Summer Meals Support Student Success

Summer Meals Support Student Success

Every summer, hundreds of kids take part in the Mission’s EdGE camps in Downeast Maine. These weekly camps include fun activities, time exploring the outdoors, field trips, crafts, games, and much more. The Mission works to make the camps affordable and accessible for families, and part of this includes offering free breakfast and lunch to all campers.  

“We know that many of our families participate in the free lunch and breakfast programs during the school year,” explains Downeast Director Jenny Jones. “It is important for these families that we continue to offer meals throughout the summer.”  To offer these meals at camp, the Mission works with the Maine Department of Education to become a summer meal site. 

To be a certified site, the person preparing the meals must be SafeServ certified and make the meals in a professional kitchen. All meals must meet the USDA nutritional guidelines that schools must follow and the kitchen must pass an inspection each year. Through the program, the Mission is reimbursed for the meals it provides.  

When families register for summer camp, they can decide if their child receives meals, regardless of their income status. Usually around 120 students receive two meals a day across all the sites. The meals are made in one of the participating school’s kitchens and then taken to the different camps. Breakfasts include fruit, a grain, and milk, and are often similar to what a student would receive during a regular school day. A typical lunch will include a sandwich (with protein), fruit, vegetables, and milk. The lunches are usually made to be eaten outside or on the go.  

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Summer camp is not the only time students in EdGE receive food. During every EdGE after school session, there is a dedicated snack time. Students can receive a snack from the EdGE staff, or they can eat their own snack. Both summer camp and afterschool sessions allow children and families to decide if they want to receive a snack or meal. 

Parents still have time to register their children for this year’s summer camps in Harrington, Addison, and Machias. Learn more and register.  

Register to Play in the 20th Annual EdGE Tennis Tournament

Register to Play in the 20th Annual EdGE Tennis Tournament

The Mission welcomes teams and individual players to compete in the 20th EDGE Tennis Tournament on Saturday, September 7 at the Northeast Harbor Tennis Club. The Tournament benefits EdGE, the Mission’s signature education program.   

Taking place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Tournament is composed of men’s doubles and women’s doubles playing at advanced and intermediate levels with eight-player teams competing throughout the day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all registered players. Players can register as a team of eight players or as an individual. An organization, business, or person can also sponsor a team or individual. Single player participants will be assigned to a team by the Tournament directors. 

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“I’ve been fortunate to be part of this Tournament as both a player and volunteer director for more than a decade,” says Jaime Weir, general manager of John Williams Boat Company and Mission board member. “Each event brings the tennis community together for a great day of fun and competition, all to benefit the kids of the EdGE program.” 

Registration for a team of eight is $1,400 and single player registration is $50. An organization, business, or person can also sponsor a team and the committee will assign single player participants. Interested players can contact Development Operations Associate Devin Mack at [email protected] or (207) 801-6010 to register. 

Proceeds from the Tournament fund EdGE. The program offers collaborative and innovative afterschool, summer, in-school, and leadership activities to children in seven schools located along Washington County’s Downeast coast. EdGE provides students opportunities to expand their knowledge and experiences through academic and social support, and peer mentoring. Students challenge themselves, engage with their communities, explore the outdoors, and gain social and leadership skills to build personal, career, and post-secondary education aspirations.   

“In EdGE, students can participate in afterschool, summer camp, and in-school programming,” says EdGE Primary Program Director Isaac Marnik, “Since 2002, EdGE has provided new opportunities for children to discover new things and identify their interests.” 

The Mission would like to thank its Corporate Sponsors and Corporate Donors for continued support. This year’s supporters include Platinum Sponsors Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and Wyman’s of Maine; Bronze Sponsors First National Bank and Goldman Sachs with Maggie Keohan; Copper Sponsors Machias Savings Bank and Acadia Bike & Coastal Kayaking Tours; and Corporate Donor Front Street Shipyard  

Mission Awards $224,500 in 2024-2025 Mission Scholarships

Mission Awards $224,500 in 2024-2025 Mission Scholarships

A group of young people standing on the bow of a boat, they are looking up and smiling for the camera

The Mission is pleased to announce the 30 new Mission Scholarship award recipients from Hancock and Washington Counties. Representing nine high schools in the Mission’s service area, the newest Mission Scholars include:  

