BATH — United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s campaign kicked off Sept. 12, at Maine Maritime Museum. “Moving Forward Together” is the campaign theme, following on last year’s theme celebrating United Way’s 60th anniversary.

“We know that the only way we can truly all move forward and meet community needs is if individual donors step forward and increase their giving, and new donors join us to change lives,” said Campaign Chair Bill Brillant, in a news release. “We need everyone’s help.”

“United Way is moving forward by addressing emerging needs such as treatment for opioid addiction and at-home nursing care for elders, and by investing in babies and young children to create long-lasting change,” said Brillant. “United Way is also the best way to make sure our neighbors in need get the immediate, critical help they need to improve their financial stability, education, and health.”

Brillant is customer service manager for Downeast Energy. He has served on United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, Board, and Basic Needs Solutions Council. Many years ago he served as a campaign “loaned executive.” He is also chair of Save Our Swinging Bridge in Topsham; member and past president of the Topsham Expresso Rotary; and has been active in many community organizations and initiatives.

United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s 2017 Campaign Cabinet was introduced at the organization’s campaign kick-off event on Sept. 12. Raye Leonard - Coastal Journal

The year Campaign Cabinet also includes Steve Cornish, Karen Race, and Bob Murray of Bath Iron Works,;Bryan Campbell of Mechanics Savings Bank; Brian Wilson and Steve Bailey of the Maine School Management Association; Dave Millar of Riley Insurance Agency; Tyler Zamore of Bath Savings Institution; Richard Price of First Advisors; Kelly Holbrook of LincolnHealth; Kim Watson of Mid Coast Senior Health Center; Chris Szalay of SEARCH – Greater Bath; Mark Waltz of the Brunswick Police Department; Stacy Frizzle of People Plus; and Bob Beaumont of CHANS Hospice.

Campaign Chair Bill Brillant, of Downeast Energy, introduces Sherri Emery, of FHC Inc., in Bowdoinham, along with other 2017 Loaned Executives, at United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s campaign kick off on Sept. 12, at Maine Maritime Museum. Raye Leonard - Coastal Journal

This year’s Loaned Executives, helping full-time on the campaign over the next 10 weeks, include Deanna DeLuca of Norway Savings Bank; Sherri Emery of FHC Inc.; Regina Ketcheson, sponsored by Bath Savings Institution; Angela Pellerin of Hannaford; John Portela of Bath Iron Works and Local S6; and Deb Sullivan of L.L. Bean.

Brillant reported some encouraging early campaign results. All-staff meetings were held at Brunswick schools;Maine Region 10 Technical High School; Lincoln Academy; AOS 93; Regional School Unit 1, and MSAD 75. Other early campaigns have been held at UPS, Target, and Walmart.

FHC, Inc., and Riley Insurance have each given increased corporate gifts this year. Additional early corporate gifts have come in from Norway Savings, Target, JHR Development, Woodex Bearing, and Sebasco Harbor Resort.

Employees of Bath Iron Works and Mid Coast-Parkview Health who are sustained givers – giving continually – were given special thanks.  Together they have raised $109,000 already for United Way. Brillant also noted that the United Way board, cabinet, and staff members have 100 percent participation in the campaign.

The annual campaign has raised $298,105, or 16.5 percent of its $1,800,000 goal. Raye Leonard - Coastal Journal

The campaign has already raised $298,105, or 16.5 percent of its $1,800,000 goal. The finale is Nov. 9.

Anyone who has not typically been reached by United Way is encouraged to be part of the community-wide campaign by calling the office at 443-9752. The generosity of the Mid Coast community made it possible last year for approximately 20,000 people to receive help through United Way’s 38 partner agencies.

United Way volunteers also work on initiatives to address root causes of problems and advance long-lasting solutions for Midcoast Maine.

For more information, visit www.uwmcm.org.