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.
- Island Services
- Downeast Campus Community
- Housing Rehabilitation Program
- Christmas Program
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.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 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.Learn More About Where We Work
Latest Blog Posts
It’s Thank you Thursday. Today’s shout out of Mission love goes to the Pleasant River Garden Club for their support in Cherryfield of the Downeast Table of Plenty (DETOP), and the Mission food pantry. When the Garden Club started in 2009, its by-laws included a commitment to support the Mission’s programs. Its more than 50…
CHERRYFIELD, ME — Applications are now being accepted for the Journey program! Journey is a youth mentoring program beginning in 7th grade for students at Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School. Journey provides outdoor recreation, college and career readiness, leadership development, exposure to environmental and cultural awareness, and community engagement. The application deadline is October 29, 2021.…
CHERRYFIELD, ME — In July 2021 we changed the Mission Family Food Center into a place where our patrons could choose their foods. Our choice pantry offers patrons dignity and cuts down on food wasted. The pantry now has the feel and look of a grocery store complete with signs to showcase available foods. The…