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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

EdGE Family Winter Fun

The EdGE Building will be open on Saturdays for families to enjoy some winter activities. Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, Sledding (when weather cooperates), Inside Crafts, Games, and More! Hot chocolate and light lunch will be available.

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EdGE Family Winter Fun

The EdGE Building will be open on Saturdays for families to enjoy some winter activities. Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, Sledding (when weather cooperates), Inside Crafts, Games, and More! Hot chocolate and light lunch will be available.

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Latest Blog Posts

Live Family Feud at Weald Bethel Community Ctr to Benefit Ark Animal Shelter

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Downeast Campus Facilities Manager Scott Shaw is spreading word of a Live Family Feud Fundraiser this Saturday, Feb. 22, on behalf of The Ark Animal Shelter, Cherryfield, ME, at the Mission’s Weald Bethel Community Center. According to The Ark’s mission statement, “Since 1984, the ARK has been committed to providing compassionate care…

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Valentine’s Day

MACHIAS, ME — Thank you to Kindergarten teacher Christy Rolfe for these photos of kids taking part in a recent EdGE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) class. Valentines Day candy hearts were used to make a balance, to see if the kids could use candy hearts to keep the balance level. “The kiddos did great…

‘Sunbeam’ Updater – Prepping and Sandblasting

BELFAST, ME — Thank you again, Front Street Shipyard, for these photos of the Sunbeam refit. The top photo, posted Feb. 4, shows a craftsman “prepping to reinstall the soft patch” in the boat. The second photo, posted Feb. 5, shows “sandblasting the forward main deck” on the Sunbeam. Amazing work.

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