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Between April 10 and April 16 (Review Summaries):

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Between April 17 and May 1 (Evaluations):

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Application Summary:

Kennebec/Somerset Explorer is a general public bus service with a flexible route. It serves the greater Waterville-Augusta and lower Somerset Regions. It provides access to healthcare, jobs, education, retail stores, veteran’s services, meal sites and other common destinations. While available to the general public, the riders are typically seniors, people with low incomes and people with disabilities who require transportation with wheelchair access.
They partner well with many different funding sources, however there is increased demand with less funding available.
The program aligns with all three of the UWMM’s focus areas by removing barriers to accessibility.
The program meets the additional criteria with well-defined goals/sustainability/cost efficiencies.

Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:

I met with Jim Wood (celebrated his 45th anniversary with KVCAP on 4/15) on 4/11/19 at his office. Their state and federal funds require a local match and this can be challenging. Every dollar from the United Way is leveraged by matching funds to four dollars. The agency is respectful of the challenges the United Way is facing with the campaign funding and have decreased the amount they’re asking for. They changed their name in 2011 went from 40,000 riders to 103,000 in 2017. There are no other resources available locally for wheelchair transportation, Delta ambulance is saturated. They provide a lifeline for their riders and logged 2.4 million miles last year.

Program Strengths:

The strength lies in the well run organization led by Jim Wood. His experience is vast and there are so many branches of what is done and he has a handle on all of it.

Program Weaknesses:

With Maine being the state with the eldest and most rural population, they could probably never serve all in need of transportation in their service area.

Focus Area:

Ann Lindeman agrees that this program aligns with Health, as indicated on the application.

This program has requested $9000.

Ann Lindeman’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $9000

Recommendations and Comments


Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.

Rachel Grant

Definitely Fund

Rick Dorian

Definitely Fund

This is a vital program for so many to get to many needed appointments. Great service that is extremely well managed.

Susan Roy

Definitely Fund

This is great program and a much needed program in Central Maine.

Cheryl flewelling

Definitely Fund

Great program. Funding is matched by federal funds. Fills a major need in our community.

Robert Dahlgren

Definitely Fund

Well-managed, with clear objectives and measures. Fits in with a couple of focus areas.

George Coleman

Definitely Fund

Jackie Dalton

Definitely Fund

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