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What did you spend $5 on this week? Was it a snack while filling up the gas tank or maybe a game at the state fair that drew you in (you were this close to getting that stuffed lobster)? We may believe $5 doesn’t go far these days, but the United Way of Eastern Maine can turn that $5 a week into 25 hours of homework help for elementary school-aged kids, back-to-school clothes and supplies for homeless children, and so much more.

EMHS-team-(1).jpgFor nearly 80 years, United Way of Eastern Maine has worked in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties to help our families, friends, and neighbors in need—that is what inspires EMHS members to give. EMHS employees collectively have been United Way of Eastern Maine’s largest corporate donor for the past two years contributing $175,000 per year and more than $1.75 million over the past ten years.

“United Way of Eastern Maine likely supports a program that will benefit someone you care about. We’re all connected and if you want to support safe, healthy communities, this is a great way to do it,” said Jason Tankel, JD, EMHS vice president, chief compliance and internal audit officer who has overseen the system campaign for the last six years.

Eight of our member organizations participate in this campaign and for Chris Shaw, Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Call Center and Clinical Operations director, this will be his third year helping lead the greatly successful campaign at the medical center. “United Way of Eastern Maine supports programs throughout the five counties our patients and families call home. They can stretch our dollars over many programs, maximizing the benefit to the community. By giving to one, we give to many.”

In this seventh year for Jason and Lorraine Whittaker, administrative assistant III for EMHS Compliance and Internal Audit, who does much of the behind-the-scenes heavy lifting to coordinate the campaign, they will transition oversite of the system campaign to Doug Michael, MPH, chief community health and grants officer, and EMHS associate vice president.

Jesse Moriarity, United Way of Eastern Maine’s chief operating officer, loves the passion of our employees and even shows up as a guest at departmental meetings, at our request, telling the stories of those helped by United Way of Eastern Maine. “Whether it be heat or food, child care or shelter, with the support from EMHS employees, we and our partners have helped more than 50,000 of our neighbors, friends, patients, and coworkers find the help that they need each year. You all have been an incredible partner.”

Join us at the campaign kickoff event!
This is truly an inspiring event in which the whole community comes out to celebrate. Kickoff is Friday, September 21 from 11:45 am – 1 pm at Williams Park in Bangor (rain date of Friday, September 28). Lunch will be provided by Hannaford so be sure to RSVP at: or 207.941.2800.
How do I give?
Visit the official EMHS- United Way of Eastern Maine campaign site at:, and select pledge online in the left menu.
Want to get involved? Reach out to your local campaign contact:
Acadia Hospital: Nichole Trainor
VNA Home Health Hospice: Linda Neleski
Affiliated Healthcare Systems (AHS): Amelia Langley
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital: Noah Lundy
Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital: Kimberly Bussell
Eastern Maine Medical Center: Chris Shaw
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital: Kathleen Smith
EMHS Home Office: Doug Michael/Jason Tankel