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United Way of Greater Portland announces Fiscal Year 2020 community investments of $6,844,511.

United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP) announced today its Fiscal Year 2020 community investments of $6,844,511.

UWGP has awarded $3,901,574 in strategic investment grants to 74 community programs at 48 local nonprofits, including $272,500 of directed contributions through United Way’s individual giving groups, Brick & Beam Society and Women United.

These grants, made possible by thousands of generous donors, will fund holistic solutions and innovative ideas to strengthen the areas of education, financial stability, and health.

These grants reflect strategic investments in:

  • giving kids a strong foundation so they meet critical developmental milestones and are set on a course to fulfill their potential;
  • empowering neighbors to thrive where they can earn family-sustaining wages and increase their wealth;
  • helping people live longer through access to mental health services and substance use prevention and treatment services.

“United Way’s approach to building a thriving community includes a focused, intentional effort to move our region beyond what we’ve always done,” said Liz Cotter Schlax, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Portland. “We’re looking forward to expanding on what we’ve learned through our 90-year history of service and expertise in working with leaders to foster innovative collaborative partnerships across the region and sectors.”

United Way funded community partners experience a variety of benefits from participating in collaborative efforts – including shared learnings, more efficiencies, and greater impact.

“We can’t do this work alone,” said Mark Swann, Executive Director, Preble Street. “Collaboration between Preble Street and partner organizations is critical to move Mainers forward into opportunity and hope. We’re humbled by the continued support of United Way in empowering our vulnerable neighbors to strive toward health, stability, and independence.”  

United Way’s investment has enabled the Cumberland County Adult Education and Career Development Hub, a collaboration of Adult Education programs in Cumberland County, to share best practices and resources to effectively serve adults throughout Cumberland County who seek their high school credentials and/or wish to pursue post-secondary education.

Portland Adult Education, Executive Director Anita St. Onge says being part of the Cumberland County consortium has many benefits. “As a hub,” she said, “we can refer students to other programs, and we can develop programs that complement one another and develop programs together. We also share ideas and strategies.”

Investments to community partners are made based on expert advice and under the direction of local volunteers. These volunteers include community leaders and representatives of key corporate partners. More than 45 volunteers, using rigorous criteria, spent more than 600 collective hours evaluating requests and ensuring grants were distributed objectively and aligned to make the greatest impact on the Thrive2027 Goals.

United Way of Greater Portland will invest an additional $2,942,937 into the community through donor-directed contributions; policy coalitions; community and volunteer engagement; evaluation and measurements; and backbone support for Thrive2027.

United Way encourages everyone to be part of the change. To give, volunteer, or advocate, visit UnitedWayGP.org.

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UWGP FISCAL YEAR 2020 INVESTMENTS (ALPHA ORDER BY ORGANIZATION):

Organization

Program

Amount

Thrive2027 Goal Area

211 Maine

Maine’s health and human services information and referral system

$146,000

2

A Company of Girls

Afterschool and Outreach Arts-Based Resiliency/ Empowerment Programming

$29,700

2

American Red Cross

Emergency Services

$31,999

2

Amistad, Inc.

Peer Support and Recovery Center

$50,000

3

Avesta Housing

HomeOwnership Center (HOC)

$35,000

2

Avesta Housing

Support for Formerly Homeless Individuals

$40,000

2

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine

Westbrook Mentoring Program

$43,590

2

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine

On-Track Initiative

$240,000

1&2

Brick & Beam Society

Investments in STEM and literacy programs made by Brick & Beam Society will occur in Fall 2019

$107,000

1

CA$H Greater Portland

CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Greater Portland Coalition

$37,500

1

Catherine Morrill Day Nursery

Day Nursery Program

$66,675

1

Catholic Charities Maine

Career Development Program

$19,600

2

Catholic Charities Maine

Independent Support Services – Senior Wrap Project

$27,409

2

Catholic Charities Maine

Integrated Behavioral Health

$53,301

3

Catholic Charities Maine

St. Elizabeth’s Child Development Center

$35,880

1

Community Dental

Cumberland County Denture Program

$8,400

2

Community Dental

Portland Dental Center’s Low-Income Oral Health Access Program

$43,950

2

Count ME In

Count ME In Program

$14,000

1

Day One

Adolescent Community Treatment Services

$62,489

3

Day One

Residential Services

$23,024

3

Day One

Street Youth Outreach

$96,231

3

Frannie Peabody Center

Client Services

$28,453.56

3

Freeport Community Services

Youth/Family Food Programs

$8,190

1

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Job Connection Greater Portland

