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UNITED MIDCOAST CHARITIES INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: OUR MISSION: Identifying needs. Supporting solutions. Our mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization. Our areas of focus are food, housing, health & safety, and economic security.

Results: In the past 30 years, through community support we have been able to award $8 million in grants to local nonprofits serving residents in need.

Target demographics: Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 57 nonprofit agencies in Knox and Waldo counties with $500,000 in grants which will provide resources for 1 in 3 residents in our area.

Geographic areas served: Midcoast Maine

Programs: We provide finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

United Midcoast Charities is an outstanding example of a dedicated nonprofit resource for Waldo and Knox County - in the beautiful midcoast of Maine. With the UMC's Board of Directors at the helm, and the Executive Director and staff working in concert, the most vulnerable of this region are the beneficiaries of well organized and thoughtful funding. The development of an Advisory Council serves to give up to date information to the UMC and further develop a coherent approach to assisting those in need.

The Belfast Soup Kitchen has received support from the United Midcoast Charity for a number of years. With their support and program development, the Soup Kitchen has access to current nonprofit resource information and guidance. The BSK continues to be open five days a week, all year long to feed the hungry in Waldo County. Thanks to all the dedicated efforts of the UMC President and Board of Directors, and Executive Director and staff, non profit organizations in Maine's midcoast region have been able to meet many of the needs of the most vulnerable. The UMC is an outstanding model for a highly competent charitable organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been on the Board of United Midcoast Charities for one year. The experience has been rewarding. Overcoming a significant adversity several years ago, UMC has evolved into a stronger and more effective organization. This year $500,000 was disbursed to over 40 Knox and Waldo non-profits. There is a new executive director and an active board. It is an exciting place to be!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are proud to have this nonprofit serving our county in Maine.
They help so many nonprofits continue to help so many others here in our part of state. Many would not be able to continue their good work without the network of help and support from United Midcoast Charities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful evening with United Midcoast Charities at their recent "Grants & Dance" celebration! UMC announced their grant recipients that evening and I was impressed by the variety of groups that were awarded money. UMC is truly interested in helping our community by helping a nice cross-section of groups.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

United Midcoast Charities, Inc. has played an important role in serving the elders of Knox County with home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) and an enhanced service program for Meals on Wheels recipients (Home to Me). Their support, including financial, over the years has played a critical role in MCH, Inc.'s ability to provide these services to those in need. Over the past several years UMC's organizational evolution has been one based on best practices, including broad community involvement, outreach, and organizational transparency. Their leadership and collaborative role is key to the well being of those living in the region served.

Board Member

Rating: 5

UMC is a generous, transparent and well-managed provider of grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Knox and Waldo counties in Maine. Beyond raising money and carefully allocating grants, UMC is helping organizations improve their performance by providing opportunities for nonprofit leaders to network and learn from each other. UMC is actively enabling organizations to collaborate for the greater good. It offers an essential safety net for people in our region.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with UMC, I find the staff and board are dedicated to the community, always looking for new ways to serve the underserved by supporting organizations out in the community doing the real work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tremendous progress has been made in rebuilding the organization. Notable is the increased transparency and willingness to incorporate stakeholder feedback in many decisions.

Board Member

Rating: 4

The year has been a story of successes for United Midcoast Charities, here in Camden Maine, following the initial development of our 2018-2021 strategic plan and our taking the necessary steps toward its implementation. The organizational changes have all been positive putting us in a better position to serve the needs our organization and our clients. Great progress on all fronts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A great organization that has proven it can sustain itself through the years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

United Midcoast Charities is a fantastic organization that funds small nonprofits in midcoast Maine. They are highly professional and dedicated. Our nonprofit, WindowDressers, is grateful for their support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

United Midcoast Charities is a locally run and locally focused non-profit with a remarkable history of positive impact in our rural Maine community. With no centralized philanthropic organization in our area, like a United Way, UMC coordinates the best intentions and the generous resources of donors and focuses them on the greatest community needs. This coordination of donors and receivers eliminates redundancy and results in the best possible impact. In the past year the organization has evolved in its vision and is becoming not only a source of funds to local non-profits but also a source of professional development, coordinating training plus funding a database installation on a local computer which saves each non-profit hours of staff time and driving to access this material. Thank you UMC for making midcoast Maine a better place to live!

Previous Stories
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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Director of an organization which is the recipient of the generosity of UMCC. Despite scandal from the former President, the organization has sought justice and recouped most of the lost funds. Throughout the ordeal, the board members were forthcoming and humble about errors that were made. Any question that was asked, they offered sound answers. This is an enormously important resource in the mid-coast Maine community, funding some of the needier members of our towns who exist below the veneer of local affluence and well being. Their application process is thorough and fair. We are grateful for their generous contributions which improve the quality of life for local residents.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

UMCC is making a difference in our communities every day by providing much needed operational funding to local non-profits. A lot of foundations like giving money to new shiny projects, but then aren't willing to provide operational money to help keep them going, even when they've proven that they make a dramatic impact. Not so at UMCC! They carefully evaluate local non-profits through a rigorous grant cycle, and year after year have helped our volunteer clinic expand to serve the growing number of Mainers in need of care. We truly could not be serving the number of people we do without the incredible help from UMCC over the past many years. Thank you for making our communities healthier and happier, we think you're wonderful! ~ Everyone at the Knox County Health Clinic

