Helping Hands, a 501(c)(3)—(formerly the Human Resources Committee)Visit website
Helping Hands of Westport Island is a charitable organization of volunteers who offer aid, comfort and companionship to residents of Westport Island who need a helping hand -- especially the aged, infirm or lonely; or those persons facing temporary personal, medical or family difficulties. Our services vary according to the needs of the residents.
One of our most important functions is operating the Westport Island Cottage Pantry. We receive food from TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program/USDA); and we shop at the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn where we have the ability to purchase $600.00 worth of food for every $100.00 spent. The pantry also benefits from a variety of community donations: The Community Association collects non-perishable food items and paper products at its events; Treats of Wiscasset donates bread; the Tarbox Farm donates produce during the growing season, as do other local establishments when they have a surplus; and residents leave donations of food, paper products and other household commodities for us at the Town Office. You are welcome to call Michael Cromwell (380-5885) or Linda Davis (882-5464) to see if your level of income qualifies you to receive help from the pantry.
Helping Hands has been a 501 (c)(3) non-profit since 2015. All donations received from residents are fully tax deductible for those who itemize their taxes.
Each year, we send an annual fundraiser newsletter to inform residents of our activities as well as to inform them of other resources available to Westport residents.
What we do
- Operate the Westport Island Cottage Pantry.
- Provide baskets for residents who can using a helping hand at Thanksgiving and Christmas;
- Provide emergency fuel assistance to those in need during the heating season;
- Co-sponsor the annual Halloween Dance in partnership with the Community Association;
- Respond to requests for rides to and from doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other errands;
- Check on older residents during storms and power outages to assure they are safe; and
- Respond to a variety of requests for assistance.
To learn more about our services or to request assistance, call Michael Cromwell, 380-5885, or Linda Davis, 882-5464.