AUGUSTA — United Way of Kennebec Valley will host its annual meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Augusta Civic Center. Local businesses, nonprofit agencies, government leaders and contributors are invited to attend, according to a United Way news release.

During the program, Emilie van Eeghen, MBA, chief behavioral health officer for MaineGeneral Health, will provide a presentation, “Responding to the Opiate Epidemic in Central Maine,” a community issue that many of UWKV’s partner programs address. In addition, Gary Carter, an English teacher at Richmond Middle/High School, will share his school’s experience with Day of Caring, a UWKV initiative that matches student volunteers with local work projects in 18 area schools.

Campaign Co-Chairman Scott and Chairwoman Laura Fossett of A Partner in Technology will summarize results of the 2016 fundraising campaign, according to the release. United Way will also provide a report on its successful Food Pantry Project, which hosted food bank collection shelves at 35 local businesses last year.

The breakfast meeting will include recognition of outstanding community volunteers with the Norm Temple Award, appreciation of committee chairmen and chairwomen and retiring board members, and election of United Way officers and leaders for 2017. Craig Garofalo, vice president and senior operations officer at Kennebec Savings Bank, will assume UWKV’s board chairman position.

The $10 breakfast fee is payable at the door. To attend, contact 626-3400 or [email protected]. To learn more about United Way, visit

For more information, contact Courtney Yeager, resource development and marketing director, at [email protected] or 626-3400.

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