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Kickoff United Way’s 2019 Campaign at the United We CAN Food Drive + Sculpture Contest

Kick off United Way’s 2019 Campaign at the United We CAN Food Drive + Sculpture Contest

Join us to kick off United Way of Greater Portland’s Annual Campaign with the United We CAN Food Drive + Sculpture Contest on Friday September 13, 2019. Teams will construct sculptures from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. (spectators are welcome). Sculptures will be on display during the Annual Campaign Kickoff event in Monument Square from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wayside Food Programs will distribute collected food to pantries throughout Cumberland County.


  1. Build any kind of structure — from the simple to the ornate!
  2. Teams may use props, including signage, and supporting materials when building, but structures must be comprised of at least 50% food items and/or basic needs items. A platform is suggested.
  3. Sculptures must fit within a 10’x10’ space unless otherwise requested.
  4. Collected items cannot be painted, taped, or otherwise altered in a way that makes them unsuitable for donation. You may cover food items with paper as long as it’s taped to itself and removed by your team after the event.
  5. Teams may construct sculptures between 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. on September 13. (It’s not necessary to be there the entire time.)
  6. A team from your organization is needed to clean up and load food from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  7. Best practices tip! Track and share the following:
    • # of volunteers
    • # of materials used, e.g. cinder blocks, plywood, tape, etc.
    • # of items collected, e.g. 2,000 cans of tuna, 16 jars of peanut butter
    • Other fun facts (see Dead River Company’s list to the right)


  1. Register your team below or by emailing marketing@unitedwaygp.org.
  2. Gather your most creative team and design your entry.
  3. Let your employees know what food items and quantities you will need and do a “trial run.”
  4. Have a blast constructing your sculpture!

Are you interested in building a structure but don’t think that you have enough people for your own team? Let us know, we can match you up with others who are in the same boat.

2019 Can Sculpture Contest Team Sign Up

Fill out the form below to sign up a team for the 4th annual United We CAN sculpture contest on Sept. 13, 2019.

Need ideas on what to build?

Check out photos from past events: 2018, 2017, 2016 


We know you’re not doing this for the glory, but this is hard work! We’ll celebrate with a few awards.
Small + Mighty Award: Judges will select the best sculpture CANstructed by a small business (employee size up to 99).
Rookie Award: Judges will select the best sculpture assembled by a new team (1st or 2nd year).
Best Meal Award: Judges will review sculptures for ingredients which would make the best well balanced, healthy meal.
Best in Show: Judges will select the best in show based on the design (originality and creativity), craft (balance, proportions, detail, and use of space), and amount of food collected.
Community Choice Award: Attendees will cast electronic votes between 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
NOTE: Organizations are eligible for only one award (with the exception of Community Choice Award).
For information on how you can get involved, contact Ken Holmes.