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Advocate

United Ways of Maine work closely with our community partners to address emerging issues.

Our Advocacy Priority: Early Childhood
UWME have selected early childhood as our top priority for our community impact work. To achieve meaningful community-wide impact in the area of early childhood, UWME employs multiple strategies, including advancing sound public policy and engaging in advocacy. Specifically, the following policies have been identified as collective priorities:

  1. Increase high-quality child care and pre-kindergarten programs.
  2. Increase parent support, engagement, and education through research-based home visiting programs.
  3. Maintain support for Fund for a Healthy Maine.
  4. Promote a statewide kindergartren screening tool and process.

United Way of Greater Portland
Facilitates a task force on food insecurity in Cumberland County, increasing awareness and working with agencies to increase food security in the area.

United Way of Mid Coast Maine
Success By 6: Early Childhood Council ensures all area children are getting the best possible start in life, with the support of their families and the whole community.

United Way of Mid-Maine
Youth Homelessness Initiative: Working with 10 local school districts to address the needs of homeless/ unaccompanied/ at risk youth to help keep them in school, with access to needed resources, in order to graduate and be successful in life.

United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
Convenes the Energy Resource Team to collaboratively build an infrastructure to keep people warm and safe during Maine’s harsh winters.