A SENSE OF URGENCY
Children will lead our community tomorrow. Ensuring their healthy development is essential. When a community opens pathways to health, everyone benefits. As people become more financially stable, they are able to take care of basic needs like shelter, food, and medical care not only for themselves, but for their families.
While Greater Portland is a great place to live and work, not everyone is doing well. Too many kids in Greater Portland do not read at grade level, too many people in Greater Portland cannot afford their basic necessities, including housing, and too many people are dying early from preventable causes.
The consequences of these lost opportunities are staggering – both economically and socially.
• Nearly 1/3 of Cumberland County third graders do not read at grade level.
• More than half of our neighbors don’t have sufficient resources for housing and other necessities.
• Adults with major mental illness die 14 to 32 years younger than the general population.
We can do better. We must do better. If we all work together toward a shared vision and engage new voices, we can make long-lasting change in this community. Our community.