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We are grateful for the gifts we receive each year that support our mission to improve the quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities, and the people who care for them. No matter the amount, every gift makes a difference for older adults in Cumberland and York counties..

Dear Friends,

It's been more than a year since the start of the pandemic, and so many of us are feeling the "anniversary effect" of this crisis.  COVID-19 has exposed many of the challenges that older adults face every single day:  access to nutritious food, the ability to get to a doctor's appointment, healthcare needs, and the devastating effects of social isolation and loneliness that can be a severe detriment to mental and physical health.  
The Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) has been assisting a growing number of older adults. In the last year, SMAA has distributed 314,682 meals, connected 99 seniors with Phone Pals, started a Tech Pal program to enhance connectivity, and scheduled 1,586 older adults for their COVID-19 vaccine. SMAA needs your support, now more than ever, to ensure that Maine's older adults can continue to receive the programs and services they need to survive during these critical times.
Pam's story reflects why this work is so important:
When Pam's husband passed away, she was already struggling with overwhelming sadness. She made a conscious effort to stay socially connected by joining a book club, having lunch with friends, and volunteering. Combatting loneliness was hard enough, but Pam completely lost those community connections that she worked so hard to build when the pandemic hit. It didn't take long for her to start declining; alone and fearful that going out in public could cause her sickness or death, she felt isolated and alone. She was sleeping more, far less active, and falling into a deep depression. Pam's only interaction was with Tom, the Meals on Wheels volunteer who visited twice a week. Tom noticed Pam's decline and reached out to SMAA for help. The team at SMAA connected her with technology through the Tech Pal program so she could FaceTime with family and set her up with regular Tai Chi classes that she could
do from the safety of her home. They also connected her with a Phone Pal to check in with her during the week.

SMAA actively helped Pam out of social isolation, one program at a time. She was receiving nutritious meals through Meals on Wheels, actively engaging in exercise, and connecting with people like Tom and her Phone Pal. Still, the turning point for Pam was when a SMAA volunteer scheduled her for her first vaccine. For Pam, this was a light at the end of the tunnel; lunch with friends, volunteering, reduced fear, feeling whole.
SMAA is working to ensure that all older adults in our region can access the vaccine through a partnership with Northern Light Home Care & Hospice. Whether someone is homebound, in a rural area, needs an interpreter, or is without internet, we will ensure they can get vaccinated.
We need YOUR help to continue to provide these services during this critical time. Please give today! With your help, we can bring hope for older adults in York and Cumberland Counties.
Thank you for the role you play in keeping older Mainers safe and healthy and for continuing to elevate the importance of taking care of our neighbors during this time.

Sincerely,

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Megan Walton
Chief Executive Officer

Ways to Give

We accept Visa and MasterCard. You may make a gift via our secure website or call our Development Office at 207-396-6590 for assistance in making a gift by credit card.

If you prefer, you may send a check. Simply complete our donation form (PDF) and mail to:

Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Development Office
30 Barra Road,
Biddeford, ME 04005

You can choose to direct your gift to a specific SMAA program or make an unrestricted gift that will be applied to the Agency's highest priority need or program. All donations to SMAA are tax deductible.

Additional Ways to Give

Choose an option from the list below to learn more:

Some of our donors are GEMs or Giving Every Month. They opt to spread their annual donation out over 12 months through an automatic transfer from their bank or via their credit card. It’s a simple and paperless way to donate. If you’re interested in becoming a GEM, contact the Development Office at SMAA, 207-396-6590 to complete the simple steps!
Gifts made in memory of a loved one are a special honor for SMAA. We will send an acknowledgment of your gift to the family of the person whose life or occasion you memorialized, or to the person you honored. Donate online or send a check along with our donation form (PDF).
Stock Transfer Instructions (PDF)

In order to ensure your gift is credited to you, please call the Development Office at SMAA, 207-396-6590 with the:
• Name of the stock(s) to be transfered
• Number of shares
• Donor's name(s) 

Without this information, we might not be able to connect you with your donation.
A donor advised fund is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. If you have a fund set up please contact your Fund Manager to receive the form which directs contributions to charitable interests of your choice. For questions please contact the Development Office at SMAA, 207-396-6590.

Since our inception, SMAA has been blessed with loyal donors who have chosen to honor our agency by making a gift in the form of an annuity or a trust arrangement or by providing for SMAA in their will or estate plan. This includes donors who name us as a beneficiary of a retirement account or insurance policy.

We encourage donors who have made a provision for SMAA in their estate plans to share with us their intentions. Providing this information makes it possible for our staff to discuss with donors how they would like their eventual gift to be directed, to maximize the impact of the gift for the Agency.

Learn more about joining the Better Day Society.

Please contact the Development Office at SMAA, 207-396-6590 if you would like information on donating property such as real estate, a vehicle or boat.

Many corporations offer matching gift programs for their employees and also retirees. Most programs match dollar for dollar but there are some companies that match 2:1 and even 3:1. Contact your human resources office for a matching gift form and return the completed form to:

Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Development Office
30 Barra Rd.
Biddeford, ME 04005

We are fortunate to have the support of many businesses in southern Maine.  If you’re connected to a business who would like to know more about how your company can support the important work we do, please contact the Development Office at SMAA, 207-396-6590.