$69,500

2

Greater Portland Workforce Initiative

Greater Portland Workforce Initiative (GPWI)

$93,004.50

2

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP)

Immigration Legal Services for Greater Portland

$30,000

2

Kids First Center

Kids First Reimagined – Childhood Trauma Prevention and Mitigation Programming

$13,077

1

LearningWorks

After School Program

$10,000

1

Legal Services for the Elderly

Cumberland County Senior Legal Helpline

$14,800

2

Legal Services for the Elderly

Elder Abuse Law Project

$20,000

2

Locker Project

Providing Fresh Food to Food-Insecure Children and Their Families

$20,000

1

MaineHealth

Project BRACEs: Building Resilience for Adverse Childhood Experiences

$69,344

3

MaineHealth/Maine Behavioral Health

Lancaster Street Outpatient Services

$199,675

3

MaineHealth/Maine Behavioral Health

The Children’s Initiative – Early Childhood Education Collaborative

$90,000

1

MaineHealth Care at Home

Connected Care For ACEs

$29,222

3

Milestone Recovery

Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement (HOME) Team

$70,000

3

Morrison Center

Early Intervention Preschool Program

$40,940

2

Morrison Center

K-12 Educational Program

$7,362

2

My Place Teen Center

My Place Teen Center Program

$17,015

2

Northeast Hearing and Speech

Speech and Hearing Services

$86,000

1

Peaks Island Children’s Workshop

Peaks Island Children’s Workshop

$6,125

1

Pine Tree Legal Assistance

Safe and Stable Families Thrive

$80,912.34

3

Portland Community Health Center DBA Greater Portland Health

Behavioral & Mental Health Services in Portland’s

School-based Health Centers

$25,000

3

Portland ConnectED – Starting Strong

Talking is Teaching / Too Small to Fail

$15,000

1

Portland Housing Authority

eMPowerME

$45,477

2

Portland Public Library

In Her Presence at Portland Public Library (IHP@PPL)

$34,500

1

Portland Public Schools/ Portland Adult Education

Enhancing Opportunities in Cumberland County for Students Seeking Their High School Credential and Support for Post-Secondary Matriculation

$115,000

2

Portland Recovery Community Center

Recovery Coaching for Individuals in High Risk Transitions

$33,357.60

3

Preble Street

Advocacy

$30,000

2

Preble Street

Critical Needs Programs

$275,000

2

Preble Street

Health Services and Home & Health Alliance Portland

$35,000

3

Regional Transportation Program

Transportation

$34,430.50

2

Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine

Support and Advocacy Services for victim/survivors of sexual assault

$11,386.50

3

Southern Maine Community College

Women United scholarship fund for Project WIN participants

$18,000

2

Spurwink Services Incorporated

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic through Medication Assisted Treatment at Spurwink Adult Behavioral Health

$42,582

3

The Center for Grieving Children

Bereavement Support

$28,887

3

The City of Portland

NEAT (Nutrition Education Access & Training)

$40,250

1

The Iris Network

Visually Impaired People (VIP) – Cumberland

$15,000

2

The Opportunity Alliance

Bridge to Career Fulfillment (BCF)

$50,913

2

The Opportunity Alliance

CDA Development Center

$10,500

1

The Opportunity Alliance

Early Childhood Initiative

$156,542

1

The Opportunity Alliance

Family Crisis Response Navigator

$75,000

3

The Opportunity Alliance

Foster Grandparent Program

$19,715

1

The Opportunity Alliance

Maine Families

$35,000

1

The Opportunity Alliance

Project WIN (Women IN Neighborhoods) – funded by Women United

$132,000

2

The Opportunity Alliance

Senior Companion Program

$18,810

2

The Opportunity Alliance

The Women’s Project

$15,000

3

Through These Doors

Advocacy and Victim Services for Victims of Abuse in Cumberland County

$26,040

3

Tri-County Mental Health Services**

In-Home Follow-up for Opioid Overdose

$54,978

3

Through These Doors

Emergency Shelter for Victims of Abuse in Cumberland County

$16,660

2

University of Maine System d/b/a University of Southern Maine

Gateway to Opportunity Program Expansion & Justice Policy Internship Expansion

$56,560

2

Wayside Food Programs

Community Meals

$7,245

1

Westbrook School Department

Westbrook Children’s Project

$56,660

1

Westbrook School Department

Westbrook Partners for Prevention

$15,000

3

YMCA of Southern Maine

Early Learning Readiness

$37,070

1

Youth and Family Outreach

Early Care and Education Program

$40,000

1

** Carry over funds from FY2019. Not included in FY2020 totals.