Support Brunswick Resource Guide

Last published update: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:45 pm

Use this Resource Guide to learn about the needs, opportunities to help, and services to support people in Brunswick, Maine, and surrounding communities. Help grow this guide by joining Support Brunswick at www.facebook.com/groups/support.brunswick

Quick Help Links

Latest Additions

All members of Support Brunswick can post directly to the public Facebook group. Volunteers review and add verified information to the source Google document (click here to view).

Tuesday, April 7

  • Quick Help Links: Added Legal Guide.
  • Other Resource Guides: added Legal Resource Guides and the COVID-19 guide from Pine Tree Legal Assistance.
  • Opportunities to Help: added talk to your children about what to do if someone in your family needs to go to the hospital.

Monday, April 6

  • Communications and Media: added Brunswick TV3.
  • Other Resource Guides: Local Farm Product and Pick-Up Options has been renamed the Maine Farm and Seafood Products Directory. You can access this same directory either from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website or the Merrymeeting Food Council website.

Sunday, April 5

  • Food: added Brunswick School Department meal distribution sites.
  • Money: added Maine JobLink Career Center.
  • Social Services: added Bowdoin Labor Alliance.

Handy References

Support Brunswick currently publishes three handy references:

  1. organization names and phone numbers for Brunswick area resources,
  2. special shopping hours for seniors and “at risk” people, and
  3. a list of emergency crisis hotlines.

We provide these handy references as PNG image files to make it easy to share or print them. For more handy references published by other organizations, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/support.brunswick/files/

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Brunswick Special Shopping Hours

List of stores offering special hours for seniors and folks who are “at risk.”
Hannaford

(Brunswick and Topsham)
Tu, W, Th

6 am – 7 am

Shaws

Tue & Thu

7 am – 9 am

Walmart

Tuesday

6 am – 7 am

Walgreens

(Tues 20% off for seniors)
Tuesday

8 am – 9 am

CVS

No special hours.
Recommends

arriving at 9 am

JoAnn Fabric
Buy online.Pick up in store.
Target
Tue & Wed8 am – 9 am
Dollar Tree
Weekdays9 am – 10 am
Morning Glory
Curbside pick up.Details atmoglonf.com
For updates, please see Support Brunswick on Facebook

Downloadable PNG image:Brunswick-shopping-hours-3-28

Emergency Crisis Hotlines

In immediate danger? Dial 9-1-1

Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112 (Voice) or 711 (Maine Relay)

Concerned about yourself or about somebody else?

Call the 24-hour crisis hotline to speak with a trained crisis clinician who can connect you to the closest crisis center.

Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 (Voice) or 711 (Maine Relay)

Concerned you or your child may be poisoned?

Call the 24-hour Northern New England Poison Center for immediate treatment advice or answers about poisons and prevention.

Child Abuse 1-800-452-1999 (Voice) or 711 (Maine Relay)

Concerned about child neglect or abuse?

Call this 24-hour hotline to speak to with a child protective specialist. Calls may be made anonymously.

Elder / Dependent Adult Abuse 1-800-624-8404 (Voice) or 711 (Maine Relay)

Concerned about incapacitated or dependent adults?

Call this 24-hour hotline to speak to an adult protective services specialist. Calls may be made anonymously.

Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Need help to prevent suicide?

Call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free to speak with someone and get confidential support now.

Sexual Assault Helpline 1-800-871-7741 (Voice) or 711 (Maine Relay)

Concerned about sexual assault?

Call the 24-hour statewide sexual assault crisis and support line for confidential services free of charge.

Intentional Peer Support Warmline 1-866-771-WARM (9276) or 711 (Maine Relay)

Need to talk with someone who understands mental illness?

Call the 24-hour Intentional Peer Support Warm Line to talk with a trained specialist who has life experience with mental health or substance use issues and recovery.

2-1-1 Maine Dial 211 or 1-877-463-6207 (When Out of State)

Not sure who to call?

Call 2-1-1 to get connected to statewide services and programs.

2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, 24-hour number to get help.

9-1-1 Dial 911 if you are in immediate danger.

Source: Maine Department of Health and Human Services www.maine.gov/dhhs/hotlines.shtml

For updates, please see Support Brunswick on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/support.brunswick

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Opportunities to Help

Stay Safe and Protect Others

  • If you are having an emergency, call 9-1-1. Call before driving to an emergency room.
  • If you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, but you don’t feel it is an emergency, call your primary care provider before going to a practice, Walk-In Clinic, or Emergency Department. Calling first ensures you will get the best care possible while keeping others safe
  • Follow three steps before heading outdoors for exercise: 1) find the right time and place, 2) be prepared before heading out, and 3) heed all COVID-19 health warnings.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with regular soap and water, or with a 60% alcohol hand sanitizer, after touching surfaces that might harbor coronavirus virions.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth in public.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hand.
  • Wear a home-made mask when out shopping. Leave the medical masks for healthcare workers or people with COVID-19.
  • Learn safe ways to care for COVID-19 patients so you can care for yourself or a family member at home if necessary.
  • Create a preparedness plan for your animals in case you become ill or hospitalized.
  • Avoid driving during April as much as possible to minimize the risk of car accidents. Get exercise and stay fit by walking or bicycling to the grocery store and carrying your groceries home.
  • If you have children, talk with them about what is happening, what you as a family are doing to stay safe, and what you will do if anyone in your family gets sick and needs to go to the hospital. You can talk about possible emergencies without alarming your children by keeping it low-key. If you don’t know the answers to any questions they ask, find out the answers together. It is easier for children to understand what is happening during an emergency if you’ve already talked with them about what could happen.

