THE INDIA STREET SOCIETY
To sustain and enhance ILAP in its mission, and to celebrate the remarkable commitment and generosity of ILAP’s leading donors, the Board of Directors has established the India Street Society, an informal association of individuals and families who, through their annual giving, provide crucial financial leadership in helping ILAP accomplish its mission.
As a member, you receive exclusive India Street Society benefits, including a gift of appreciation, an invitation to the annual Society gathering, a subscription to the India Street Society e-newsletter, and recognition in ILAP’s annual report.
At ILAP's 2011 India Street Society gathering, Mayor Larry Gilbert, of Lewiston, gave the keynote and spoke about his experience with immigration in Lewiston and the lessons that he's shared with other public officials about building community among diverse cultures.
A list of our current membership is available here.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Gifts can be given monthly, quarterly or annually. You may honor a friend or loved one with an Honorary Membership, and Memorial Memberships are also available.
Join the India Street Society through our online giving page or by mail.
WHY IS IT CALLED THE INDIA STREET SOCIETY?
Running through Portland’s East End neighborhood, India Street begins at the foot of the wharf where many European immigrants first landed in the United States throughout the 19th and early 20th century. For countless immigrants arriving in Maine during that period, the journey to a new life in the United States began with the walk up India Street.
More recently, One India Street was home to ILAP’s offices when the organization first opened its doors in 2000. Thus for a whole new generation of immigrants in Maine, India Street came to represent hope and help when it was needed the most.
ILAP’s India Street Society is named in honor of all the immigrants who began their American journey on India Street.