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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 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. We coordinate our services and partner with other organizations and service providers. We honor a spiritual center that values wholeness, respecting people and communities.

We Address Changing Needs

We put food cupboards in schools so that 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 boat, 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. About 90% of residents on islands served by 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, 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 in the rural Washington and Hancock County communities we serve.

The Sunbeam regularly serves 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 are in Northeast Harbor.

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Upcoming Events

President’s Scholarship Celebration 2021

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME – An inspiring event to recognize and honor students in the Mission’s educational programs and those who inspire them. In addition to presenting scholarships and the Mission lanyard to our 2021 Mission Scholars, we recognize a student Trailblazer and a Mission Guide, who has demonstrated advocacy and support for educational opportunity. It’s…

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Mission Sunbeam Award Gala 2021

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Maine Seacoast Mission President John Zavodny has announced the two honorees for the summer Sunbeam Award Gala: Sigma Kappa Sorority and Acadia Senior College. The Mission’s Sunbeam Award Gala is its centerpiece fundraising event, built around recognizing those who embody the ideals of community. President Zavodny said the values and accomplishments…

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Latest Blog Posts

Want to Make a Difference in Your Community? DCP Needs Your Ideas

Help DCP Assess Community Needs by Attending a Focus Group Downeast Community Partners (DCP) is conducting its 2021 Community Needs Assessment in partnership with MeCAP and the nine other community action agencies serving Maine. An important piece of the work is to learn the ideas, insights, and perspectives of our community members. When asked about…

Thank you Thursday for Scott Berry

It’s Thank you Thursday. Today’s shout out of Mission love goes to Scott Berry. “As a volunteer and supporter, Scott Berry has been a driving force in the success of Maine Seacoast Mission’s Housing Rehab Program.” said Scott Shaw, Manager of the Mission’s Housing Rehab Program. “Scott and his team from South Portland have made…

Gigi Georges & John Zavodny in Conversation, 6/29

Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America‘In Conversation’ author talk with Gigi Georges Event Location: OnlineEvent Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – 7:00pm The public is invited to a virtual conversation on Tuesday, June 29, at 7 p.m., when Gigi Georges, author of the just-released nonfiction book Downeast: Five Maine Girls and…

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