Belfast Community Co-op * Chains of Cranes Project * Jennifer Wiessner Healthy Sexuality * Public Health Partners, LLC
History of Rainbow Ball Weekend
Started 15 years ago, Rainbow Ball Weekend is larger than an event, it’s a 3-day weekend of educational and social programming for 200 Maine lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning (LGBTQ+) and allied high school students. Rainbow Ball Weekend builds community and connections, opens youth to a wider world of more acceptance and opportunity, and encourages educational aspirations.
Rainbow Ball Weekend’s programming and activities directly address the isolation, underdeveloped aspirations, academic challenges, health risks and lack of hope faced by many Maine LGBTQ+ youth. Each year, youth look forward to this weekend, which includes a safe prom, workshops, and leadership skill-building, thanks to our partnership with Camp Kieve-Wavus. Rainbow Ball Weekend is a direct youth suicide prevention intervention, giving participants a year-long sense of community, hope, joy, and motivation to complete high school that is supported by ongoing regional youth-connecting events in the ensuing months.
“I found myself being completely carefree, and open about my sexuality. That’s something I’ve never been able to do before.”
– Rainbow Ball Weekend youth participant.
Support Rainbow Ball Weekend!
Rainbow Ball Weekend is made possible by donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Your support helps make this important weekend happen!
How Much Do You Need?
The total cost for Rainbow Ball Weekend is $60,000.
Last year, we received $13,400 in individual donations, $3,000 in sponsorships, and $6,200 in registration fees.
To help make it accessible for all young people, we only ask for a $75 registration fee and offer full scholarships for those in need.
Pay to the order of: OUT Maine
Memo: Rainbow Ball Weekend ’23 Donation!
Mail to: OUT Maine | PO Box 1723 | Rockland, ME 04841
Every year we have a free boutique at the Rainbow Ball Weekend where the youth can pick out clothes and makeup for the safe prom.
Clothing Drive/Donation of Inventory
If you would like to make a large donation, be it a clothing drive or a donation of inventory from your business, please fill out the donation form below to help us coordinate a drop-off/pick-up near you. Please bring all other donations to one of the drop-off locations.
Clothing Drop-Off Locations:
Bring your donations to one of the locations below. Special thanks to these businesses and organizations for collecting donations on behalf of OUT Maine!
- Augusta Maine Family Planning - Mon-Wed 9-4:30; Fri. 9-3:30
- Bubbles & Bean Children's Consignment - Tues- Fri 11-5; Sat 11-4
- Gardiner Public Library - click the link for hours.
- Curator Consignment - Tues-Sat 10:30-5
- OUT Maine's office - Tues or Thurs 10-4.