The Center for Grieving Children Receives United Way of York County Investment

The Center for Grieving Children Receives United Way of York County Investment

Date: March 31, 2021

Sanford, Maine. The Center for Grieving Children today announced that it has been awarded a one-year grant totaling $15,000 by United Way of York County (UWYC). This investment will allow the Center to continue providing peer support groups to residents of York County; currently virtual due to Covid-19. UWYC creates meaningful, lasting change by connecting people and resources to improve lives and create better communities.

Our partnership shares a vision of a strong York County based on a foundation of trust, respect and a willingness to collaborate. Together, we can make a difference in the way we learn, live, and work to enjoy longer and better lives. It is UWYC’s belief that working together we can do more than either organization can accomplish alone.

Thanks to the continued support of many individuals, businesses and organizations throughout York County this year, UWYC investments totaled $622,588, supporting 59 programs from 39 organizations. “Considering these very challenging times, we are enormously grateful to those companies and individuals throughout York County who were able to support our fundraising efforts this past year,” said UWYC President & CEO Brian Petrovek.

About the Center for Grieving Children

Founded in 1987 for children and families confronting loss, change, and grief when someone close to them dies or is seriously ill, the Center for Grieving Children is an oasis of loving support where it’s safe to talk about feelings and experiences. At no charge, the Center’s age-specific peer support groups are available weekly, typically in-person in Portland and Sanford, and virtually during Covid-19. In partnership with Portland Public Schools, the Center also offers peer support for children resettled locally from countries suffering violent conflict or natural disaster. Additional peer support groups are available for young adults, bereaved parents, and widows/widowers/partners. Community outreach throughout the year brings the Center’s training, information, and crisis support to schools, workplaces, and other organizations. Trained volunteers make the Center’s services possible. For more information, or request for services, please reach out to

About United Way of York County

Established in 1986, United Way of York County works to advance the common good of all community members in York County. We lead the way, identifying the most important needs and challenges our communities face through an in-depth eligibility and investment review process. Our Strategic Plan works to prioritize and strengthen programs in three priority areas: Bright Beginnings (ensuring lifelong success for kids from birth-age 8), Connected Youth (engaging teens in service and supporting mental health), and Supportive Services (ensuring basic needs and well-being for all, including food insecurity). By connecting with a dedicated, diverse, and skilled network of partners and programs, we set clear goals to improve more than 55,000 lives every year in York County.

To learn more about United Way of York County and be a part of the change you want to see in our local communities, we invite you to visit or call 207.985.3359 to learn how you can Give, Advocate or Volunteer.

Communications Contact:

Chelsea Amaio – / 207-775-5216 ext. 104

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