BANGOR, ME – Heart of Maine United Way is pleased to announce its campaign goal and campaign chair for the 2023 fall campaign. 

Heart of Maine United Way (HoMEUW) and community volunteers have set a campaign goal of $1.73 million. Gifts to HoMEUW will help support United Way initiatives and 40 funded programs that combined will help 122,748 people in our communities in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington Counties. 

Heart of Maine United Way is also excited to announce that John Pond, Executive Vice President, Environmental Division Director for Haley Ward, Inc. will serve as campaign chair this year. 

“John has been a United Way supporter for more than 20 years and we couldn’t be more excited that he will chair the campaign,” said Heart of Maine United Way President & CEO Shirar Patterson. “Right from our initial meetings we could see his passion for helping the community.” 

“This is a great challenge and great honor,” said Pond. “Supporting the United Way has always been a priority. In our workplace at Haley Ward, we’re proud to partner with United Way and look forward to the campaign season. Helping the community is a part of Haley Ward’s work culture.”

Heart of Maine United Way announced its campaign goal and introduced Pond at its campaign kickoff last Friday, where hundreds of community members gathered for games, a cookout provided by Hannaford, and CANstruction. The CANstruction, featuring can sculptures, were immediately donated to local pantries. In all, 5,416 cans and jars of food were donated, representing 4,513 meals at a value of $13,539 that will immediately help those in need.