THE CHARITIES

This is our master list of charities.  Scroll through our ever growing list, and click through for more specific information on their needs and how you can get involved. 

 

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Charity
Brief Description
City
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LAKE STEWARDS OF MAINE
The Mission of Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM), formerly known as Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP), is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health.
Auburn
TRINITY JUBILEE CENTER
Trinity Jubilee Center is a non-religious organization located in the heart of downtown Lewiston, Maine. The Center's five programs, the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry, Day Shelter, Resource Center, and Refugee Integration Program, serve more than 1,000 people every week.
Lewiston
PISCATAQUIS REGIONAL FOOD CENTER
Piscataquis Regional Food Center helps connect people with programs and services to help them get healthy food. PRFC also provides services and facilities for regional farms and home-based businesses that need help establishing or growing their markets.
Dover-Foxcroft
COMMONS AT CENTRAL HALL
To build a multi-generational community and enhance vitality in our region while helping people have full, healthy lives.
Dover-Foxcroft
PEOPLE PLUS
Dedicated to intergenerational community participation, People Plus supports an engaged, healthy, and independent life for older adults, while joining others to build community for all ages.
Brunswick
TEDFORD HOUSING
Creating pathways from homelessness to home by partnering with people and their communities in Midcoast Maine.
Brunswick
HUMANE SOCIETY WATERVILLE AREA
To shelter animals until they find permanent homes, to educate the community about responsible pet ownership, and to advocate for the humane treatment of all animals.
Waterville
WATERVILLE FOOD BANK
Waterville Food Bank is an all-volunteer organization. We are neighbors and friends working together to help each other provide food assistance to our neighbors in need.
Waterville
DOWNEAST HORIZONS
Downeast Horizons assists and supports individuals with developmental disabilities to live complete and fulfilling lives.
Bar Harbor
BAR HARBOR FOOD PANTRY
The pantry is expecting increased need during this difficult time, particularly as schools close and the economy suffers. If you are in a position to support us monetarily, we would greatly appreciate it – anything helps. We are also still collecting food donations through drop-offs at the pantry or in the donation bin at the Bar Harbor Hannaford.
Bar Harbor
FRIENDS OF ACADIA
Through a mix of private philanthropy, volunteerism, innovative leadership, and strong partnerships we invest the funds in projects which will most benefit the park’s critical needs.
Bar Harbor
CATHOLIC FOOD BANK
Food bank and community services. We see the faces of people suffering from mental illness, hurt and frightened children and families, those fallen victim to loneliness and isolation, those battling addictions, anxious refugees, and thousands of others who have been stripped and beaten by circumstance.
Fort Kent
LIFE BY DESIGN
Crisis Center. When living life by design, you are the one who defines who you are and how you live, not others and definitely not circumstances.
Caribou
HEALTHY LIVING FOR MAINE
Through a network of local leaders, community organizations and health systems, Healthy Living for ME delivers programs to help adults manage chronic health conditions, prevent falls, and foster well-being.
Presque Isle
INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE EDUCATION
The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) works to educate people to create a world in which all humans, animals, and nature may thrive. We do this by offering: ● A Center for Solutionary Change that serves as a dynamic hub of learning, professional development, educational resources, and methodologies for advancing the growing solutionary movement.● Online Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Humane Education delivered in partnership with Antioch University and designed to prepare teachers and change-makers to educate about the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental ethics, and animal protection.● High Impact Outreach through keynote addresses, books, workshops, TEDx talks, and consultation.
Surry
IMMIGRANT LEGAL ADVOCACY PROJECT
ILAP helps low-income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. We assist 3,000 Mainers annually as they navigate an immigration system under attack to find safety from violence and persecution, reunite or remain with family members, and advance towards economic security.
Portland
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PORTLAND FOOD PANTRY
We feed hundreds of people each week with donations from Whole Foods Market, Wayside Food Programs, and people like you! We offer our neighbors groceries to take home, delicious community meals, and our friendship.
Portland
YARMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB
Yarmouth High School's Interact Club is a service organization lead by Yarmouth High School Students focused on local and global community service. Through a series of volunteer events, service activities, fundraising, and international service trips Interact Club seeks to better our global and local community. Members of the Interact club help to develop and carry out a wide variety of service projects. In the past year, we have conducted a writing program at the Boys and Girls Club at Sagamore Village, hosted monthly movie nights for the town of Yarmouth, and donated $1,263 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and more.
