Newest United Midcoast Charities board members relocated to area, bring charity experience

Posted:  Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 10:00am

CAMDEN — Jim Hengerer, of Rockland, and Steve Kemple, of Lincolnville, have joined the board of directors of United Midcoast Charities. Both have recently relocated to become permanent residents of the Midcoast and are eager to serve their new communities, according to UMC, in a news release. 

Jim Hengerer grew up in Albany, NY. After medical school, he served in U.S. Navy for nine years while training in Ear, Nose and Throat as his medical specialty. He practiced in Lynchburg, VA for 35 years and retired to Rockland four years ago with his wife, Judy. They have spent summers in Maine on Echo Lake for many years.

In addition to his term as a director, Hengerer has joined UMC’s Development Committee and will continue on the UMC Grants Committee for a second year.

Steve Kemple, a retired aircraft financing executive, relocated with his wife to Lincolnville from Ohio in 2017 after having a second home in Midcoast Maine for many years. While in Ohio, he served as treasurer of a charity that purchased and distributed clothing to school children in need. In addition, he has served on various boards and committees both in Ohio and Maine.

Kemple has been an active member of UMC’s Finance Committee and was recently elected to serve as the organization’s treasurer and that committee’s chair.

United Midcoast Charities, founded in 1942, is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization, according to the release. 

UMC’s areas of focus are food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. In 2018 UMC awarded grants totaling $500,000 to more than 40 agencies as part of their community-led competitive Grants Program.

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