cPort Credit Union has donated $10,000 to the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. The Center serves as a hub of collaboration that strengthens the immigrant community through language acquisition, economic integration and civic engagement.
The IWC opened its location on the third floor at 24 Preble Street in July 2017. Executive Director Alain Nahimana has since secured the fourth floor of the building and begun construction on their expanded space, which will house their new Digital Language Lab, the Immigrant Business Hub and their Citizenship and Civic Engagement Initiative.
“The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center is doing important work for Portland’s immigrant community, and I’m proud of cPort’s support of the center since its inception,” said cPort CEO Gene Ardito. “Alain and the IWC board of directors have done impressive work in taking the center from idea to reality and continuing to grow its impact for New Mainers in Portland and beyond.” cPort supported the Center’s opening by facilitating a furniture donation from Creative Office Pavilion and with a $1,000 contribution at their Grand Opening celebration.
cPort Credit Union serves a growing number of New Mainers at its four branches in Portland, Augusta, and Scarborough. Through collaboration with Nahimana and other community partners, cPort has developed financial products to serve New Mainer members including citizenship loans, microfinance loans, and financial education workshops.
“I commend cPort for its commitment and leadership in addressing the financial needs of our communities and I am grateful for its continued support to our mission” said Nahimana. “Their donation will help realize our vision for our Digital Language Lab and Immigrant Business Hub which will help us address significant barriers to immigrants joining the workforce.” The IWC will celebrate the opening of its expanded office space later this month.