Volunteer

  • Donate blood. The pandemic has only exacerbated the need for healthy blood donors. Visit the American Red Cross to find a blood drive near you.
  • Participate in the QuaranClean project led by the Bowdoin Naturalists to rally Brunswick’s collective restless energy into a productive effort that’s good for ourselves and our planet. Pick a road near you, and with the help of gloves and a trash bag, collect all the litter you come across. Then, send a picture of yourself with the trash you collected to Clara <cbenadon@bowdoin.edu> or Kellie <knavarro@bowdoin.edu>.
  • Make regular phone calls to friends and neighbors to check in on them. A five minute conversation with a friend, by phone or video, has shown to be an effective way to maintain mental health and improve mood, especially during times of stress.
  • Ensure your less fortunate neighbors have a plan for accessing food, medicine, and other supplies.
  • Organize a weekly “grocery shopping rotation”: one person shops for five families each week, takes orders and drops them off. This “neighbors to neighbors” system helps grocery stores be more efficient.
  • Grow some of your own food, with an indoor or outdoor garden. The University of Maine Extension Service offers a Master Gardener Volunteer program that matches up experienced volunteers with people new to gardening.
    extension.umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners/
  • Help provide childcare to health care workers.
    mainehealth.org/healthy-communities/coronavirus/child-care-connection
  • Provide pet food or offer to house pets should their owners become sick or hospitalized.

Donate to a COVID-19 Response or Relief Fund

Local and Regional Relief Funds

Statewide Relief Funds

National Relief Funds

International Relief Funds

Share Information

Other Resource Guides

Business Resource Guides

Food Resource Guides

Legal Resource Guides

COVID-19 Resource Guides

Facebook Groups

Members of Support Brunswick can see a list of other Facebook groups Recommended by the Admins by clicking on About when using the Support Brunswick group on Facebook.

Brunswick, Maine, Facebook Groups

  • Support Brunswick
    www.facebook.com/groups/support.brunswick/
    Help grow and share the list of needs, opportunities to help, and services available to support people in Brunswick, Maine, and surrounding communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Brunswick, Maine
    www.facebook.com/groups/1031714967199731/
    For people to reach out for support and for other members to offer support during the COVID-19 School Closures.
  • Brunswick Community United
    www.facebook.com/groups/brunswickparentsunited/
    Represents a community of Brunswick residents, parents, grandparents and business owners who are committed to protecting and preserving the Brunswick public schools.
  • Brunswick Area Indivisible
    www.facebook.com/groups/159767107846908/
    A volunteer group whose goals are: promoting awareness, knowledge, and action via peaceful means; building a community that supports and protects the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness; protecting the environment; and preserving our democracy for this and future generations.

Surrounding Communities Facebook Groups

  • Freeport Friends
    www.facebook.com/groups/2255503771403720/
    Identifies urgent needs in the Freeport community and the RSU5 schools and matches them up with a volunteer who can help.
  • Topsham Cares!
    www.facebook.com/groups/204238834169917/
    Nancy Coleman created this private group on March 23. She writes, “I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and now seems like the perfect time to start knowing how to find one another when we want to, even if we can’t find one another in person. For the unforeseen, for the ice storm and the power outage and the virus and for having a dance party when the spirit moves. For community.”

Midcoast Maine Facebook Groups

  • Midcoast Restaurant & Business Highlights During Covid-19
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/584829495447669/
    For businesses to share when they are open and any special updates they have during the Covid-19 social distancing era.  Customers and citizens are encouraged to read through the updates to see which businesses are still open and how you can support them.

Statewide Maine Facebook Groups

  • Maine Coronavirus Community Assistance
    www.facebook.com/groups/mainecoronaviruscommunityassistance/
    If you are someone who is in need of help, please feel free to post your need to the group and be sure and include what county you are in so they can get you connected to folks near you. If you are someone who wants to help out, feel free to engage with the group using productive posts, find your county under topics to get local updates, or search through their active requests for help. As of March 23, the group narrowed its focus back to COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE. From here on out they will only be approving posts that are either “helpful” or “help requests.”
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Maine (Coronavirus)
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/771357256605651/
    This group is to support individuals and families quarantined or affected by Coronavirus and unable to leave home. These are needs others might be able to solve.

Directory of Resources

Direct Assistance

  • The Salvation Army Bath-Brunswick provides food boxes and financial assistance (heating, utility, and rental / housing assistance) for individuals in need in Brunswick and all of MSAD 75.
    nne.salvationarmy.org/bath
    www.facebook.com/tsa.bathbrunswick.nne.use

    • Needs:
      • Money
    • Opportunities:
    • Services:
      • Please call ahead at (207) 443-3611 to confirm all services. Leave a message if necessary.
      • Service area includes Arrowsic, Bailey Island, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Cundy’s Harbor, Five Islands, Georgetown, Harpswell, Orrs Island, Pejepscot, Phippsburg, Sebasco Estates, Small Point, South Harpswell, Topsham, West Bath, West Point and Woolwich.
      • Food pantry is Mon, Wed, Thu 10 am to 1 pm.
      • Social services (assistance for rental/housing, utilities, and heating) are Mon, Wed, Thu 9 am to 1 pm.
  • The Human Services department of the Town of Brunswick handles applications for General Assistance for those who cannot pay for their basic necessities.
    www.brunswickme.org/190/Human-Services
    No Facebook presence

