United Way of Mid-Maine awards $20,750 in COVID-19 relief funding

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WATERVILLE, ME – April 27, 2020 – United Way of Mid-Maine has awarded $20,750 in COVID-19 relief funding through their Community First Fund. Nine local programs will receive funding. These programs provide crucial services and address emergent needs throughout the mid-Maine community. The United Way continues to accept and review applications from non-profit organizations serving Somerset, northern Kennebec, and western Waldo counties.

The Community First Fund was established in March to support local non-profit organizations that are finding themselves under-resourced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the United Way’s current efforts are to fund COVID-19 relief, the Fund will be available year-round, accepting applications on a rolling basis.

“We are proud to be working with local business partners and donors to provide funding to the non-profits on the ground fighting this crisis,” said Al Smith, president and CEO of UWMM. “It’s amazing to see how the mid-Maine community has come together to make sure those in need are taken care of.”  

The first round of funding was made possible thanks to donations from Maine businesses, including Kennebec Savings Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Central Maine Power, as well as many individual donors. Organizations that have received funding so far include:

  • Alfond Youth & Community Center
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine
  • Catholic Charities Maine
  • Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County
  • Kennebec Valley Community Action Program
  • Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers
  • Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter
  • Snow Pond Center for the Arts
  • Waterville Winslow Interfaith Council

“KVCAP is grateful for the financial support from United Way of Mid-Maine. The $3,000 in Emergency COVID funds will be used to help people affected by COVID-19 who are in need of basic necessities, including food, shelter, and hygiene supplies. We will be able to directly help 10-15 families with these funds, based on need,” said Suzanne Walsh, KVCAP CEO.

“The high school students from the Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program at The Maine Children’s Home have had their plans and routines turned upside down from COVID-19 closures.  The emergency funds from the United Way are helping us reach vulnerable teens and their infant children with critical supplies, academic support and mentoring to decrease social isolation.  This emergency grant and other donations are helping MCH be able to provide food, formula, and other essentials, as well as regular check-ins to assure the health and well-being of pregnant and parenting teens whose networks need extra support at this time,” said Rick Dorian, MCH Executive Director.  “We are very grateful to UWMM, and we are grateful for the Emergency Response Fund UWMM has established.”

The United Way of Mid-Maine continues to collect donations for their Community First Fund and distribute funding for COVID-19 relief throughout mid-Maine. Funding from the recent Maine United telethon, held in partnership with News Center Maine and United Ways of Maine, will soon be available.

Any 501(c)(3) serving Somerset, northern Kennebec, or western Waldo counties may apply for funding by visiting https://www.uwmm.org/community-first-fund-application-for-funding/.

To help grow the Community First Fund, please consider making a donation online at https://www.uwmm.org/community-first-fund/ or text GIVE to 207-424-2429.