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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 an invitation to periodic Society gatherings and recognition in ILAP’s annual report.

In 2013, the India Street Society gathered for a special cooking demonstration by renowned international chef, Jean-Claude Juston. Members were also invited to a unique reception prior to CeleSoirée with Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, and guest speaker and former ILAP client, Maxwell Chikuta.

We hope you will consider joining this group of ILAP’s dedicated leadership supporters. Please feel free to contact the development office for a brochure and additional information about being a part the India Street Society.

A list of our current membership is available here.


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.


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.

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