Yarmouth
FREEPORT FRIENDS
Freeport Friends identifies urgent needs in the Freeport community and the RSU5 schools and matches them up with a volunteer who can help. The commitment of a volunteer can range from meal prep and drop-off for a sick resident, a 10-minute boot drop off at Pownal Elementary School or filling a senior's birdfeeder to a longer-term commitment of shoveling/roof-raking for an elderly community member for a few weeks. We also collect needed items for local families in crisis. Our process is simple. We post urgent needs to our Facebook Group and we email them out to our volunteer network. A member claims and delivers on the need at hand. A few examples of some of our recent volunteer work include meal prep and delivery, dog walking for sick and elderly community members, clothing, boots and mitten drop-offs at an RSU5 school, gift card donations to a local teen in need of clothing, installing grab bars for an elderly resident and, assisting a refugee family move and settle in to the community.
South Freeport
SOUTHERN MAINE AGENCY ON AGING
Every stage of life brings joys and challenges unique to an individual’s circumstances. For more than four decades Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) has provided the resources, programs and people to ensure that older adults and adults living with disabilities in Cumberland and York counties maintain their vitality well past the age of sixty. SMAA Volunteer Services provides volunteer opportunities for more than 800 people each year. Possibilities include delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors, providing Medicare counseling, mentoring children, helping older adults with bill paying, and many, many more. The staff in the Volunteer Services department will find the perfect match for those who want to help.
Scarborough
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE BANGOR
We are a home-away-from-home for families with a child receiving medical treatment. RMH Bangor provides all the comforts of home and a support system to lean on. At our House, you'll find friendly volunteers, home-cooked meals, warm beds, laundry facilities, and more. Our services relieve emotional and financial stress, allowing families to focus on their child.
Bangor
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE PORTLAND
We are a home-away-from-home for families with a child receiving medical treatment. RMH Portland provides all the comforts of home and a support system to lean on. At our House, you'll find friendly volunteers, home-cooked meals, warm beds, laundry facilities, and more. Our services relieve emotional and financial stress, allowing families to focus on their child.
Portland
RIDING TO THE TOP THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center (RTT) was founded in 1993. Our mission is enhancing health and wellness through equine assisted activities and therapies. Located just west of Portland in Windham, Maine, RTT is the state's only year round PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center solely dedicated to Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. More than 250 clients visit annually, assisted by certified instructors, a herd of 19 horses and over 160 volunteers, all specially trained to assist with therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning, carriage driving and hippotherapy. Riding To The Top is a community based nonprofit, receives no federal or state funding and provides scholarships to over 60% of its clients.
Windham
HOMELESS ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM OF MAINE
HART is a no kill shelter and adoption center for cats. We are a member of the American Humane Association, the American Partnership for Pets and the New England Federation of Humane Societies. HART is staffed mostly by volunteers who are dedicated to the well being of the shelter residents. We care for pets that would otherwise be out on the street, assuring their safety, health, and comfort. Our shelter building was constructed in 2004. It was custom designed for cat sheltering and offers our residents an open environment, with climbing structures and lots of comfy beds. This environment allows the cats the freedom to play, nest, and hide, as well as form bonds with one another. All of our animals receive lots of love and attention, as well as expert veterinary care.
Cumberland
YMCA OF SOUTHERN MAINE
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.
Portland
PARTNERS FOR WORLD HEALTH
Our mission is to collect and redistribute surplus medical supplies and equipment locally and internationally to those in need. Our work improves the quality of healthcare in under served communities and diverts hundreds of thousands of pounds of medical materials from landfills each year. Our in-house medical mission program provides on-the-ground education and training for healthcare workers, helping to improve healthcare standards of practice.
Portland
GOOD SHEPHERD FOOD BANK OF MAINE
The mission of Good Shepherd Food Bank is to eliminate hunger in Maine by sourcing and distributing nutritious food to people in need, building strong community partnerships, and mobilizing the public in the fight to end hunger.
Auburn
PORTLAND GEAR HUB
The Portland Gear Hub is a non-profit bike and outdoor gear shop and education space dedicated to helping people get outside. We run bike maintenance education classes, adult and youth earn-a-bike programs, and other educational programming geared to get people outside. We also sell used outdoor gear and bikes at affordable prices, to make outdoor activities more accessible.
Portland
SCARBOROUGH MARSH - MAINE AUDUBON
As Maine's largest salt marsh, the Scarborough Marsh is an important resting, breeding, and feeding ground for wildlife. The Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center works to connect people to nature through conservation, advocacy, and education.
