Each United Way in Maine has launched a locally based response to the COVID-19 pandemic based on the needs of their local community. Keeping abreast of the most pressing issues and remaining steadfast in our missions to mobilize communities to give, advocate and volunteer is how we can make the most difference. Now more than ever we must LIVE UNITED. You can find a brief description of Each United Way’s COVID-19 response fund listed alphabetically below. Not sure who your local United Way is? Check out our interactive map here.
COVID-19 Fund supports basic needs including food, childcare, heat and shelter. Find out more and donate here.
COVID-19 Response Fund is distributed to Aroostook County nonprofit partners working directly with those affected by COVID-19. Find out more and donate here.
The COVID-19 Emergency Response is focused on meeting short term, immediate needs, of individuals and families that are impacted by COVID-19 as well as long term recovery efforts. Funds are deployed to nonprofit organizations as quickly as possible to meet the emerging needs. Find out more and donate here.
The COVID-19 Community Relief Fund supports our most vulnerable neighbors. This includes those currently or those at risk of becoming homeless and those who could suffer devastating financial and health impacts due to the Coronavirus. Find out more and donate here.
The Response Fund for Kennebec Valley supports emerging community needs during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be distributed quickly to Kennebec Valley nonprofit organizations working directly to help local people access basic needs, including food, heat, shelter and child care. Find out more and donate here.
The COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund supports initiatives and agencies working hard to meet the increased needs of local people in Brunswick and Harpswell, Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties during this pandemic. Find out more and donate here.
The Community First Fund provides funding to non-profit organizations to address emergent or ongoing needs in the community, as well as funds to help organizations recover from debilitating circumstances. At this time, funds will be focused on supporting COVID-19 relief for Somerset, northern Kennebec and western Waldo counties. Find out more and donate here.
The Very Basics Fund is distributed to non-profit organizations that provide direct basic services to clients, including food, fuel and shelter in Franklin County and the northern Androscoggin towns of Livermore and Livermore Falls. Find out more and donate here.
The York County COVID Relief fund is distributed to nonprofit partners working on housing and food-assistance needs. Find out more and donate here.
These funds were featured on NewsCenter Maine.
Here are three additional ways that you can support your community in the fallout of COVID-19:
- Direct people to 211. 211 Maine is working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert 211 specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. If you know someone who is struggling, or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), text their zip code to 898-211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also find information by visiting www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus.
- Call your friends and family. Loneliness has a long-term negative impact. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.
- Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.