    • Services:
      • General Assistance is based on eligibility requirements including number of people in the household, documented sources of income, and documented expenses.
      • Schedule an appointment to begin the process of applying by calling (207) 725-6661.
  • The Emergency Action Network (TEAN) supports Brunswick’s preK-12 grade students and their families who are struggling to meet basic needs by harnessing the resources of the Brunswick community.
    emergencyactionnetwork.com
    www.facebook.com/groups/emergencyactionnetwork

    • Needs:
      • Money
      • Larger refrigerators or freezers for families with tiny refrigerators and freezers, to minimize the number of trips to the grocery store these families must make.
    • Opportunities:
      • Donate money: emergencyactionnetwork.com/current-donation-needs/
      • Donate a refrigerator or freezer: Contact me <fred.horch@gmail.com> if you have a (relatively) larger refrigerator or freezer that you could donate to a family in need. No dorm fridges, please. We are looking for regular size appliances, so families with only tiny refrigerators and freezers can upgrade to a regular size appliance. I will coordinate with volunteers who can pick up from your location.
    • Services:
      • TEAN works directly with school staff to meet the needs of the families in our district. Students in need and/or their families should reach out to their classroom teacher, school social worker, counselor or nurse.
  • The Mainers Together project of the Maine People’s Alliance supports community-based efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and protect our most vulnerable friends and neighbors.
    mainerstogether.com
    www.facebook.com/MainersTogether

    • Need:
      • Money
    • Opportunity:
    • Services:
      • Describe your need for information, transportation, food, financial assistance or other help: I Need Help
      • An organizer from Maine People’s Alliance will respond.

Food

Emergency Food Assistance

  • The Salvation Army Bath-Brunswick provides food boxes and financial assistance (heating, utility, and rental / housing assistance) for individuals in need in Brunswick and all of MSAD 75.
    nne.salvationarmy.org/bath
    www.facebook.com/tsa.bathbrunswick.nne.use

    • Needs:
      • Money
    • Opportunities:
    • Services:
      • Please call ahead at (207) 443-3611 to confirm all services. Leave a message if necessary.
      • Service area includes Arrowsic, Bailey Island, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Cundy’s Harbor, Five Islands, Georgetown, Harpswell, Orrs Island, Pejepscot, Phippsburg, Sebasco Estates, Small Point, South Harpswell, Topsham, West Bath, West Point and Woolwich.
      • Food pantry is Mon, Wed, Thu 10 am to 1 pm.
      • Social services (assistance for rental/housing, utilities, and heating) are Mon, Wed, Thu 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) provides hungry people with access to healthy food, operating a soup kitchen and food pantry in Brunswick.
    www.mchpp.org
    www.facebook.com/MidCoastHungerPreventionProgram

    • Info:
    • Needs:
      • Money
      • Food donations
    • Opportunities:
      • Donate money: www.mchpp.org/donate/ 
      • Donate food: drop off at 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick (behind Hannaford next to railway tracks) Mon-Sat between 8 am and 10 am or between 2 pm and 4 pm.
      • Volunteer: very limited opportunities. Facility is no longer open to the public.
    • Services:
      • For details see www.mchpp.org/covid/
      • Limited staff and volunteers. Facility is no longer open to the public.
      • Facility is closed to public; food now distributed outside.
      • To-go lunches, pre-packed food pantry boxes, delivery service.
      • Mobile pantry in Harpswell is distributing premade boxes of food.
      • Pickups: subject to change due to potential procedural changes from supermarkets and Good Shepherd Food Bank, but for now pickups are continuing as usual. 
      • Food Bank: also subject to change, but for now focusing on processing the most common food items that the majority of guests will be able to utilize, and will last the longest in household pantries. Volunteers are also helping to make boxes and bags of dry goods and produce (and toilet paper thanks to Bowdoin College) for guests.
      • Food Pantry: running a drive-thru pantry out of the airlock. Guests drive to the back of the building, MCHPP collects basic information through the car window and then volunteers put boxes and bags of food (dry goods, produce, meat, eggs, dairy, and bread) directly into their cars. Anyone walking up will also get a box of food.
      • Soup Kitchen: Volunteer teams prepare meals that MCHPP will serve to guests. Guests do not come inside, but instead serve themselves from a table outside the front doors. Volunteers and staff restock the table occasionally and explain the process to any questioning guests. 
      • Rena is working hard to make meals simple and volunteers are doing a lot of advanced prep work to make mornings easier. Volunteers are still helping Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings with advanced food prep.
      • Pantry to Pantry: Unfortunately, had to stop using household specific menus for Pantry to Pantry. However, clients are still receiving bi-weekly food boxes made and delivered by volunteers. Volunteers are trying to leave boxes outside of homes/apartments to minimize possible contagion.  
      • School Pantry: The last few weeks MCHPP packaged take home food for school districts to distribute to families! They’ve sent school districts a large supply of food and once MCHPP has a sense of procedural changes at Good Shepherd they will figure out how to continue providing food to students. 
      • Mobile Pantries: hosted both the Lisbon and Harpswell Mobile Pantries in March! Drive-thru style at both locations. 
      • Food Security Coalition: Sandi is continuing to support the local pantries with resources and information. Furthermore, MCHPP is still providing small pantries with rescued food.
  • Brunswick School Department is distributing meals for children under 18 years old at ten locations in Brunswick.
    www.brunswick.k12.me.us
    www.facebook.com/Brunswick-School-Department-896342617067005

    • Services:
      • Meals distributed Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
      • Perryman – Community Center
      • Maplewood Manor – 2 Karen Lane Office
      • Baybridge – Boats & Lots Storage
      • Pegasus & Neptune – Tennis Courts Parking Lot
      • Harriet Beecher Stowe – Front Bus Loop
      • Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union – Front Parking Lot on Cushing
      • Bowdoin College Watson Ice Arena – Parking Lot
      • Coffin Pond – Parking Lot
      • Edwards Field – Parking Lot on Right
      • Mid Coast Baptist Church – Parking Lot
  • Pathway Vineyard Church provides a drive-thru meal on Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6 pm.
    www.pathwayvineyard.com
    www.facebook.com/PathwayBrunswick

    • Services:
      • 2 Columbus Drive, Brunswick
      • Every Tue 5 pm to 6 pm.
      • Drive thru: meal will be delivered to your car.

