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Bowdoin MaineShare and United Way Campaign Has Begun

Story posted October 03, 2003

The annual United Way/MaineShare campaign is an opportunity for Bowdoin employees to contribute together in significant numbers to serve our community and the state of Maine.

The Bowdoin College 2003 Workplace Campaign opened this year on October 1 and will run for the entire month through October 31.

Each year, MaineShare and United Way of Mid Coast Maine help thousands of people in the midcoast area and throughout the state -- people who are our neighbors, our friends, our coworkers.

As federal and state governments continue to reduce funding for services, local communities must assume an increasing responsibility help make up the difference. Our neighbors need our help. Last year, United Way and MaineShare helped one out of three people in our midcoast region.

In 2002, Bowdoin employees heard the call. Despite a weak economy, employees and emeriti made pledges and direct donations to United Way of Mid Coast Maine and/or MaineShare at record levels. Last year's gifts to the United Way totaled over $80,000, and gifts to MaineShare totaled over $25,000.

Each year the employees of Bowdoin College prove their commitment to the midcoast community and the state by increasing their overall level of giving to these two important organizations. This year's goal is to have EVERY employee return pledge forms.

The smallest donation can make a difference. A donation of $1 per pay period can buy food for one child for one week. Just $2 per pay period can provide one week of housing and training for a woman in crisis. A donation of $10 per pay period can provide 50 nights of bed and breakfast for a homeless teenager in an emergency shelter.

The United Way of Mid Coast Maine helps fund 36 local agencies that provide direct health and human services to people in Brunswick and the surrounding area. Partner agencies include Good Shepherd Food Bank, Mid Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Tedford Shelter, 55 Plus Center, Family Crisis Services, Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, and Youth Alternatives.

MaineShare is a community of 33 non-profit organizations that have come together to help raise financial support and increase public awareness about human and environmental problems and develop strategies for solving them. Local MaineShare organizations include Maine Peace Fund, Maine AIDS Alliance, Maine Animal Coalition, Maine Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Maine Women's Fund, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine, and Friends of Casco Bay.

Both United Way of Mid Coast Maine and MaineShare allow employees to decide which of their agencies will or will not receive your contribution, and both offer payroll deduction options. MaineShare is a statewide campaign. Less than 1% of your contribution to the United Way will leave Maine, and all of your gift to MaineShare will stay in the state.

For more information contact your Area Representative or committee members Allyson Algeo, Katy Longley, Ann Michaud, Peggy Schick, Tama Spoerri, and Kevin Wesley.

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