  • Lacey Bailey, Bucksport High School 
  • Leah Beal, Jonesport-Beals High School 
  • Asa Berry, Sumner Memorial High School 
  • Jessika Bridges, Sumner Memorial High School 
  • Matthew Carney, Sumner Memorial High School 
  • Jolie Deal, Mount Desert Island High School 
  • Riley Donahue, Mount Desert Island High School 
  • Ada Fisher, Sumner Memorial High School 
  • Owen Frank, Ellsworth High School  
  • Gabriel Hanscom, Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School  
  • Noah Hart, Calais High School 
  • Brady Hutchins, George Stevens Academy 
  • Chloe Look, Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School 
  • Thea McKechnie, George Stevens Academy 
  • Makenna Moore, Washington Academy  
  • Emma Moores , Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School 
  • Trinity Morris, Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School 
  • Autumn Peterson, Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School 
  • Elizabeth Pileski, Ellsworth High School  
  • Sig Reinholdt, Mount Desert Island High School 
  • Hazel Sheahan, George Stevens Academy 
  • Zoe Sikkel, Bucksport High School 
  • Emma Simard, Mount Desert Island High School 
  • Nyah Smith, Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School 
  • Mackenzie Urban, Jonesport-Beals High School 
  • Denali Wagstaff, Mount Desert Island High School 
  • Evan Weightman, Washington Academy  
  • Liberty White, Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School 
  • Coleton Whitney, Washington Academy  
  • Elle Yarborough, Mount Desert Island High School 

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This year’s Scholars plan to study biology, nursing, social work, psychology, and engineering among other areas. The post-secondary education and career landscape focus on many ways to achieve higher education and workforce readiness. These awards fulfill the intent of the Mission’s Scholarships’ annual support for individuals entering trade, technical, two and four-year colleges. 

These Mission Scholars join an existing 62 Scholars who renewed their applications for the coming academic year. For the 2024-2025 school year, $224,500 will be awarded to 92 college students. The program’s humble beginnings commenced in 1911. Since 2000, the Mission has awarded more than $2.6 million in scholarships to support the college and career aspirations of youth and adults in Washington and Hancock counties and outer islands.  

Scholars were chosen not only for their academic achievements, but also because of the students’ commitments to their communities, perseverance, and future aspirations. “This year’s Mission Scholars are a diverse group of students who are leaders in their communities and beyond,” says the Mission’s EdGE Secondary and Post-Secondary Program Director Christy Oliveri. “We are proud to help them achieve their educational and career goals and look forward to following their college journey over the next four years.” 

Mission Scholarships typically range in amount from $6,000 to $14,000 dispersed over four years, the period normally expected to complete a degree or certificate program. With approximately 30 new scholars each year, the Mission typically has nearly 100 active scholars in any given year. In 2023, 99% of Scholars continued their award and returned to school for an additional year of study. 72% of Scholars study at a campus in Maine, 46% at a University of Maine or a community college campus. 

This year’s new Scholars are enrolled at Husson University, University of Maine, Connecticut College, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Wentworth Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, Dartmouth College, University of Southern Maine, Bowdoin College, Wheaton College, Southern Maine Community College, Alfred University, Bennington College, University of North Carolina, Endicott College, Smith College, New York University, Central Maine Community College, Villanova University, and Southern New Hampshire University. 

In addition to Mission Scholarships, Maine Seacoast Mission proudly partners with the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund to offer the transformative Davis Maine Scholarship. In its fourth year of supporting students, the Davis Maine Scholarship supports fully funded, four-year scholarships to select students each year. Davis Maine Scholars attend one of three partner schools, Clark University, University of New England, or Wheaton College.  

Turning the Tide Together this Spring  

Turning the Tide Together this Spring  

The Spring 2024 issue of The Bulletin, which is on its way to mailboxes, focuses on the Mission’s partners and how leaning into these partnerships will help create thriving communities. This issue builds on last Fall’s issue of The Bulletin which shared how the communities the Mission serves voiced their hopes and fears about the future in 17 listening sessions. Following these sessions, the Mission began reflecting about how they can continue to show up. In his opening letter, Mission President John Zavodny writes, “The way forward is a reaffirmation of the Mission’s first principles: trust, compassion, and working together. 

The main story in this issue of The Bulletin expands on these ideas and how the Mission is committed to creating thriving communities through partnerships. Throughout the piece, John shares the key concepts of this work: community, partnership and thriving and how the Mission is defining these words. The story also features examples of the partnerships the Mission has that are already supporting communities.  

The cover of "The Bulletin" Spring 2024 that reads "Turning the Tide Together" with a photo of a person with a trash bag walking on a beach.

