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Our Mission

The Intercultural Community Center (ICC) supports and improves the lives of immigrants and refugees by providing educational, health, social opportunities and resources. ICC empowers hundreds of immigrants and refugees in the greater Portland to achieve personal, social, and economic stability with the skills and tools needed to access essential community resources and make Maine their home.


All of our programs are no-cost, culturally inclusive, and built towards fully integrating New Mainers into our community. By forging partnerships with other community-based organizations, government agencies, and local nonprofits, ICC fosters new connections and ensures long-term sustainability.

Our Values

Empower:  We seek to empower immigrant and refugee communities and individuals. 

Sustainability: Create sustainable support and services for our families, youth, and individuals.

Inclusive: Ensure that our programs and services are culturally inclusive to all ethnic groups.

Community: Develop community partnerships with non-profits, government agencies, and community members to connect resources to the community we serve.


Our Story

The Intercultural Community Center was founded in the spring of 2014 by immigrant leaders from the Portland and Westbrook communities. In June of 2014, the center launched its flagship program: the Power School afterschool and summer program, designed to support the success of local immigrant, refugee and first-generation students in grades 5-8. In 2019, Power School was awarded the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, greatly expanding the opportunities we provide to our students. At the same time, ICC expanded its Adult Education Program to connect New Mainers with educational, professional, and health resources. Specific resources include: ELL certified instructors, career readiness, financial literacy, computer courses, healthcare assistance, and case management. Since its founding, ICC continues to advocate for the needs of our immigrant and refugee community within greater Portland.

Our Team

Our Board Members

Colleen Yee
Board Chair

Assistant Director of Advising at Bunker Hill Community College

Didier Hakizimana
Board Treasurer

CFO and CEI at Capital Management

Colleen Hilton
Vice Chair

Former Mayor of Westbrook, Leader for VNA Home, Health and Hospice

Claude Rwaganje
Board Member

Founder and Executive Director of Prosperity Maine

Brian Mazjanis
Board Secretary

Former Principal of Saccarappa Elementary School, and Psychologist

Andrew Turcotte 

Board Member

Fire Chief of Falmouth

Jennifer Munro
Board Member

Westbrook City Councilor

Maria Huntress

Board Member

Workforce Development and Grants Coordinator at Northern Light Home Care and Hospice

Ronda Ferreira

Board Member

Executive Director of Southern Maine American Red Cross

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