Welcome to United Midcoast Charities.

Our main areas of focus are:

FOOD

Affordable, accessible, safe, and healthy food is an essential building block 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 50%. The report also states that home ownership is not affordable for 53% of Knox county and 54% of Waldo county residents. The only homeless shelter in the two counties is able to shelter just 5-10% 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, with a lack of care due to cost and lack of insurance being factors.

ECONOMIC SECURITY

Only two-thirds of Maine’s workforce of 620,000 people earn a living wage. The ability of individuals, households or communities to cover their essential needs sustainably and with dignity is crucial to our neighbors’ wellbeing. Financial security is in part dependent on education, job skills training, even transportation and access to 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's grants program is funded through individual and private foundation contributions.

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. Because of our wide network, coverage of Knox and Waldo counties and our breadth of knowledge about the issues facing our communities, we can help you leverage your donation, grant, sponsorship or time to increase your impact.

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