Governor LePage Asks Mainers to Support Local United Way Fundraisers

July 27, 2012

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 27, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage is asking Mainers to reach into their pockets to support their local United Way as each one gears up for its annual fundraising campaign season.

“Mainers have always been a very community-oriented people. This is a perfect time to do what we do best – help our neighbors,” said Governor LePage. “Our state’s United Way Centers provide crucial services to Mainers, but it is up to us to keep them running.”

Though Maine’s United Way Centers fundraise year-round, August through January marks their primary fundraising season. Efforts rely in major part on workplace campaigns, where employees of local businesses set up drives in their offices, though some local centers also host golf tournaments, breakfasts, and other community fundraisers as well.

Maine is served by 10 United Way Centers covering all 16 counties. Each center sets up specific programs and initiatives to cater to the unique needs of the communities they serve. Some of these initiatives include establishing warming centers during the winter, collecting food for local pantries, literacy programs for young children, and education campaigns to decrease high school dropout rates.

“Maine people are served every day by programs like Meals on Wheels, Day Care for children, hospice care, counseling, and emergency services that are all funded by our annual gifts to the United Way Campaigns throughout Maine,” said Kennebec Valley United Way Executive Director Rob Gordon. “These efforts go on every day across Maine and they bring out the best in all of us.”

To find out more about Maine’s United Way Centers and ways you can help, click here