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.
- Complete this donation form:
Augusta Food Bank
Food for 1,000 people a month, with a specific focus on youth.
Augusta Boys and Girls club
Electrician's fee to install commercial range to feed 250 kids per day and pay for supplies
Big brothers big sisters of mid-maine
Supplies for Pen Pal program for 50 kids.
Boys and girls clubs of kennebec valley - $4,000
Art supplies for 40 kids of essential workers using day care services.
BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES, SOUP KITCHEN
Bagged to-go lunches for 275 people and additional staffing shelter.
Bread of Life Ministries, Shelter
Rent for 82 people.
Bridging the Gap
Personal hygiene items for 500 people and tents for outdoor workshops.
CApital area new mainers project
Rent for two families.
Catholic Charities Maine
Support 110 seniors with staff/volunteer help, picking up groceries/prescriptions.
Protective and saftey equipment to reopen, along with new technology.
CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Step-by-step activity videos to keep 1,240 young minds learning while at home.
CRISIS AND COUNSELING CENTERS
Protective equipment for 1,500 nonprofit staff.
Needed essentials for Kennebec Valley veterans.
FAITH FOOD PANTRY
Food assistance for 535 people in Randolph and surrounding towns.
FAMILY VIOLENCE PROJECT
Needed essentials for shelters.
FREE ME FROM LUNG CANCER
To provide hand sanitizer for employees.
Greater Augusta Area Back to School program
Kennebec Behavioral Health
Protective equipment and air purifiers for two clinics.
KENNEBEC VALLEY FAMILY DENTISTRY
Emergency dental services for 250 people.
KENNEBEC VALLEY YMCA
Ipads for children to help with after-school support.
KENNEBEC VALLEY Community Action Program
Supplies for individuals/families in quarantine.
LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY
Emergency legal services for 100 people.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta
Safety materials and summer books for youth.
Mainegeneral Needle Exchange/Harm reduction
Hygiene kits for clients.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Protective equipment to continue safe rides in the community.
Partnership for Children's Oral Health
Provide oral kits for 5,158 local children.
RURAL COMMUNITY ACTION MINISTRY
Maintaining basic needs and supplying food
for 300 people.
Funding to entice donors with anitbody testing during major blood shortage.
Food for 1800 people.
SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS & SUPPORT CENTER
PPE for staff and masks for families and children using services.
Food assistance for 350 youth over Summer.
SNOW POND center for the arts
Snow Pond Art Inscructor to visit 2 times a week.
Emergency food packs for 500 homebound
adults. The majority of this support was provided by Central Maine Power.
To maintain the art program for 30 socially isolated adults.
Food assistance for 200 people.
STATE YMCA OF MAINE
Cleaning supplies, PPE, and food supplies.
WINTHROP AREA YMCA
Supplies for program for students whose parents need to work.
WINTHROP HOT MEAL KITCHEN
Food assistance for 400 people.
YMCA CAMP OF MAINE
Cleaning supplies, PPE, and food supplies.
COMMUNITY DENTAL CENTER
Cleaning supplies and PPE.
thank you to business and foundation supporters of the covid-19 fund
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.