Unity Barn Raisers has received a $6,062 grant from the Waldo County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to create a volunteer management system for internal programs and external partners, such as local organizations.

Unity Barn Raisers (UBR) is a convener and coordinator of community activity and vitality in the greater Unity area.  The organization is in a unique position to identify needs in the community and has grown a volunteer base to support programs that seek to address these needs, demonstrated by events such as their annual Day of Service which engaged a diverse group of volunteers in more than 300 hours of service last fall.  This Waldo County Fund award allows the organization to expand these types of efforts and to offer volunteer coordination services to other organizations and community causes.

“We are thankful to Maine Community Foundation and excited about the impact this work will have in our community,” Programs Director Mary Leaming said.  “Volunteers are the most important resource we have as an organization – so we are eager to more efficiently and effectively engage them, while also offering this service to our great local partners.”

The grant will specifically support further collaboration with MOFGA, Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Veggies For All, Volunteer Regional Food Pantry and other local organizations.

For more information about Unity Barn Raisers, call 948-9005.

The Waldo County Fund, launched 25 years ago when Waldo County was the poorest county in New England, has awarded more than 140 grants.  The Fund provides permanent support to nonprofits in the region and is overseen by an advisory committee of local community leaders who partner with the foundation to build charitable resources.  The Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.  To learn more about the foundation, visit mainecf.org.