When the sun goes down and the holiday lights sparkle, the peninsula is a place of celebration. But the holiday can mask a very real need that some families in the region face for basic services. With a local poverty rate of 12.6% according to Data USA, affected residents have created charities to help their neighbors.
These organizations work quietly throughout the year to put food on tables, dress residents, heat homes, feed school children, house veterans, keep pets alive, deliver free medical supplies. and providing a long list of goods and services otherwise out of reach for more than one in eight people living here.
In addition to the charities listed below, other nonprofits in the area would welcome a donation or your time and effort to help them in their work.
Many organizations accept donations through their websites. And if you want to donate throughout the year, consider signing up for Amazon Smile, which donates a portion of your Amazon spending to the charity of your choice. Find more information on https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/community/how-to-sign-up-for-amazonsmile
Boothbay region pantry
Provides a week of food for families in need. Donations of non-perishable food accepted, complemented by contributions from Hannaford Super Markets, local schools, YMCA and other local organizations. Open every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accessible from the parking lot behind Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church, Townsend Avenue. Contact 350-2962. Send your donations to: PO Box 63, East Boothbay, ME 04544.
Boothbay VETS Inc. (Temporary Emergency Shelter for Veterans)
Provides safe and secure short-term shelters for homeless veterans who do not have immediate access to shelter. Each trailer is equipped with a bed, microwave and refrigerator. Contact 252-9310. To donate: PO Box 402, East Boothbay, ME 04544. https://boothbayvets.weebly.com/contact.html
Veterans in Need of Maine (MVN)
Assistance to the homeless and other veterans in need when official organizations cannot be contacted or cannot provide assistance. MVN can quickly provide a hotel room, Hannaford food cards, Irving gas cards, Trac phone cards, and other temporary aids. Relies only on donations. Contact David Patch 751-5672. To donate: Send a check for MVN to PO Box 264, Brunswick 04011
Meals on Wheels from the Boothbay region
Volunteers deliver meals between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday for in-home clients unable to provide for their own nutritional needs. A volunteer run operation not affiliated with the Federal program, Meals on Wheels charges $ 5 per meal and $ 2.50 for those who cannot afford the full price. Contact Pat Wheeler at 350-6754. To Donate: Send Boothbay area Meals on Wheels checks to Peggy Peters, 82 Oak St., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.
Sustainable medical equipment program (the community center)
This program provides durable medical equipment free of charge to area residents. The equipment includes canes, wheelchairs, hospital beds, Hoyer and other elevators and much more. Equipment can be obtained from the Community Center or the Nathan Pharmacy, both located in the Meadow Mall. Contact Shawn Lewin at 478-5874 to donate used medical equipment.
Action for animals
Help people in desperate need of financial assistance pay for their pets’ medical care. Also provides pet food for emergencies. Contact 350-1312. To donate: PO Box 238, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538. https://www.actionforanimalsmaine.com/
Volunteers work together to help homeowners make repairs that they are unable to financially or physically in order to keep their homes safe and warm and allow them to live independently. Skilled and unqualified volunteers are needed. Contact 380-5719. To donate: PO Box 22, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538. https://www.rebuildingtogether-lc.org
Free clothes closet
A program of the Boothbay Area Co-operative Parish, the free clothing closet is located behind the First United Methodist Church in Boothbay Harbor and is open to those in need Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Clothing can be left in the container behind the church at 81 Townsend Contact avenue: 633-2131. Donations can be sent to: PO Box 641, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.
Boothbay Area District Nurses Association
Since 1952, the district nurse has provided residents in the area with one-on-one nursing support that is not usually covered by health insurance, so patients can stay safely in their homes. These services are coordinated with the doctor and include the management of medications, blood pressure tests, lab work and more. Fee of $ 10 per visit unless patients are unable to pay. Contact 633-5533. To donate: PO Box 554, Boothbay, ME 04537.
Boothbay area health care
Provides a range of health and wellness programs to area residents and visitors six days a week at its Meadow Mall facilities. Boothbay Area Health Care offers family medicine, acute care, preventive care, pediatric care and women’s health care services, among others. Contact 633-1075. Donations can be sent to: 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538. https://boothbayhealthcare.org/
Community Resource Council
Provides information, referrals and resources to local people in need through its Community Browser and other programs, including:
The Combustible Fund – Support and referral for domestic heating needs from November 15 to April 15.
Groundhogs – A “wood bank” that provides inexpensive or even free firewood to low-income individuals and families who depend on firewood for their fuel.
Food for Thought – Healthy, nutritious snacks that are child friendly and easily accessible for families in need are delivered by volunteers to homes across the region every Friday.
Contact 633-6272. Donations can be sent to: PO Box 43, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
A free and confidential service designed to help families on the peninsula meet basic needs by connecting community members with available resources. Contact 350-1743 or email: [email protected] Find out more on https://youtu.be/WJKA1V58Nbk