#GivingTuesday 2017 Introduction
Maine Seacoast Mission kicked off its 2017 #GivingTuesday Land & Sea campaign this week with the announcement that Wyman’s of Maine will match every donation made up to $2,000. The Mission’s goal is to raise a total of $25,000 through the campaign.
We hope you will visit our web site and social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for an overview for the Mission’s work. Meanwhile, the Mission’s Island Health program (Sea), and our Food Program (Land) are our focus for #GivingTuesday 2017. Thank you for your help.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Taking place this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the US, and after the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back.
Maine Seacoast Mission has stayed a trusted friend along the Maine coast for more than 100 years.
We are deeply attentive to, and guided, by the input and participation of the people we serve. We believe in the capacity of individuals and communities to determine their own futures. As one Maine islander said, “Maine Seacoast Mission doesn’t tell us, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do for you. The Mission asks, ‘What do you need help with? What can we do to help you?'”
Island Health & Telemedicine
Help Island Residents Access Medical Care
Maine Seacoast Mission plays a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care. For island residents, even accessing basic health care is challengings. Some islands have no daily ferry service. Trips to the mainland, when possible, are expensive and time consuming.
We offer personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN, meets with islanders on the Sunbeam V and in their homes, keeping in touch between trips by phone, internet.
Sunbeam V has state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities. Islanders can have virtual office visits with mainland doctors. Adults/children connect with psychiatrists for evaluations and medication reviews. A growing number of island residents use the equipment to meet with mental health and substance abuse counselors.
Our Island Health program arranges for specialists, including podiatrists, dentists, and ophthalmologists, to visit the islands via the Sunbeam V.
And Island Health sponsors a free two-day Elder Care Conference on helping island community elders age in place. Caretakers from numerous islands collaborate, share resources, and learn about a variety of topics.
Food: Reducing Threat of Hunger
The Mission takes a multi-faceted approach to reducing hunger and the threat of hunger in western Washington County.
We know different populations experience different obstacles to obtaining enough food. The challenges a third-grader faces are not the same as those encountered by an eighty-year old.
Our food programs go beyond simply delivering quality food. Each program promotes social interactions, builds a sense of community, and encourages learning about nutrition, trying new foods, making healthy food choices, and talking about food and nutrition. We hope to impact area residents’ eating habits, including the next generation’s habits, in order to create a stronger, healthier, and more informed community.