UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement supports student engagement in community-based activities in western Maine and beyond that are intentionally designed to be mutually beneficial to UMF students, our community partners, and the communities served.

The Partnership offers its services to all students, faculty and staff, and community members who are interested in supporting student engagement in community activities.  An important focus of the Partnership is on sustainable development initiatives that have been identified through community-based processes as having high priority.  These include:


Landscape Stewardship

Here the Partnership seeks to engage students in projects or initiatives that are intended to protect or enhance the health of the natural environment and the quality of the built environment.



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Recognizing economic sectors exhibiting particular promise in western Maine, the Partnership is interested in supporting work in areas such as  local food systems and recreation tourism, for example.



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Complementing long standing UMF engagement in local education and community health, the Partnership is also focusing efforts in this area on arts and cultural projects as a key aspect of the quality of community life.





Partnership Advisory Board

The following people have agreed to serve as an Advisory Board for the Partnership for Civic Advancement to guide its development and to promote its success.

UMF Faculty and Staff:

  • Joseph Austin, Director
  • F. Celeste Branham, Vice President for Student and Community Services
  • Jayne Decker, Instructor of Theater and Director of the Emery Community Arts Center
  • Frank Engert, Professor of Business
  • Matt McCourt, Associate Professor of Geography
  • Cyndi McShane, Career Counselor/Employment Specialist
  • Kirsten Swan, Director of Student Leadership and Service, Partnership for Civic Advancement

Community Members:

  • UMFPA-1994-S000029 (2)Penny Meservier, Executive Director, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephen Engle, Director, Center for Community GIS
  • Sandra Goodwin, Chief Loan Officer, Kennebec Savings Bank
  • Lisa Laflin, Executive Director, United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
  • Tanya Swain, Co-Director, Maine Food Strategy


Student Advisory Council

The following students serve on an Advisory Council for the Partnership for Civic Advancement, providing us with students’ opinions and feedback to help guide our planning and strategies for the Partnership and its different components.

  • Holland Corson, Senior, English major
  • Thomas Fiske, Senior, Secondary Education major, Social Studies minor
  • Larissa Hannan, Senior, Community Health major, Biology minor
  • Chris Beahm, Junior, Environmental Science major
  • Mattie Lajoie, Junior, Early Childhood Education major, Psychology minor
  • Jedediah Stevens, Junior, Outdoor Recreation & Business Administration and Alpine Operations majors
  • Allyson Hammond, Sophomore, Psychology major, Honors minor
  • Stephen Ritano, Sophomore, Secondary Education major, Social Studies minor


Bangor Savings Bank Foundation – Sustaining Partner since 2011

Davis Educational Foundation

Davis Family Foundation

Franklin Savings Bank’s Community Development Foundation

Maine Community Foundation

University of Maine System

Community Sponsors and Partners

UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement gratefully recognizes and acknowledges the support and partnership of our donors, community sponsors, and community partners throughout our regional community – and beyond – past and present:

19 Oaks Strategic Sales & Marketing
Portland, Maine

30-Mile River Watershed Association
Farmington, Maine

360 Media Ventures
Portland, Maine

Adult Education Regional Association Partnership
Comprised of RSU 9, 52, and 73, the Adult Education Regional Association Partnership (RAP) was organized to provide comprehensive and responsive program options to adult learners within the region.

Winthrop, Maine

Alice James Books
University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, Maine

The American Red Cross of Maine
Offices in Portland, Lewiston, Topsham, Bangor, and Aroostook County, Maine

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Offices located in Topsham and in Jay, Maine

Androscoggin Bank
Lewiston, Maine

Androscoggin Land Trust
Main office located in Auburn, Maine

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Local Office in Farmington, Maine

Farmington, Maine

Belfast, Maine

Auburn Water & Sewer District
Auburn, Maine

L. C. Bates Museum
Hinckley, Maine

Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance
Belgrade Lake, Maine

Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
Bethel, Maine

Bethel Outdoor Adventures and Campground
Bethel, Maine

Black Mountain of Maine
Rumford, Maine

Burgundar LLC
Harrison, Maine

Catholic Charities Maine
Portland, Maine

CBRE/The Boulos Company
Portland, Maine

Carrabassett Valley Academy
Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Pittsfield, Maine

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay, Maine

Coca-Cola of Northern New England
South Portland, Maine

Collegiate Entrepreneurs
Serving MA, VT, NH, ME, CT, RI, NY, NJ, CA

Office of Senator Susan M. Collins
Washington, D.C. and six state-based constituent service centers in Maine:  Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Caribou, Lewiston, Portland.

