REM (Revitalize the Energy in ME, where ME stands for both “Maine” and “me”) is a grassroots nonprofit organization that supports a network of citizen volunteers working to improve the quality of life in Central Maine. In REM, work is cooperative, diversity is honored, self-reliance is promoted, and civic life is renewed.
REM was born out of people’s desire to connect and to create a future that reflects their desires, needs, and creativity. REM leaders work to search for new ways to provide opportunities for the diversity of the community to work together. This involves:
- Building Consensus
- Expanding Teamwork Skills
- Valuing “Doers” and “Dreamers”
- Learning How to Help Both Work Together Well
- Learning How to Bridge the Gap Between the Vision and the Reality
REM has eight priorities, which were established at a three-day Community Catalyst Forum in January 1996 in which over 250 area residents participated. These priorities are:
- Develop a Vibrant Economy
- Excel in Education
- Protect Human Potential
- Promote Arts & Entertainment
- Beautify the Environment
- Empower Young People
- Build Community
- Expand Fitness & Recreation
Participants in the Catalyst also composed a vision statement, describing the world that they aspired to create in Central Maine over the next quarter century.
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