Today the United Way of Eastern Maine celebrated with a campaign kickoff. People got to show off their pride for the community in a parade to get pumped up to raise the funds that this community needs.
Shirar Patterson president and CEO of United Way said "Our goal this year is to raise 1.87 million dollars and those funds we use to help over 54 agencies throughout our five county area and that's 55,000 people that are impacted by those dollars."
In addition to the funds that the campaign supports, and gives out to the community, they also assist with a number of community initiatives such as pre-tax preparation, food drives, and information and referral services. Those programs help 1 in 5 people in Eastern Maine.
"The united way of Eastern Maine has a great process of reviewing grant applicants and choosing those that are succeeding with outcomes that help the community" said Denis St.Peter Incoming Campaign Chair for United Way.
The community needs support in any way they can get it. Some businesses have been helping out for years.
Scott Blake Senior Vice President of Bangor Savings Bank said "We've been big supporters of the united way for a long time, and it's one of the ways that we channel our community support and it's a great way to help the community."
They are in the process of setting a ten year goal for the community.
"We really want people to get involved in that process of course the funds we raise are critical and those are important, but we also need people's input to help shape the future of Eastern Maine" said Patterson.
People can give through their company or through United Way directly at unitedwayem.org.