Welcome to United Midcoast Charities.

Our main areas of focus are:

FOOD

Affordable, accessible, safe, and healthy food is essential for physical, mental, spiritual, social, and emotional well being.
Maine ranks third among states for the rate of hunger. Nearly 16 percent of its households — more than 200,000 people — experience food insecurity, unable to afford enough food throughout the year.

HOUSING

Statistics from the Maine State Housing Authority show that the average monthly rent in Knox and Waldo counties is unaffordable to more than half the population. The report also states that 53% of Knox County and 54% of Waldo County residents cannot afford to buy homes. The only homeless shelter in the two counties can shelter just 5 to 10% of their caseload.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Health and poverty are inextricably linked. When people are healthy and safe, they have a better chance of moving out of poverty. Poor health and unsafe conditions reduce a family’s work and educational productivity. Access to health care in Knox and Waldo counties is below the state average. Key factors are the high cost of care and insurance.

ECONOMIC SECURITY

Only two-thirds of Maine’s workforce of 620,000 people earn a living wage. The ability of individuals, households and communities to cover their essential needs sustainably and with dignity is crucial to their well-being. Financial security depends in large part on access to education, job skills training, transportation and childcare.

WHO BENEFITS?

100% of UMC donations are awarded as grants to more than 50 nonprofit agencies in Knox and Waldo counties each year. UMC funds its grants program through individuals and private foundations.

WHO WE ARE

United Midcoast Charities, founded in 1942, is a 501c3 nonprofit. UMC's mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization. Through a yearly grant application and review process, UMC funds agencies that primarily benefit residents of Knox and Waldo counties.

UMC BY THE NUMBERS - Thanks to you!

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CONSIDER INVESTING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

If you’re an individual, a foundation, town, or business, UMC can help you invest in your community. Our wide network throughout Knox and Waldo counties and our deep knowledge about the issues facing our communities mean we can help you leverage your donation, grant, sponsorship or time to increase your impact.

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