Local civic groups are here for you

Abused Women’s Advocacy Project, 800-559-2927, www.awap.org has resources and services for victims of domestic violence. Serving Franklin, Androscoggin, and Oxford counties.

Advocates for Children, 783-3990, 57 Birch Street Suite 204, Lewiston.

Androscoggin Habitat for Humanity, 786-2598.

Androscoggin Head Start & Child Care, 795-4040, 269 Bates St., Lewiston, www.androkids.com

Bicycle Coalition of Maine, 623-4511, works to promote bicycling to enhance our communities, environment and economy. FMI on bike events and a list of places to bike, visit www.bikemaine.org.


Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 24 Falcon Drive, Auburn, 782-5437, www.child
healthcenter.org, offers a preventative program based on one-to-one relationships between an adult volunteer and a child at-risk.

Camp Sunshine offers families with a child diagnosed with diseases such as cancer, kidney disease, lupus, brain tumors, and other life-threatening illnesses free week-long camp experiences. Because the strain of a life-threatening illness can be significant to the entire family, Camp Sunshine gives them the opportunity to rebuild their relationships and enjoy week-long retreats packed with fun-filled events. Camp Sunshine operates year-round, and is the first camp in the nation to focus on serving the entire family, not just the sick child. The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness. The Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association and has also been awarded Charity Navigator’s Top Rating for fiscal management. For more information about Camp Sunshine’s programs, and to learn more about volunteering or making a donation, visit www.campsunshine.org or call (207) 655-3800. 

Community Concepts provides transportation for residents of Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties to medical appointments, child development programs, and other critical destinations. Volunteer driving team provides an important service, enhancing the quality of life for those who have no other means of transportation. Auburn: 795-6073; South Paris: 743-6905; Rumford: 364-3685; Farmington: 779-0594; 877-603-0594. FMI, visit www.community-concepts.org.

Community Mediation Services provides mediation free or at low cost to community members. Types of mediation include, but are not limited to: landlord tenant disputes, neighbor to neighbor disputes, employer/employee disputes, disputes between service providers/clients and parent/teen conflicts. FMI, visit www.communitymediationservices.org. 800-381-0609.

Elder Independence of Maine, Lewiston, 795-7213; 888-234-3920; EIM connects people throughout the state of Maine with home care services; www.elderindependence.org.

Good Shepherd Food Bank, 782-3554; Auburn. www.gsfb.com.


Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, 783-2311, 55 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston; www.gahumane.org.

The League of Women Voters of Maine, Augusta, 622-0256, LWVME is the organization where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement; www.lwvme.org.

Legal Services for the Elderly provides free, high quality legal services to Maine’s socially and economically needy elderly age 60 and over. FMI, call 800-750-5353 or visit www.mainelse.org.

Libra Future Fund awards grants to individuals to promote economic development or create job opportunities in Maine. Projects are typically entrepreneurial in nature, i.e. fledgling businesses in need of startup capital, but LFF will consider other types of projects that contribute to Maine’s economy. In addition, projects should provide the applicant with substantial professional or educational experience. FMI, visit www.librafoundation.org or call 879-6280.

REALIZE!Maine connects people ages 20-40 with opportunities to realize their professional and personal aspirations in Maine. FMI, visit www.realizemaine.org.

Salvation Army, 67 Park Street, Lewiston, 783-0801, www.salvationarmy.org.


SeniorsPlus, 465 Main Street, Lewiston, 800-427-1241, assists adults in making informed choices about aging well and living independently and safely at home; www.seniorsplus.org.

United Way of Androscoggin County, 66 Ash Street, Lewiston, 795-4000; www.unitedwayandro.org.

Women’s Literary Union, 19 Elm Street, Auburn

Young People of the Lewiston Auburn area connects young people to one another, established professionals and civic opportunities in the Lewiston-Auburn area. For more information or to join us, check out www.yplaa.com.

YMCA, 62 Turner Street, Auburn, 795-4095

YWCA, 130 East Avenue, Lewiston, 795-4050

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