The United Way of Kennebec Valley is a nonprofit organization serving 19 communities in Southern Kennebec County. United Way partners with 48 local programs to provide a better quality of life for people experiencing emergencies, hardships and personal challenges in our communities since 1955. One of those partnership programs is The Bread of Life Ministries in Augusta. Homelessness is on the rise in Central Maine, and the need for emergency shelter has never been greater in the Capital area. Bread of Life Ministries operates adjacent shelters for families and veterans. Bread of Life is forced to say ‘no’ to roughly 600 phone calls per year from our neighbors seeking shelter. Their capital campaign’s mission to “Never Say No Again” will ensure that no one is left out in the cold. AFC was proud to contribute $10,000.00 to this campaign. Below, Marc Lacasse, President & CEO of AFC presented John Richardson, Executive Director of Bread of Life Ministries, with a check at our recent company event.
United Way’s Executive Director Rob Gordon looks on with our very own Lynn Ouellette, Customer Service Manager for AFC and a United Way Pace-setter. Lynn helped lead the way and organize a payroll donation initiative. AFC employees are able to donate directly through their pay checks each week. Twenty-eight businesses met or exceeded United Way’s 5 Percent Challenge through increased donations to the 2017 Employee Giving Campaign. AFC employees came in with 61%. For more information, please visit their websites:
AFC Continues to Partner with Community Organizations.
The Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed was founded in 2001 by a group of local residents who were concerned about declining water quality on their lakes. A 217 square mile drainage basin in central Maine, the Cobbossee Watershed contains more than 15,000 households and attracts thousands of tourists and summer residents each year. Just recently, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed growth of Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) in the north end of Cobbosseecontee (aka Cobbossee) Lake in Winthrop. The plant was discovered in July by Friends of Cobbossee Watershed (FOCW) plant surveyors. DEP,FOCW and Cobbossee Watershed District have searched for and removed plants since last month’s discovery. The FOCW will be doubling down with their efforts, altering their plans a bit to survey the known area in and adjacent to the marina, so that we may find plants as they emerge. They will continue to work closely with the Maine DEP and the owners of Lakeside Marina to prevent further introduction of invasive plants as well as stop those that have already been introduced from continuing to grow. The FOCW intend to manage this situation as swiftly as possible. Their efforts to keeping our local waterways clean and free from invasive species is a never-ending task, so it seems. AFC understands the importance of this natural resource for both current and future generations to come. That is why AFC proudly donated $10,000.00 to the Friends of Cobbossee Watershed. Pictured above is FOCW Executive Director Tamara Whitmore accepting the check from Marc Lacasse, President and CEO of AFC. AFC has previously been a supporter of the Tadpole Patrol, one of the educational programs currently underway with FOCW.
For more information, please visit their website: The Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed