Emergency Assistance Programs

Emergency Fuel Assistance Since 1915, the Maine Sea Coast Mission has provided emergency financial assistance to those unable to meet the rising cost of heating their homes. In 2014, for 210 households in Downeast, Maine, the Mission provided funding amounting to 50 gallons of fuel, or an equivalent value in pellets, wood or electric heat. Families eligible for this program live along Route 1 from Sullivan to Whitneyville.

Mount Desert Island Community Campfire Coalition was started in 2008 by three Mount Desert Island non-profits- the Maine Sea Coast Mission, Harbor House in Southwest Harbor, and Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. This coalition’s mission is to provide heating assistance to families on Mount Desert, Swan’s and Cranberry Islands. In 2014, 149 families were assisted.

A family must complete an application and provide proof of income. All applications and correspondence are confidential. Once the application process is complete, a family is eligible for 100 gallons of fuel or an equivalent benefit for propane, wood or electric heat. Please see the application below.

For further information on either of these fuel assistance programs, please contact Marilyn Nickson at or call