What We Do

Today, United Way of Eastern Maine’s (UWEM) focus is to make a difference in education, income and health resources in our community. The ultimate goal is improving the lives of children, families and seniors in Eastern Maine.

We strive to make sure children are ready to learn, families are safe and self-sufficient and seniors remain independent and active. We accomplish our results by bringing together subject experts, business leaders, donors, neighborhoods, and members of local nonprofit agencies.

These community members help identify our community’s most critical social issues. In forming these partnerships, we are better able to address the underlying causes of problems in our community and prevent them from happening.

The United Way of Eastern Maine (UWEM) and our partners are continuing 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) or texting your ZIP code to 898-211.
VOLUNTEERING
INFORMATION FOR NONPROFITS

Please visit here for our nonprofit funding and resources page.

WHO HAVE YOU FUNDED TO DATE?

Click here to see what nonprofit agencies we have funded in Eastern Maine.

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

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.

If you are looking to make a one time gift or ongoing donation to our 2020 Annual fund please visit www.unitedwayem.org/donate

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.