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
CHERRYFIELD, ME — Each year at Christmas time, the Mission distributes about 10,000 holiday gifts to more than 3,200 children, families, nursing home residents, and prisoners. The tradition of Mission Christmas presents began more than 100 years ago when the Mission brought gifts to island residents and lighthouse keepers. Now, generous donors bring new items…
CHERRYFIELD, ME — The Narraguagus 8th Grade took part in the EdGE Marion Kane Leadership Program in October 2018 at the EdGE Building. Over the four days, students focused on responsibility, self reliance, and interdependence. Activities consisted of Team Scrabble, the 10-Foot Wall, Elephant Legs, climbing the Vertical Playpen and cooking challenges. Learn more
STONINGTON HARBOR, ME — Update on the Sunbeam V in dry dock at Stonington Harbor, ME. Captain Michael Johnson says he’s crossing his fingers for better weather. Captain Johnson sent this recent shot showing the weather challenges. “Things had been going ahead of schedule since we have a fairly light workload this year, but we…