Those of us who call Greater Portland home know that it’s a great place to live and work. It’s a vibrant community that feels like a small town. We are connected and interdependent.
We know that today’s children will lead our community tomorrow. Ensuring their healthy development and education is essential. We also know that when a community opens pathways to health, everyone benefits. And as our neighbors become more financially stable, they are not only better able to take care of basic needs like shelter, food, and medical care for themselves and their families, but they are also better equipped to secure meaningful employment and prepare for retirement.
To build a thriving future for our community, we need more of our kids reading at grade level, more of our neighbors able to afford safe housing, and more people living longer, healthier lives. If we work together toward a shared vision, we can make long-lasting change in our community. Thrive2027 is Greater Portland’s response: a set of three ten-year community goals developed through a year-long process of engagement with community members, including conversations about aspirations, and data analysis.
1. Every child has quality early learning experiences beginning at birth.
2. Individuals and families have the education, employment opportunities, and resources to achieve financial stability.
3. Children, adults, and communities have resources and opportunities to achieve optimal health status.
To make measurable progress on these goals, everyone will have to play their part. It will take all of us aligning our work and reinforcing each other’s efforts.
United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP) is playing its part in many ways. At the request of the Thrive2027 Council, UWGP serves as the backbone organization for Thrive2027’s work. That means that UWGP will help ensure Thrive2027’s success by guiding its vision and strategy, aligning partners, and sharing best practices. Additionally, UWGP uses its community investments, strategic volunteerism, public policy work, and evaluation capacity to help move Thrive2027.
Thrive2027’s Community Partners – numbering about 130 and growing – include visionary businesses, organizations, municipalities, and individuals. They agree that progress on these goals will make Cumberland County an even stronger place to live and work and an inclusive and collaborative community offering opportunities for all.
To learn more, please go to www.thrive2027.org.