August 27, 2008

Woodcocks to Lead UW Campaign

FARMINGTON - Chandler and Charlie Woodcock of Farmington will lead the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area's 29th annual campaign this fall.

A campaign goal has been set at $395,000 to help fund area health and social service agencies that assist vulnerable populations. A campaign kickoff will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 in the North Dining Hall at the University of Maine at Farmington.

"Charlie and Chandler are well known in the community and have tremendous experience and expertise to lead the United Way to reach the campaign goal," said Lisa Laflin, executive director of the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area.

Chandler is known as a longtime educator and coach in the region as well as recent gubernatorial candidate, and Charlie is the director of Franklin Health Access, a program that helps uninsured and underinsured Franklin County residents access health care.

United Way funds are allocated to health and social service agencies, known as community partners, including SeniorsPlus, Literacy Volunteers, Western Maine Community Action, the Franklin County Children's Task Force and others.

The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area is focusing on immediate human needs, including fuel, food, housing, medication and clothing. 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.

The Sept. 17 event will provide an opportunity to meet the community partners that United Way funds support as well as United Way staff and volunteers.

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