Scarborough
A COMPANY OF GIRLS
A Company of Girls (ACOG) is an award-winning, nationally recognized, resiliency/prevention/mentor/leadership program for girls in Greater Portland. Our mission is to strengthen and empower girls and their families and foster community through the arts. Over our twenty plus years, hundreds of girls and their families have participated in our programs and events. ACOG’s programming enables youth to express who they are, and provides a safe outlet for girls to take risks, speak up, and be recognized for their unique and valuable voices. We empower girls to be confident in their abilities; to build resiliency to face life’s challenges; and to make healthy and positive life choices.
Portland
ROYAL RIVER CONSERVATION TRUST
Royal River Conservation Trust is a non-profit land trust supported by individuals, households, and local businesses. We conserve shoreline, farms, trails, and parks in the town that form the Royal River watershed. We work primarily in Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Durham, and Gray.
Yarmouth
MY PLACE TEEN CENTER
At MPTC, we focus on giving teens the resources and life skills needed to have a successful adult life. We offer free dinners, or lunches - depending on the time we are open that particular day, to our kids each day. We focus on building strong, trusting relationships with our teens. Our programming is based upon 5 categories: Social Emotional, Health and Wellness, Workforce Readiness, Civic Engagement, and STEAM. We offer free field trips to our kids, as long as they participate in three programs per week, which qualifies them as field trip eligible as our youth leadership academy. We are also a place for teens to just come chill out and know that this is a safe haven for them, with an absolute rule of "no tolerance" for bullying of any sort. It is a place that welcomes, and embraces, each unique teen in order to help them feel like this is home because for some, this is where they get their only meal of the day, homework help, and support they need to face the daily challenges of their lives.
Westbrook
MAINELY GIRLS
Mainely Girls works proactively in rural Maine communities and on the state level to bring about positive change for girls. This well established non-profit organization began twenty years ago under the Direction of Mary Orear, in Midcoast Maine, and is now based in Aroostook County. Mainely Girls supports girls by creating empowering opportunities through arts and adventure-based activities, bookclubs, mentorships and civics initiatives.
Presque Isle
MAINE AUDUBON
Maine Audubon is the state's oldest and largest wildlife conservation organization. Since 1843, we have been connecting people to nature through a science-based approach to conservation, education, and advocacy. The largest Maine-based wildlife conservation organization, Maine Audubon has eight wildlife sanctuaries, 10,000 members, 2,000 volunteers, and serves over 50,000 people annually.
Falmouth
BACKPACKS FOR HOMELESS DOGS
Backpacks for Homeless Dogs is a project of the Maine Homeless Veterans Alliance. The organization helps homeless veterans and other homeless folks feed and keep their pets warm.
Steep Falls
YARMOUTH ROTARY
Yarmouth Rotary is part of Rotary International with its 1.2 million members around the world. We are a service organization working to improve our local, area, national and international community. In Yarmouth we are, among other things, helping to build and maintain the Westside Trail, to protect and enhance town green spaces and the environment, to promote leadership training for rising high school juniors, and to promote literacy.
Yarmouth
CENTER FOR WILDLIFE
The Center for Wildlife is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to build a sustainable future for wildlife in our community through medical treatment, rehabilitation, educational outreach, research, and conservation activities.
Cape Neddick
CAMP SUNSHINE
Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness. Camp Sunshine's program is offered year-round and designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support.
Casco
SOUTH PORTLAND FOOD CUPBOARD
The South Portland Food Cupboard is a non-profit, volunteer-based food pantry dedicated to alleviating hunger. The cupboard organizes their team of over 130 volunteers who are committed to the acquisition and distribution of food to hungry people throughout South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and surrounding communities.
South Portland
YARMOUTH CARES ABOUT NEIGHBORS
Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors tracks local resources in Yarmouth, Maine, connects resources with people who need them, and works to fill the gaps.
Yarmouth
MIDCOAST HUNGER PREVENTION PROGRAM
MCHPP has offered a safe meal location in the community of Brunswick since 1983, and they are continuing their efforts to expand throughout the greater Mid Coast area. Some of the programs included in Brunswick include a soup kitchen, backpack program, summer meal program, and food bank.
Brunswick
STROUDWATER FOOD PANTRY
The Stroudwater Food Pantry (SFP) is a non-profit hunger relief agency that feeds the meal insecure in Southern Maine. The pantry is located on the first floor of the Stroudwater Christian Church at 1520 Westbrook Street, and open to the public for grocery distribution on Sundays from 1-3pm. As of January 2019 SFP has over 525 families actively enrolled to receive groceries, accounting for more than 1,700 people being fed on a reoccurring basis. Since opening in August 2015, SFP has collected and served over 170 tons of food, the equivalent of an estimated 851,000 meals, to people in the Greater Portland community in need of hunger relief. The Pantry relies solely on its dedicated team of volunteers to transport, sort and distribute the fresh and packaged foods to its clients.
