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Priority Area: Supportive Services

                                                                             

                                                                                    

Supportive Services

Investing in local services that meet basic needs and build community capacity.

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Funded Programs that support children being raised in safe and nurturing homes, youth choosing healthy behaviors and adults having access to quality health care.

 


The nutrition of all children and seniors in York County is improved through healthy food and improved eating habits.

Promote improved childhood nutrition for health, learning, and school success:
Children with access to healthy nutritious foods perform better on tests, are more focused in class, behave better, are absent less, and have higher self-esteem. Their overall cognitive performance is improved as demonstrated through their levels of alertness, attention, memory and problem-solving skills.

Many children are consuming diets high in calories but low in nutrients, which can leave them overweight and undernourished. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high, making early intervention on adopting healthy patterns of nutrition and physical activity behaviors a priority.

Promote improved nutrition for seniors to maintain health and independence:
Seniors with access to healthy nutritious foods are more likely to live longer, healthier lives.

Food insecure seniors have lower nutrient intakes and are more likely to suffer from a wide array of health outcomes.

Access to food for seniors can be difficult due to a lack of transportation, income limitation, functional or cognitive limitation, or health problems.

Develop an advocacy strategy focused on hunger prevention:
Provide clear and informed messages to key stakeholders and community members to support the efforts around hunger prevention to generate positive outcomes for individuals, families, and the community as a whole.


United Way Worldwide Focus on HEALTH and National Goal

Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

Since 2008, United Way Worldwide has been working to achieve a bold, 10-year goal: to increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors by 2018. Achieving this goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.


Health Facts across America

  • More than 33% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That’s 25 million kids and teenagers.
  • Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.1
  • The number of Americans without health insurance has increased steadily since the beginning of the century, now totaling about 47 million. More than 80% are working families.2
  • 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools.3

1Institute of Medicine. From Neurons to Neighborhood: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Washington DC: National Academies Press, 2000.)
2Employee Benefit Research Institute estimates from the March Current Population Survey, 2007 Supplement.
3Compiled by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota School of Public Health, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey 2007.

 


Supportive Services: Community Investments 2021

 
Organization's Mission Statement:
The mission of the Sanford-Springvale YMCA is to promote values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, to build healthy spirit, mind and body and to improve the quality of life for all members of Sanford-Springvale and the surrounding communities.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Trafton Senior Center
Community Little Pantry
United Way of York County Investment:
$11,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
The Opportunity Alliance works with people to build better lives and stronger communities. We provide advocacy, leadership, and support to identify the goals and address the needs of individuals, families, and communities.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Senior Campanion Program
United Way of York County Investment:
$5,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Volunteers of America is a movement organized to reach and uplift all people and bring them to the knowledge and active service of God.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
"Let's Eat" - Food Security For Seniors
United Way of York County Investment:
$10,273
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
We are committed to providing exceptional care to our patients and their families. All our efforts must be thoughtful, kind and loving.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Healthy Food For Seniors: York Hospital Meal Delivery Services
Prescription Assistance Program
United Way of York County Investment:
$15,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Disaster Cycle Services
United Way of York County Investment:
$7,700
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Catholic Charities empowers and strengthens individuals and families of all faiths by providing innovative community-based social services throughout Maine.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Independent Support Services
United Way of York County Investment:
$8,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Our mission is to improve the lives of children and adults in our communities by providing needed, accessible, comprehensive, quality oral health care.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Low-Income Oral Health Access Program
United Way of York County Investment:
$20,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
To prevent the spread of HIV and provide support for those living with HIV/AIDS in Maine.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Access To Basic Needs For People Living With HIV/AIDS
United Way of York County Investment:
$10,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Since 1974, Legal Services for the Elderly has been helping Maine seniors protect their rights to live independently and with dignity. Legal Services for the Elderly's mission is to provide free, high quality legal services to Maine's socially and economically needy elderly aged 60 and over.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
York County Senior Helpline
Ensuring Elder Access To Long Term Care
United Way of York County Investment:
$20,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Our mission is to ensure that state and federal laws affecting poor people are upheld, while also addressing the systemic barriers to justice faced by Mainers with low incomes.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Homelessness Prevention and Family Stability
United Way of York County Investment:
$10,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Planned Parenthood's mission is to provide voluntary family planning services and education that enhance personal and social understanding of human sexuality. We advocate public policies that guarantee reproductive rights and access to health care.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
York County Reproductive Health Care
United Way of York County Investment:
$10,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
We are dedicated to maintaining and improving the health of the communities we serve by: Caring for our community, educating tomorrow's caregivers, and researching new ways to provide care.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Care Partners
United Way of York County Investment:
$5,775
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Emergency Assistance
United Way of York County Investment:
$5,000
 
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Community Lunch
Hands Up
United Way of York County Investment:
$9,840
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
YCCAC’s mission is to alleviate the effects of poverty, attack its underlying causes, and to promote the dignity and self-sufficiency of the people of York County, Maine. 
Untited Way Funded Programs:
York County Transport
GATHER
The Hope Fund
A Place for Us
United Way of York County Investment:
$48,700
 
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Vet to Vet Maine Vet to Vet Maine is committed to alleviating social isolation and loneliness among Maine’s veterans and linking them to needed services.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Vet to Vet Visitor Program.
United Way of York County Investment:
$14,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
It is the mission of Caring Unlimited to work with the community to end domestic violence in York County.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Outreach Services.
United Way of York County Investment:
$16,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine provides free services in York and Cumberland counties to anyone affected by sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual abuse, through prevention programs, support, education, and advocacy.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
SART Advocate.
United Way of York County Investment:
$21,000
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
At MaineHealth Care at Home, our mission is "helping people to be as healthy and independent, as possible, at home and in the community."
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Population Health.
United Way of York County Investment:
$5,000
 
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center collaborates with our local communities and neighbors to find meaningful solutions to poverty, isolation, and despair in a welcoming and compassionate environment.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Homeless Outreach
United Way of York County Investment:
$9,000
 
 
 
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Youth Full Maine provides nourishing food for children and their families in York County who are food-insecure.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Nourishing York County's Students, Families & Communities
United Way of York County Investment:
$10,000
 
 
Organization's Mission Statement:
Since 1981 the Biddeford Food Pantry has been focused on helping the citizens of Biddeford, Maine in the fight against hunger.
Untited Way Funded Programs:
Feeding Our Neighbors.
United Way of York County Investment:
$8,000