CAMDEN — As it enters its 80th year, the Board of United Midcoast Charities announced this year’s grants will provide $500,000 to 39 agencies providing the basic needs of food, housing, health & safety, and economic security to residents in Knox and Waldo counties.

“Thanks to the strong support from our donors,” said UMC President John Viehman, “we not only reached our grantmaking goal, we’ll also be able to fully fund our Urgent Needs Grants. That means there will be reserve funding for needs that arise outside our annual grants cycle.”

A celebratory breakfast sponsored by The Samoset Resort is scheduled in early September. Viehman said, “It’s inspiring to see so many agencies gathered together in one place and to feel the exponential impact they have on our friends and neighbors in need here in the Midcoast!”

This year’s recipients grouped by focus area include:

FOOD
AIO Food Pantry; Belfast Soup Kitchen; Come Spring Food Pantry; Knox County Gleaners; MCH Inc. – Meals on Wheels; No Greater Love Food Pantry; St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen and The Kindness Programs.

HOUSING
Coastal Opportunities; Knox County Homeless Coalition; Midcoast Habitat for Humanity and Midcoast Recovery Coalition.

HEALTH & SAFETY
Belfast Public Health Nursing, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Camden Area District Nursing; Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers; Finding Our Voices; Knox Clinic; Maine Youth Alliance – Game Loft; Maine Family Planning; Maine Healthcare At Home; New Hope Midcoast; Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County; OUT Maine; Rockland District Nursing Association; Sexual Assault Support Services; Soap Closet; Waldo County Dental Care and Waldo County Woodshed.

ECONOMIC SECURITY
Belfast Area Child Care Services; Penobscot Bay YMCA; Penquis CAP- Head Start; Restorative Justice Project; Trekkers, Inc.; University of Maine at Augusta Rockland; Waldo CAP; Waldo County YMCA; Waterman’s Community Center and Wayfinder Schools.

Founded in 1942, UMC energizes Midcoast Maine nonprofits through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization. UMC’s primary focus areas are food, housing, health & safety, and economic security. Learn more about United Midcoast Charities by visiting unitedmidcoastcharities.org or call 236-2299.