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United Way of Eastern Maine announces $2.2 million investment to support local nonprofits

BREWER, Maine (WABI) – Wednesday, United Way of Eastern Maine announced the investment of $2.2 million over the next three years to support 30 programs serving Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington counties.

“Programs like the 30 we’re supporting today are super receptive and grateful for additional support, and we’re proud to involve them as partners because it’s not just financial support we’re providing; we bring them to the table, we collaborate, we come together and we also help them become better organizations,” said Matt Donahue, Chief Impact Officer at UWEM.

This investment was made possible by generous donors.

Those from United Way of Eastern Maine say this investment comes at a critical time for communities, with many families struggling to meet basic needs, such as housing, childcare and food security.

“United Way is leading the charge to achieve the goals of Opportunity 2028,” said Shirar Patterson, President and CEO of UWEM. “This investment is made possible by our incredibly generous donors, who agree that funding and implementing these programs is essential to the health and prosperity of our communities. These programs will truly have a significant impact on the lives of individuals, truly helping people get the concrete tools and resources they need to move forward.

Each organization went through a competitive application process. The programs were chosen for funding after a volunteer-led review process.

One of them was Eastern Region Agency on Aging. They have served Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Washington counties since 1973.

“Our agency is going to receive $36,000 over the next three years to support our ‘A Seat at the Table’ program, which addresses the food insecurity of seniors in our area,” said Rebecca Kirk, executive director of the Eastern Region Agency. on aging. “We know that increasing health problems and other such issues accompany food insecurity and that this only exacerbates as we age, so it is essential for us to make a firm commitment to do ensure that the elderly have access to healthy and constant food.

While 30 programs are funded, volunteer review committees have identified 19 additional programs for potential future funding.

United Way of Eastern Maine says they will work in their next fundraising campaign to secure funds, enabling additional investments in these programs.

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