Each year, our Annual Benefit Concert is performed to financially support a partner organization that works to enhance Maine’s environment and its population through innovative social programs. 100% of concert proceeds are donated to the partner organization. 2017-2018: Portland Community Free Clinic The annual benefit concert in our inaugural season as Sea Change Chorale was held May 12, 2018 at St. Luke’s Cathedral of Portland. We raised funds for the Portland Community Free Clinic as part of our social justice commitment to community health. The PCFC provides healthcare at no cost to uninsured adults between the ages of 18 and 65 who live in southern Maine, primarily Cumberland and York counties. We are proud to support the mission of the PCFC: Believing that access to healthcare is a basic human right, the Portland Community Free Clinic and our volunteer partners strive to provide and advocate for the highest quality primary healthcare for those we serve. 2016-2017: In Her Presence In our final season as Phoenix Chorale, we were honored to partner with In Her Presence, a local organization that offers programs to embrace, empower, and enrich the lives of immigrant women. In Her Presence provides language assistance, movement classes, and professional advice to help members create meaningful lives and find employment in the US. The organization is dedicated to helping immigrant women and girls to cope with stress and feel confident in this new country, while balancing the unique and powerful cultural identity of each woman. Using song as a means of building community, we invited singers from In Her presence to join us in rehearsals, where we shared songs and culture, and sang together. Our 2017 spring concert featured songs from African and Western cultures, and included joint performances by our chorale and singers from In Her Presence. See our newsletter for more details on the concert. 2015-2016: Immigrant Legal Advisory Project (ILAP) Our concert in Spring 2016 raised funds for the Immigrant Legal Advisory Project (ILAP) of Maine, an organization dedicated to helping low-income immigrants improve their legal status and working for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. The concert reflected on the issue of immigration, bringing forth music from different cultures to lend an understanding of the concept of home – leaving home, finding home, celebrating one’s homeland. Other selections cultivated a sense of community and humanized the struggle, longing, and hope that are part of the immigrant’s experience. Joining the choir on the concert was lutenist Timothy Burris and Syrian violinist Aban Zirikly. 2014-2015: Preble Street Resource Center In our inaugural season as the Phoenix Chorale, our spring concert raised funds and awareness for Preble Street Resource Center located in Portland, Maine. Preble Street provides many lifelines for Maine’s homeless population, serving meals 365 days a year, and providing outreach, clothing, employment counseling, and shelter, as well as other much needed services. Their mission is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.