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Founded in 1853, the YMCA of Southern Maine is one of the oldest YMCAs in the country. Its mission is to build strong kids, individuals, families, and communities through programs and services that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, regardless of ability to pay. Our three areas of focus (youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility) are positioned to meet Maine’s greatest needs. The Y’s four branches, five before-and-after-school sites, five camps, child care center, and dormitory serve 31,000 people each year. Last year, the YMCA of Southern Maine provided more than $2.2 million in financial assistance to nearly 5,500 youth, adults, and families to ensure community access to the Y’s programs.

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Maine Region:

Portland and Casco Bay

How to Donate Your Time!

Volunteers Needed?

Age Requirement:


16 - Varies by activity

Volunteer  Requirement:

Info. on Donating Time:

Volunteer requirements vary by activity. We have volunteers who volunteer doing a specific project for one day or volunteers who work with us on an ongoing basis. Please contact us or look at our website for more information.

How to Donate Your Stuff!

Material Donations Accepted?


Info. on Donating Goods:

Information on donating material goods:

Some of the stuff we need!

You can drop off goods at any of our four locations: Casco Bay Branch - 14 Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, ME 04032, Northern York County Branch - 3 Pomerleau Street, Biddeford, ME 04005, Pineland Branch - 25 Campus Drive Suite 100, New Gloucester, ME 04260, Portland Branch - 70 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101

school supplies, sheets, towels

How to Donate Your Money!

Monetary Donations Accepted?


Info. on Donating Money:

What do the donations help fund?

Donations help us continue furthering our cause by supporting financial assistance for children, adults, and families in order for them to participate in our programs and services.

All links lead to a secure off-site page for making a donation.  Aside from providing a link, How to Help in Maine does not participate in the transaction in any way.  Most of the charities are 501(c)(3) and therefore tax deductible

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