In an effort to help our communities during this time, we have created a resource page to serve as a place for island and coastal residents, parents, schools, businesses, and others to access tools that may be useful in addressing some of the key challenges they are facing. If you are looking for help with navigating any of these resources, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance on Visiting the Maine Coast
Looking to visit the coast of Maine? Please consult the latest guidance from the State of Maine and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We also encourage you to review any guidance provided by the community or communities you plan to visit. Below are links to information and guidance for visitors being provided by island and coastal communities.
- Chebeague Island: COVID-19 Updates
- Cranberry Isles: Town website | Policies and Guidelines for COVID-19
- Isle au Haut: COVID-19 Updates | Selectboard Advisory
- Islesboro: Resources and Information on COVID-19
- Long Island: COVID-19 Public Notices
- Matinicus: Note to Summer Visitors
- Monhegan: COVID-19 Resources and Guidelines
- North Haven: Coronavirus Updates | Letter to Community and Guiding Principles
- Peaks Island: COVID-19 Updates and Bulletins
- Swan’s Island: Town website | Recent COVID-19 Statement
- Vinalhaven: COVID-19 Community Guidelines
Resources and Social Services for Island and Coastal Communities
If you’re looking for specific resources, or are interested in making a donation or offer to support to Maine’s island and coastal communities during this time, please visit our Social Services Resource List here for more information.
211 Maine has partnered with the Maine CDC to answer general questions about COVID-19. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing email@example.com. Learn more here.
Community Leadership Resources
Leadership in Disruptive Times—Presentations from Waypoints Forum 2020
- Keynote by Christine Nieves of Emerge Puerto Rico focusing on value of community and lessons learned from Hurricane Maria
- View video of leadership talks and presentations focusing on leadership in challenging times and the power of working together to address complex issues
Virtual Meeting Tips
Maine islands have been leading the way in virtual convenings for more than a decade and have important insights to share in this time of moving to engaging online. Here are some tools we created to help island schools and other organizations work collaboratively in an online environment.
- Tips for Virtual Meeting Facilitation—The Island Institute
- Zoom Conferencing Video Cheat Sheet—The Island Institute
The COVID-19 pandemic has further revealed the critical need for access to reliable, high-speed internet so Mainers can continue to work, study, access healthcare, and connect with loved ones. Island Institute has been working since 2015 to support Community-Driven Broadband solutions. We also helped to lead a broad and diverse coalition of Maine individuals, businesses, organizations and communities in supporting “Yes on 1 for Better Internet,” a statewide bond vote passed in July 2020 to increase critical investment in broadband infrastructure.
If you have stories to share about how a lack of broadband access is impacting you, or how internet connectivity helps you in your work, education, or otherwise, we would love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions related to our broadband work or how to access internet resources during this time, please contact Kendra Jo Grindle, email@example.com.
Educational Resources for Schools, Families, and Seniors
Island Institute What Works Solutions Library
On Maine’s islands, thoughtful integration of digital technologies into the traditional scheme of education is necessary to ensure students have the tools to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing technological society. And because island schools have very few students, using technology to encourage connections and shared learning between schools is vital.
Island Institute On-Demand Recordings
Check out our recorded webinars, podcasts, and video footage from past events to learn practical skills, listen to inspiring stories, and stay digitally connected and informed. Specific resources for schools and teachers include:
- What the World Can Learn from Maine’s One-Room Island Schools
- Virtual Learning Projects and Protocols from the Outer Islands TLC
Additional online learning resources from our partner organizations for kids and adults
- Community Learning for ME—The Island Institute is a collaborator on this important website to help Maine educators and families connect their students to high-quality, Maine-based resources and live educational sessions. See a quick virtual tour of the website here.
- National Digital Equity Center—free online classes and tutoring and help accessing affordable equipment through the Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative.
- Maine Department of Education—Coronavirus Resources for Schools
Resources for Small Businesses, Artists, and Nonprofits
Please see below for a few key resources to help businesses through this challenging time. For a detailed list of resources and information, including filing for unemployment, relief loans, guidelines for nonprofits, additional assistance for artists, and much more, visit our Small Business Resource Page here.
- Commercial Currents podcast series—Business in Uncertain Times: Conservations with Maine’s Island and Coastal Small Businesses
- Building a Resilient Business in Uncertain Times—This virtual panel discussion cuts across sectors and brings together Maine business owners and community leaders who are working hard to respond effectively to the global pandemic. During this video conference, a panel of local business leaders addresses the pivots and innovations they have been working through during this time.
- On Demand Recordings—Check out all of our recorded webinars, podcasts, and video footage from past events to learn practical skills, listen to inspiring stories, and stay digitally connected and informed.
Resources for the Aquaculture and Fishing Communities
In an effort to help Maine fishermen and aquaculturists during this time, we have created this page to serve as a place for lobstermen and oyster, mussel, and seaweed farmers to access tools and resources to help them address current challenges and impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. View our resource page for Aquaculture and Fishing Communities here.
Tools for Municipalities
- Maine Municipal Association Coronavirus Web Area
- Leadership During a Pandemic: What Your Municipality Can Do—Pan American Health Organization
State of Maine COVID-19 Resources
- Maine Helps—Online Resource for Supporting Maine People, Buisness and Organizations during COVID-19
- Office of Governor Janet T. Mills—Preparing for and Responding to Covid-19
Health and Safety
State, Federal. and Global Health Resources
- Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization—Coronavirus Disease advice for the public
- Fact sheets, posters, multimedia resources, and links to live updates in multiple languages about COVID-19