The Portland Regional Chamber and its initial partners (the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, and the Retail Association of Maine) set out to create a website containing an ever-growing library of ideas, tools, and resources for Mainers to come together during this pandemic, to lift each other up, to pay it forward for Maine.
In just a few weeks since launching, Pay It Forward Maine has grown to include 75 community partners, been featured on multiple media outlets and websites (including Governor Mill's "Maine Helps" resource page) and has been shared via hundreds of inspirational social posts (with #payitforwardmaine) showing what we all know to be true - we are stronger together.
There is no doubt that the road ahead is long, but we plan on continuing to add useful materials to the Pay It Forward Maine site for as long as it takes to get us all back on our feet again. Because that's what Mainers do!
If your business has continued to serve the community despite the challenges, let us know! Visit Pay It Forward Maine for a list of online platforms where you can add your current services/offerings so that we can all continue to support you.
Please also reach out to the Chamber directly to not only share how Pay It Forward Maine has positively affected YOUR business but with any ideas or suggestions you have - this is a collaborative movement and your input allows us to grow in ways that positively benefit the entire community.