The mission at Ferry Beach is to awaken hearts to explore, grow and renew the spirit of universal love. We accomplish our mission by providing programming in the following areas: arts & culture, education, spirituality, sustainability, personal growth and justice & action. If our mission makes sense to you and it is one you want to get behind, then this is reason number one to be a member of Ferry Beach.
All of our membership dues are poured back into our physical space. Since 2012 we have completed countless facility repairs including replacing roofs, updating plumbing with commercial grade fixtures, rebuilding the Pavilion, building a new ADA boardwalk, repainting and repairing rooms, adding heat pumps to several buildings and so much more. If you use our space, and like things in working order, then you have reason number two to be a member of Ferry Beach!
Ferry Beach creates safe space for people who may be marginalized or discounted in our culture. A wide variety of programing designed for those in these communities have found their home at Ferry Beach including one of the nations first and longest running gay men's conference, a black women's writing group, a conference for families of color and more! If you want to take a stand and support programing like this, then you have reason number three to be a member of Ferry Beach.
Not all nonprofit organizations can find venues that align with their values. OutMaine, Maine Audubon, Al Anon, Equality Maine, Gather the Women and several other organizations have found a home at Ferry Beach. If you believe that all not for profits should have spaces that align with their values of inclusion and diversity, then you have reason number four to be a member of Ferry Beach.
Youth camps which are open and affirming to the struggles of adolescence are sometimes easy to envision and harder to implement. Our youth camps provide children the opportunity to find and use their voices and offer them an opportunity to design and build their own ways of expression through video, art and other mediums. Youth are gently guided in age appropriate discussion and activities that help them navigate the freedoms they are experiencing as they grow into adulthood. If you believe in the work we are doing through our youth camps, then you have reason number five to be a member of Ferry Beach.
Annually, Ferry Beach brings together our members to elect new volunteers to the board, review and sometimes change our by-laws and participate in a Town Hall meeting about the work of Ferry Beach. Some not for profits are organized as a self-perpetuating board, but Ferry Beach is organized as a member organization. If you enjoy being a part of a dynamic democratic institution that wants to make the world a more loving place, then you have reason number six to be a member of Ferry Beach.
At Ferry Beach, we are practicing radical hospitality, welcoming the “other” whether that be a person, an idea, or a concept. We are committed to safe space where dialogue is encouraged and community is treasured. Sometimes our efforts fall short of their intention, but by practicing radical welcome, we are learning to hear. If radical welcome is a commitment you make to yourself about the world in which you live, then you have reason number seven to be a member of Ferry Beach.