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COVID-19 Response fund for KEnnebec valley

To DONATE, Text the word "GiveKV" to 207-315-9270 or complete the form below

The United Way of Kennebec Valley (UWKV) and our partner programs are working hard to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the short-term needs of those who will be impacted, as well as the long-term needs that have yet to be seen.

Like you, we are feeling particularly concerned about people who rely on local nonprofits for help with basic needs, including food, heat, shelter and child care. We recognize the potential for economic impact—unpaid absences, illness, job loss, and financial strain—related directly or indirectly to the virus. And we want to make sure that homebound seniors continue to receive meal deliveries, shelters can keep their doors open, and children are fed in light of school closures.

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

HOW WILL THIS FUND WORK?

Given the evolving nature of this situation, the fund is designed to be flexible and to get proceeds to organizations serving those in need with minimal bureaucracy and a sense of urgency. United Way will look to a broad network of direct-service organizations, as well as 211 Maine, to identify critical needs and resource gaps. Any 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Kennebec Valley will be eligible to request funds. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

DONATIONS

As always, every dollar counts. Donations will be kept 100% local:

  • Text the word GiveKV to 207-315-9270
  • OR complete this secure 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

VOLUNTEERING

We have set up a special website to help coordinate volunteers wanting to give back during this critical time of need. If you are an individual who would like to volunteer or an organization in need of volunteers, visit volunteer.uwkv.org.

CONTACT INFO

  • General questions and inquiries about the COVID-19 Response Fund can be directed to Michelle Boyer at mboyer@uwkv.org.
  • To discuss corporate support of this fund or media inquiries, please contact Courtney Yeager at cyeager@uwkv.org

FAQS

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. While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, we will be funneling resources to community-based organizations that have a history of supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.

As we begin to award funding, we will post details here. If you are looking for individual resources now, please contact 211 Maine.  This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing info@211maine.org.

MY ORGANIZATION IS INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR GRANT RESOURCES FROM THIS FUND. CAN WE BE CONSIDERED?

We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services, lost revenue due to closures, as well as other challenges. In the first round of funding, we will be prioritizing organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately suffering from this crisis, often with access to basic needs. In order to move resources quickly, we have a streamlined application process for the Fund. If you are a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving the Kennebec Valley, you may complete this simple form here to share your needs and request funding.

CLICK TO REQUEST FUNDING FOR MY ORGANIZATION

I WANT TO DONATE. CAN I RESTRICT MY FUNDING TO A SPECIFIC ORGANIZATION?

To ensure we move resources as efficiently as possible and respond to the needs of organizations most impacted, we are not considering restricted donations at this time. The COVID-19 Response Fund was created to provide a coordinated response to our region’s immediate needs.

IS THERE A GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF FOCUS FOR THE FUND?

Yes, the COVID-19 Response Fund for Kennebec Valley will only fund community-based organizations serving the following towns: Augusta, Chelsea, East Vassalboro, Farmingdale, Fayette, Gardiner, Hallowell, Litchfield, Manchester, Monmouth, Pittston, Randolph, Readfield, Sidney, South China, Vienna, Wayne, West Gardiner, Windsor and Winthrop.

WHEN WILL YOU SHARE WHO YOU FUND?

We anticipate making a first round of investments as quickly as possible and will publish the list of selected grantees on the UWKV website, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing. We hope that this will help.

SHOULD I GIVE TO THIS FUND INSTEAD OF MAKING OTHER DONATIONS?

No. This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations that have benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those organizations that had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings for revenue. Please consider continuing to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time. Now is the time to double down for our community.

 

FIRST ROUND OF FUNDING DISBURSED FROM COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND FOR KENNEBEC VALLEY ON MARCH 27, 2020.

United Way of Kennebec Valley's board of directors convened Thursday to designate the first round of funding from the COVID-19 Response Fund. In this round, United Way prioritized organizations that are serving individuals who are immediately suffering from this crisis. After a review of nine initial applications from nonprofit organizations serving the Kennebec Valley, the committee awarded $17,080 to support five basic-needs programs. Any organization that receives money will be eligible to apply for later rounds of funding as well. 

Here is where the community's dollars went this week: 

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Special thanks to our major business supporters: 

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This fund was featured on News Center Maine

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