Community Improvement, Capacity Building

United Way of York County

Kennebunk, ME


United Way of York County improves lives by mobilizing people and resources!

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Mrs. Barbara K. Wentworth

Main Address

PO Box 727

Kennebunk, ME 04043 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

We are working to address complex issues in our larger community such as ensuring children have the best start in life, preventing hunger, offering options for teens to engage in positive activities and providing a safety net of services that meet basic needs.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Volunteer Reader Project


Healthy Preschool Project

Youth Days of Caring

Community Investments

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

United Way of York County's strategic plan 2014-2020 is focused on ensuring: *All children, birth to age 5, and their families have the best start with quality child care, strong early literacy supports and elementary school attendance (BRIGHT BEGINNINGS) *Children and senior citizens have the nutritious food they need to maintain their health and well-being (HEALTHY FOODS) *Youth are engaged in their community and philanthropy through service and leadership development (CONNECTED YOUTH); and *SUPPORTIVE SERVICES that meet the basic needs of many and that build the capacity of nonprofits through targeted investments.

Our strategies include investing in community services and targeted initiatives, participating in community coalitions and collaboratives that address our priorities and developing our own projects that further progress on those priorities. For example, to address our Bright Beginnings priorities, we provide investments to quality early child care programs (approx. $100,000 in 2015). Our Volunteer Reader Project is one strategy to improve early literacy outcomes and our annual Tools4Schools drive and distribution ensures 1000+ children have the supplies they need to start and stay in school.

United Way of York County works to meets its goals through local fundraising, securing sponsors and grants for special projects, partnering with other organizations and community leaders, and mobilizing the power of volunteers to address needs. We are convenors and collaborative leaders in our community and regularly provide facilitation, meeting and initiative support. As an example, for four years, we served as the fiscal agent, financial manager and 'backbone' for a countywide hunger initiative. Currently, we are supporting an innovative Connected Youth initiative called Project Playback. Since 1991, UWYC has had a volunteer center focused on recruiting volunteers, building the capacity of nonprofits to do so and providing best practice training for volunteer managers and nonprofit leaders. Since 2015, we have been nationally recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light for our efforts to engage skilled volunteers in the mission related work of our organization.

Our strategic plan has annual deliverables for each priority area and each staff member has individual responsibilities for plan deliverables. The work and accomplishments in one year are designed to move us forward for the next year so that measurable progress can be made in the areas of greatest focus. We use a variety of methods to gather data in support of our work, including pre- and post-surveys for our Youth Days of Caring and teacher gathered data (using best practice assessment tools) to assess the progress of students in our Volunteer Reader sites. In conjunction with the Data Innovation Project, we created an evaluation framework to help guide our data gathering and reporting on results.

We are seeing measurable results - improved reading proficiency - for the children supported via our Volunteer Reader Project. Our goal is to have a VRP site in each of the 11 school districts in our county by 2021. Our efforts to involve more youth in their community through service are on the rise. To support youth engagement, more than 1500 high school and college students have learned about volunteering and participated in service activities this year. This is a 42% increase over last year. Again, we hope to have a Youth Day of Caring in each of the county's middle schools by the end of 2021. We know that for every dollar contributed to our United Way, we can return the value of $4.13 back to the community. We know this by tracking our results in mobilizing volunteers, securing grants and other resources for our work, providing supports that save local residents money on prescriptions, services and more.

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

United Way

Service Enterprise accredited

Affiliations & Memberships

Points of Light Foundation


United Way of York County

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity