With the focus areas of Strengthening Children, Youth and Families, Promoting Independence, and Meeting Immediate Human Needs, UWMM participates in many initiatives, including:
2-1-1 Maine is a state-wide referral system for Human Services. You can dial 2-1-1 from your phone or go to www.211maine.org. 2-1-1 Maine is a collaborative effort of United Ways of Maine, The Opportunity Alliance, and the State of Maine.
Agents of IMPACT: Imagine Many People Affecting Change Today
This is our volunteer program, which supports volunteer management and training for volunteers serving area nonprofit agencies. Read more about volunteering here.
Volunteers receive free tax preparation training from the IRS. In return, they provide free tax preparation services and “CA$H Coaching” (referrals to financial literacy and other resources) to qualifying low-income individuals, couples, and families. See the latest at CashMaine.org.
Save up to 75% on prescriptions at participating pharmacies with the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card. People in mid-Maine saved over $35,000 in prescription costs with this program in 2015. Cards are available at UWMM's office or at FamilyWize.org.
UWMM raises & distributes funds to organizations helping people with emergency home heating fuel assistance needs. Read more about the statewide initiative here.
UWMM delivers food collection shelves & information on healthy eating to local businesses and organizations on a rotating basis, year round. Donations support local food pantries and increase awareness of the issue of food security in our community. Read the Pantry Project Fact Sheet.
Stuff the Bus
UWMM collaborates with community businesses and agencies to hold a school supplies drive during the summer, distributing collected items to each of the school districts in our service area for the start of the new school year. In 2016, we delivered over $26,000 in school supplies to the 59 schools in our service area.
United Way provides an early childhood development public engagement campaign with wonderful resource materials at BornLearning.org.
Service Enterprise Training and Volunteer Leadership Development
Through these programs, we build capacity for local nonprofits through partnerships with local businesses, agencies, and Maine Commission for Community Service.
Youth Homelessness Initiative
UWMM raises and distributes funds to local school districts to help homeless youth--or those in unstable housing situations--to stay in school, be successful, and graduate.
This is our local, online volunteer hub. It connects people interested in volunteering at nonprofits with available opportunities. You can also track volunteer hours and line up volunteers for your special events. Check it out at Volunteer.UWMM.org.
UWMM's Community Impact Teams determine where to invest our attention and money through regular conversations with community members, local business people, and local provider organizations.