Maine Seacoast Mission’s Housing Rehabilitation (Rehab) Program welcomes volunteer groups each summer to work with our staff, and local home owners to repair, rehab, and weatherize homes in Washington County, Maine.
Our goal is to complete necessary repairs to make each home safe, warm, and dry. Projects range from painting and basic carpentry to major repairs such as roof replacements. We welcome volunteers of all skill levels and do our best to match groups skills with our clients’ housing needs.
From 2002 to 2016, our Housing Rehab Program grew from 30 volunteers in two mission groups to over 300 volunteers in 23 mission groups. Downeast Maine has old and decaying housing stock. The need for repairs and weatherization of these homes is constant. With the support of people like you, we are able to help our most vulnerable neighbors.
In February, we begin distributing Housing Rehab applications to clients of our Food Pantry and our Emergency Fuel Assistance program. Our Housing Rehab applications are also available through local churches, social service agencies, and town offices.
In preparing for the arrival of visiting groups, Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Scott Shaw reviews all home repair applications and makes a site visit to assess each client’s request. Scott Shaw then selects projects to fit each volunteer group’s skill level. Materials are purchased with funds donated by the Mission teams. To budget for this season, we are requesting a donation of at least $175.00 per volunteer, per week. Your non-refundable 10-percent deposit and your certificate of insurance is due with your application in order to secure your reservation dates. Mail to: Maine Seacoast Mission, PO Box 428, Cherryfield, ME 04622. Attention: Housing Rehabilitation Program
Your time, talent, and donations are crucial to this program’s success. Here are the information and materials that will help you prepare for a successful trip:
- Housing Rehabilitation Program Information Packet
- Volunteer Team Application
- Volunteer Liability Form (PDF format)
- Volunteer Permission Waiver Form (PDF format)
- Adventure Course Liability Form (PDF format)
- Housing Rehabilitation Program Calendar (online)
- Property Use Policy – Mission Downeast Campus
Please review these materials with your work team. Ask each team member to complete the Volunteer Application and Release of Liability Form.
Please contact Scott Shaw to schedule an available date. Next, complete and return your application with your deposit and certificate of insurance. Your reservation will then be secured.
Volunteer groups generally arrive on Sunday and depart the following Saturday.
Thank you for your interest in working with the Maine Seacoast Mission and serving the people of Downeast Maine!