United Way of Eastern Maine Celebrates Campaign Finale | Business
United Way of Eastern Maine Celebrates Campaign Finale by
Giving Away a New Car, 500 Gallons of Heating Fuel and More.
BANGOR, MAINE – United Way of Eastern Maine (UWEM) is proud to celebrate their campaign finale this Wednesday, February 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Darlings Ford in Bangor. It’s been a successful (though challenging) year raising money for the greater communities of Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington, Hancock and Waldo Counties and now is the time to celebrate and reward. This event is a chance for UWEM to give thanks to the many volunteers, contributing individual donors and participating local businesses that made it possible for this year to work so well.
The goal for the 2012 campaign was to help more than 70,000 families and individuals across Eastern Maine by raising $2.1 million from individual donors and local businesses. UWEM is excited to announce their resulting accomplishments at the finale as well as recognize several of the most dedicated, standout campaign contributors and volunteers. In addition, UWEM is very pleased to give away three great prizes to three individual contributing donors.
Anyone who gave $5 a week or more goes into a drawing for a brand new 2012 Chevy Cruze generously donated by Darling’s. Anyone who contributed $3 a week or more will be entered to win 500 gallons of R.H. Foster heating oil. Donors who invested $2 a week or more will be entered to win a $500 gift card from L.L. Bean.
Susan Faloon, UWEM Campaign Chair, comments, “It really has been quite a year and I have to give most of the credit to the amazing volunteers and United Way staff I worked with on the cabinet, the leadership within the companies and the dedication of Employee Campaign Managers who run our workplace campaigns. Thank you.” Susan is the Communications Supervisor of Bangor Hydro Electric and long time United Way donor.
UWEM knows that members of the Eastern Maine communities want to help their neighbors. UWEM president John Kuropchak notes, “I need to thank all of our volunteers and donors who made this campaign so successful. Our experience has shown that to be successful one has to deal with the underlying cause of problems to create lasting change in people’s lives. I’m talking about the change that translates to healthy, educated and financially responsible community members. I know for a fact that this change can not happen without the dedicated commitment of our volunteers, donors and staff. We all have to work together to reach the greatest results.”
UWEM works to help foster positive community impact through lasting change. By funding programs and supporting key work in the communities of Eastern Maine, United Way is working to improve education, income, and health. Everyone wins when children succeed in school and when families have the opportunities and resources to remain healthy and financially stable.
Last year with a little less than $1,000,000 the United Way of Eastern Maine Community Fund: Supported 70 local quality health and human service programs across Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington counties that give young children a smart start in life, help seniors maintain their independence and health, give teens the skills and confidence to make positive life choices, and provide resources to those in crisis. These programs are serving over 70,00 people with 9,000 volunteers. The Community Fund also returned over 4.8 million dollars to the local economy through the Eastern Maine CA$H Coalition. This fund saved our community over $245,000 in prescription drug costs through our FamilyWize program. The Community Fund made it possible for us to raise nearly $225,000 worth of food for local area food pantries as well as enable us to coordinate nearly $150,000 worth of volunteer work in Eastern Maine.