COVID-19 Response Information

The United Way of Eastern Maine (UWEM) and our partners are working hard to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic to meet the short term, immediate needs, of individuals and families that will be impacted by COVID-19 as well as the long term impacts that have yet to be seen.

UWEM recognizes the potential for economic impact, unpaid absence, illness, or job loss related directly or indirectly to the virus, increased child care needs due to school and child care closures, and the potential risk of not being able to pay housing, utility and food bills due to financial strains.

Organizations that serve populations in need every day are finding themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for those services. As an organization we are working hard to raise both money and volunteers needed to respond to this crisis.

RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS & PANDEMIC INFORMATION
  • Many folks are struggling to find the services they need during this time. 2-1-1 Maine is a free, confidential, and easy to remember number that connects people to thousands of health and human services in their community in times of crisis.
  • If you are looking for information on food resources Good Shepherd Food Bank has the latest updates about statewide resources.
  • The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and 211 Maine have announced a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing  info@211maine.org
DONATIONS
  • Donations can be made online at this link or by texting EMCovid19Fund to 41444
  • If you would like to make a donation by check, please mail to: United Way of Eastern Maine, 700 Main Street, Ste. 1, Bangor, ME 04401
  • To see who we’ve funded so far please click here.  
  • The need continues to grow. This is the list of nonprofits who awaiting for funding.
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WHO HAVE YOU FUNDED TO DATE?

Click here to see what nonprofit agencies we have funded in Eastern Maine as of Tuesday, March 24 at 5 PM.

I’M AN INDIVIDUAL WHO’S BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19. CAN THIS FUND HELP ME?

We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. We are working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. The complete list of organizations we have funded to date is here.

LOOKING FOR RESOURCES NOW?

Please contact 211 Maine.

Phone:  Please dial 1-866-811-5695

Text your ZIP code to: 898-211

Email info@211maine.org.

This service is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

211 Maine is a collaborative effort of the United Ways of Maine, State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and The Opportunity Alliance as the Contact Center Partner.

If you are looking for information on food resources Good Shepherd Food Bank has the latest updates about statewide resources.

I WANT TO DONATE. CAN I RESTRICT MY FUNDING TO A PRIORITIZED GRANTEE?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of communities most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created to provide a coordinated response to our region’s immediate needs.

SHOULD I GIVE TO THIS FUND INSTEAD OF MAKING OTHER DONATIONS?

This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations that have benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those organizations that had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.

WHAT WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE FIRST PHASE OF FUNDING?

We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs from the outbreak and the longer-term impacts of recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with our partners to assess and evolve our funding strategies.

Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.

IS THERE A GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF FOCUS FOR THE FUND?

The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Waldo Counties. We are doing this with a recognition that many local nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties. We are being flexible with our funds to support needs throughout the multiple county region.