Lighting the way and changing the lives of Maine families for over 100 years.
We Meet People Where They Live
Along Maine’s eastern coast, people live in isolated villages and on islands reached only by boat or airplane. We’re right there when people need us for basic necessities, educational opportunities, and community support, and we’ve been there for more than 100 years.
We Use The Whole Person Approach
Families and individuals can have many needs. So we coordinate our services and partner with other organizations and service providers. We honor a spiritual center that values wholeness and respects people and communities.
We Address Changing Needs
We put food cupboards in schools, so students won’t go hungry. We help island communities work together to keep their elders at home. Our new program, “EdGE Journey,” offers wraparound support for teens beginning in junior high school.
We Have a Full-Time Nurse & Telemedicine
Our 74-foot ship, the Sunbeam, brings a registered nurse and telemedicine facilities to islands miles off the Maine coast. The nurse makes house calls on islanders unable to come to the boat. For those who are more mobile, the Sunbeam also serves as a floating community center.
What We Do
We make life better on Maine’s isolated eastern coast and its unbridged islands. Our programs and services meet basic human needs while creating community and relieving the effects of isolation. We build brighter futures through scholarships and after-school programs for more than 700 children and their families. Hundreds of volunteers make Washington County homes safer and warmer each year, while our Downeast food programs provided more than 187,000 meals last year. Ninety percent of residents on islands served by the Sunbeam use its services, benefitting from healthcare, community activities, and pastoral care.Learn More About What We Do
Who We Are
We have been committed to the people of Maine’s eastern islands and coastal communities since our founding in 1905, when we began delivering healthcare, education, basic necessities, and spiritual support by land and by sea. The trust that has grown between the Mission and the people of Downeast Maine over the years is our greatest asset.
It is a privilege to be part of the lives of those we serve—to share meals, work together, and know their hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows. We are listeners and doers. We are here for the long haul, and we are reliable.Learn More About Who We Are
How To Give
Your gift to the Maine Seacoast Mission makes you part of all we do. Thank you for helping feed a struggling family, for sharing laughter at our weekly free community dinners, checking an island lobsterman’s blood pressure, giving a child courage to tackle our ropes course, helping a student be the first member of her family to graduate college. If you are interested in planned giving options or stock transfers, please contact our director of development Ellen Pope. We are grateful for your support and honored to be stewards of your gift.Learn More About How To Give
Where We Work
The Maine Seacoast Mission serves the islands along the eastern coast and the coastal communities of Downeast Maine. The coast of Maine is rocky, rugged, beautiful, and challenging. Winters are stormy and long; populations are small and scattered. Washington County has about 13 people per square mile. The Sunbeam regularly serves the islands of Matinicus, Monhegan, Isle au Haut, Frenchboro, Swan’s, Great Cranberry, and Islesford, with some services benefiting Vinalhaven, North Haven, and Islesboro. Our Downeast campus, including the newly expanded Weald Bethel community center, is in Cherryfield. Our administrative headquarters is in Bar Harbor.Learn More About Where We Work
Downeast Table of Plenty (DETOP): Free Community Supper
Please join us this Sunday, for our Downeast Table of Plenty (DETOP). Would you like to host a DETOP meal? Thank you. Please go to the calendar website (SignUp), and schedule your Sunday, or email Wendy Harrington. CHERRYFIELD, ME — Each Sunday afternoon, 3:30-5:00 pm, at the Mission’s Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked…Read More
Latest Blog Posts
BAR HARBOR, ME — With the Maine Seacoast Mission’s Sunbeam V coming out of the water for a major refit later this Spring, the Mission had to find a way for the Sunbeam crew to continue traveling from island to island providing social, health, education, and spiritual services in the Sunbeam’s absence. Sunbeam Engineer Storey…
ABOARD THE SUNBEAM V, ME — Island Health Director Sharon Daley (half hidden behind the laptop computer) is introducing Maine island resident Bernie to Amazon, helping her research lime green knee high boots. Pat, wearing a red cap, is watching. Sunbeam Steward Jillian said, “I share this image because it captures a collective favorite precious experience…
CHERRYFIELD, ME — Sunbeam Steward Jillian sends this photo from a recent Downeast Table of Plenty serving table with a note: “Wow. We are like kings.” Jillian is referring, of course, to the many DETOP meals, prepared and served by volunteer hosts, that are meals fit for a king. Agreed! DETOP is held Sundays at…