Recently, my husband John and I, along with Moira and Robert Fuller were honored at the United Way of Kennebec Valley’s Kick-Off Breakfast, with the “Community Builder Award.” We feel very honored, as our greater Kennebec Valley is very important to us. For more than 50 years, this community has been good to us in both our business life and our personal life.

I was taught as a child the importance of giving back to the community. Even with seven children and my father’s meager earnings, something was always set aside for others. So I have always either given of myself in volunteering or sharing whatever money I had. United Way has always been important to John and me, because it supports so many wonderful local programs that help children, individuals and families face and overcome the obstacles and challenges that life presents.

Sometimes I hear people say, “What little I can give really won’t make a difference,” but believe me, every gift is important. There are others like ourselves who have been fortunate enough to be able to give more. United Way is an easy way for us to help support the many local organizations that help Kennebec Valley people.

We want to thank our community for being there for others, and we thank United Way for choosing us, along with the Fullers, as the initial recipients of this award. United Way supports more than 50 local services, and we feel that every contributor is a true Community Builder. You can learn more about United Way’s work in Kennebec Valley by calling 626-3400 or visiting

We hope you will join us in supporting this year’s campaign.

Charlene Bridge


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