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Impact Stories

At the onset of the pandemic, Eliane, a former student at Portland High School, struggled with her anxiety and fell behind in school. Greater Portland Read more
For Mangasa (Mangasi) and Kawaya, two GPWI Bridge to CDA (Child Development Associate) and CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) program participants, Greater Portland Workforce Initiative provided Read more
For many families, childcare is a growing expense. Lindsey and her husband, Jonathan, pay $18,000 in childcare costs for their two daughters. Even as a Read more
From her family to her community, Cassandra prioritizes helping others. "No matter what I do in life, I'm always going to help people…that's what I Read more
Jump aboard United Way of Southern Maine’s Virtual Bus Tour with superstar volunteer drivers Rodney Mondor (UW Emcee) and Carolyn Brady (former Miss Maine)! We Read more
 The Home Team: Life Saving Human Connection In a year when more people have died of drug overdose, Brooks and Courtney, from Home Team, Read more
 Yancil's Story: Avesta Housing and Brick & Beam Society The pandemic challenged educators, care providers, families, and kids across our community, leading to learning Read more
 First Job Inspires New Future for Formerly Homeless Teen Learn to Earn Helps Teens Like Nelma Get Vital Job Experience Nelma needed a job. Read more
Vivian's dreams are coming true thanks to Women United One mother's story of resilience - working for a better life for her children     Read more
Women United and Project WIN was Fatouma's "light in the darkness" Help women like Fatouma achieve their dreams in Southern Maine United Way of Southern Read more
How One Mom Manages Life’s Financial Curveballs EITC and United Way Help Working Families Like Lisa’s Reach Financial Freedom Lisa has the kind of unshakable Read more
Financial Metamorphosis, One Local Mom’s Journey How the EITC & United Way are Supporting Josie’s Journey to Self-Sustainability  Josie loves animals. Her love is so deep Read more
 Amber's EITC and CTC Story Amber, a small business owner, and mother of two, relies on the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Read more
 Greg's Story MaineCare Expansion Changed His Life Greg struggled with depression and suicidal tendencies from childhood, and as an adult struggled to maintain employment Read more
 Safe, Stable Housing: Helen's Story Success through Project WIN, supported by Women United After moving from war-torn Angola, Nsevilo “Helen” Shabani was connected with Read more
Mental health challenges and depression affect 1-in-5 Mainers (21%), and rates of depression among Maine high school students have been increasing in recent years, with Read more
This Community Helped Me, Now It's My Turn Michael Shows That Kindness Comes Full Circle When Michael thinks of the Southern Maine community, one word Read more