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United Way of Southern Maine partners with dozens of local Community Partners to support a wide range of programs that work to achieve at least one of Thrive2027’s three 10-year goals to improve education, financial stability, and health for every person in Southern Maine.

We invest millions upon millions of dollars from individuals and organizations to improve lives and strengthen our community. Funded Community Partners open their programs and budgets to intense review by the Community Investment Process volunteers and United Way staff. We ensure community partners align efforts, progress is measured, work is facilitated and evaluated, and everyone remains focused on the shared vision. Targeted program outcomes and results drive our funding decisions and are critical to understanding how your investment is improving people’s lives.

Our Funded Community Partners, investors like you, Community Investment Volunteers, and United Way work as a team to increase quality early education, to ensure more people can afford to live and work in Southern Maine, and to support longer, healthier lives.


Download Investment Portfolio.

Organization Investment
211 Maine Free, confidential information and referral service that connects people of all ages across Maine to local services
A Company of Girls Creative Expanded Learning: Arts-Based Resiliency, Mentorship, and Empowerment Supports for Girls
Adopt a School Initiative Partnering Southern Maine employers with local schools to ensure kids have a strong start and thrive
Amistad, Inc. Peer Outreach Worker Program
Apex Youth Connection Connecting youth to their future paths through their communities
Avesta Housing HomeOwnership Center and Financial Stability Counseling
Support for Previously Homeless Individuals/Families (Housing Support Workers)
Biddeford Ready! Preparing Biddeford children to enter kindergarten prepared to thrive in school and beyond
Big Brothers Big Sisters Southern Maine Youth Mentoring Program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine Learning Recovery
Brick and Beam Society (various investments) Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) and literacy enrichment opportunities for children
CA$H Maine Statewide collaboration working together to help empower Maine individuals and families to achieve long-term financial stability
Caring Unlimited Outreach Services
Parent Support Services
Catherine Morrill Day Nursery Quality Learning Program
Catholic Charities Maine Immigration Legal Services
St. Elizabeth’s Child Development Center
St. Louis Child Development Center
Community Dental Low Income Oral Health Access Program “Access”, Biddeford Center
Count ME In Count ME In
Cumberland County Organizations Support for individuals and families temporarily housed in hotels due to COVID-19 protocols and the lack of shelter and housing space
Day One Adolescent and Family Community Treatment Services
Adolescent Medication Management
Adolescent Residential Treatment Services
Street Program
Fair Tide Housing and Case Management
Frannie Peabody Center Access to Basic Needs for People Living with or at-risk of HIV/AIDS
Client Services
Freeport Community Services Youth/Family Food Programs
Gateway Community Services Maine Youth Mentoring Program 
Girl Scouts of Maine A Place for Girls
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England Job Connection Southern Maine
Greater Portland Family Promise Homelessness Prevention and Housing Stabilization
Greater Portland Health Behavioral and Mental Health Services in Greater Portland’s School-Based Health Centers
Greater Portland Workforce Initiative Child Care Business Lab
Workforce pipeline that addresses roadblocks to entry into employment sectors and the unique barriers of targeted jobseekers
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project Immigration Legal Services
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project and Maine Association for New Americans Support for local refugees arriving from Afghanistan
In Her Presence Moving Onto the Stage Year 2 
Intercultural Community Center Capacity Building 
Kids First Center Helping Children Thrive: Building Resiliency in Divorce & Separation
Kids Free to Grow Parenting Programs
School and Community Based Programs
LearningWorks After School Program
Service Works
YouthBuild 2023
Legal Services for the Elderly Cumberland County Senior Legal Helpline
Elder Abuse Law Project
York County Senior Legal Helpline
Locker Project Providing families with young children at risk of hunger with reliable access to healthy food
Maine Association for New Americans  MANA Community Transportation Project 
MaineHealth Lancaster Street Outpatient Psychiatry Department
The Children’s Initiative Early Childhood Education Collaborative
Milestone Recovery HOME Team
Morrison Center Integrated Therapy
NAMI Maine Mental Health First Aid trainings
Northeast Hearing and Speech Speech & Hearing Services
Pine Tree Legal Assistance Homelessness Prevention and Family Stability
Safe and Stable Families Thrive
Planned Parenthood NNE York County Reproductive Health
Portland ConnectED – Starting Strong Portland Works for Kids: Child care access for workforce participation
Portland Housing Authority Empowerme
Portland Public Schools / Portland Adult Education Gerald E. Talbot Community School Academic and Social Supports
High School Credential attainment and Support for Post-Secondary Matriculation
Street Academy
Preble Street Critical Needs Programs
Health Services
Quality Housing Coalition Project HOME
Regional Transportation Program Transportation
Salvation Army OOB Hands Up
Salvation Army Sanford Emergency Assistance
Sanford Springvale YMCA Community Little Pantry
Early Learning Center
Trafton Center
SARSSM  York County Sexual Assault Response Team
Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center Welcome Home
Spurwink Project NOW: Ending Youth Exploitation
Teen Mental Health
Therapeutic Preschool
Statewide Homeless Response System Service Hub coordination for Cumberland County and Midcoast Maine
Sweetser School Based Services
The Center for Grieving Children Bereavement Support
The Opportunity Alliance Child Development Associate Development Center
Early Childhood Initiative
Foster Grandparent Program
Gateway to Opportunity Initiative with the Maine Youth Action Network
Maine Families
Senior Companion Program
Thrive2027 ACEs Trainings Community trainings on Adverse Childhood Experiences
Through These Doors Emergency Shelter for Victims of Abuse in Cumberland County
Time of Wonder Childcare Center
Vet to Vet Maine Vet to Vet Maine Peer Companion Program York County
Women United (various investments) Two-generational solutions that advance single mothers and their children
YMCA of Southern Maine Full Day Childcare
York County Community Action Corp. A Place for Us
Hope Fund
Mental Health Support for Head Start Children
York County Transport
York Hospital  Home Meal Delivery Service for Seniors

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Youth & Family Outreach

Youth & Family Outreach

Youth Full Maine Nourishing York County’s Students, Families & Communities