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Originally published in Castine Patriot, February 8, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, February 8, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, February 8, 2018
Need help? These local resources are available

As winter remains in full swing with temperatures plummeting for days at a time and snowstorms affecting travel and work, some citizens find that resources can be scarce. Here is a list of area programs designed to lend a hand when needed.

Community Compass,, 479-3076. Collaboration of community members, Neighborhood Navigators, and partner organizations working collectively to break the cycle of poverty for residents of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington and Surry.

Downeast Community Partners,, 664-2424. A nonprofit, non-governmental, private corporation, and community action program. Mission is to bring community resources together to help people in Washington and Hancock counties to achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.

Friends In Action, 664-6016. Offering free services to elderly and disabled residents of Hancock County so that they can live independently, with dignity and a strong quality of life. Volunteers can provide assistance with transportation, chores, shopping, yard, work, telephone check-in, and friendly visits.

General Assistance: Temporary assistance with fuel, utilities, food, housing, non-elective medical necessities, and other basic, essential services. Eligibility, necessary documentation may vary.

Town of Blue Hill, 374-2281.
Town of Brooklin, 359-8394.
Town of Brooksville, 326-4518.
Town of Castine, 326-4502.
Town of Deer Isle, 348-2324.
Town of Isle au Haut, 335-5001.
Town of Penobscot, 326-4364.
Town of Sedgwick, 359-2275.
Town of Stonington, 367-2351.
Town of Surry, 667-5912.

Heating fuel assistance

Island Heating Assistance Program, 348-6602, a community fund administered by the First Congregational Church of Deer Isle, UCC. Funded by donations; provides fuel oil, kerosene, propane, firewood from area dealers; prevents electricity service disconnections by Emera Maine. Also networks with other organizations. Deer Isle and Stonington residents only.

Dolly Fisher Fund, 374-2892, First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, available for emergency aid to Peninsula residents.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance). Federally funded program administered through Downeast Community Partners helps low-income households pay their home energy bills. The program offers fuel assistance benefits, energy crisis assistance, help with electric bills, and weatherization and other energy-related home repairs. Qualification for LIHEAP also qualifies the applicant for other assistance programs. Call 664-2424 to apply.

Wood Bank, 326-4375, assists people in need of wood for wood-burning stoves on the Peninsula. Wood comes from donations.

Keep ME Warm Fund, a statewide partnership providing emergency fuel assistance, primarily for those who may not be eligible for limited federal, state or local fuel assistance programs. Call 211 if you need heating assistance.


Community Cafe, weekly lunch provided through Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Cost is $4, reservations requested. Brooksville, Thursdays, 12 p.m., townhouse, 326-8864. Penobscot, Mondays, 11:30 a.m., Methodist Church, 326-9488. Sedgwick, Wednesdays, 12 p.m., Benjamin’s Pantry, 359-2716. Stonington, Wednesdays, 12 p.m., Island Community Center, 367-2735.

Deer Isle, Monday-Friday, 12 p.m., Deer Run Apts., 348-6879.

Island Food Pantry, 348-6181, lower level of Island Community Center, Memorial Lane, Stonington. For low income or those out of work. Pick up food on Thursdays, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., closed fifth Thursday of the month.

Tree of Life food pantry, 374-2900, 23 South Street, Blue Hill. Pick up food on Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Simmering Pot, 374-2891, free weekly meal, Mondays, 2:30-6 p.m., Blue Hill Congregational Church. Closed holidays.

H.O.M.E. Co-op, 469-7961, ext. 117, 90 School House Rd., Orland, Mon.-Fri., 9-11:30 a.m., 1-3 p.m. Hot lunch served Sunday-Friday, 12 P.M.


Queen’s Closet, 367-5061, 194 Burnt Cove Rd., Stonington, better clothing for children to adults, ranging from church wear to prom clothes to job interview ensembles. Tuesdays, 2-4:30 p.m. or by chance or appointment. See Facebook page for other openings. Donations welcome.

Community Clothes Closet, 367-2271, 58 South Burnt Cove Road, Stonington. Free clothing, household goods, furniture; also free lending service of handicapped aids. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. or by appointment.

Second Edition, 359-5514, Route 15, Sedgwick, next to Eggemoggin Country Store. Clothes and shoes for infants, children, men and women. Consignments welcome. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

TurnStyle, 374-2900, 23 South Street, Blue Hill. Gently used clothing for all ages, linens, accessories. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free or minimal cost clothing may be obtained with letter from a church or appropriate agency. Donation of goods accepted during business hours or in drop-off box on site.

Redeemed Free Clothing Pantry, 479-5397, behind parsonage of North Sedgwick Baptist Church, open Tuesdays 5-7 p.m. or by appointment.

H.O.M.E., 469-7961, 90 School House Rd., Orland. Personal care items and winter coats for low-income and homeless families and individuals. No intake procedure, low barrier. Simply call or visit and we will assist.

Health and medical care

Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic, 667-7953, 48 State Street, Suite 16, Ellsworth. Primary care services for people without insurance, by appointment only.

Peninsula Free Health, 374-5585, 26 Hinckley Ridge Rd., Blue Hill. Provides health services for adults and children who have no medical insurance and cannot afford private medical care. Mondays, 3-6 p.m. Previous and new patients on walk-in basis.