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COVID-19 Response fund for KEnnebec valley

The United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) and our partner programs have been working hard to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the short- and long-term needs of those who have been impacted. Like you, we felt particularly concerned about people who rely on local nonprofits for help with basic needs, including food, shelter and child care. We recognized the potential for economic impact—unpaid absences, illness, job loss, and financial strain—related directly or indirectly to the virus. And we wanted to make sure that homebound seniors continued to receive meal deliveries, shelters could keep their doors open, and children were fed in light of school closures.

For 65 years, United Way of Kennebec Valley has stepped up whenever the community faces a challenge. Beginning in March 2020, organizations that serve populations in need every day were finding themselves under-resourced to respond to a growing demand for services. As your United Way, we chose to work hard to raise the funds needed to respond to this crisis.

HOW does THIS FUND WORK?

This fund is designed to be flexible and to get proceeds to organizations serving those in need with minimal bureaucracy and a sense of urgency. Any 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Kennebec Valley is eligible to request funds. Funds continue to be released regularly during the recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

MAKE A DONATION

As always, every dollar counts. Any donations received after June 30, 2020, will be used toward long-term COVID-19 response and recovery of UWKV partner programs through our Community Care Fund.

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FUNDING DISBURSED FROM COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND - $166,910+ SO FAR

Augusta Food Bank
$15,000

Food for 1,000 people a month, with a specific focus on youth. 

Augusta Boys and Girls club
$10,620

Electrician's fee to install commercial range to feed 250 kids per day and pay for supplies

Big brothers big sisters of mid-maine
$1,000

Supplies for Pen Pal program for 50 kids.

Boys and girls clubs of kennebec valley - $2,000

Art supplies for 40 kids of essential workers using day care services. 

BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES, SOUP KITCHEN 
$4,129

Bagged to-go lunches for 275 people and additional staffing shelter. 

Bread of Life Ministries, Shelter 
$8,480

Rent for 82 people.

Bridging the Gap
$3,000

Personal hygiene items for 500 people and tents for outdoor workshops.

CApital area new mainers project
$1,000

Rent for two families.

Catholic Charities Maine
$1,500

Support 110 seniors with staff/volunteer help, picking up groceries/prescriptions.

CHILDREN'S Center
$13,599

Protective and saftey equipment to reopen, along with new technology.

CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM  
$600

Step-by-step activity videos to keep 1,240 young minds learning while at home.

CRISIS AND COUNSELING CENTERS 
$4,650

Protective equipment for 1,500 nonprofit staff. 

Easterseals maine
$1,000

Needed essentials for Kennebec Valley veterans.

FAITH FOOD PANTRY  
$2,600

Food assistance for 535 people in Randolph and surrounding towns.

FAMILY VIOLENCE PROJECT 
$2,500

Needed essentials for shelters.

FREE ME FROM LUNG CANCER
$607 

To provide hand sanitizer for employees. 

Greater Augusta Area Back to School program
$3,000

Needed supplies.

Kennebec Behavioral Health 
$7,105

Protective equipment and air purifiers for two clinics. 

KENNEBEC VALLEY FAMILY DENTISTRY 
$5,000

Emergency dental services for 250 people.

KENNEBEC VALLEY YMCA
$5,000

Ipads for children to help with after-school support. 

KENNEBEC VALLEY Community Action Program  
$3,000

Supplies for individuals/families in quarantine.

LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY 
$4,000

Emergency legal services for 100 people. 

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta
$5,200

Safety materials and summer books for youth.

Mainegeneral Needle Exchange/Harm reduction
$1,015

Hygiene kits for clients. 

 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors 
$200

Protective equipment to continue safe rides in the community. 

Partnership for Children's Oral Health   
$5,000

Provide oral kits for 5,158 local children. 

RURAL COMMUNITY ACTION MINISTRY  
$2,750

Maintaining basic needs and supplying food 
for 300 people. 

Red Cross  
$2,250

Funding to entice donors with anitbody testing during major blood shortage. 

SALVATION ARMY 
$2,000

Food for 1800 people. 

SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS & SUPPORT CENTER   
$1,200

PPE for staff and masks for families and children using services.

SKCDC 
$3,000

Food assistance for 350 youth over Summer.

SNOW POND   
$4,325 

Snow Pond Art Inscructor to visit 2 times a week.

SPECTRUM GENERATIONS  
$29,180

Emergency food packs for 500 homebound  
adults.

SPINOFF STUDIO 
$800

To maintain the art program for 30 socially isolated adults.

SPURWINK 
$2,000

Food assistance for 200 people.

STATE YMCA OF MAINE 
$2,500

Cleaning supplies, PPE, and food supplies for a twelve week program.

WINTHROP AREA YMCA    
$1200

Supplies for 8-5 program for students whose parents need to work

WINTHROP HOT MEAL KITCHEN   
$1,400

Food assistance for 400 people.

thank you to business and foundation supporters of the covid-19 fund

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Thanks to our other leading business funders: Bangor Savings Bank; Charlie's Family of Dealerships; G&E Roofing; Gagnon Dental; NEWS CENTER Maine; Poland Spring, part of the Nestle Waters family; Team EJP; and Wick and Ruth Johnson with the Kennebec Technologies Team. Several additional business supporters have asked to remain anonymous.

Association and Foundation supporters: Augusta Kiwanis Club, Brooks Family Foundation, Community Health Options Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, Onion Foundation, and Rotary Club of Augusta.

AS FEATURED ON THE MAINE UNITED TELETHON

A HUGE thank you to our incredible Maine United telethon sponsors. Because of them, and amazing viewers like you, we were able to raise over $633,000 statewide to help people right here in Maine who are struggling with the effects of COVID-19. THANK YOU.

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