Portland
SAFE PASSAGE
Our programs offer hope, education, and opportunity to children and families living around the Guatemala City Garbage Dump. We serve nearly 500 children and nearly 300 families by providing holistic education programs focused on three key areas: Full-Day Education, Educational Enrichment, Adult Education and Social Entrepreneurship.
New Gloucester
317 MAIN COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER
317 Main encourages creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music. We teach private and group music lessons to people of all ages and abilities at our location in Yarmouth and at partner locations. 317 Main also hosts concerts, festivals, workshops, summer camps and a weekly farmers market. Make music with us!
Yarmouth
ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY
The Animal Welfare Society, incorporated in 1967, is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit humane society located in Kennebunk, Maine and is a regional leader in companion animal welfare. AWS operates a progressive animal shelter and its life-saving community programs include Pets and Women to Safety, Paws in Stripes and Paws Across America while AWS’ services to the greater community include Humane Education, Training classes, spay/neuter assistance and veterinary care at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic.
Kennebunk
NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL OF MAINE
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring, and conserving Maine’s environment, now and for future generations. NRCM harnesses the power of the law, science, and the voices of more than 20,000 supporters statewide and beyond. For 60 years, the Natural Resources Council of Maine has been protecting the places and way of life that make Maine so special.
Augusta
350 MAINE
350 Maine is a grassroots movement dedicated to fighting for climate justice in Maine. We grow our power collectively to find real and lasting solutions, to end our dependence on fossil fuels, and to build a healthy, sustainable life for people and the planet.
Portland
BANGOR AREA HOMELESS SHELTER
The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter is a dry shelter whose mission is to support and strengthen the community by providing emergency shelter and supportive services to people who are homeless or at risk and to advocate for collaborative, locally driven solutions to end homelessness.
Bangor
GIRLS ON THE RUN (MAINE)
Girls on the Run is an after school program for girls in 3rd -8th grade. The program provides a supportive environment in which girls run with their friends and coaches while learning, practicing, and applying social and emotional skills and competencies. At the end of the 10 week program, the girls participate in a celebratory 5k that focuses on their accomplishments along with their families, friends and community.
Portland
PROJECT FEED
Once a month, Project FEED provides a week’s worth of food and other personal offerings to those in need. All our clients meet with a social service agency to get a referral to us and obtain help with other needs.
Portland
SPECIAL OLYMPICS MAINE
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
South Portland
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SOUTHERN MAINE
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine has provided youth development programs for young people, especially those who need us most. Our Clubhouses are safe places to learn, have fun and develop skills and interests that last a lifetime. Whether it’s academic help, learning to swim or a much needed healthy meal or snack, young people can go to their Clubhouse for the support they need to grow into great adults. Our supportive and safe spaces for students are available year-round after school and during the summer.
Portland
MAKE-A-WISH MAINE
We grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions with the goal of changing the lives of the kids we serve.
Scarborough
MID-MAINE HOMELESS SHELTER
We provide more than just a bed and a meal for our guests. Guests are paired up with one of our in-house case managers to create an action plan to obtain stable housing and prevent homelessness in the future. The action plan establishes goals in twelve areas of the guests’ lives. These twelve areas are: Housing, Financial Stability, Education, Family & Children, Transportation, Safety Planning, Social, Employment, Legal, Mental Health, DV Support, and Substance Abuse.
Waterville
YARMOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICES
Yarmouth Community Services helps to include every community member in Yarmouth. For children, there are camps and activities. For adults, classes and activities such as yoga are also offered. This organization is entirely operated out of Yarmouth, and instructors for these camps and classes may be interested volunteers!
Yarmouth
ANIMAL REFUGE LEAGUE OF GREATER PORTLAND
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland nurtures the connection between people and pets to advance animal welfare and improve the quality of life in our community. ARLGP provides temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned, confiscated and relinquished animals, and places as many pets as possible into responsible and caring homes; we create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals; we strive to end animal overpopulation through education and the promotion of spaying and neutering. We make end-of-life decisions based on safety and animal welfare considerations.
Westbrook
MIDCOAST HUMANE
Each year, Midcoast Humane cares for 3,500 stray, abandoned and abused animals in Midcoast Maine and beyond, providing comfort, care and medical attention to each before finding them forever homes.
Brunswick
PREBLE STREET
The mission of Preble Street is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
Portland