Food Security

  • Spectrum Generations’ dedicated volunteers and staff supply Meals on Wheels to communities throughout Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and Waldo Counties, plus the towns of Harpswell and Brunswick in Cumberland County.
    www.spectrumgenerations.org/nutrition-services/meals-wheels
    www.facebook.com/SpectrumGenerations

    • Info:
    • Services:
      • The Meals on Wheels program provides nutritionally balanced meals for homebound individuals 60 years of age or older and to persons with a disability who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves.
      • Meals on Wheels are delivered to homes by volunteers and Spectrum Generations staff. This also provides an opportunity to check in on the meal recipient as a safety measure.
      • To inquire about Meals on Wheels, Maine-ly Delivered Meals, or USDA Commodities Supplemental Food Program, call the Sagadahoc County (and Brunswick/Harpswell) nutrition coordinator at (207) 607-4406, or call the Brunswick Meals on Wheels Coordinator Casey Henson at (207) 729-0757.
  • Good Shepherd Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Maine, partnering with more than 400 other organizations to distribute food to Mainers in need and leading a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger.
    www.gsfb.org
    www.facebook.com/feedingmaine

  • Merrymeeting Gleaners are a hundred-strong volunteer group that harvests surplus food from local farms and distributes it to over 30 organizations.
    www.merrymeetingfoodcouncil.org/merrymeeting-gleaners
    www.facebook.com/MMGleaners
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides food benefits based on income guidelines.
    www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/wic/index.shtml
    www.facebook.com/WICmidcoastme

    • Services:
      • All MaineCare Prior Authorizations should be emailed to <WIC.Maine@maine.gov> not faxed in.
  • The Human Services department of the Town of Brunswick handles applications for General Assistance for those who cannot pay for their basic necessities.
    www.brunswickme.org/190/Human-Services
    No Facebook presence

    • Services:
      • General Assistance is based on eligibility requirements including number of people in the household, documented sources of income, and documented expenses.
      • Schedule an appointment to begin the process of applying by calling (207) 725-6661.

Grocery Stores

  • Morning Glory Natural Foods is an independent grocery store specializing in local and organic food located on Maine Street in Brunswick.
    www.moglonf.com
    www.facebook.com/Morning-Glory-Natural-Foods-149416221756811/

    • Opportunities:
      • Organize a weekly “shopping rotation”: one person shops for five families each week, takes orders and drops them off. This “neighbors to neighbors” system helps grocery stores be more efficient.
    • Services:
      • New policies effective Thursday, March 24.
      • Maximum 10 customers in the store at once.
      • Hours:
        • Mon: 10 am – 6 pm
        • Tue: 1 pm – 6 pm
        • Wed: elderly and at risk only 9 am – 10 am
        • Wed: 10 am – 6 pm
        • Thu: 1 pm – 6 pm
        • Fri: 1 pm – 6 pm
        • Sat: 10 am – 6 pm
        • Sun: CLOSED
      • Curbside pickup:
        • Email orders to <moglotogo@gmail.com>
        • Include first and last name AND a working phone number in the subject line of your email.
        • They will call for credit card info before they pick your order.
        • Email orders received after 3:30 pm will go into the next day’s queue.
        • They will substitute similar items when your first choice is out of stock unless you write “no substitutes” at the top of your order.
      • All items are non-refundable and non-returnable.
      • No special orders.
  • Hannaford is a full-service grocery store in downtown Brunswick near the train station.
    www.hannaford.com/customer-service/htg-coronavirus-updates
    www.facebook.com/Hannaford/

    • Opportunities:
      • Organize a weekly “shopping rotation”: one person shops for five families each week, takes orders and drops them off. This “neighbors to neighbors” system helps grocery stores be more efficient.
    • Services:
      • Hannaford To Go services suspended as of Thursday, March 19. Service will resume at the end of March.
      • Beginning March 24: One hour on Tue, Wed and Thu — 6 to 7 am — will be reserved for customers 60 and over and customers identified by the CDC as being high-risk.
  • Shaw’s is a full-service grocery store near Cook’s Corner in Brunswick.
    www.shaws.com
    www.facebook.com/Shaws

    • Opportunities:
      • Organize a weekly “shopping rotation”: one person shops for five families each week, takes orders and drops them off. This “neighbors to neighbors” system helps grocery stores be more efficient.
    • Services:
      • Grocery Delivery with online ordering.
  • Walmart is a full-service grocery and department store near Cook’s Corner in Brunswick.
    grocery.walmart.com
    www.facebook.com/walmart

    • Opportunities:
      • Organize a weekly “shopping rotation”: one person shops for five families each week, takes orders and drops them off. This “neighbors to neighbors” system helps grocery stores be more efficient.
    • Services:
      • NextDay delivery is currently unavailable due to high demand.
      • Starting Thursday, March 19, Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until further notice.