Community Dental
Farmington, Maine

Council on International Education Exchange
Portland, Maine

Crisis and Counseling Centers
Augusta and Skowhegan, Maine

District Attorney, Prosecutorial District 3
Lewiston and Farmington, Maine

Dockside Physical Therapy
Belgrade Lake, Maine

Downeast Lakes Land Trust
Grand Lake Stream, Maine

Portland, Maine

Evergreen Behavioral Services
Farmington, Maine

Expenet Technologies
Wilton, Maine

Fairpoint Communications
Portland, Maine

A Family Affair of Maine
New Gloucester, Maine

Farmington Compost Cooperative
Farmington, Maine

Farmington Downtown Association
Farmington, Maine

Farmington Farmers’ Market
Farmington, Maine

Farmington Historical Society
Farmington, Maine

Farmington Parks & Recreation
Farmington, Maine

Farmington Public Library
Farmington, Maine

Finance Authority of Maine
Augusta, Maine

Foxcroft Academy
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Franklin County Adult Education
Farmington, Maine

Franklin County Animal Shelter
Farmington, Maine

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
Farmington, Maine

Franklin County Children’s Task Force
Farmington, Maine

Franklin County Detention Center
Farmington, Maine

City of Gardiner
Gardiner, Maine

The Gem
Bethel, Maine

Boston, Massachusetts

Good Samaritan Agency
Bangor, Maine

Greater Franklin Development Corporation
Farmington, Maine

Hammond Lumber Company
Belgrade, Maine

Hardy Girls Healthy Women
Waterville, Maine

Healthy Community Coalition
Farmington, Maine

Help Elders Live in Place (HELP)
Rangeley, Maine

The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain Resort
Wilmington, Vermont

Herring Gut Learning Center
Port Clyde, Maine

High Peaks Alliance
Strong, Maine

High Peaks Creative Council
Kingfield, Maine

Holbrook Island Sanctuary
Brooksville, Maine

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
Portland, Maine

International Firefighters, Police and Military Winter Games
Rumford, Maine

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Boston, Massachusetts

Kennebec Historical Society
Augusta, Maine

Kennebec Savings Bank
Augusta, Maine

Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc
Kieve Camp for Boys, Wavus Camp for Girls, Kieve-Wavus Leadership School
Jefferson and Nobleboro, Maine

Kimball Family Farm
The Kimball Family Farm, located in Wilton, Maine, is a low-input agro-forestry farm dedicated to sustainable natural resources management.  The Farm offers an impressive biodiversity of farm, plant, and animal life.

Office of Senator Angus King
Washington, D.C. and three state-based constituent service centers in Maine:  Scarborough, Augusta, Presque Isle,

The Kingfield Pops
Kingfield, Maine

Town of Kingfield, Maine
Kingfield, Maine

Lakes Environmental Association
Bridgton, Maine

Camp Laurel
Readfield, Maine

City of Lewiston, Maine
Lewiston, Maine

Lisbon Parks & Recreation
Lisbon, Maine

Liquid Dreams Surf Shop
Ogunquit, Maine

Lost Valley Ski Resort
Auburn, Maine

Madrid Historical Society
Madrid, Maine

Magic Falls Rafting Company
West Forks, Maine

Maine Arts Commission
Augusta, Maine

Maine Audubon Society
Falmouth, Maine (7 chapters, 8 centers and sanctuaries in Maine)

