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
CHERRYFIELD, ME – EdGE Director Isaac Marnik, and Downeast Director Mel Adams, had high praise this week for the several full-time EdGE staff members who shouldered the added work of running EdGE after-school programs. Without them, said Isaac, the after-school programs could not have stayed open. “We are open at all seven school locations. We…
NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley, RN no sooner completed a multi-island run aboard the Sunbeam administering flu shots, when the Mission received a CDC green light to administer Covid vaccination boosters among certain island communities. Sharon and fellow Sunbeam crew member, Director of Island Outreach & Chaplain Douglas Cornman, are…
NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — First-generation, college-bound students from Washington County will have an opportunity to pursue undergraduate studies with full scholarships through a new partnership. Starting with the Class of 2023, students in Bowdoin College’s Upward Bound Program are eligible to apply for Maine Seacoast Mission’s Davis Maine Scholarship. This is a full four-year scholarship…