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Mar 2, 2015

United Way of York County Supports Three TOA Programs

 

The Opportunity Alliance Receives United Way of York County 2015 Community Investment

The Opportunity Alliance announced that it has been awarded a one-year grant from United Way of York County totaling $22,500. This investment will help to fund three programs crucial to the strengthening of communities throughout York County; Family and Community Mediation, and our Senior Volunteer Programs: Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions.

This investment will help to fund three programs crucial to the strengthening of communities throughout York County; Family and Community Mediation, and our Senior Volunteer Programs: Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions. Through the mobilization of resources, expertise and funds that support programs focused on the essentials of education, financial stability and health, United Way of York County advances the common good and strengthens the whole community.

The Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs (Senior Volunteer Programs) provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for people age 55 and over interested in meeting critical community needs in school, child development centers, Head Start, adult day programs and private homes throughout York and Cumberland counties.  Volunteers living at less than 200% of poverty are eligible to receive a non-taxable stipend in return for a 15-40 hour a week commitment. 

Family and Community Mediation Services uses trained volunteer mediators to help people defuse potentially destructive conflicts.  This program is run entirely on private donations sought through grants (like this one from United Way of York County) and fundraising efforts.  Our mediation program is free and open to anyone who needs the services regardless of ability to pay.

Thanks to the continued support of many dedicated individuals, businesses and organizations throughout York County, this year, United Way is investing in 66 community programs serving children, youth, adults, and families.

“We applaud the generosity of so many who support United Way’s work throughout the year,” noted United Way of York County President and CEO Barb Wentworth.  “As a result, in 2015 we are able to provide continued and much needed support for essential human services across the region. These important services are a critical component of our collective efforts to build an even stronger York County.”

The Opportunity Alliance has at its foundation, three organizations with long histories of serving communities throughout Maine: Ingraham; Peoples Regional Opportunity Program (PROP); and Youth Alternatives. The three organizations merged in 2011 to form The Opportunity Alliance (TOA). We are the Community Action Agency for Cumberland County, founded in 1965 as an integral part of the “War on Poverty” instituted by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Through our 46 integrated community based and clinical programs, we serve more than 20,000 people annually throughout the state of Maine. For 50 years, we have provided advocacy, leadership, and support to help individuals, families, and communities identify goals and address their needs.

For more information on The Opportunity Alliance’s programming, please contact Jim Gemmell: (207) 523-5014, jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org.

 

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