Maine Behavioral Health
Skowhegan, Maine

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
Portland, Maine

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Portland, Maine

Maine Commission for Community Service
Augusta, Maine

Maine Crafts Association
Gardiner, Maine

Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Augusta, Maine

Maine Development Foundation
Augusta, Maine

Portland and various cities in Maine

Maine Health Research Institute
Farmington, Maine

Maine Huts & Trails
Kingfield, Maine

Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Strong, Maine

Maine International Trade Center
Portland, Maine

Maine Maritime Museum
Bath, Maine

The Maine Meal
Skowhegan, Maine

Maine Natural Areas Program
Augusta, Maine

Maine Revenue Services
Augusta, Maine

Maine Rural Partners
Farmington, Maine

Maine State Aquarium
West Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Maine State Archives
Augusta, Maine

Mercer Community Club
Mercer, Maine

Mills & Mills
Farmington, Maine

Mooseville – Closed 2015
Farmington, Maine

Mountain Wireless
Waterville, Maine

National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
Brunswick, Maine

New England Outdoor Center
Millinocket, Maine

Nezinscot Farm
Turner, Maine

Nordica Memorial Association
Farmington, Maine

Northern Forest Canoe Trail
New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Northern Lights Hearth and Sports
Farmington, Maine

Oral History & Folklife Research, Inc.
Augusta, Maine

Pathways of Maine
Auburn, Maine

Phillips Historical Society
Phillips, Maine

Phillips Public Library
Phillips, Maine

The Pierce House
Farmington, Maine

Pine Tree Camp
Rome, Maine

Plimoth Plantation
Plymouth, Massachusetts

Portland Country Club
Falmouth, Maine

Prudential Insurance
Portland, Maine

Rangeley Friends of the Arts, Inc.
Rangeley, Maine

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust
Rangeley, Maine

Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society
Rangeley, Maine

Rapid Shooters of Maine
West Forks, Maine

The Riders Club
Operates at various ski resorts in Maine

Riverbend Property Management
Farmington, Maine

RSU#9 – Mt. Blue Regional School District, Volunteer Office
Farmington, Maine

Rustic Roots Farm
Farmington, Maine

Safe Voices
Offices in Farmington, Lewiston, Norway and Rumford, Maine

Sandy River Farmers’ Market
Farmington, Maine

Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Phillips, Maine

Sebago Trails Paddling Company
Windham, Maine

The Senior Planning Center
Farmington, Maine

Lewiston and Farmington, Maine

Shawnee Peak
Bridgton, Maine

Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine

Shiretown Bookers
The Shiretown Bookers (the Community Friends of Mantor Library) in Farmington, Maine, are members of the Farmington community who share an interest in books and libraries. Their mission is to support the UMF Mantor Library by fostering the town and gown relationships.

Ski Depot
Jay, Maine

Ski Museum of Maine
Kingfield, Maine

Skydive New England
Lebanon, Maine

Small Fish Consulting Group
Farmington, Maine

Somerset Woods Trustees
Skowhegan, Maine

Spruce Mill Farm
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Spruce Mountain Adult & Community Education
Livermore Falls, Maine

St. Mary’s Nutrition Center
Lewiston, Maine

Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Sunday River
Newry, Maine

Syncopation Software
Bangor, Maine

Temple Historical Society
Temple, Maine

Town of Temple, Maine
Temple, Maine

TerraCycle Reclying Program
Farmington, Maine

Thompson Lake Environmental Association
Oxford, Maine

TideSmart Global
Falmouth, Maine

Titcomb Mountain
Farmington, Maine

TRC Solutions
Augusta, Maine

Tree Street Youth
Lewiston, Maine

United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
Farmington, Maine

Upward Bound
Farmington, Maine

Verso Corporation
Jay, Maine

VitaminSea, LLC
Buxton, Maine

Waban Projects, Inc.
Sanford, Maine

Washburn-Norlands Living History Center
Livermore, Maine

Waterville Country Club
Oakland, Maine

West End House Camp
Parsonsfield, Maine

Western Maine Community Action
East Wilton, Maine

Western Maine Homeless Outreach
Farmington, Maine

Western Maine Storytelling Festival
Farmington, Maine

Western Mountains Alliance – Merged with Maine Rural Partners
Farmington, Maine

White Sands Cove Resort
San Pedro, Belize

Town of Wilton, Maine
Wilton, Maine

Portland, Maine


Contact Us:

University of Maine at Farmington
Partnership for Civic Advancement
106 Fusion Space
Farmington, Maine  04938
Telephone:  207-778-7516
TDD:  207-778-7000