CAMDEN – United Midcoast Charities awarded $464,750 to 34 nonprofits that address basic needs for food, housing, health and safety, and economic security in Knox and Waldo counties.

UMC Grants Committee Chair Jim Hengerer presented the 2021 grants to local agencies at a breakfast reception sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial, Bangor Savings Bank and The Samoset Resort July 13.

UMC’s grants committee selected the recipients after a thorough competitive review that used an accelerated, online grant application process developed last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although the Midcoast has returned to some semblance of normalcy in recent months, many of our friends and neighbors still face enormous challenges,” said UMC President Lori Alexander.

“We met urgent needs in 2020 by speeding up our grantmaking process and giving our grantees more freedom in their use of their funding. We also created a Rapid Response fund to address emergencies that arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our successes last year confirmed the importance of flexibility in addressing today’s needs.”

At a breakfast sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial, Bangor Savings Bank and The Samoset Resort July 13, the following agencies received grants:

Food

Belfast Soup Kitchen, MCH Inc. Meals on Wheels, No Greater Love Food Pantry and St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen.

Housing

Knox County Homeless Coalition, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity and Mid Coast Recovery Coalition.

Health & Safety

Belfast Public Health Nursing Association; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine; Maine Family Planning; Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County; Maine Youth Alliance; Knox County Health Clinic; New Hope for Women; One Less Worry; OUT Maine; Parent Program of Mid-Coast Maine; Rockland District Nursing Association; Sexual Support Assault Services; Soap Closet; MaineHealth Care at Home; Waldo County Dental Care and Waldo County Woodshed.

Economic Security

Belfast Area Child Care Services Inc.; Penobscot Bay YMCA; Penquis CAP; Restorative Justice Project; Station Maine; Trekkers; UMA Rockland Center; Waldo Community Action Partners; Waldo County YMCA; Waterman’s Community Center and Wayfinder Schools: Passages Program.

For further details about the grantees, visit UnitedMidcoastCharities.org/Grantees.

United Midcoast Charities is a 501c3 community-supported nonprofit.