United Mid-Coast Charities distributes 2014 grants to 50 nonprofits

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:30am

    CAMDEN — United Mid-Coast Charities distributed $325,150 to area nonprofits in its annual ceremony held Oct. 9 at the First Congregational Church in Camden.

    The largest recipients included Broadreach Family & Community Services ($30,000), Penobscot Bay YMCA ($30,000), Waldo County YMCA ($25,000), and Knox County Homeless Coalition: Hospitality House ($15,000). Other recipients included Area Interfaith Outreach, Belfast Area Children's Services, Knox County Health Clinic, New Hope for Women and Belfast Soup Kitchen.

    Founded in 1942, UMCC collects funds for grants supporting more than 50 agencies serving children and families in Knox and Waldo counties. Contributions are divided amongst the agencies with the greatest need. The funds get divided approximately this way: 47 percent to children's services; 24 percent to community service, 17 percent to medical service, 12 percent to educational service.


    American Red Cross, Mid-coast Chapter, $1,000

    The Apprenticeshop, $1,500

    Area Interfaith Outreach, $15,000

    Belfast Area Children's Services, $8,000

    Belfast Public Health Nursing Association, $5,000 

    Belfast Soup Kitchen, $7,500

    ig Brothers/Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, $6,000

    Broadreach Family & Community Services, $30,000

    Camden Area Food Pantry, $3,000

    Expanding Opportunities: Camp Forest, $1,300

    Coastal Opportunities, $1,500

    Coastal Trans, Inc., $7,000

    Come Spring Food Pantry, $500

    Cornerspring Montessori School, $1,000

    Five Towns Communities That Care, $5,000

    Maine Youth Alliance Game Loft, $2,500

    Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County $5,000

    Herring Gut Learning Center, $3,000 

    Hospice Volunteers Waldo County, $4,000

    Knox County Homeless Coalition: Hospitality House, $15,000

    Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice, $8,500

    Knox County Health Clinic, $10,000

    Literacy Volunteers of Midcoast Maine, $6,000

    Maine Family Planning, $4,000

    Make-A-Wish, $1,000

    Meals On Wheels, $5,000

    Megunticook Rowing, $1,000

    MidCoast Habitat for Humanity, $5,000

    MONEY Athletic Foundation, $1,500

    New Hope for Women, $15,000

    Partners for Enrichment, $3,600

    Penobscot Bay YMCA, $30,000

    Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, $2,000

    Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, $9,000

    Rockland District Nursing Association, Inc., $5,000

    The Soap Closet, $2,000

    Saint Bernard's Soup Kitchen, $3,500

    Station Maine, $1,000

    Tanglewood 4-H Camp, $10,000

    Teen and Young Parent Program of Knox County, Inc., $4,000

    Trekkers, Inc., $7,000

    University of Maine Hutchinson Center, $10,000

    University College at Rockland, $3,750

    Vinalhaven Fuel Fund, $3,000

    Waldo Community Action Partners, $5,000

    Waldo County Home Health Care/Hospice, $7,000

    Waldo County YMCA, $25,000

    Waterfall Arts, $2,000

    Wayfinder School Passages Program, $10,000 

    Youth Arts, $2,500

    Belfast Industries, $5,166

    TOTAL: $325,150

    UMCC participates in payroll deduction programs at Fisher Engineering, in Rockland; the University of Maine; Down East Enterprise; Waldo County General Hospital and Pen Bay Healthcare; Camden National Bank; Waldo County YMCA, and more.

    All the money for UMMC is raised in Knox and Waldo counties, and last year, was distributed to the 52 local organizations. 

    The process begins with organizations submitting applications to UMCC, which are screened. Then, each of the 45 directors interviews the organization or agency, and analyzes financial statements.

    Most of the time, the directors return to board meetings and approve the request for UMCC funding.

    After that, it is the UMCC Allocation Committee that will decide how much money will get distributed to which organization. At the annual meeting in August, the entire Board of Directors votes on the final allocations.

