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COMMUNITY COMMONS CAMPAIGN

“The kids call us their second home. Let's make it a second home for the whole family.”

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Portland Community Squash is laser focused on overcoming three specific challenges:

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OPPORTUNITY GAP
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WELLNESS GAP
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INTEGRATION GAP
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OPPORTUNITY GAP

Our children are facing economic and education inequities, including a shortage of after-school opportunities and barriers to post-secondary credentials.
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For every Maine student enrolled in an after-school program, there are 5 looking for a program to join.
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WELLNESS GAP

Families are looking for programs that provide a safe place for more exercise, less screen time, healthy food and positive community relationships.
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Among developed nations, the US ranks last for health access, health equity, and overall health outcomes.
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INTEGRATION GAP

Beyond our neighborhoods and schools, most of our social networks and spaces are separated by income, race and political affiliations.
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Spending 2-5% of our time in more diverse settings can cut social segregation in half.

Our programs

OUR PROGRAMS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SQUASH
3rd - 5th grade | 100 students
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SUMMER CAMPS
3rd - 12th grade | 100 students
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JUNIOR SQUASH LEAGUE
6th - 12th grade | 70 students
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RALLY PORTLAND
6th grade - 25 years old | 50 students
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POST-SECONDARY
18 - 25 years old | 30 students
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COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP
All ages | 225 families
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Our community

OUR TEAM

140 VOLUNTEERS

12 STAFF

WHO WE SERVE

200 STUDENTS

225 FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS

YOUTH DEMOGRAPHICS

67%

Students of color

63%

Low-income

60%

First generation seeking degree

YOUTH DEMOGRAPHICS

27%

Immigrant and refugees

56%

Multi-lingual

Our history

OUR HISTORY

2012

Steering Committee Forms

2013

Junior Squash League Starts at Portland YMCA

2014

Coastal Challenge Launches to Raise Funds

2015

Begins Facility Search

2016

Purchases Facility with Campaign for 66 Noyes Street

2017

Community Memberships + Rally Portland Start

2018

Youth Programs Reach Waitlist at Every Portland Public School

2019

Scholarship Campaign Launches for Financial Sustainability

2020

Post-Secondary Program Starts + Programs Adapt to COVID

2021

Mission Expands + Plans Develop for Community Commons Campaign

2022

Raise Community Commons Campaign Funds

Campaign benefits

CAMPAIGN BENEFITS

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Mission Expansion

We’re taking the lessons learned from our youth program and applying our skillset to include the adult community

When the building opened in 2017, I started as the Facility and Finance Director. As part of my role, I manage the Community Membership program, onboarding hundreds of families, regardless of their ability to pay.

— Elise Malongi

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Program Expansion

Daily food services, gathering spaces, and events to unite our neighbors, youth families, and membership

I am a poet and artist living in Portland, ME. I joined the board in 2021 to bring art, poetry, and music into the community commons every week when the new space opens. Art is a powerful tool that unites and heals us all.

— Kifah Abdulla

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Facility Expansion

To make space for the mission and program, we will finish the Noyes street site with two more courts, the community commons, and outdoor spaces

At the beginning of this project, the programs were stretching the building’s capacity in three areas: school, squash, and social. In 2020, we were able to build a third classroom, and this expansion will create the needed space for our squash and social programs.

— Sarah Stickney

Facility Expansion

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Vision Expansion

Share the community model with arts and sports-based organizations across the country

My dream is to contribute to the success of 1,000 families in Portland and 1,000 community centers across the United States.

I am grateful for the opportunity to do this work in Portland and to share the lessons in my capacity as Senior Advisor for Community Programs at US Squash, Afterschool Ambassador for the State of Maine, and Chair of the Out-of-School-Time Workgroup for Greater Portland.

— Barrett Takesian

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Your endorsement is critical to building the community support needed for permitting and fundraising success.