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 Christine Stelling. 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
MissionTogether Virtual Nonprofit Event – August 14
100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Maine Seacoast Mission. Tickets on sale here. MissionTogether, a fundraiser to raise spirits and resources that allow the Maine Seacoast Mission to respond to community needs. As we have adapted our service programs to effectively embrace public health needs – by creating a drive-thru…Read More
16th Annual EdGE Tennis Tournament-Silent Auction
The EdGE Tennis Tournament and Silent Auction supports our educational program. Our next tournament is September 12, 2020 at the Northeast Harbor Tennis Club. Please contact Development Associate Anna Silver by email or call 207.801.6011 for information about teams, sponsorship opportunities, and donations to the Silent Auction.Read More
Latest Blog Posts
CHERRYFIELD, ME — The Downeast Maine Tiny House Project, after a several month hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions, is back on track. The house, which will be owned by a disabled military Veteran, was in its first phase of construction at Assabet Valley Regional High School in Massachusetts. After students under the direction of Lead…
BAR HARBOR, ME – At its June meeting, the Mission Board honored directors whose terms were expiring and approved new members, an experience that always happens with mixed emotions. Two incoming members, Diehl Snyder, MD and Joanne Harris will join the Board. Dr. Snyder recently retired as director of MDI Hospital Behavioral Health Center which…
CHERRYFIELD, ME — It’s Thank you Thursday and today’s shout out of Mission Love goes to Renee Pray. Renee Pray works as a cook at Milbridge Elementary School during the school year, and with the Mission and other partners during the summer, providing meals to children in the community. She is committed to feeding all…