FARMINGTON – The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area announced today that Charlie and Chandler Woodcock of Farmington will lead the organization’s 29th annual campaign this fall, which will seek to raise $395,000.
Chandler Woodcock is a long-time educator and coach in the region and a recent gubernatorial candidate. Charlie Woodcock is the director of Franklin Health Access, a program that helps uninsured and underinsured Franklin County residents access health care.
“Charlie and Chandler are well known in the community and have tremendous experience and expertise to lead the United Way to reach a campaign goal of $395,000,” said Lisa Laflin, executive director of the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. “The Board of the United Way and I are thrilled to have such compassionate and skilled community members help the United Way raise funds that greatly impact our surrounding communities.” Funds raised go to support local charitable agencies that include SeniorsPlus, Literacy Volunteers, Western Maine Community Action, the Franklin County Children’s Task Force.
This year’s campaign kick-off will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the North Dining Hall at the University of Maine at Farmington. The event will run from 11 am – 2 pm. This is a chance to visit with the community partners United Way dollars support and meet United Way staff and volunteers as well. There will be free steamed hot dogs, light hors d’oeuvres and music by Native Oak.
The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area has undergone a rigorous assessment process this year to prioritize where the money that is invested in our surrounding communities goes. It is focusing on immediate human needs, including fuel, food, housing, medication and clothing. Additionally, it will allocate resources to programs that serve the elderly and children, those that promote well-being through free health screenings, education, home care and mental health support as well as programs that provide transportation services.