Maine Community Action Association (MCAA)– represents 10 Community Action Agencies spread throughout Maine that provide services to low-income individuals and families. MCAA helps these organizations run the Keep Me Warm fund which provides fuel assistance to people in need. They also advocate for health care reform, discounted telephone services, and other needs of low-income individuals and families. Each of the 10 Community Action Agencies also offer programs specific to their region that assist with health care, dental care, transportation, childcare, housing, and family enrichment.
2-1-1 Maine– Connecting those who need help with organizations who can help. 2-1-1 Maine is a nonprofit organization established by United Ways of Maine and Youth Alternatives Ingraham. This phone directory and web directory connects those in need of health, social, economic, and human services with the appropriate organization in their region. Please note that you can find organizations that offer free clothing, furniture, and other essentials through 2-1-1 Maine as well.
Essential’s Pantries– Distribute non-food essentials to those in need. Essentials are items that are not covered by the Food Supplement Program (formerly Food Stamps). These include such items as, diapers, soap, toilet paper, paper towels, feminine pads, shampoo, laundry detergent, deodorant, and cleaning supplies. Essential’s pantries are always in need of donations of these goods. These are a few of the essential pantries here in Maine.
Clothing Banks– Distribute free, gently used clothing to those in need. There are a variety of clothing banks in each Maine county that can be found on 2-1-1 Maine. Some clothing banks distribute clothing only in emergencies, others as part of their local food pantry, and still others as independent clothing banks. These are a few independent clothing banks here in Maine.