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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...
Thursday, April 16, 2020
LEWISTON, ME – April 16, 2020 – United Way of Androscoggin County announced today that it awarded $49,500 in grants to 19 local agencies in Androscoggin and Oxford Counties as part of the first round of funding from the COVID-19 Response Fund.The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt almost immediately by local nonprofit organizations, especially those providing food, housing, and transportation assistance in our communities.  These organizations quickly found themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for these services.United Way of Androscoggin County Executive Director Joleen Bedard said that in addition to this first round of funding, United Way continues to look at developing needs in our community. “We want to ensure that we quickly disperse the funding to agencies so we can help people most impacted by COVID...
Friday, January 17, 2020
Lewiston, ME: Avangrid Foundation in partnership with Central Maine Power, the local affiliate of AVANGRID in Maine has gifted $10,000 in grant funding to United Way of Androscoggin County in support of homeless youth. This 2020 partnership aligns with the Avangrid Foundation’s mission to support unmet needs in Maine where there is the most risk.  United Way will use the funds to support programs for runaway and homeless youth at New Beginnings, Inc., a long-time United Way community partner based in Lewiston. New Beginnings operates the only youth shelter in Maine licensed for 24-hour care, along with housing, counseling, and outreach services for young people who are at risk for or experiencing homelessness.  Helping approximately 700 children, teens, and young adults each year, they focus on the safety, connection, and growth that all...
Friday, January 10, 2020
My Name is Joleen Bedard and I am proud to lead United Way of Androscoggin County. My team and I are working together to reach out to community members like you who have supported us in recent years. We are excited and filled with hope for 2020 – but certainly wanted to make sure that you know how your generosity has had a positive impact in our community. In 2019, United Way of Androscoggin County expanded its territory to serve agencies, individuals, and families in Oxford County – this was a huge undertaking and we are proud to do so! Last year alone we served over 30,000 children and families:Over 1,000 children received backpacks and school supplies to start the school year in September.550 home-bound older adults and adults with disabilities received 74,000 meals to help them remain independently in their own homes.1,998 bed nights...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Day of CaringSave the Date! United Way's 17th Annual Campaign Kickoff and Day of Caring Breakfast will be on Friday, September 14, 2018. The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn. Stay tuned for more details and information as Day of Caring gets closer!