AUGUSTA — United Way of Kennebec Valley has named Kennebec County couple Michele Pelletier and Daniel Webster III as campaign co-chairs for the 2023 fundraising season, launching in September.

Pelletier, president and CEO of Performance Foodservice — NorthCenter, and Webster, retired from the state, are charged with growing and developing community partnerships throughout the county starting this spring, according to a news release from Michelle Tibbetts, director of marketing.

“The Kennebec Valley is where we work, live and play, and we want this community to continue to thrive,” said Pelletier. “There are already so many good-for-all activities happening in our community, and we see it as our responsibility to do our part.”

Michele Pelletier and Daniel Webster III have been named the campaign co-chairs for the United Way of Kennebec Valley for the 2023 fundraising season. Submitted photo

This year, Pelletier and Webster will focus on highlighting programs that increase the financial stability of community members, as outlined in the Impact2032 initiative’s 10-year, community-wide goals. As of 2023, UWKV has aligned its community investment funding with Impact2032’s cross-sector vision for health, education and financial stability in order to accelerate change.

“We feel it is important for adults and families in Kennebec County to have employment, income and resources to achieve their own financial stability,” said Webster. “Having financial stability supplies a sense of security for struggling members of our community, and the sense of independence that goes with achieving financial stability is self-gratifying.”

“As a company that employs over 350 associates, we have called upon local organizations to aid employees in need,” added Pelletier. “Unfortunately, there are unforeseen circumstances any one of us may have to deal with. UWKV funds many supportive agencies that can play an important role for those facing personal challenges.”


As part of an annual fundraising initiative, United Way’s workplace campaigns engage more than 150 local businesses each year, representing more than 3,500 donors. Last year, donations to United Way totaled more than $1.8 million and supported 49 nonprofit programs across Kennebec County. With the support of the Campaign Champions, a group comprised of business and community members across the county who will lay the foundation for the upcoming campaign, Pelletier and Webster will broaden UWKV’s network of donors to help meet the growing need for community support.

Pelletier and Webster reside in Winthrop.

“Each person or organization that gives to the UWKV is making a difference,” Webster added. “Because of donors in 2022, UWKV will be able to fund more than 50 organizations throughout 2023. I’m not sure people truly understand that every dollar does matter and because of them and their generosity, we can collectively help thousands of people across Kennebec County.”

Those interested in serving as a United Way Campaign Champion or supporting the fundraising effort can call 207-626-3400.

For more information about United Way of Kennebec Valley, visit


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