IF YOU BELIEVE IN INVESTING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Then you’ve come to the right place! Through partnership with more more than 40 agencies that support the basic building blocks for a better life: food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. Our grants vetting process takes the guesswork out of giving for you—assuring you that your donation benefits organizations doing good work in Knox and Waldo county—reaching 1 out of every 3 people that live here.

Through collaboration we focus on:

FOOD

Affordable, accessible, safe, and healthy food is essential for physical, mental, spiritual, social, and emotional well being.
Maine ranks fifth among states for the rate of hunger, with nearly 1 in 8 adults (including 1 in 5 children) going to bed hungry and unable to afford enough food on a day to day basis.

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 66% of Knox County and 63% 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 benefit more than 40 nonprofit agencies in Knox and Waldo counties each year.

WHO WE ARE

United Midcoast Charities, has been energizing and empowering Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance for more than 80 years. Through a yearly grant application and review process, UMC amplifies the work of more than 40 agencies that are stronger together and work to benefit residents of Knox and Waldo counties.

UMC BY THE NUMBERS - Thanks to you!

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