Links to information, services, and organizations that can help
On this page: Social Services, Legal, and Consumer Information Health, Mental Health, and Insurance Technology skills and Internet connectivity Jobs and Careers
Bendable Maine: a lifelong learning platform that allows state residents of all ages and backgrounds to easily discover content that is just right for them and then acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses as well as local, in-person learning opportunities. In most cases, content on the platform is free. Popular topics include job readiness, crafting and making, personal finance, personal well-being, languages, and sales and service.
Social Services, Legal, and Consumer Information
Maine 2-1-1: call 211 for information on local programs and services that can help.
Health and Health Insurance Resources Finding authoritative and accessible health information is difficult. Here are some links to get you started.
CoverME.gov is Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace – the place to go to find an affordable health insurance plan that fits your needs and your budget.
Enroll207 is a project of the Maine Health Access Foundation, the state’s largest health care foundation. The purpose of enroll207 is to connect Mainers to certified assisters who can help review new options for health insurance through the Maine Health Insurance Marketplace.
Medicaid and CHIP Information on enrolling in Medicaid and CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance program.
Guide to Healthy Web Surfing From the National Library of Medicine, this is a very helpful list of questions to ask yourself when searching for health information, in order to better determine the quality and accuracy of a resource.
MedlinePLUS MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
HealthFinder.gov The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) hosts this website that provides information and tools to help you stay healthy.
GetBetterMaine The Maine Health Management Coalition is a charitable organization whose goal is to measure and improve health care quality and outcomes in Maine. This website allows you to compare providers, hospitals, and group practices in Maine. The resources they provide for finding affordable healthcare options are particularly useful.
KeepMEWell A project of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, this website provides tools to assess your health risks and find healthcare services.
Senior Health Senior Health is a website from the National Institutes of Health that provides information tailored to seniors, both in content and in format.
KidsHealth A project of Nemours, a children's health system that supports both clinics and educational programs. This website provides important health information for children, teens, and parents in language that is accessible.
GoodRx Price comparison tool and coupons for prescriptions.
Maine Helplines, Hotlines, and Mental Health Resources 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988, to connect with mental health professionals. Formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK. Maine Helplines and hotlines - a full directory NAMI Maine teen text line. "You are not alone! Text us at (207) 515 - 8398. We're here for you every day from 12pm - 10pm. This peer support text line is for youth 14-20 years old and staffed by individuals under 23 years of age." NAMI Maine activities for kids, and a wellness activities checklist, great for kids, teens, and all ages. Self-care, safety, and tips resource list by age group, compiled by the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys. StrengthenME offers free stress management and resiliency resources to anyone in Maine experiencing stress reactions to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For statewide assistance call: 207-221-8198. Every day 8am to 8pm. NPR Joy Generator - feeling blah? take time for small moments of delight. Safe Space Radio has podcasts for adults and teens that speak to mental health struggles, to help people feel understood, hopeful, and less alone
Technology skills and internet connectivity
National Digital Equity Center free online classes on various computer basics topics. Presented by the National Digital Equity Center, in partnership with the Town of Searsport and Carver Memorial Library. All classes are free and open to the public with registration. To sign up, create an account by "enrolling" here, and then sign up for classes. See a full list of classes here: https://digitalequitycenter.org/classes You can take any of the classes from home, or choose an on-site location from around the state. On-site classes in Searsport are held upstairs at Union Hall, 1 Union Street, Searsport ME. There will be an in-person facilitator, and the instructor will be live via video. For more information on classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org All upcoming classes in Searsport (link to NDEC site).
Internet service offers list from Digital Inclusion. Check for time limits and automatic subscription plans that may increase the cost if you don't cancel. Spectrum offers 60 days of free broadband internet access to households with students.
FCC Affordable Connectivity Program: The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more. The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Eligibility is based on income at or below 200% of the federal poverty line, or participation in a government assistance program, including SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, Pell grant, or free/reduced school lunch program.
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit: Households enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as of 12/31/21 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit during a 60-day transition period. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.
FCC Lifeline benefit: Lifeline provides a monthly discount on wired or wireless phone service or broadband internet, or broadband/voice bundles, up to $9.25 for eligible low-income subscribers and up to $34.25 per month for those on Tribal lands. Eligibility is based on income at or below 135% of the federal poverty line, or participation in a government assistance program.
#studyfromcar imitative: a listing of places with open wifi that folks can access from outside.
FaxZero Free online faxing for the first 3 pages, and cheap rates for more pages. Accepts PayPal.
Jobs and Careers Job websites, resume resources, skill building
Maine Business, Science & Technology Library (MBSTL). As the state designated research library for business, science and technology, the librarians at Fogler Library have carefully selected and curated these resources to support the people of Maine. Each subject area contains links to websites and articles relevant to that field.
Job Corps A free Career Technical Training program that is federally funded for 16-24 year-olds. The upper age limit may be waived for a student with a verifiable disability. Some of the Career Technical Trainings are welding, carpentry, culinary arts, CNA, and many more, as well as HS diploma. Students stay on center, free of charge, while they work towards completion of their trade. Two locations in Maine, Bangor (Penobscot Job Corps) and Limestone (Loring Job Corps). Students are eligible if they meet the financial guidelines (food stamps, free/reduced lunch) and/or have an IEP/504.
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