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United Midcoast Charities Awards $500,000 in Grants to Nonprofits


Recipients gather in Belfast for networking breakfast


United Midcoast Charities (UMC) marked the awarding of $500,000 of grants this year to more than 50 nonprofit organizations in Knox and Waldo counties with a networking breakfast at the Belfast Boathouse on September 29. The Breakfast for Champions was generously sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial and Bangor Savings Bank.

Representatives of organizations receiving grant funding enjoyed meeting each other and hearing Pecha Kucha presentations about the work of Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, MCH Meals on Wheels and Midcoast Habitat for Humanity. The celebratory event included a tribute to UMC’s outgoing grants committee chairman, Peter Horch. 

"Peter has done so much to help UMC expand our engagement in Waldo County and strengthen our overall grantmaking process,” said UMC President John Viehman. "Grants are at the heart of everything we do at UMC, and Peter’s tireless efforts have truly enriched the process. We are deeply grateful for his service.”

Debbie Mitchell of Belfast will succeed Horch as chair of the grants committee. Other board members serving alongside Mitchell and Viehman are Betsy Saltonstall, 1st Vice President; Jill Lang, 2nd Vice President; John Burgess, Secretary; Tom Rodman, Treasurer; Lori Alexander; Chris Beebe; Sani Fogel; Jay Foster; Leni Gronros; Lucile Hanscom; Tyler Jones; Elinor Klivans; Peter Palermo; Joan Phaup; Eric Waters; and Jamie Weymouth. 

UMC Executive Director Megan Williams congratulated the grant recipients and noted the value of bringing nonprofit leaders together for networking and collaboration. "We are pleased to celebrate the work being accomplished by these nonprofits to make a stronger, more resilient community here in Midcoast Maine. We look forward to supporting their hard work in more ways by providing learning and sharing opportunities in addition to funding.”

UMC was founded in 1942 to support local nonprofits, and today continues that tradition through a rigorous application and review process of those requesting funding to supplement their own fundraising efforts. Grant recipients in this cycle include the following organizations: Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry, Belfast Area Childcare Services, Belfast Public Health Nursing Association, Belfast Soup Kitchen, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, Broadreach Family & Community Services, Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, Camden District Nursing Association, Care Partners, Coastal Healthcare Alliance, Coastal Opportunities, Come Spring Food Pantry, Cornerspring Montessori School, Expanding Opportunities Camp Forest, Family Planning Association of Maine, The Game Loft, Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Knox Co. Health Clinic, Knox County Homeless Coalition, LifeFlight Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County, Maine Health-Care at Home, Make-A-Wish Maine, MCH Inc. - Home to ME, MCH, Inc. – Meals on Wheels, Merryspring Nature Center, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, Midcoast Outdoor Leadership Initiative, Midcoast Recreation Center, New Hope for Women, OUT Maine, Parent Program of Knox County, Partners for Enrichment, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Penquis C.A.P., Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, Restorative Justice Project, Ripple Initiative, Rockland District Nursing Association, Strive, Northern New England, Trekkers, Inc., UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Tanglewood, University College at Rockland, Vinalhaven Eldercare Services, Waldo Community Action Partners, Waldo County Dental Care, Waldo County YMCA, Waterfall Arts, Waterman's Community Center, Wayfinder Schools.

United Midcoast Charities Elects Six New Directors
Lori Alexander Chris Beebe  
Sani Fogel 
Jamie Weymouth Leni Gronros
United Midcoast Charities (UMC) elected six new members to its board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting in August. They are Rockport residents Lori Alexander, Leni Gronros and Alexandra Wolf (Sani) Fogel; Chris Beebe and Jeffrey James "Jamie” Weymouth of Camden; and Jay Foster of Lincolnville.
"We are delighted with the talent, commitment and energy these new board members bring to our work supporting service providers in Knox and Waldo counties," said UMC President John Viehman. "They have joined a strong, engaged board that welcomes their experiences as professionals and volunteers who care deeply about the needs of local people and the agencies that serve them.”
Alexander is a real estate agent at Sotheby’s International Realty in Camden. She and her husband John are former owners of Megunticook Campground by the Sea and Camden Hills RV Resort. She enjoyed volunteering as a Big Sister for seven years.
Beebe is former owner of Steel Pro in Rockland, where he now serves as chairman of the board. He has been treasurer of the Farnsworth Museum and a board member at Pen Bay Healthcare.
Fogel served on nonprofit boards in Philadelphia for many years. She was founding director of Delaware Valley Grantmakers and created the Maine Philanthropy Center. She has served on the Rockport Select Board and is president of Bay Chamber Concerts.
Foster worked for Trans World Airlines, eventually serving as the company’s director of operations at Newark International Airport. He is a member of the West Bay Rotary Club, has served on town communities in Lincolnville and volunteers at the Owls Head Transportation Museum.
Gronros and his wife, Kimberlee Graffam, own Graffam Bros. Seafood and are former owners of Penobscot Bay Ice Company. He has served as Rotary District 7790 Governor for Maine and Quebec and is an active member of the Camden Rotary Club.
Weymouth manages Megunticook Real Estate and Management Company and owns the Camden Clothesline laundromat. He has been involved with Camden town committees and the Megunticook Watershed Association and is a volunteer ski coach at the Camden Snow Bowl.
Other members of the UMC board are John Viehman, President; Betsy Saltonstall, 1st Vice President; Jill Lang, 2nd Vice President; John Burgess, Secretary; Tom Rodman, Treasurer; Debbie Mitchell, Executive Committee Member at Large; and directors Lucile Hanscom, Elinor Klivans, Tyler Jones, Peter Palermo, Joan Phaup, and Eric Waters.
Our New Executive Director 

Megan L. Williams of Rockland will join United Midcoast Charities as the organization’s first-ever executive director.
Megan L. Williams"Megan is the right person at just the right time for us,” said John Viehman, president of UMCC’s Board of Directors. "She has a passion for social services, is a great collaborator, a natural leader. She’ll be key to sustaining our 76-year legacy of support for essential service providers here in Midcoast Maine. 
"Megan has a proven track record of leading local organizations and helping them progress by focusing on strategy and relationships. As the needs in our community continue to grow, we need to be ever more vigilant in making the agencies we support stronger and more impactful in meeting critical needs,” Viehman said. 

"I’m looking forward to helping friends and neighbors here in Knox and Waldo counties,” said Williams. "UMCC is uniquely situated to support the work of local agencies that do a great deal of good. I’m excited to start helping with this!”

Williams joined Georges River Land Trust in December 2014 as a development and fundraising professional. Prior to that, she was director of marketing and Communications at Pen Bay Healthcare. 

A Maine native, Williams has been living and working in the Midcoast for 10 years. She lives in Rockland with her husband and two daughters.


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