Freeport Community Services is community-run and community-based—in fact, community is its middle name. The organization, which celebrated its 40th year in 2014, provides direct services to residents of Freeport and Pownal. A 10-member staff and 15-member voluntary board, aided by more than 600 volunteers, oversee a range of activities, including a food pantry, emergency assistance, thrift shop, and camp scholarship program.
“Our mission of enriching lives, connecting neighbors, and helping those in need speaks to the very best of what our communities represent,” says Melanie Sachs, who became executive director in 2013. FCS’s first executive director, Betsy Ruff, when asked about the future of the center, echoed Sachs: “We need to make sure that everyone knows each other’s name, to keep true to our motto of neighbors helping neighbors.”
In 2013 Freeport Community Services moved its endowment to the Maine Community Foundation for investment management and stewardship. MaineCF now manages agency nonprofit funds for more than 225 organizations across the state.
Photo: Courtesy Freeport Community Services