Community Celebrates Successful Campaign!
United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s fall campaign succeeded in reaching its $1,750,000 goal, Chair Joel Merry announced at the Campaign Finale held at Bowdoin College. Volunteers on the Campaign “Cabinet” raised signs revealing the total number raised: $1,771,911.
Merry, Sagadahoc County Sheriff, said “thank you to all of you who worked so hard on this Campaign, and thank you to everyone in the community who gave!” Merry said he was so proud of his community, not only for their generosity in this campaign, but for all the ways in which people work together and help each other.
Merry urged anyone in Mid Coast Maine who has not yet given to do so, saying “we’re counting on end-of-year gifts to reach the number we announced.” Donations can be sent to United Way of Mid Coast Maine, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, Maine 04530. People can also give online at uwmcm.org/donate or call 207-443-9752 to give by credit card or ask to be billed.
United Way donations fund community initiatives and vital services at 37 local partner agencies that provide Mid Coast people in need with food, shelter, prescription assistance, health care, volunteer matches for isolated seniors, Big Brothers and Big Sisters for adolescents, home visiting for new parents, high-quality child care, and much more.
Merry gave special thanks to two anonymous donors who contributed a match that sparked new and increased donations, and to people who shared their personal stories on United Way’s video, including a young woman who was in the audience for the Finale.
By far the largest contributors to United Way’s annual campaign are the employees of Bath Iron Works. Merry gave special recognition to the campaign team of Steve Cornish, Bob Murray, John Portela, and Karen Race, who are stepping down this year from their leadership roles. “We are grateful to all BIW employees,” said Merry, “and tonight we are especially grateful to you four. You have helped thousands of people to a better life. Thank you!”
FHC in Bowdoin received United Way’s Campaign Excellence Award. “FHC exemplifies a successful campaign,” said Merry in presenting the Award. “It uses all the best practices, and more!” The company, with 75 employees, raised over $106,000 in employee and corporate giving, with 75% participation and 13 employees giving at leadership levels. “FHC employees are an inspiration,” said Merry. “They not only know how to run a fantastic campaign, they commit themselves to the community 100%. They host and participate in activities all through the year to help their friends and neighbors. They support their community because it’s the right thing to do.”
The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Jenn Worthy, employee campaign manager at Mid Coast-Parkview Health. “Jenn’s enthusiasm is contagious,” said Merry. “She and her team of champions worked to find new locations around the health system where they could hold rallies, and produced a special tailored version of United Way’s video and a handout showing three different employees volunteering with United Way initiatives. Jenn made the hospital’s support of United Way very visible to anyone who walked in the door or even just drove down the driveway and saw the huge United Way banners – they gave me a lift whenever I saw them! Perhaps it will tell you all you need to know about Jenn’s enthusiasm that at the meeting of Mid Coast-Parkview managers I attended each person had at their place, a cheerleader’s pom-pom. We were even instructed on when to wave them! I found myself wishing that leaders from every workplace could see what excitement and inspiration is possible with a United Way campaign….We are proud to recognize Jenn Worthy as United Way’s Volunteer of the Year!”
Campaigns receiving Division Awards included Hannaford (Commerce and Industry Division), Bath Savings (Finance & Professional Firms Division), LincolnHealth (Health Division), and Brunswick Sewer District (Public Service Division). Other excellent campaigns were also held elsewhere.
In addition to Merry, members of the 2018 Campaign Cabinet include: Steve Cornish, Karen Race, and Bob Murray of Bath Iron Works, Bryan Campbell of Mechanics Savings Bank, Sam Chard of L.L. Bean, George Reichert of The Times Record, Steve Bailey of the Maine School Management Association, John Nelson of Wright-Pierce, Mara Pennell of Bath Savings, Kelly Holbrook of LincolnHealth, Morgan Moores of Mid Coast-Parkview Health, Chris Szalay of SEARCH – Greater Bath, Mark Waltz of the Brunswick Police Department, and Bill Brillant of Downeast Energy.
This year’s Loaned Executives, who worked full-time on the campaign, include: Lisa Fogg of L.L. Bean, John Portela of Bath Iron Works and Local S6, and Sherri Emery of New Gloucester, Cindy Heil of Southport and Gina Vickers of Brunswick, sponsored by Bath Savings and FHC. Merry thanked the companies sponsoring Loaned Executives, and Amtrak, L.L. Bean, Downeast Energy, and Hannaford for donating campaign incentives for new and increased giving.
United Way’s mission is “to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.” More information on United Way’s results in improving lives, including this year’s local video, can be found at www.uwmcm.org.
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