Markets and Convenience Stores

Local Food (Farms and Farmers)

Restaurants

We are working on a Dining Guide for restaurants in Brunswick which will be published in a separate document. If you own a restaurant that is physically located in Brunswick, I would like to verify what we publish about your business. Please email me <fred.horch@gmail.com>

In the meantime, a selective list of restaurants is available in the BDA’s Business Updates: Pick-Up, Take-Out Offerings & Closures (Operation Pick-Up.).

Shelter

  • Tedford Housing provides housing for homeless in Brunswick, including an adult shelter open 24 hours per day for 16 guests.
    tedfordhousing.org
    www.facebook.com/tedfordhousing

    • Needs:
      • Money
      • Women’s sanitary pads (not tampons)
      • Laundry detergent
      • Paper towels
      • Cleaning products (particularly all purpose cleaner)
      • Paper plates, bowls and cups
      • Plastic forks, spoons and knives
      • Storage bags and sandwich bags
      • Trash bags
      • Food – pantry items we can have on hand like sugar, bread, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, etc.
    • Opportunities:
      • Donate money: tedfordhousing.org/donate/ or mail checks to Tedford Housing, PO Box 958, Brunswick, ME 04011
      • Donate items: leave outside the admin office at 14 Middle Street, Brunswick, Mon-Fri 9 am to 4 pm. The door will be locked. You can leave the donation outside and knock loudly so they know a donation has arrived.
      • If you have any questions regarding donations, please call Jennifer Iacovelli at (207) 729-1161 #101 or email <jennifer@tedfordhousing.org>.
      • Volunteer: not enlisting the help of volunteers at this time.
    • Services:
      • All offices, shelters and supportive housing closed to the public.
      • Tedford Housing cannot provide shelter to any new guests.
      • Those who are unsheltered and need assistance should call the Town of Brunswick’s General Assistance office at (207) 725-6661.

Money and Employment

Emergency Financial Assistance

  • The Salvation Army Bath-Brunswick provides food boxes and financial assistance (heating, utility, and rental / housing assistance) for individuals in need in Brunswick and all of MSAD 75.
    nne.salvationarmy.org/bath
    www.facebook.com/tsa.bathbrunswick.nne.use

    • Needs:
      • Money
    • Opportunities:
    • Services:
      • Please call ahead at (207) 443-3611 to confirm all services. Leave a message if necessary.
      • Service area includes Arrowsic, Bailey Island, Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Cundy’s Harbor, Five Islands, Georgetown, Harpswell, Orrs Island, Pejepscot, Phippsburg, Sebasco Estates, Small Point, South Harpswell, Topsham, West Bath, West Point and Woolwich.
      • Food pantry is Mon, Wed, Thu 10 am to 1 pm.
      • Social services (assistance for rental/housing, utilities, and heating) are Mon, Wed, Thu 9 am to 1 pm.
  • The Human Services department of the Town of Brunswick handles applications for General Assistance for those who cannot pay for their basic necessities.
    www.brunswickme.org/190/Human-Services
    No Facebook presence

    • Services:
      • General Assistance is based on eligibility requirements including number of people in the household, documented sources of income, and documented expenses.
      • Schedule an appointment to begin the process of applying by calling (207) 725-6661.
  • Bowdoin Labor Alliance strives to represent a diverse coalition of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who engage with issues of class and labor in the Bowdoin community.
    bowdoinlaboralliance.nationbuilder.com
    www.facebook.com/bowdoinlaboralliance

Grants and Loans

  • The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
    www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

    • The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
    • The Small Business Administration will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
    • The Paycheck Protection Program will be available starting April 3 through June 30, 2020.
    • This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19.
    • You can apply through any participating lender.
    • Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020.
    • Consult with your local bank, credit union, or other lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
  • Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) supports the start-up, expansion and growth plans of Maine’s business community.
    www.famemaine.com/
    www.facebook.com/FinanceAuthorityMaine/

Employment and Unemployment

Financial Literacy

Taxes

  • IRS
  • Maine Revenue Services

Healthcare

  • Mid Coast Hospital is a 93-bed full-service community hospital with more than 200 providers in more than 30 practice areas.
    www.midcoasthealth.com
    www.facebook.com/MidCoastHospital

    • Info:
    • Opportunities:
    • Services:
      • The Public Affairs Team at Mid Coast–Parkview Health is asking community partners to not share content about current policies/restrictions as they are changing rapidly.  Instead, they are providing general guidance and updating a COVID-19 page multiple times per week with the latest information.
      • They write, “Mid Coast Hospital is working to ensure that our patients and employees are kept as safe and protected as possible from the COVID-19 virus. We are prepared and responding appropriately and proactively following World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. For the latest impacts to Mid Coast Hospital services, including current visitor restrictions, please visit: http://www.midcoasthealth.com/health-alerts/coronavirus/
  • Mid Coast Medical Group is a group of primary and specialty care physicians affiliated with Mid Coast Hospital and located in Brunswick, Bath and Topsham.
    www.midcoasthealth.com/mcmg
    No Facebook presence

    • Services:
      • As part of Mid Coast Hospital’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mid Coast Medical Group has temporarily changed the availability and location of some of our outpatient services. Elective medical procedures and non-urgent office visits have been postponed. Telehealth visits are available for primary care and specialty care practices. For more information about these changes, please visit: http://www.midcoasthealth.com/health-alerts/coronavirus/
  • Mid Coast Hospital Walk-In Clinic provides expert and urgent care for minor medical problems such as cuts, sprains, coughs and infections at a lower cost than a hospital emergency room or urgent care facility.
    www.midcoasthealth.com/walkin
    No Facebook presence

