The Very Basics Fund
In Collaboration with Maine United and
The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area and our partners are working hard to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic to meet the short and long term needs of individuals and families that will be impacted by COVID-19.
UWTVA recognizes the potential for economic impact, unpaid absence, illness, or job loss related directly or indirectly to the virus, increased child care needs due to school and child care closures, and the potential risk of not being able to pay housing, utility and food bills due to financial strains.
Organizations that serve populations in need every day are finding themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for those services. As an organization we are working hard to raise money to respond to this crisis and to provide current information about volunteer opportunities on our website and facebook and instagram pages.
WHAT HAVE WE FUNDED SO FAR?
SeniorsPlus - Meals on Wheels
Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry - Heating assistance
Phillips Area Food Pantry - Food
RSU 9 - Volunteer incentives for those who are delivering food to students and coolers to keep food safe
Tri-Town Ministerial Association Food Cupboard - Food
Community Concepts Incorporated- Transportation costs for food delivery to Head Start families and supplies
Franklin County Children's Task Force - Food boxes for Greater Franklin County families during April school vacation
Greater Franklin Development Council - Food for Kingfield Elementary School families during April school vacation
Rangeley Lakes Regional School Student Assistance Program - Food and other needed supplies for families
University of Maine Farmington - Commitment to clean and professionally sanitize rooms if used by first responders to social distance from families as part of an agreement with Maine Emergency Management
Catholic Charities - Personal Protective Equipment and supplies for seniors participating in the SEARCH program and mileage reimbursement for volunteers delivering supplies
Partners for Children's Oral Health - Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and educational material distribution via school lunch program delivery to promote good oral hygiene when access to oral health care is limited
Rural Community Action Ministry - Food and supplies for Essentials Box serving Livermore, Livermore Falls and Jay, and mileage reimbursement for expanded food and supplies delivery service
Franklin County Children's Task Force - Second request, additional support for food boxes for families
Community Concepts Incorporated - Second request, diapers, wipes, pull-ups
Stratton-Eustis Lions Club - Food for Snack Pack program
The Children's Advocacy Center - A program of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services - HIPAA-compliant ZOOM membership to allow for continuity of services; additional technology and sanitizing products
Children's Center - Sanitizing products to safely resume providing services to young children with disabilities
Mission at the Eastward - materials and supplies for home rehab program and sanitizing products
Old South Congregational Church - Youth Group - Food and food packaging for Tuesday Night Supper Club, a weekly free dinner program for the community
Literacy Volunteers - books, postage, training and administrative costs for pivoting to a virtual instructional environment
Maine Mountain Children's House - PPE and supplies to safely open this non-profit childcare facility in northern Franklin County
Western Maine Homeless Outreach - Emergency housing support; first month's security deposits and homeless navigation services
Kennebec Behavioral Health - Assistance with co-pays and other mental health service payments
Donations can be made online at www.uwtva.org/give
If you would like to make a donation by check, please mail to:
United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
PO Box 126, Farmington, ME 04938.
100% of the donation will be distributed; there will be no administrative fees taken out.
I’M AN INDIVIDUAL WHO’S BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19. CAN THIS FUND HELP ME?
We understand many individuals and families have been affected by the outbreak already and more will continue to be affected. We are working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts.
While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, it is funding community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support. If you are looking for resources now, please contact 211 Maine. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This service is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 211 Maine is a collaborative effort of the United Ways of Maine, the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and The Opportunity Alliance as the Contact Center Partner.
SHOULD I GIVE TO THIS FUND INSTEAD OF MAKING OTHER DONATIONS?
This is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations that have benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those organizations that had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please do what you feel is right - continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time, or give to United Way which can spread its resources to a wide audience. Now is the time to double down for our community.
Based upon the charitable structure of the VERY BASICS FUND, our grants are limited to non-profit organizations, including 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities, 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.
IS THERE A GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF FOCUS FOR THE FUND?
The VERY BASICS FUND will fund community-based organizations serving Franklin County, Livermore and Livermore Falls.
I CANNOT CONTRIBUTE BUT WANT TO DO SOMETHING
APPLYING TO THE FUND
Non-profits. Please apply here. Applications are due October 31, 2020: