Maine Habitat for Humanity
The Mira Monte Inn and other Maine inns are working together to help Maine’s Habitat for Humanity. You can help. Ask us about Habitat for Humanity or share your comments. To feature your business, contact us.
Maine Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Maine volunteers work on a housing project.
The idea to raise money for Habitat for Humanity by teaming up with Maine Inns and B&Bs came from Marian Burns, owner of the Mira Monte Inn in Bar Harbor. Wanting to help out Habitat for Humanity Burns was inspired by a previously successful fundraiser to save the windows of St.Saviour’s Episcopal Church. She had written to her UMO women college classmates and offered them a discount if they showed up with a $25 check to the St.Saviour’s Window fund.
The money she was able to raise helped to save the beautiful Tiffany windows. Burns thought that the same offer could be made for donations to Habitat for Humanity and if other inns participated then they could really help Maine’s Habitat for Humanity chapters. So, she went to her fellow Board Members at the Maine Innkeeper’s Association to request their support. They agreed that it was a wonderful idea and that it would help everyone. May was ideal since it was a slow tourist month and the rooms would be available. The fundraiser would help bring people to Maine during a slow month, enable locals to try out some of the nearby Inns and B&Bs at an affordable price and Habitat for Humanity gets a great boost. Everyone wins!
When the Hospitality for Humanity program began in 2004, it raised over two thousand dollars for Habitat for Humanity. The total amount raised almost doubled the following year, and we hope that with your help, it will double again. The 2005 award-winning Harraseeket Inn in Freeport raised the most money. Nancy Gray, the innkeeper, was surprised and touched when people who had heard about the program brought in a donation without even staying at the inn. “It tells you there are some swell people in the world still,” says Nancy Gray, who runs the inn with her family.
The donations collected at all the inns are divided among the local chapters of Habitat for Humanity, a well-known organization that aims to end the cycle of poverty by helping needy families afford safe, respectable housing. Habitat and its affiliates have built homes for more than one million people around the world. The homes are built with donated supplies and volunteer labor, and homeowners pay no interest on their mortgages. In return, they must spend hundreds of hours working on their houses. Their mortgage payments help the next group of Habitat families achieve their dream of home ownership. Greg Dugal of the Maine Innkeepers’ Association says he’d love to see Hospitality for Habitat raise $10,000 or more so that the donation each chapter received would be enough to buy appliances or another significant piece of a home.
There are several lodging properties participating in the Hospitality for Habitat program this year. The offer does not necessarily apply to all rooms or all nights, so please ask the innkeepers about any restrictions. Have a great time, get a great deal, and help a great cause all at the same time!
For more information visit a local Maine inn and inquire about Maine’s Habitat for Humanity Program. and tell them ME Living sent you.
The Blue Hill Inn, Union Street (PO Box 403) , Blue Hill, Maine 04614 | 800-826-7415 or 207-374-2844
The Blue Hill Inn is an intimate and distinctive B&B that has been welcoming visitors to Downeast Maine since 1840. The inn features air conditioned rooms filled with unique art and period antiques. A full country breakfast is served. Located in the seacoast village of Blue Hill, the inn is convenient to Castine, Brooklin, Sedgwick, Stonington and Deer Isle and is about 45 minutes from Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.
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Mira Monte Inn, 69 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor ME 04609 | 800-553-5109
Mira Monte's mission is to provide relaxation and comfort in beautiful, quiet surroundings of an elegant bed and breakfast inn. It's your vacation and you get to make the choices that meet your needs. Our friendly staff is always there for you. Indoors and out, the Bar Harbor / Acadia region of coastal Maine has entertainment you can enjoy.
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Aysgarth Station, 20 Roberts Avenue, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 | 207-288-9655
Aysgarth Station is situated in downtown Bar Harbor. Enjoy a short stroll to eateries, shops or the Shore Path oceanfront walk. Experience the Inn's New England hospitality and quiet comfort in a uniquely casual atmosphere.
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The Kennebunk Inn, 45 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 | 207-985-3351
If you are searching for an historic inn with affordable class and fabulous food in southern coastal Maine - The Kennebunk Inn is the place. Beautiful beaches, nature preserves, museums, galleries, antique shops, and more. We look forward to sharing our special place in the land of the pointed firs.
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The Captain Lord Mansion, 6 Pleasant Street, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 207-967-3141
Experience quintessential New England charm at the Captain Lord Mansion. Your personal comfort & intimacy are assured by the Mansion’s large, beautifully-appointed guest rooms. Luxurious amenities include oversize 4-poster beds, cozy gas fireplaces, heated marble bath floors, body-jet showers & many double whirlpools. Serenity & convenience are vitally important today. Serenity is found in the Inn's quiet residential neighborhood. Convenience is found in the Inn's picturesque, convenient, location from which to walk to explore the shops and galleries of historic Kennebunkport.
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Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place, Ogunquit, ME 03907 | 207-646-2021
Ocean front accommodations in the heart of Ogunquit on the Marginal Way with breathtaking ocean views. Luxury suites and unique rooms, fireplaces, kitchenettes, private balconies or patios. Enjoy an on-site spa, exercise room and hot tub. Reception rooms for weddings, meetings and events. Beachmere Inn is a leader in guest services, event coordination and hospitality. A stunning location perfect for weddings, elopements, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and even bachelor - bachelorette weekend getaways. Open year round. Walk to everything in town or enjoy drinks from our ocean view Blue Bistro.
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