United Way of Aroostook awards Fort Kent woman highest volunteer honor

FORT KENT, Maine — United Way of Aroostook has named Denise Plourde of Fort Kent as the non-profit organization’s latest Community Spark Award winner. 


“The Community Spark Award is the highest volunteer honor given by United Way of Aroostook,” according to United Way of Aroostook. “It is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates consistently the highest degree of interest, personal dedication and service in a voluntary capacity toward the improvement of education, financial stability and health in Aroostook County and its funded agencies.”

Plourde also volunteers for her community as a board member for the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and was a committee member for the Fort Kent 150th celebration in 2019.

“Denise’s impact in Aroostook County has been far-reaching, from fighting against food insecurity to making sure children in her community don’t go without at Christmas,” said Sarah Ennis, executive director of United Way of Aroostook. “She has been steadfast in her commitment to investing in her community through United Way. Denise has willingly dressed as a turkey at our High Five Turkey Drive to make sure her community pantries have the food they need during the holidays. She is quick to offer ideas or make connections to expand United Way of Aroostook’s reach. This is what makes her stand out and therefore she deserves this award.”  

Plourde works as a commercial loan officer for NorState Federal Credit Union.

She lives in Fort Kent with her husband Normand and the couple’s two dogs, Buddy and Beau.

United Way of Aroostook, established in 1957, is committed to providing funding for health and human service agencies throughout Aroostook County. 

Among the many programs United Way of Aroostook supports include local food pantries, the “2nd Chances Kids Community Closet” which provides free clothing to children, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and free tax preparation for County residents with lower household incomes.

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