    In 2012, UMCC raised and distributed approximately $350,000. That year, UMCC gave varying amounts to different agencies, such as, Broadreach Area Child Care Services $35,000; Area Interfaith Outreach, $13,000; Camden District Nursing and Rockland District Nursing, each $5,000; the Community School, $10,000; Kn-Wal-Lin, $8,500; Literacy Volunteers, $6,000; New Hope for Women, $13,000; Tanglewood 4-H, $10,000; Penobscot Bay YMCA, $32,000, and Waldo County YMCA, $25,000; Restorative Justice, $5,900; and a number of others, including $58,266 in individual contributions to organizations with sum less than $5,000. 

    UMCC's mission has not changed dramatically from its initial intent in 1942 to collectively raise the standard of living, provide help for those in need, and provide the chance of education, particularly for young mothers. That year, the fledgling organization, then known as United Camden Charities, raised $5,569 and distributed it to Camden District Nursing Association, Camden Community Hospital, the Boy Scouts, Camden Red Cross Workroom, the YMCA and the Barrett's Cove, on Megunticook Lake.

    Economic strains then were not that different from today, a time when the Midcoast was just beginning to feel its way past the Great Depression, and World War II was calling young men to serve. In 1942, the population of Knox County was 27,191; Waldo County, 21,159. Today, the population of Knox is 39,708 and Waldo, 38,745. And though the education level and standard of living has since climbed, chronic poverty, drug and alcohol use, abuse and suicide remain a constant.

    The founders also set three tenets that first year: All funds contributed were to be distributed; the organization was to remain all-volunteer, with no paid employees; and an endowment pay all the expenses would be established. The next year, those individuals — J. Hugh Montgomery, Edward Cornelis, Charles Seaverns, Francis Gilbert, Bertha Clason, Emma Alden, Clayton McCobb, C.W. Babb, Jr., Helen Hubbard Dodge, Percy Keller, Gilbert Laite, Milford Payson, Zlatko Balokovic — created a $1,000 endowment to pay for organizational expenses.

    Seventy years later, the foundation holds, albeit a few name changes. In 1949, the United Camden Charities became the United Camden-Rockport Charities, and then in 1995, it was changed again to United Mid-Coast Charities. That year, the mission also evolved to specify support for charities that provide social services and care to the “most deserving, including medical, physical, social, psychiatric or community educational services.

    Its endowment, however, has grown to a robust $1.5 million, thanks to a $500,000 bequest by Delpha Wellborn, who lived on Megunticook Lake. She would donate every year to UMCC, approximately $1,000 to $1,500. Before she died, she mentioned to her niece that her reason to leave a large sum to UMCC was predicated in large part because of those handwritten notes, the correspondence.

    Today that $1.5 million endowment is able to generate $40,000 to $50,000 in dividends, which go toward paying the annual organizational operating costs of UMCC. That endowment portfolio sits with Vigilante Capital, in Portland.

    UMCC’s 42-member Board of Directors this year includes:

    Stephen V. Crane, President
    Dr. Carol B. Robbins, 1st Vice President
    John P. Williams, 2nd Vice President
    Carole L. Martin, Secretary
    Eric G. Belléy, Treasurer

    Morton D. Alling, III
    Mark A. Biscone
    Dan Bookham
    Erin Flanagan
    Lucile O. Hanscom
    Tim Healy
    Peter Horch

    Elinor W. Klivans
    David V. Laite
    Jill Lang
    Heidi S. Matteo
    Esther Sexton
    David C. Tassoni
    Lee Woodward, Jr.

    Skip Bates
    Victoria C. Dibner
    Virginia Hilyard
    Elizabeth Killoran
    Todd W. Mackey
    Carole L. Martin

    Dr. Carol B. Robbins
    Catherine Robbins
    Dr. T. Richard Snyder
    J. B. Turner
    Eric Waters
    Wendy G. Weiler

    Eric G. Belléy
    Mary Alice Bird
    Nancy M. Boyington
    Stephen V. Crane
    Daniel Dibner
    Robert A. Fernald
    Sonya Frederick
    Allison Lee Maguire
    Martha P. Martens

    Jennifer Lloyd Mirabile
    Allen D. Mitchell
    Peter A. Palermo
    James C. Patterson
    Joan Phaup
    Betsy Saltonstall
    John Viehman
    John P. Williams