Start A Workplace Campaign

United Way of Eastern Maine raises funds each year to support five counties in Eastern Maine, helping strengthen our community and the people who live here. We raise and distribute charitable dollars to agencies that offer health and human services to improve the lives of everyone in our community. The majority of those funds are raised through workplace campaigns.

Benefits of a United Way Workplace Campaign

Increased employee morale. Companies that run annual employee campaigns document higher morale and teamwork. Employees learn about services provided by United Way and work together to plan and engage in fun activities to raise money as a company: barbeques, raffles, games, and special incentives for givers, like jeans day or parking in an executive parking space.

A healthier region. Our region benefits from healthier residents – even those not employed in your business. Your business will prosper more in a healthier region.

Tax benefits. All donations to United Way are tax deductible.

Community recognition. When you run a United Way campaign you join a ranks of over 5,000 people and hundreds of other companies who have come together to support our community.

Community Benefits from your Campaign:

Local focus. Your United Way gift stays here to help our local community. Our United Way supports a system of 34 local health and human service agencies in a five-county service area including Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Waldo. Your gift provides child care, youth programs, patient services and support, help for those living with disabilities, community problem solving, counseling, and so much more.

Wide impact. More than 50,000 people in our region are helped by these services each year.

Quality agencies. Our United Way ensures that your money funds quality agencies to address the most important community needs. Volunteers from across the region review agency budgets, programs and outcomes to ensure that our dollars have the most impact. A local Board of Directors and Community Impact councils guide the organization and lead its governance.

Additional resources. United Way connects people to services and assistance across the region through our information and referral line. This information is free and available to everyone. Call 2-1-1, it’s free and confidential. You can also search our on-line community services directory at www.211maine.org.

Why United Way?

Efficient Organization. For every $1 invested in United Way we are able to return $4.50 to Eastern Maine though food, volunteer hours, heating assistance, grants and contracts. In addition we work incredibly hard to keep our overheads low. Our 10 year average is 17% which is half of the national average for an organization our size.

Safety net. You may never know when you, a family member or a coworker will need help from a health or human service agency. That’s why we cast a wide net of agencies we help — from large agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and the YMCA, to small, locally based agencies such as Good Samaritan and The Game Loft of Belfast.

Resources. We provide a staff liaison, half-day training, an online toolkit, printed materials and more. Our goal is to make your campaign successful, and we’ll walk with you every step of the way.

How can I help?

Run an employee campaign. We have a strong community thanks to the thousands of local companies that offer their employees the opportunity to give back through a workplace campaign. Please give your employees the chance to join in this community-wide effort.

Give a corporate gift. Our community has one of the highest levels of United Way corporate giving. A Corporate gift illustrates your organization’s commitment to the community through the United Way.

Give a leadership gift. Your personal commitment to improving the community through a United Way gift of $1,000 or more. Leadership givers are eligible for special recognition and incentives.

Hold a special event. Many local companies hold special event fundraisers to for the United Way. Some ideas include bake sales, candy sales, cook-outs, change wars, garage sales and golf tournaments.

Ready to try a campaign?

If you’d like to introduce a workplace campaign to your company, contact Jesse Moriarity at (207) 941-2800 or jessem@unitedwayem.org.