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about United Mid-coast Charities Inc. Belfast Public Health Nursing Association is a safety net program for those most in need in the Waldo County area. Although primarily funded by the City of Belfast and Waldo County General Hospital, this program depends on the generosity of others to aid in the work we do. In a time when homelessness, food insecurity, and need seems to be increasing, the generous donations given to us by UMCC has allowed our program to continue to provide those most basic of resources to our most vulnerable population. We are incredibly thankful to their organization and applaud their continued efforts to help all in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MaineHealth Care at Home was formed in 2016 by joining the former Kno-Wal-Lin and Waldo County home care and hospice agencies with HomeHealth Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine. Today, our reach extends across seven counties and neighboring islands. Last year, we brought compassionate care and support to more than 22,000 children and adults. In delivering this care, we accepted all patients in need of home health and hospice services and no one was denied care due to lack of insurance or resources. United Mid-Coast Charities made it possible for us to keep the doors of home health and hospice open to those in greatest needs. We thank United Mid-Coast Charities for the valuable funds that support our Compassionate Care Program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Creating positive change for individuals, families, and communities requires considerable collaboration. While we appreciate the financial support that United Mid-Coast Charities offers to social service and non-profit agencies, we are most impressed by their willingness to join conversations around the needs of the mid-coast region. UMCC contributes to positive, solution-focused discussion then actively partners with other organizations to increase and improve supports and services available to the community. They are a valuable resource to this region of Maine.
-Kara Hay, CEO, Penquis

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Board Member

Rating: 5

United Mid-Coast Charities has donated to the Belfast Soup Kitchen for the past six years. Their yearly on site reviews and grant applications are thorough and completely cover all aspects of our nonprofit. We have appreciated their continued financial and compassionate support of our mission to provide a safe community for our guests to find food, comfort and hope for the future in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. In the past they experienced some major difficulty. But, due to the dedication and passionate concern of new leadership, UMCC has emerged as a stronger leader in the nonprofit sector.
Since our organization became a nonprofit seven years ago, we have developed a viable system of transparency for all things related to the Belfast Soup Kitchen. The Officers and Board members are very aware of all matters of the BSK. UMCC has done an outstanding job addressing any past history which impaired their mission. Their new officers and Board responded to a difficult situation and renewed the UMCC with a sense of commitment , energy and skilled expertise. Our Board is proud to recognize them as an example of the best of the nonprofits. We appreciate their support; it is vital to the continuation of the Belfast Soup Kitchen.
Mary E. Brand, President, BOD

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I write as president of Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) food pantry and emergency assistance. We’re all volunteers and serve all of Knox County. United Midcoast Charities has been an essential partner with us, responding to our requests each year with significant help. And when we have experienced trouble, they have stepped in again. For example, three years ago our accounts were all but dry and we had to stop giving vouchers for heat or other critical needs. UMCC responded to that news by giving us an additional large check. When $2,000 was stolen from us and people in the community created a Go-Fund-Me account to restore that money, UMCC matched those gifts. More important, as the demand for our help has nearly doubled in the past three years from about 25 families each day to 45, UMCC has in turn increased their aid to us.

Last year, UMCC invited all their sponsored agencies to attend seminars to focus our thinking on ways to strengthen our procedures. A particular emphasis was on collaborating with each other, to enhance our capabilities and close gaps. Subsequently, UMCC has offered support services to a group of six Knox County non-profit agencies, including AIO, who are establishing the Community Investors’ Initiative (to be launched in January 2018) whereby willing citizens can choose to respond to emails about needs that cannot be filled by existing services (like new glasses or critical home or vehicle repairs, or a bed for a child graduating from his crib).

UMCC has broadened its mission beyond helping to fund the important work being done for struggling families across the midcoast. Their board has realized that they are perfectly placed to know what’s missing, what could be stronger, and to find creative ways to encourage effective problem solving.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

UMCC is an integral part of the midcoast Maine non-profit network of services. They have been very open about asking how to better serve the neediest demographic in this area as well as how to better support the non-profits that focus on this work. I feel we are stronger and more able to help the people who need it the most because of UMCC.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the current President and a Co-Founder of Vinalhaven Eldercare Services, a non profit organization devoted to assisting older residents so they may remain on the island, engaged in the community and near family and friends.
The cost of living on the island is greater than on the mainland, and most of our elders are living with very limited resources. We supply various critical services which our elders could not pay for.
It seems large granting organizations are not interested in small non-profits, such as ours. They want " a bigger bang for their buck". We have applied for funds from United Midcoast Charities for specific needs.
On several occasions board members from UMC have come to to the island to visit with us, tour our assisted living home, and discuss our challenges and successes. They are the only funder who has ever visited us, which indicates to me, they really care about where their resources are going and how wisely they are used. I admire them for taking such a personal interest and being so responsible with the funds they have to share.