About Our Efforts

Sustain Wayne is a non-profit organization that fosters connections around local food, energy conservation, community building and the arts.
With the basic belief that we are stronger together in the face of a changing climate and turbulent economy, we listen to the needs of our community, identify existing resources, and build bridges of information and engagement.
Sustain Wayne runs on the enthusiasm and financial support of those who embrace our town and our mission. We encourage your participation.

Origins
In 2009 a group of citizens and summer residents of Wayne, Maine, met at the town’s Cary Memorial Library to discuss their concerns about a changing world. We talked about the widespread movement toward “re-localization,” and the renewed appreciation of backyard resources. One summer resident spoke of her involvement in her “Transition Town” of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and how it was responding to global issues at the local level.

It sparked a vision for a similar effort here in Wayne.

Sustain Wayne incorporated as a non-profit and launched its web site in 2012. In 2015 we partnered with a fiscal sponsor, Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, seated a formal board and adopted bylaws. KVCOG has provided invaluable guidance as we’ve built our organization, and our partnership has allowed Sustain Wayne to receive tax-deductible donations under their 501(c)(3) status.

In the spring of 2016, more than 50 families and individuals contributed to Sustain Wayne’s purchase of the historic Masonic Hall on the edge of the Mill Pond in Wayne village. Our intent is to create a gathering space for the community that includes a teaching kitchen for people to learn about and enjoy local foods, a performance stage, gallery space and meeting rooms.

The goal of Sustain Wayne is not to single-handedly execute an ambitious agenda, but to facilitate discussion, spur interest, network resources, and encourage community building through exchange of our collective experience. We welcome your participation, your energy and your ideas. If you have a skill you’d like to share, an event you’d like to promote or a community initiative you think might benefit from our networking, please get in touch.

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