Join The Ellsworth American & Mount Desert Islander as we celebrate local charitable foundations and organizations dedicated to furthering the quality of life for all living beings in and around our great community. Consider their missions in this season of giving, and scroll to learn more about how these organizations work for our community.

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center provides compassion, support, wellness groups, advocacy and education for patients, families, and friends in the midst of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and/or remission.

The mission of the Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic is to serve the primary care needs of the uninsured and underinsured in our community.

Friends in Action’s mission is to empower older adults and people living with disabilities to thrive and to live independently, with dignity and a strong quality of life.

Healthy Acadia’s mission is to empower people and organizations while building healthy communities together in Hancock and Washington Counties.

The Grand is an iconic Art Deco theater in Downeast, Maine that fosters social interaction and growth in artists and audiences through the arts, entertainment, and education.

The Downeast Family YMCA mission is to build strong communities, families, and individuals by fostering respect and promoting a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

YWCA MDI is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of the residents of the Blue Hill Peninsula, Deer Isle, and Stonington by mobilizing, supporting, and collaborating with community partners.

The Ark is committed to providing compassionate care and placement of homeless animals, alleviating overpopulation of companion animals by promoting low cost spay/neuter programs and promoting and improving the welfare of all animals through community outreach and education.

The mission of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy is to conserve distinctive ecosystems, lands, and waters for the benefit of all, from the Union River and Frenchman Bay watersheds east to the Hancock County line.

Rooted in a history of compassionate service and mutual trust, the Mission seeks to strengthen coastal and island communities by educating youth, supporting families, and promoting good health.

The Families First Community Center is a family center with residential and outreach programs serving homeless families with children in Hancock County.

Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County seeks to enhance the lives of those experiencing life-limiting illness and grief and loss by providing quality, cost-free compassionate support and comfort.

The SPCA of Hancock County (SPCA) is dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare; the protection, sheltering, and placement of companion animals into responsible loving homes; humane education in the community, and to local, state and national animal advocacy.

DCP’s mission is to improve quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in Downeast communities, with a commitment to creating and delivering services & programs that treat people with dignity & compassion.

The mission of Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is to feed and serve the hungry of Hancock County, striving to eliminate food insecurity in our community.

Birdsacre seeks to foster an appreciation of nature through experiential learning, inspired by Cordelia J. Stanwood’s contributions to ornithology. 

The Next Step Domestic Violence Project offers free, life-changing services to our community members of every gender, sexual orientation, age, race, nationality, religion, and economic status.

Emmaus Homeless Shelter exists to provide a safe and comfortable environment for homeless men, women and families in need of temporary shelter who are willing to work towards ending their homelessness. We are committed to helping the poor in our local communities by offering a wide range of services and referrals to anyone in need.