Friday, January 11th marked the 21st day of the partial government shutdown, where many of our friends and neighbors have been affected and are either working without a paycheck or have been furloughed. Mainers being Mainers, and looking our for their neighbors are coming together, to help those in need.

Here is a partial list of resources that are currently available. If I am missing any, or if more become available, please email me at so I can add them to this list

There is a Public Facebook Group Help Support Our Coast Guard & National Park Families

The Bar Harbor Food Pantry is there to help

The Southwest Food Mart in Southwest Harbor has set up a donation box

The Trailhead Cafe in Bar Harbor is allowing furloughed employees or those working without a paycheck to run a tab and then clear it when they receive payment

The American Legion's Temporary Financial Assistance Program can make a one time $1500 grant to active duty members of the United States Coast Guard

Peekytoe Provisions in Bar Harbor is allowing those affected to run a tab until they receive a paycheck.

Every Tuesday, Open Table MDI serves a delicious homemade meal from 4-7PM at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Entertainment is provided as well.

The Common Good on the Clarke Point Road next to the Southwest Harbor Post Office offers a soup and salad meal Mondays from 11AM to 1PM. Their freezer is chock full of frozen soups for any to take home

The MDI Community is coming together on Saturday, January 26th to hold a potluck dinner, open mic and silent auction to benefit local Coast Guard families affected by the partial government shutdown. The event will be held on Saturday, January 26th at the American Legion Hall , 22 Village Green Way in Southwest Harbor from 5 to 10PM.

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