, please contact Joleen Bedard at jbedard@unitedwayandro.org or 207-795-4000.The full volunteer position description is below:Position Description: United Way of Androscoggin County’s (UWAC’s) annual community-wide campaign is held in the late summer and fall each year. To accomplish its goal, a Campaign Cabinet is recruited to provide leadership in the development and implementation of a campaign strategy to maximize community workplace and individual giving. Campaign Cabinet...
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The last year was filled with hardships and silver linings. At times, it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but at United Way of Androscoggin County we have always believed that if we work together, we can overcome anything. And we did. Our supporters rallied and showed up for those in need in our communities. To date, United Way of Androscoggin County has raised more than $240,000 for our COVID-19 Relief Fund which has been distributed to agencies throughout our coverage areas of Androscoggin and Oxford counties. We funded a host of projects, including purchasing food, safety equipment, telehealth technology for accessing programming and much more. Food insecurity continues to be a struggle for many in our region, and we have an exciting opportunity that we hope you will support. We have a matching gift of $10,000 and...
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Challenges faced together are often easier to manage. That’s true no matter your age or stage in life. Having someone who is by your side to help you face challenges is the power of mentorships!  So for this International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the power of mentoring  – in all its forms – women and girls in order to challenge current systems and eliminate inequity and gender bias.Here are seven ways you can challenge gender bias through mentoring:Encourage friends and family to become mentors.Create community by sharing the benefits of mentorship. In the workplace mentees gain a wider perspective of their industry, develop a network and draw value from it. A stronger network also helps generate more professional opportunities and helps the mentee learn from their mentor’s expertise.Share social posts that uplift women.Fight the...
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Lewiston, Maine (January 26, 2020) - United Way of Androscoggin County 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. 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.Grant applications were reviewed by a local board comprised of area non-profit leaders, local municipalities and members of the faith community.  The following grants were recently announced: Androscoggin County    $37,857New Beginnings – Mass Shelter$10,000Rural Community Action Ministry – Food$6,300Safe Voices – Mass Shelter$7,000St. Mary’s Nutrition Center – Food$7,500Trinity Jubilee Center – Served Meals$6,300United...
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...