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United Way Announces Fiscal Year 2021 Community Investments Of $7,097,671

(Portland, ME) United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP) announced its Fiscal Year 2021 community investments of $7,097,671.

UWGP has awarded $3,940,854 in strategic investment grants to 61 community programs at 45 local nonprofits, including 7 new programs and $253,000 of member directed investments through United Way’s giving circles, Brick & Beam Society and Women United.

These grants reflect strategic investments in our community’s shared vision, Thrive2027, three 10-year goals for a measurably better Greater Portland:

  • Give kids a strong foundation and help them rebound from challenges in life, setting them on a course to reach their potential;
  • Ensure our neighbors can rebuild with opportunities to access to safe and affordable housing, jobs and careers with economic mobility so that they thrive; 
  • Help people live longer, better through integrated pathways to mental health supports and recovery from substance use

Liz Cotter Schlax, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Portland, said this work is more important than ever due to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 and the disparities in education, financial well-being, and health in our community. “The past few months have tested all of us, bringing awareness and greater urgency to deep, historic inequities and worsening challenges for people who previously were able to get by week-to-week. It