Loving our neighbors since 1984

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In 1984 a small group of volunteers from a local church in the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood of Portland decided to respond to the growing needs and increased crime with love and hope.

Their goal was to have an open, safe space for teens in the neighborhood, offering services and demonstrating the love of God and love of neighbor. They found space in a neighborhood church’s basement that had historically been used to store crops through the winter - a root cellar - even complete with a dirt floor.

We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, loving God and loving our neighbors. When our neighborhoods are facing challenges, we fall back on our roots - we respond with love and hope.

We invite you to join us over the next few months, to celebrate all that God has done and dream with us about the next 35 years as we seek to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves within our neighborhoods.

3 Ways to Celebrate!

Join us!



Saturday, October 19th at 5:30

Make one-time gift

or become a monthly partner!

$35K at 35 Years


All Gifts will go Directly to Programing!

We would love to hear your favorite memory or a word of encouragement!

The root cellar’s story is your story.

We would love to hear from you!

We are throwing a party!

and you are invited!

We are are turning 35! So we are going to throw a party - not like any banquet or event we have had before!

We want to celebrate TOGETHER - with the entire Root Cellar family from Portland and Lewiston! Former volunteers, staff, our neighbors, church partners, donors and YOU! There is a beautiful story of God’s provision, decades of volunteer work, story’s from our neighbors and so much more. We are pulling out all the stops, and it’s going to be a blast - but it’s not a party without you!

35th Anniversary Individual Ticket

Join us and the entire RC Family as we celebrate all that God has done through his people over the past 35 years and will do in the years to come!

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Please join us for a special party!


celebrating 35 years

Saturday, October 19th, 5:30-7:30pm


the Gathering room @ The Root Cellar

94 Washington Ave, Portland, Maine 04101

parking will be provided

We hope that you will join us for this unique gathering celebration! Please Purchase Tickets by Monday, October 14th.

Can’t make it?

Contribute to our $35K at 35 Together Campaign!


Tickets may also be purchased at The Root Cellar in Lewiston or Portland or by calling 207-774-3197

$35K at 35 TOGETHER Campaign

Over the past 35 years, it’s taken hundreds of individuals like you to sustain and grow this ministry from a small dirt floor teen center to over 3000 individual neighbors involved in programing each year.

This giving isn’t merely fundraising or charity- it’s a partnership that has impacted our neighborhoods for the Kingdom for more than 3 decades in Portland and for the last 10 years in Lewiston.

Please consider making a donation to our $35K at 35 Campaign - every contribution will go directly to supporting our programing; English Classes, Job Prep, Friends and Neighbors Networks, Ladies Breakfast, Fruitful Sewing Programing and of course - after school programs for neighborhood kids and teens!

None of this work happens without you by our side and we couldn't feel more honored to be in this with each of you.

With Hope for our future together,

-The Entire Team at The Root Cellar

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