2018 Community Report

For more than 85 years, United Way of Greater Portland’s mission has been to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Today, we are uniting individuals and organizations around our community’s shared vision, Thrive2027, three 10-year goals to improve education, financial stability, and health for every person in Greater Portland.

With community partners, we build on strategies that are known to achieve the best results, and we rigorously evaluate our progress. And, because we believe everyone has a role to play in building a thriving community, we actively seek to engage donors, advocates, and volunteers to create measurable, long-lasting community change.

Learn more about the needs of people in Greater Portland and a snapshot of United Way’s work over the last year in the 2018 Community Report.

Goal 1: Every child has quality early learning experiences beginning at birth.

Goal 2: People have the education, employment opportunities, and resources to achieve financial stability.

Goal 3: Individuals and communities have resources and opportunities to achieve optimal health status.

Collaborative Community Action

Forging Partnerships for a Healthier Community

In 2017 after a community needs assessment, Maine Medical Center and Preble Street teamed up to launch The Learning Collaborative, a creative solution to support those experiencing homelessness. Funded in part by your support of United Way of Greater Portland, The Learning Collaborative helps individuals access safe care–at the right time–and navigate existing health and social service resources. Individuals experiencing homelessness improve their self-sufficiency,  and as a community, the program reinforces collaboration, communication, and care-coordination across community agencies, social service and health care providers. The collaboration not only wraps support around our community’s most vulnerable members with this innovative program, it is educating Greater Portland’s future clinical workforce.

A Two-generation Approach by a United Force

Funded by United Way’s Women United, The Opportunity Alliance’s Project WIN (Women in Neighborhoods) is a collaboration that works with a group of single mothers and their children living in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood. Project WIN engages community partners like SMCC, Portland Adult Education, Head Start, Pine Tree Legal, and East End Community School to help parents pursue employment skills and education goals to improve their own economic security and stability, while simultaneously ensuring their children are on a path at an early age to foster a love of learning. By focusing jointly on the development of both mother and child(ren), Project WIN engages families using a two-generation approach. Women United supports this initiative because they know children and families do better when they both have every opportunity to succeed in school, in work, and as a family. To learn more, visit www.unitedwaygp.org/womenunited.

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