Community First Fund

Community First Fund

Supporting Community Betterment and Crisis Recovery Efforts

as an emergency response to the unprecedented need

caused by COVID-19.

United Way of Mid-Maine (UWMM) and our partner agencies are working hard to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the short-term needs of those impacted, as well as the long-term needs that have yet to be seen.
Organizations that serve populations in need every day are finding themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for those services. We recognize this and, with the generous support of Kennebec Savings Bank, have established the Community First Fund. While our current efforts will be focused on COVID-19 relief, this Fund will be available year-round.


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The United Way of Mid-Maine has established the Community First Fund to give funding to our partner agencies who are providing COVID-19 relief in mid-Maine


Our goal is to provide $100,000 worth of extra funding to programs that are meeting the emergent needs of the community.

This is a great example of what the Community First Fund was set up to do. To help us support projects like this



The Community First Fund is designed to provide extra funding to local non-profit organizations by funding programs or projects that address a need in the community, or aid in the continuation of an organizations mission. Funds can be requested for programs or projects that fall under one of the following guidelines:
  • Programs or projects that are addressing an emergent or ongoing need in the community. This may include, but is not limited to, combating food insecurity, providing access to essential needs, disaster/crisis recovery.
  • To aid in the continuation of a non-profits mission when the organization has experienced a debilitating circumstance. This may include, but is not limited to, recovery from fire or flood, vehicle repair.

The Community First Fund

Helps teens succeed with remote learning.

Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers’ Sharon Abrams Teen Parent School Program was forced to make some modifications to the academics and support services that are offered due to the pandemic. They quickly learned that remote learning was especially challenging for parenting teens. The Teen Parent Program created a supportive space for teen parents to come and engage in their remote classes and other schoolwork, while also accessing on campus childcare, food pantry, diapers & wipes programs, and most importantly the support and guidance offered by staff.
Students have shared they preferred to be on campus for their remote learning, and attendance has improved dramatically. The teachers at the Alternative Education school have been presently surprised that now, with the ability to be on campus, have their child cared for, and have the supportive environment with Teen Parent staff, they are participating in their zoom classed on a more consistent basis.
This is a great example of what the Community First Fund was set up to do. To help us support projects like this
  • visit
  • text COMMUNITY to 207-424-2429
  • mail donations to UWMM P.O. Box 807, Waterville, ME 04903
This fund is comprised of donations that have been raised or donated by individuals or businesses that specifically support community betterment efforts. Donors do not designate to a specific organization, letting United Way determine the distribution of these funds.
Kennebec Savings Bank has generously donated $10,000 to help establish this Fund!!
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