LEWISTON – The United Way of Androscoggin County recently allocated $1,009,648 to help fund local nonprofit agency programs and services from its 2003-2004 fund-raising campaign.

“On behalf of the many people who benefit from the vital services of our member agencies, I wish to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the thousands of individuals and companies who generously contributed their financial and volunteer support to the United Way,” said Joleen Bedard, executive director. “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our fund-raising and allocations volunteers, our member agencies will continue to provide necessary and compassionate programs and services to those in need.”

The United Way of Androscoggin County adopted community building strategies that address specific targeted impact areas: caring for kids, supporting children and families, responding to crisis, keeping teens on track, maintaining health and safety, and maintaining elder independence and increasing self-sufficiency.

The strategies include funding direct services, building collaboratives, advocacy, public education and research and enhancing knowledge of the issues facing Androscoggin County.

The following is a listing of the allocations to member agencies of the United Way: Abused Women’s Advocacy Project, $55,000; Advocates for Children, $66,700; American Red Cross, United Valley Chapter, $81,278; Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care, $35,500; Boys and Girls Club of Auburn/Lewiston, $36,000.

Also, Catholic Charities Maine, $38,000; Child Health Center, $71,000; Common Ties Mental Health Coalition, $35,000; Community Concepts, $14,000; Community Dental Auburn, $45,000; Girl Scouts of Kennebec Council, $3,200; Good Shepherd Food-Bank, $5,000; Literacy Volunteers Androscoggin, $28,200; Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange, $1,670.

Also, New Beginnings Shelter, $59,000; Pathways, $38,800; PreventionWorks Harm Reduction Services, $24,300; Rural Community Action Ministry, $66,000; St. Martin de Porres Residence, $7,000; Salvation Army, $10,000; Sandcastle Preschool Program Foundation, $45,000.

Also, SeniorsPlus, $42,500; Sexual Assault Crisis Center, $44,000; Tri-County Mental Health Services, $37,500; Trinity Jubilee Center, $8,500; Western Maine Community Action, $24,000; YMCA, $57,500; YWCA of Central Maine, $30,000.

The health and human service organizations undergo a comprehensive evaluation and review process by trained volunteers of the United Way, ensuring the provision of caring and compassionate services that positively impact thousands of individuals in Androscoggin County.

For more information about the United Way or to find out about methods to donate and how contributions help residents of Androscoggin County, call 795-4000 or visit the Web at www.unitedwayandro.org.

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