About Us

Our Vision & Mission.

Imagine a Community United in Purpose.

At Heart of Maine United Way, we are more than just an organization; we are the architects of meaningful and lasting change.

For over 85 years, we have been a trusted catalyst, tirelessly working with communities in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties to improve lives.

Heart of Maine United Way dreams of a community where every person, regardless of background, experiences stability. Picture a place where hunger and homelessness are relics of the past, and safety is a given. In this vision, seeking treatment and recovery services is met without barriers or stigma. Parents and caregivers effortlessly access high-quality care settings, equipped with the tools and resources to be cornerstone support for their families. Our youth are not just part of the community; they are actively engaged, empowered, and resilient. Together, we pave the way for a community where everyone plays a role in making a difference.

Our Vision

Working hand-in-hand with the communities we serve, Heart of Maine United Way envisions a future where we are the driving force for positive and lasting change. Our commitment is unwavering – we strive to improve the lives of every person in our region.

OUr Mission

We wake up and get to work with a clear and strong purpose: to improve the lives of people in our community by mobilizing the caring power of people and communities. Heart of Maine United Way stands as a beacon of unity, a force that brings together the collective goodwill of individuals and communities. We must foster a community where each person is valued, supported, and has the resources to thrive.

What sets us apart

Heart of Maine United Way isn’t just about charity; it’s about creating lasting impact. We fuel change by bringing together the strengths of individuals, community leaders, corporate partners, legislators, and organizations. Our approach is not just about addressing immediate needs; it’s about dismantling systemic barriers and building a future where everyone has equal access to opportunities.


Every day, Heart of Maine United Way is at the forefront, making a difference in the lives of 1-in-3 of our neighbors. As the largest private funder in our six-county area, we are not just addressing immediate needs; we are investing in the long-term well-being of our communities.


Why Your Support Matters…

When you support Heart of Maine United Way, you’re not just contributing; you’re becoming part of a movement. Your donation, your time as a volunteer, or your role as a funder – every act fuels the transformation we envision. Together, we are breaking down barriers, creating opportunities, and making a tangible difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Join Us

Building a United Future.

Be a part of something bigger. Join Heart of Maine United Way in our journey to create a community where compassion meets action. Together, we can build a united future where positive change reverberates through every corner of our region.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. United in Purpose. Together, let’s make our vision a reality.

Heart of Maine United Way

Serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, Waldo, Somerset, and Washington Counties

With an estimated population of 345,656 our region is filled with outdoor adventures, rural communities, bustling historic town centers, great business success stories, and its own unique set of community challenges and needs. Evolving our role to become what the community requires to respond to the most pressing issues, Heart of Maine United Way (HoMEUW) wants to engage more people, raise awareness of the issues our communities face, and activate our cross-sector network of partners. Join us in creating long-term, sustainable change together!