The 1918 convention chose the Maine Sea Coast Mission as Sigma Kappa Sorority’s first national philanthropy in honor of Sigma Kappa’s founding in Maine and the early Sigma Kappa members who volunteered their time in support of this missionary society. Through annual contributions from Sigma Kappa chapters and members, the Sigma Kappa Foundation provides funds to the Maine Sea Coast Mission in support for the mission’s Christmas program, emergency relief program, and scholarships.
The Christmas program provides gifts to needy families during the holiday season. Many families benefit from the emergency relief program which provides assistance with food, clothing, shelter and medical needs. The scholarship program benefits young men and women from the islands who might not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school.
With the help of the 75-foot mission vessel Sunbeam V, direct programs and services include church and pastoral work, assistance to those in sickness and poverty, financial aid, food banks, recycled clothing shops, crisis intervention, youth programs, and ministries in the field. The Mission serves the islands along the coast of Maine. Learn more about the Maine Sea Coast Mission here.
These are some pictures from a recent visit to Maine Sea Cost Mission in Bar Harbor, Maine!