In Focus Series
PROPEL firmly believes that engaging with the community is one of the most important factors in building a successful career and meaningful life. The In Focus series was conceived in 2015 with a grant from the Maine Development Foundation through the Realize Maine Network. Today the series stands on its own and provides a means for young people to learn about nonprofits, identify opportunities to volunteer, offer free professional services, and serve on nonprofit boards in Greater Portland, Maine.
When You Attend An In Focus Event, You Will:
- Meet leaders from local nonprofits
- Learn about the nonprofit's mission
- Raise money - ticket sales, donations and bar proceeds can be matched and given directly to the nonprofit
- Learn about open nonprofit board seats and meet the leaders looking to fill them
- Mingle with fellow Mainers interested in engaging with the community
On November 2, 2016 PROPEL joined forces with Fork Food Lab to bring attention to the work of Coastal Enterprises, Inc.'s StartSmart Program, Maine Access Immigrant Network, and Maine Public Health Association. At the event, sponsored by Live and Work in Maine, guests were able to Taste the World through an introduction to delicious foods prepared by local New Mainer restaurant owners. Event profits supported New Mainer entrepreneurs.
PROPEL and Junior Achievement combined forces to honor its volunteers from the previous year and recruit those for the coming year. The inaugural 2016 event hosted over 150 people at Portland House of Music and Events. There was live music from Model Airplane, dancing, passed appetizers thanks to Fork Food Lab, and a great mix of young and seasoned professionals.
On a cold February night in 2016 PROPEL, Thompon's Point, The Rink, The Bar Association united to Strike Out Cancer in Kids. Over a 100 attendees skated, drank, ate, and raced at The Rink. Even Slugger made a special appearance to join in the fun. All event proceeds went to support Strike Out Cancer in Kids.
In March 2015 PROPEL brought its members to the Center for Grieving Children office to share what their organization does for children in our community. Guests toured the office, learning about the different programs provided there.