Emerging Leaders society
Become a leader. Join the next generation of do-gooders. It all starts with a donation and a desire to make a difference.
United Way's Emerging Leaders Society is a network of dynamic, civic-minded people who make an annual gift of $400 or more and commit to volunteering. As an Emerging Leader, you’ll receive invitations to roll up your sleeves and volunteer, fun and fancy networking events, and opportunities to learn from community and business leaders.
ELS wants to recognize people for all of their charitable efforts. Maybe you serve on a nonprofit board, help out at your church, or just love to pitch in when you can at a community event. However you choose to give back to the Kennebec Valley, we thank you. To truly LIVE UNITED, we need so much more than dollars and cents, so dig in and show this community how Emerging Leaders can make an impact—not just today but for generations to come.
Participate as much or as little as you'd like:
- Networking events and relationship building – Exclusive invitations to all United Way events, networking opportunities, and an ELS Annual Reception.
- Hands-on volunteer projects – Be rewarded for the time you spend volunteering. Easily find and track volunteer hours that align with your interests and schedule, and participate in ELS-only volunteer projects.
- Public appreciation – Recognition in our Leadership Book, other publications and website.
- Private tours – Chance to visit United Way partner agency sites with fellow members to see firsthand the needs of the community and how you can help.
- Join the Advisory Council – Attend Advisory Council meetings to guide the work of ELS and identify causes and projects that matter to you.
Membership in ELS is open to anyone who wishes to improve the quality of life in Kennebec Valley, nurture leadership and philanthropy skills, and give back to the community. You can join at the various membership levels listed below by donating both time and money. Our gradual step-up plan helps you prepare to continuously increase your thoughtfulness over time.
GIFT + TIME = LEADERSHIP
- Step 1: $400 + 30 volunteer hours
- Step 2: $500 + 20 volunteer hours
- Step 3: $600 + 10 volunteer hours
At $700, you officially join the United Way Leadership Circle.
How to Join
The best way to join ELS is by completing the form at the top of this page. A staff member will be in touch with you to relay next steps. Otherwise, you can:
Make Your Gift
Complete your annual pledge form through your workplace or otherwise. Choose to make an ongoing payroll deduction or a one-time contribution. Be sure to check the "Emerging Leader" box. We will follow up with a welcome package and more information.
Donate Your Time
How you obtain your volunteer hours is completely up to you. United Way will not provide all of your volunteer hours, but we encourage everyone to search for local volunteer positions that suit their schedule and interests through our robust VolunteerME web platform. This is the platform you must use to track your volunteer hours throughout the year. Your annual hours are due by December 31 each year.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current ELS Members
Amy Abbott, Kennebec Savings Bank*
Shane Abbott, Maine State Credit Union
Francois Arbour III, Charlie's Subaru
Kennebec Savings Bank
Corey Beaulieu, City of Augusta*
Jessica Canwell, Townsquare Media
Tina Charest, Kennebec Savings Bank
Jennifer Coffin, Kennebec Savings Bank
Nate Cotnoir, Camden National Bank
John DeMerchant, NRF Distributors
Ashlee Dixon, Kennebec Savings Bank
Elisha Rice, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley
Heather Dubord, Children's Center
Christine Durgin, Snow Pond Center for the Arts
*Advisory Council member
Emelie Ferland, Ganneston Construction Corp.
Cooper Fox, Townsquare Media
Jade Freeman, Kennebec Savings Bank
Julie Gallup, State of Maine
Kristin Grant, Co-Chair, Kennebec Savings Bank*
Angela Hamlin, Esq., Legal Services for the Elderly
Jayme Holland, Central Maine Power
Rebecca Kilduff, Townsquare Media
Desiree LeBourdais, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley
Keith Lind, U.S. Small Business Administration
Chelsea Moeller, Children's Center*
Jennifer Morneault, Central Maine Power
Matthew Newell, Central Maine Power*
Dawn Nichols, Townsquare Media
Heather Perrault, Kennebec Savings Bank
Katelyn Pushard, Co-Chair, Children's Center*
Michelle Richardson, Kennebec Savings Bank
Angela Robbin, Kennebec Savings Bank*
Merry St. Pierre, Townsquare Media
Jessica Smith, Waterville Community Dental Center
Elisha Storer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley
Kayla Tracy, KV Chamber
Lydia Tuttle, Kennebec Savings Bank
Dan Vigue, Goodwill NNE
Corey Vose, PFG NorthCenter
Chris Voynik, Maine Farm Bureau*
Travis Wesley, CARFAX
Alicia Wing, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley
Amanda Cooley, Kennebec Savings Bank