    • Services:
      • In case of emergency, call 911.
      • If you have fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and you do not have a primary care provider, before coming to the Walk-In Clinic please call (207) 406-7500.
      • Telehealth visits may be available.
      • For more information, please visit http://www.midcoasthealth.com/walkin/
  • Mid Coast Senior Health provides a complete range of healthcare services and living options for seniors, including rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care, long-term nursing care, and hospice.
    www.midcoastseniorhealth.com
    www.facebook.com/SeniorHealthCenter

  • CHANS Home Health & Hospice, part of Mid Coast-Parkview Health, is a full service, non-profit agency providing skilled home health, hospice, private duty care services, and an array of community-based wellness clinics and support services in Midcoast Maine.
    www.chanshomehealth.com
    www.facebook.com/CHANSHomeHealth

    • Info:
      • The Public Affairs Team at Mid Coast – Parkview Health notes, “We do not have any COVID-19 updates to report.”
  • The Counseling Center of New England offers in-network sessions for psychiatric and therapy services.
    counselingcenter.com
    No Facebook presence

  • Access Health is a community health coalition encouraging healthy choices in Sagadahoc County, Brunswick, and Harpswell.
    accesshealthme.org
    www.facebook.com/AccessHealthME
  • Oasis Free Clinics provides free medical services for residents of Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport, Durham and Sagadahoc County.
    www.oasisfreeclinics.org
    www.facebook.com/OasisFreeClinics

    • Services:
      • If you need help or a prescription refill, call (207) 721-9277.
      • No in-person visits.
      • Oasis Dental Clinic is closed.

Government

Town of Brunswick (Local Government)

  • The Human Services department of the Town of Brunswick handles applications for General Assistance for those who cannot pay for their basic necessities.
    www.brunswickme.org/190/Human-Services
    No Facebook presence

    • Services:
      • General Assistance is based on eligibility requirements including number of people in the household, documented sources of income, and documented expenses.
      • Schedule an appointment to begin the process of applying by calling (207) 725-6661.
  • Brunswick Parks and Recreation department maintains and manages 42 parks, facilities and public spaces in Brunswick, and administers approximately 100 programs and events annually.
    www.brunswickme.org/191/Parks-Recreation
    www.facebook.com/BrunswickParksandRecreation

    • Info:
    • Services:
      • All Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department playgrounds, athletic fields, restrooms, outdoor athletic courts and the dog park are CLOSED.
      • The Town’s 2.6 mile paved Androscoggin River Bicycle Path, multi-use trails, additional hiking trails, boat launches (excepting the Mill Street Canoe Portage), and the Senior Gardens located along Industry Road remain open.
      • Visitors to town owned parks are asked to maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance from others.
      • All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.
      • If you see something that needs attention, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (207) 725-6656.

County of Cumberland

  • Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department preserves the peace, enforces the law, and protects rights and property in Cumberland County.
    www.cumberlandso.org
    www.facebook.com/cumberlandcountyso

    • Services:
      • The Community Corrections Center program is suspended.
      • Inmate and detainee visits are suspended. Attorneys will be granted non-contact-only visits.
      • Fingerprinting services are suspended.

State of Maine

Nation of United States of America (Federal Government)

United Nations (International Agencies)

Social Services

Community Services

Senior Citizen Services

  • People Plus supports an engaged, healthy, and independent life for older adults.
    peopleplusmaine.org
    www.facebook.com/People-Plus-Maine-336965349685371

    • Info:
    • Opportunities:
      • Volunteer: Help make check in calls to homebound elders. Interested volunteers would maintain the same call list through the entire quarantine, thus developing a relationship of trust and respect with each caller. For details, please email <fred.horch@gmail.com> by Wednesday, April 1. Virtual training will be provided.
    • Services:
      • Center closed.
      • All programs, class and clubs canceled.
  • Neighbors Inc assists the elderly allowing them to maintain their independence and remain in their own residences.
    https://neighborsinc.com/
    No Facebook presence

    • Services:
      • For-profit provider of the tasks families, friends and neighbors once offered each other as members of the same community.
      • Offers services in Brunswick, Topsham, Bath, Freeport, Woolwich, Phippsburg, Georgetown, Arrowsic, Harpswell, and Bowdoinham.
      • Neighbors is now owned by Mitch Rousseau’s Rousseau Management, which also owns and manages Coastal Landing, Coastal Shores, Dionne Commons, and Horizons Living & Rehabilitation Center.
      • Call (207) 725-9444
  • Maine Council on Aging is an organization-based membership association to advance broad public policy issues that ensure we can all live healthy, engaged and secure lives as we age in our homes and communities.
    mainecouncilonaging.org
    www.facebook.com/MaineCouncilonAging

Legal Services

Disability Services

Labor Services

Transportation

  • Brunswick Explorer provides public transit service throughout Brunswick.
    www.brunswickexplorer.org
    No Facebook presence

    • Info:
    • Services:
      • STAY HOME: ride public transit for essential trips only.
      • For your health and others, please do not ride unless you must.
      • Drivers may ask you the purpose of your trip. It is their obligation to limit the number of riders on the bus at any one time. They ask for the safety of all concerned.
      • Further bus service suspensions may occur. These will be evaluated every Friday for the upcoming week.
  • Western Maine Transportation Services operates the Brunswick Explorer and other public transportation lines in Maine.
    www.wmtsbus.org
    www.facebook.com/Western-Maine-Transportation-168004396544351

