United Way of Greater Portland awards $259,073 in second round of grants from the Greater Portland COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
United Way of Greater Portland announced it has awarded $259,073 in the second round of grants from the Greater Portland COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to 25 local nonprofits, schools, and faith-based groups on the frontlines working with individuals and families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of this outbreak.
“The outpouring of support is a testament to the caring spirit that exists in our community,” said Liz Cotter Schlax, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Portland. “We are pleased to be able to quickly award grants to organizations addressing urgent needs across Cumberland County, which continue to mobilize food and supplies and provide access to safe and reliable shelter to individuals and families who desperately need it.”
The emergency fund has grown to more than $650,000 thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors, leadership donors, and individual contributors. United Way awarded $229,239 in the initial round of grants on April 9, 2020, to 31 organizations addressing critical needs across Cumberland County.
The organizations that received this second round of grants are listed below.
“Amistad’s staff and board members stand humbled and appreciative to be included as a United Way of Greater Portland partner during this life-altering pandemic,” said Brian Townsend, Executive Director, Amistad. “We will utilize Covid-19 Round 2 funding for emergency housing solutions. Expense items will include application fees, initial rents, deposits, ID & document acquisition fees, and initial transportation. Cleaning supplies, sheets, and initial food might also be needed. Housing conditions are so dire that we are now considering the purchase of tents, camping, and weather/rain gear.”
The COVID-19 Community Relief Fund Grants Committee included Jennifer Beck, the John T. Gorman Foundation; Mufalo Chitam, Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition; Anne Dalton, The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc.; Tony DiSotto, KeyBank; Ashley Duca, Texas Instruments; James Elkins, Career Planning Services; Jim Gailey, Cumberland County; Chris Hall, Greater Portland Council of Governments; Quincy Hentzel, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce; James Hettenbach, Unum; Colin March, TD Bank; Jane Parker, Bank of America; Jennifer Roe, A Company of Girls; Claude Rwaganje, ProsperityME; and John Shoos, Sam L. Cohen Foundation.
“This is a difficult time for all of us as we continue to fight this pandemic. As a result, we are seeing a significant need in our community and don’t expect that to go away anytime soon,” said Claude Rwaganje, ProsperityME. “We’re committed to getting this funding to where it is needed the most."
United Way of Greater Portland launched the fund on March 20 to support a range of nonprofit organizations assisting members of the community, particularly those most vulnerable. 100% of donations go directly into the community thanks to underwriting support provided by AAA of Northern New England, Bank of America, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, The John T. Gorman Foundation, Sam L. Cohen Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, Texas Instruments Foundation, and Unum.
Additional grants will be awarded on a rolling basis to address emerging needs as they come to light.
For more information about the Greater Portland COVID-19 Community Relief Fund or to donate, visit www.unitedwaygp.org/covid.
About United Way of Greater Portland: For over 90 years, United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP)’s mission has been to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Today, UWGP unites individuals and organizations around our community’s shared vision, Thrive2027, three 10-year goals to improve education, financial stability, and health for every person in Greater Portland. With community partners, UWGP builds on strategies that are known to achieve the best results, and rigorously evaluates progress toward those goals. Everyone has a role to play in building a thriving community, and UWGP actively seeks to engage donors, advocates, and volunteers to create measurable, long-lasting community change. Learn more at unitedwaygp.org.
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