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What’s Your Hopeful?

If you could help change one thing in Southern Maine, what would it be? 

Would you reduce hunger or homelessness? Or increase access to childcare?

Maybe you’d make sure people have equitable access to mental health and addiction treatment, educational opportunities, or job training?

Whatever you choose, that’s your Hopeful — it’s what you’d change in our community right now. And you can turn your hopeful into action through United Way of Southern Maine.

How to Show Up — UNITED

No Hopeful exists by itself. Every Hopeful connects to another, then another.

  • You can’t do well in school if you don’t have nutritious food or a place to live.
  • You can’t reduce homelessness without addressing the financial stability of individuals and families.
  • You can’t improve financial stability without providing opportunities to job training and affordable childcare.

While there’s no single answer, there are many solutions — and that’s how United Way of Southern Maine turns Hopeful into action. 

By partnering with corporations, nonprofits, donors, volunteers, and community-minded leaders.

By changing the way people, organizations, and systems work together.

And with your help, improving education, financial stability, and health for every person in our community. 

Share Your Hopeful!

Help UWSM create a HOPEFUL movement by sharing your Hopeful on social media. 

  • Write down your Hopeful on a Hopeful Sign, whiteboard, or piece of paper 
  • Take a photo of yourself holding your hopeful message 
  • Share it on social media! 
  • Make sure to include the hashtag #ShareYourHopeful and tag @uwsme 


What’s Our Hopeful?

A thriving future for everyone in Southern Maine. 

What’s yours?

Turn your hopeful into action by donating, volunteering, or sharing.

Learn more about United Way of Southern Maine

Hopefuls Project

Hopefuls is a social media recognition project to shine a light on incredible individuals and groups that inspire and generate hope. Individuals and groups will be selected for taking action and giving back in ways that make us hopeful for a thriving future for communities and neighbors across the region.