    • Info:
      • Please visit the WMTS FB page for service changes due to COVID-19.
      • If you are trying to make connections with Concord Coach please visit www.concordcoachlines.com for updated schedule information.
    • Opportunities:
      • When riding on any WMTS services please practice social distancing as space allows, cover coughs and sneezes and practice good hand hygiene.
      • Please check to be sure your destination is open to the public before going out.
      • Please check store hours. Some stores are closed or are open for a shorter day because of COVID-19.
    • Services:
      • STAY HOME: ride public transit for essential trips only.
      • For your health and others, please do not ride unless you must.
      • Drivers may ask you the purpose of your trip. It is their obligation to limit the number of riders on the bus at any one time. They ask for the safety of all concerned.
      • Further bus service suspensions may occur. These will be evaluated every Friday for the upcoming week.
      • WMTS, citylink, GreenLine, Lisbon Connection, Brunswick Explorer, and Demand Response Services have new policies effective Friday, April 3:
        • ALL buses will operate at half capacity to provide social distancing.
        • Do not sit next to or near people that you aren’t traveling with.
        • This physical distancing will be enforced by the drivers.
      • If your transportation service is suspended, call 1-800-393-9335. WMTS is experiencing higher than usual call volume for our call center. Please be patient, voicemail messages will be returned as quickly as possible.
      • WMTS offices will have essential office staff only report to work. Please leave voice or email messages <info@westernmainetrans.org>.

Communications and Media

  • Brunswick TV3 provides public, educational and governmental access TV for the town of Brunswick, Maine.
    tv3.brunswickme.org
    No Facebook presence

Education

Exercise and Recreation

  • Bath Area Family YCMA builds strong kids, strong families and strong families through its Landing YMCA facility and programs in Brunswick.
    bathymca.org/locations/landingymca/
    www.facebook.com/bathymca

    • Opportunity:
      • Continue paying membership and program fees to allow YMCA to continue paying its employees.
    • Services:
      • The Landing YMCA is closed until March 31.
  • Brunswick Parks and Recreation department maintains and manages 42 parks, facilities and public spaces in Brunswick, and administers approximately 100 programs and events annually.
    www.brunswickme.org/191/Parks-Recreation
    www.facebook.com/BrunswickParksandRecreation

    • Info:
    • Services:
      • All Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department playgrounds, athletic fields, restrooms, outdoor athletic courts and the dog park are CLOSED.
      • The Town’s 2.6 mile paved Androscoggin River Bicycle Path, multi-use trails, additional hiking trails, boat launches (excepting the Mill Street Canoe Portage), and the Senior Gardens located along Industry Road remain open.
      • Visitors to town owned parks are asked to maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance from others.
      • All gatherings of more than 10 people are banned.
      • If you see something that needs attention, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (207) 725-6656.
  • Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust conserves the remarkable diversity of the natural heritage of Brunswick, Topsham and Bowdoin.
    www.btlt.org
    www.facebook.com/brunswicktopsham

    • Info:
    • Services:
      • All community programs and activities are postponed through April 30.
      • The Last Trust office is closed to outside visitors.
      • Staff are working remotely and can be reached via email or phone.
      • Programs and events scheduled to start after April 30 are being assessed on an on-going basis.
  • Cathance River Education Alliance promotes learning about the natural world and environmental stewardship, using the resources of the Cathance River Nature Preserve.
    creamaine.org
    www.facebook.com/creamaine

    • Services:
      • The Cathance River Preserve is closed to the public as of April 6.

Animals and Pets

  • Midcoast Humane is one of the biggest animal shelters in Maine, operating facilities in Brunswick and Edgecomb that provide care for almost 4,000 animals every year.
    midcoasthumane.org
    www.facebook.com/midcoasthumane

    • Needs:
      • Money: emergency funding urgently needed
      • Pet food
      • Non-clumping, unscented cat litter.
    • Opportunities:
      • Donate money: make checks payable to Midcoast Humane and mail to 190 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011; call (207) 449-1366 x109; or give online.
      • Donate items: drop off food and cat litter at 30 Range Road in Brunswick. Do NOT drop off other items (linens, toys, etc.).
      • Volunteer: help family and friends by providing pet food or offering to house pets should their owners become sick or hospitalized.
    • Services:
      • Currently closed to the public.
      • Surrenders: If you are able to keep your pet, please do. If you live in Brunswick and need to surrender your animal as an emergency case, call (207) 499-1366 x208.
      • Adoptions: dog adoptions continue by appointment only.

Volunteering and Service

Childcare

Disaster Response

Worship 

Culture, Arts and Knowledge

Community and Neighborhoods

  • NorthWest Brunswick Neighborhood Association is a network of homeowners, landlords and tenants in Brunswick, Maine, bounded by Mill Street to the north, Maine Street to the east, the railway line and Pleasant Street to the south, and Spring Street to the west.
    historicnorthwest.wordpress.com
    www.facebook.com/nwbna

Business Associations

Directory of Businesses

We are working on a dining guide which will include every restaurant that is physically located in Brunswick. After that, we will start on a business directory for every business in Brunswick.

Support Brunswick

Support Brunswick is a public Facebook group open to anyone who is interested in the needs, opportunities, and services to support people in Brunswick and surrounding communities. Our mission is to help every governmental agency, non-profit organization and resident of Brunswick and surrounding communities coordinate efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our vision is to connect people with helpful resources and accurate information as quickly and conveniently as possible.

