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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.

  • Text the word GiveKV to 207-315-9270
  • Complete this donation form:
  • OR, if you would prefer to make a donation by check, please mail to:
    United Way of Kennebec Valley
    c/o COVID-19 Response Fund
    121 Commercial St.
    Augusta, ME 04330

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CLICK TO READ FAQS ABOUT THIS FUND

REQUEST FUNDS FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

CLICK TO REQUEST FUNDING FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

FUNDING DISBURSED FROM COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND - $106,000+ SO FAR

Augusta Boys and Girls club
$1,400

Electrician's fee to install commercial range to feed 250 kids per day

Augusta Food Bank
$15,000

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

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 
$1,500

Bagged to-go lunches for 275 people. 

Bread of Life Ministries, Shelter 
$8,480

Rent for 82 people.

Bridging the Gap
$1,800 

Personal hygiene items for 500 people. 

Catholic Charities Maine
$1,500

Support 47 seniors with staff/volunteer help, picking up groceries/prescriptions.

CApital area new mainers project
$1,000

Rent for two families.

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.

Family violence project
$1,000

Needed essentials for shelters.

Faith food pantry 
$2,600

Food assistance for 535 people in Randolph and surrounding towns.

Kennebec Valley Family Dentistry
$5,000

Emergency dental services for 250 people.

Legal services for the elderly
$4,000

Emergency legal services for 100 people. 

Partnership for Children's Oral health - $5,000

Oral health kits for 5,158 low-income children.

Rural community action Ministry 
$2,750

Maintaining basic needs and supplying food
for 300 people. 

Salvation Army
$2,000

Food for 1800 people. 

Skcdc
$3,000

Food assistance for 350 youth over Summer.

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.

Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center
$1,200

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

Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen 
$1,400

Food assistance for 400 people.

thank you to business 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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