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Farmington couple to lead United Way’s fundraising campaign

Dave and Ellie Duley

Dave and Ellie Duley

FARMINGTON - United Way of the Tri-Valley Area successfully raised more than $830,000 in its 2014-15 campaign, which was ably led by Ken Lust of Starks. The campaign is comprised of contributions, grants, donated goods and services, special event income and the value of volunteer service. Ellie and Dave Duley of Farmington are now looking forward to working with community volunteers to reach even greater fundraising goals this year as they have graciously accepted the opportunity to be 2015-16 Co-chairs.

Long-time supporters of United Way, Dave and Ellie Duley believe strongly in the organization’s mission to unite people and resources to improve lives and build a strong and healthy community.

Dave and Ellie met at the University of Maine at Orono where Dave graduated with a B.S. in business administration and Ellie graduated with a B.A. in journalism.

Dave, originally from Vienna, and Ellie, from Longmeadow, Massachusetts raised their two children, first in southern Maine and later in Farmington. Bobby, their oldest is a University of Connecticut graduate and lives in Boston. Jon, who has autism, lives independently from his parents in a LEAP home in Farmington.

Dave has spent his entire career of over 30 years working for Hannaford Bros. He has had many titles and worked in several locations and is currently the Director of Independent Sales. Dave works in Franklin County, travels to Scarborough at least once a week and has an office in Winthrop. His independent customers range from The County in Maine to Massachusetts and west to New York state.

Ellie worked part-time while raising the kids, including writing for the Franklin Journal as well as working at Titcomb and Mt. Blue High School. In 2008, Ellie returned to school and earned a M.S. in school counseling. She later worked at several local school districts as a high school counselor. In 2013, Ellie left Maranacook Community High School to open a business (Duley College Counseling, LLC) as an independent educational consultant in Farmington. Along with her work supporting students and their families through the college application process, Ellie will be mentoring first generation college students at UMF this fall.

Dave and Ellie share their in-town Farmington house with Camden, a young Newfoundland dog.

When not working or walking Camden, Dave and Ellie can be found skiing at Sugarloaf and kayaking on Parker Pond.

Either on the slopes or on the water, the Duley’s will be engaging people and sharing how United Way significantly impacts the community in many ways: Funding 21 programs coordinated by 19 Community Partners in 2015; offering Venture Grants to support new, collaborative, and innovative initiatives that help people thrive; partnering with volunteers to keep people warm through the Community Energy Challenge; helping children 0 – 18 access critical resources through the Buttons for Babes program; providing backpacks and school supplies through the Packs for Progress program; providing free tax preparation and asset building opportunities through the Western Maine CA$H Coalition, and connecting hundreds to resources at its office and through its information and referral service, 2-1-1.

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  1. How wonderful to read about this terrific family, and the great work they have undertaken on behalf of the people in our communities!