Madison County Heart & Soul is an initiative that recognizes our county is diverse and made up of individual communities, rural areas, and neighborhoods. Heart & Soul’s purpose is to honor community pride as we develop a county-wide future that represents what matters most to the residents. The best way to identify Madison County’s distinctive character – and find the means to protect it – is to listen to people who live in the communities of the county.

“If you really want to take an in-depth look at what matters to the members of your community and create a stronger, more cohesive community, Heart & Soul’s the way to go.”
– Thom Harnett, Mayor, Gardiner, ME

Heart and Soul’s goal is to identify the characteristics that make our communities special. These characteristics can be protected or enhanced through more effective and participatory decision-making. Communities working together within Madison County can equip themselves to steer change rather than simply cope with it.

By being pro-active about the future of Madison County, communities share their messages, “We know who we are. We know what’s great about this place. We know what we want our future to be.”

Consider volunteering to help in your community – complete a volunteer application form.