BATH — United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s Dollars for Diapers fundraising campaign has come to a close after raising $4,594.
Bath Savings Institution donated $1,000, an anonymous donor made a $500 contribution, and the Bath Rotary gave $1,000 to the cause. In total, the money raised should be able to keep local young families outfitted with diapers for nearly a year.
“We’re well on our way to providing diapers for the Bath Food Pantry for almost a year,” said Nancy Jennings, who was integral to organizing the campaign. “We really got a great head start with all of this.”
In addition to the money raised, posters and displays pinned all over downtown helped raise awareness of an issue that many people don’t think about. “It wasn’t money in canisters that put us over the top; it was the awareness of people who said, ‘how can I help?’” said Jennings.
The top five businesses that received the most canister donations are One Stop Deli, Witch Spring Hill Ice Cream, Now You’re Cooking, Five County Credit Union, and Mustard Seed Bookstore.
Wendy Morris, owner of One Stop Deli, said she had no idea that her business raised the most. She attributed it to the reputation of United Way.
“I think United Way does a great job. We’re always happy to support any good cause,” said Morris. “I think anything that goes through United Way, people are going to support.”
Bath Food Pantry Executive Director Kimberly Gates said that the support is sorely needed. “Their diapers have been a lifesaver,” she said. “Our biggest growing number right now is young families with young children.”
Prior to the United Way’s efforts, Gates said she wasn’t able to carry diapers.“They’ve shopped around, they’ve done their homework. They got a great deal on diapers that I never could get.”
Gates said the generosity of people in town doesn’t surprise her, as the donations and outpouring of support she recieves on a regular basis always exceeds her expectations.
“This community is just itching to make a difference, and when they find something they can sink their teeth into, they do,” she said.
United Way of Mid Coast Maine is accepting applications for new funding partnerships with Mid Coast non-profit agencies that work to improve people’s lives in the core building blocks of education, financial stability, and health.
“United Way works with many in our community to improve the lives of our neighbors throughout the region,” said Connie Jones of Boothbay who is currently Chair of United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s Board of Directors. “We partner with community organizations in many different ways, one of which is through funding programs that help us all reach our community goals around education, financial stability and health. We look forward to working with new and our current partners who have highly effective, well-managed programs.”
There is a two-step process to apply for United Way funding for a two year cycle starting July 1, 2017, and going through June 30, 2019. New agencies must first apply to become Eligible for Funding, and this application deadline is no later than noon, Tuesday, November 1, 2016. During this first step, United Way volunteers review the agency’s finances and financial control systems, how well the agency is governed, and how well the agency will account for funds donated during United Way’s annual Campaign.
Once an agency is found to be eligible for funding, then the agency may apply in February to one of United Way’s four Community Solutions Councils for specific program funding. Volunteers review applications and meet with program representatives in the spring to determine how well this particular program addresses one or more of the 23 Community Goals identified by United Way in a community outreach and strategic planning initiative. The volunteers make specific program funding recommendations to United Way’s local Board of Directors.
Organizations interested in applying for partnership should contact John Washburn, Director of Finance & Administration at United Way of Mid Coast Maine, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, 04530, 443-9752, immediately for a copy of the Partnership Agreement and Eligibility Application. Meetings or telephone conversations to explore partnership feasibility are welcome. These applications must be completed and returned no later than noon, Tuesday, November 1st to be eligible for consideration of funding during the two year cycle beginning July 1, 2017.
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