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What Does United Way Do?

We devote ourselves to our mission of improving people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

We envision a culture of caring and action to improve the lives of others.

We value caring, inclusiveness, integrity, respect, collaboration, and creating impact.

We are guided by four major principles:

1. The residents of mid-Maine have their basic needs met.  They are safe, warm, clothed, and are food secure.
2. The residents of mid-Maine are financially stable and financially literate.
3. The residents of mid-Maine are ready for school, ready for work, ready for parenting, ready for life.
4. The residents of mid-Maine have access to quality health care, dental care, mental health care, and personal wellness.

Even the weak become strong when they are UNITED.
-- Friedrich Von Schiller

Live United is more than a slogan. It is a call to action. Live United is what we do when we join together to solve the problems afflicting our community. UWMM has united with 26 partner agencies providing 32 programs to help combat these problems. We have united with over 300 volunteers to support these programs and the community as a whole.

Everything we do for our community falls under one of three categories:

Meeting Immediate Human Needs

Everyone should have enough to eat, a warm and secure place to be, and be provided with resources such as medical, dental, and mental health care.

Promoting Independence

Everyone should be able to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. They should have access to financial information and services, educational and employment opportunities, and assistance to overcome hardships that prevent them from living independently.

Strengthening Children, Youth, and Families

All children should have on-going development opportunities and experiences, from early childhood on. You should be provided resources to help them develop life skills. Parents need to have the knowledge and skills to nurture their children and model positive behavior for their families.

We have assigned each category a Community Impact Team (CIT) composed of community members and board members. They meet each month to stay abreast of the current issues affecting our community and to monitor the progress of our programs and initiatives. They ensure that all decisions made abide by our values and guiding principles, and will lead us toward our vision.