Support Brunswick is non-partisan and mission driven. We ask that all posts further our mission. Please do your best (and help us to do our best!) to refrain from advertising, campaigning, or otherwise self-promoting.

Our group admins are Fred and Hadley Horch, Corey Perry Perreault, Poppy Arford, and Kathy Wilson. We have invited all legislative candidates for Brunswick to help us manage this group fairly for all concerned.

If you join the Support Brunswick Facebook group, here are tips to get the most out of your membership:

  • Share: Please share interesting posts from this group to your Facebook friends or on your timeline.
  • Invite: Please invite your Facebook friends to join this group to make it stronger and better for everyone involved.
  • Tags: Each post in this group will have a tag (such as Info, Question, Opportunity). A list of Popular Topics in Posts is shown next to the Discussion thread. Clicking on a tag will filter posts so you can quickly find what you need.
  • Group Files: Every day, volunteers verify and organize the information shared on Facebook and add it to the Support Brunswick Resource Guide. You can find a daily snapshot of this guide as well as other helpful resources under Recent Group Files.

COVID-19 Facts

Please see the United States CDC and the Maine CDC for the latest public health advisories regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease with potentially severe or fatal pulmonary and respiratory symptoms caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 beta coronavirus. First reports of the disease came from Wuhan, China, on December 8, 2019. The infectious virion, SARS-CoV-2, was identified on January 7, 2020. Its complete genome has been sequenced and mutations are being tracked globally. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic, having received reports of cases in 114 countries, indicating containment had failed and SARS-CoV-2 was spreading person-to-person globally via community transmission.

As the pandemic unfolds, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is mutating. Models predict the novel coronavirus and its descendants will infect tens of millions, and possibly hundreds of millions, of people around the world by the end of 2020, with the potential to join flu and the common cold as a permanent human disease. Epidemiological theory predicts that the most successful strains will likely evolve to have a lower death rate than current strains of SARS-CoV-2, which are not yet well adapted to human hosts.

Searches for effective treatments and vaccines are active. Most investigators believe the necessary data to prove efficacy at a high confidence level will not be available until September 2020 for treatments and until June 2021 for vaccines.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Body aches
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing (20% of cases)
  • Rapid organ failure leading to death (3% to 4% of cases [high uncertainty])

COVID-19 Disease Burden

Base on preliminary data analyzed by the World Health Organization:

  • 80% of diseased suffer mild symptoms not requiring hospitalization
  • 15% require oxygen
  • 5% require ventilation
  • 3% to 4% [this rate has a large uncertainty] die within 28 days of infection
  • Long-term impact of COVID-19 among those who recover is not yet known, but lung scans of COVID-19 patients show unusual and distinctive patterns.

COVID-19 Articles (General Audience)

COVID-19 Epidemiology

COVID-19 Biology

Notes

This Resource Guide is available freely to anyone. You are welcome to copy and and use any or all of the information in it for any purpose. I only ask that you remove my name from any version that you edit. If you make changes, please remove this Notes section.

This guide focuses on needs, opportunities, and services available in Brunswick. It is intended to be comprehensive, inclusive, and helpful. I am systematically adding all organizations or projects that have a web site or an official Facebook page or group and serve people in Brunswick. If you represent an organization or project that serves people in Brunswick, please send information to me <fred.horch@gmail.com> or post on Support Brunswick. I will do my best to use that information in the next edition of the Resource Guide.

Any organization or project that does not wish to be included in the Resource Guide should alert me so we can have a conversation. If an organization’s web page and Facebook presence have both been discontinued, I will remove that organization from the Resource Guide.

Our governmental agencies and organizations support people from surrounding communities as well as people in Brunswick. I welcome you, wherever you live, to help Support Brunswick and make this resource guide as useful as possible for you, regardless of your place of origin or residence.

I link to other Resource Guides that have a larger scope, so people who don’t find what they need in our Resource Guide know where else they might go to get or give help.

I welcome additional editors, especially those who can use Google docs. This information is provided on a best-effort basis with no guarantee of accuracy. Links to web pages and official Facebook pages or groups are provided wherever possible. Please follow these links for the latest information from each organization.

Style guide:

  • Each entry includes a one-sentence factual description of the organization or project, written by me or another volunteer from Support Brunswick, a link to the organization’s website, and a link to the official Facebook group or page. If the organization does not have a website or an official Facebook presence, that is noted.
  • Each entry includes Info, Needs, Opportunities, and Services. If no information is available about one of those subjects, the heading is not listed.
  • Info provides information about the organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Each Need begins with a noun.
  • Each Opportunity begins with a verb.
  • Services describe how the organization currently interacts with the public.
  • Entries can be listed in more than one category. For example, information about General Assistance can be found under Money and Government.
  • For local phone numbers use (207) yyy-zzzz format; for long distance use 1-xxx-yyy-zzzz.
  • Bracket email addresses as Fred Horch <fred.horch@gmail.com>.
  • Use am and pm for time. Include minutes only when precise time is necessary.

(Personal note: boy, adding this style guide brings back memories of editing the High Technology Law Journal — now called the Berkeley Technology Law Journal — when I was in law school, The Phoenix when I was at Swarthmore, and our student newspaper at Highland High School. Hello all you long-suffering law students and student journalists out there! Good luck with your articles.)

This document is provided as a public service by Fred Horch of Brunswick, Maine, with help from the members of Support Brunswick. Please join us at