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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.

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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.

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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 Christine Stelling. We are grateful for your support and honored to be stewards of your gift.

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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.

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Upcoming Events

16th Annual Open Tennis Tournament – Silent Auction to Benefit EdGE

Our Open Tennis Tournament and Silent Auction raises funds for Ed Greaves Education (EdGE). The event provides vital support for EdGE’s youth development programs in eastern Hancock and Washington counties. Local businesses and individuals sponsor four-person teams for morning and afternoon matches of exciting, competitive tennis.

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Latest Blog Posts

PNS – Mission Gets Creative to Deliver Food to Maine Islands

publicnewsservice.org Nonprofit Gets Creative to Deliver Food to Maine Islands May 29, 2020 BAR HARBOR, Maine – Demand for emergency food from food pantries is up around 50% in Maine since the COVID-19 outbreak. And when you live on an island, it can be that much harder to get. The Maine Seacoast Mission has gotten…

A Portrait of Jillian

BAR HARBOR, ME — Whether she is serving as Sunbeam (and Moonbeam) Steward, or helping direct several activities at the Weald Bethel Community Center, and the Food Pantry, Jillian is known all over for her warmth, her patience, kindness, artistic abilities, and as a chef extraordinaire. Viewers can get hints of all that in this…

‘Culturally Relevant Food’ Day at Pantry is a ‘Wow!’

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Megan Smith, Maine Seacoast Mission Community Resource Coordinator, gives yesterday’s “culturally relevant food” distribution at the Mission Food Pantry a big “Wow!” In a follow-up email, Megan said: “What a wonderful amazing day. The partnership and camaraderie I saw today was beyond compare. We were able to serve the “culturally relevant food”…

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