Various businesses and organizations in and around the County got together for lunch with United Way of Aroostook's Employee Campaign Managers Luncheon today.

The meeting took place at the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Caribou.

Those in attendance heard the mission and the work of United Way of Aroostook to encourage campaign managers to bring the message back to their workplace in an effort to increase employee donations to United Way.

Sherry Locke of the United Way said,

“We are more than fundraisers.

We help identify needs in the community and bring everyone to the table to create lasting change, but we cannot do that without all of you.”

Locke highlighted the 14 local agencies they fund as well as some of the nine programs they coordinate internally.  All agencies and programs address the needs of citizens in the areas of health, education, and financial stability.

Led by Co-Chairs Jon Gulliver and Jess Ouellette, the 2017 Campaign Committee has set its goal at $600,000.

It showcased three of the agencies, organizations, and programs which benefit from United Way of Aroostook support. It is currently available for viewing on both their website and their Facebook pages.

“The Campaign Committee has been hard at work since July working on ideas to make this 60th-anniversary campaign one of the best,” said Campaign Co-Chair Jon Gulliver.

“The employee campaign manager (ECM) meeting campaign kickoff is a major step towards our $600,000 goal. It’s always great to see the enthusiasm of the ECM’s, as they do much of the heavy lifting during the campaign.”

United Way has 85 workplace campaigns throughout Aroostook County and comes in all shapes and sizes, but collectively account for 65% of the total campaign.

The remainder of the campaign comes in from individual donations, events, grants, corporate gifts, and special fundraisers.

United Way of Aroostook is excited about the momentum already gathered for this campaign.

If you or your club, or organization would like to know more about the work of your local United Way or become involved in the local campaign, please contact their office at (207) 764-5197.

The committee has worked on a campaign video, which was viewed publicly for the first time at the luncheon. You can check out and share the video and be a part of this great cause for people in your community.