Building Healthier Communities and Brighter Futures by Land and by Sea The Maine Seacoast Mission is committed to working with people’s strengths and honoring the capacity of individuals to choose their own course in life. Donate

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

Save the Date — 16th Annual Sunbeam Award Gala, 8/15/19

The Seacoast Mission’s Annual Sunbeam Award Gala is our centerpiece fundraising event, built around recognizing those who embody the ideals of community. We are very excited to honor this year’s Sunbeam Awardees: Dr. Diehl Snyder and the MDI Hospital Behavioral Health Center, our partners in providing mental health services to our island communities; and Bryan Colket…

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Latest Blog Posts

RIP – Mrs. Elizabeth Britton Creamer, 99, Creator of Mission Sweaters, Scarves, Caps, Mittens

Elizabeth B. Creamer Mon, 07/15/2019 – 11:15am boothbayregister.comMrs. Elizabeth Britton Creamer, 99, passed away peacefully with loving family by her side on Oct. 26, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. Elizabeth was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia on Feb. 27, 1919 and relocated to Louisville with her family at a young age. Following her marriage to Neal…

Mission’s Initial College Exploration-Engagement Retreat a Success

BAR HARBOR, ME — These photos are from our initial CEECoast College Exploration and Engagement retreat the Maine Seacoast Mission (MSM) hosted, June 30 to July 2 at College of the Atlantic (COA) in Bar Harbor. A dozen wonderful sophomores from Sumner and Narraguagus High Schools were selected to participate in this college readiness program…

What Fifty-Six Housing Rehab Volunteers Can Do in a Week

CHERRYFIELD, ME — From Maine Seacoast Mission’s Downeast Campus in Cherryfield, ME, Housing Rehabilitation Program Manager Scott Shaw sends five new photos and a back story of more good news. “We had a big week with the Housing Rehabilitation Program,” writes Manager Scott Shaw. “For some very appreciative homeowners, forty-three volunteers from Ohio and thirteen…

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