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Elsewhere in The Bulletin, we share more of our impact and the work we are doing with our partner organizations. One story highlights how volunteers from Island Institute and community members have helped the Mission with clean-up after two devastating storms in January. There are also stories about partnerships with the MDI Biological Laboratory and Sunrise County Economic Council. 

To view the digital version of The Bulletin Spring 2024 issue, please visit our Publications page.  

Register to Play in the 20th Annual EdGE Tennis Tournament

Register for the 20th Annual EdGE Tennis Tournament

The Mission welcomes teams and individual players to compete in the 20th EDGE Tennis Tournament on Saturday, September 7 at the Northeast Harbor Tennis Club. The Tournament benefits EdGE, the Mission’s signature education program.  

Taking place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Tournament is composed of men’s doubles and women’s doubles playing at advanced and intermediate levels with eight-player teams competing throughout the day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all registered players. Players can register as a team of eight players or as an individual. An organization, business, or person can also sponsor a team or individual. Single player participants will be assigned to a team by the Tournament directors.

Your gift to the Maine Seacoast Mission makes you part of all we do.

“I’ve been fortunate to be part of this Tournament as both a player and volunteer director for more than a decade,” says Jaime Weir, general manager of John Williams Boat Company and Mission board member. “Each event brings the tennis community together for a great day of fun and competition, all to benefit the kids of the EdGE program.”

Registration for a team of eight is $1,400 and single player registration is $50. An organization, business, or person can also sponsor a team and the committee will assign single player participants. Interested players can contact Development Operations Associate Devin Mack at [email protected] or (207) 801-6010 to register.

Proceeds from the Tournament fund EdGE. The program offers collaborative and innovative afterschool, summer, in-school, and leadership activities to children in seven schools located along Washington County’s Downeast coast. EdGE provides students opportunities to expand their knowledge and experiences through academic and social support, and peer mentoring. Students challenge themselves, engage with their communities, explore the outdoors, and gain social and leadership skills to build personal, career, and post-secondary education aspirations. 

“In EdGE, students can participate in afterschool, summer camp, and in-school programming,” says EdGE Primary Program Director Isaac Marnik, “Since 2002, EdGE has provided new opportunities for children to discover new things and identify their interests.”

The Mission would like to thank its Corporate Sponsors and Corporate Donors for continued support. This year’s supporters include Platinum Sponsors Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and Wyman’s of Maine; Bronze Sponsors First National Bank and Goldman Sachs with Maggie Keohan; Copper Sponsors Machias Savings Bank and Acadia Bike & Coastal Kayaking Tours; and Corporate Donor Front Street Shipyard 

Come Aboard to Learn more about the Mission 

Come Aboard to Learn more about the Mission 

A photo of the Sunbeam, which is a large boat in the middle of the ocean with trees in the background

From June to August, the Mission’s 74-foot flagship vessel Sunbeam will host open houses in various ports along coastal Maine. Visitors are invited to tour Sunbeam and learn more about the Mission’s work in coastal Washington County and on outer, unbridged islands. 

The first open house of the season is on Tuesday, June 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sunbeam’s home port in Northeast Harbor. During the tour, visitors can see the inner workings of a vessel which welcomes more than 1,000 people aboard each year for basic healthcare, meals, community gatherings, and more.  

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Sunbeam Open Houses are scheduled for: 

  • Sunday, June 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. with the Wilson Museum at the Castine Town Dock
  • Saturday, July 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brown’s Wharf in Boothbay Harbor 
  • Thursday, August 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Northeast Harbor 

Mission President John Zavodny says “We’re excited to welcome the public aboard Sunbeam to learn more about outer islands and the difference our programs make in our communities. It’s particularly special to open the boat in her home port of Northeast Harbor, and to visit friends in southern Maine communities.” 

Mission programming via Sunbeam regularly provides support through counseling, education initiatives, and education services. In addition, a full-time nurse offers flu and Covid vaccination clinics, leads a network of eldercare facilities, provides healthcare check-ups, and connects residents to mainland specialists. Islands served include Chebeague, Cliff Island, Frenchboro, Great Cranberry, Great Diamond, Isle au Haut, Islesboro, Islesford, Long Island, Matinicus, Monhegan, North Haven, Peaks, and Swan’s. 

Sunbeam Open Houses are open to the public. For inquiries, please contact [email protected] or call (207) 801-6008. 

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