Who We Are
“Words can’t express how much we appreciate you for being so faithful.” –D. E. (dialysis patient)
Friends in Action, formerly known as Faith in Action Community Connection is a local nonprofit organization in Ellsworth, Maine, which was formed by a task force concerned about the needs of the elderly in the greater Ellsworth area.
When the task force that formed Faith in Action Community Connection had to name the new organization, they chose “Community Connection.” Because the start up funding came from a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Faith in Action” grants, they required that “Faith in Action” be incorporated into our name. Thus, we began our life in 2003 as “Faith in Action Community Connection”, quite a mouthful! It soon became shortened to “Faith in Action” for convenience. Over time we became well known in the community for our volunteer services, especially our free transportation for seniors. Clients and potential funders occasionally wondered if we were a faith-based organization. Some funders did not consider the organization for funding because of that confusion. When we opened the Senior Center in 2009, soon after completing a strategic planning process, the Board of Directors saw it as a perfect time to consider a new name for the organization. After meeting together and with constituents in the community, such as people who use our services, churches, volunteers and other community leaders, we came to the conclusion that a change was warranted, and developed a list of possibilities. The name “Friends in Action” seemed like a natural fit from the start.
To offer free services to elderly and disabled residents of Hancock County so that they can live independently, with dignity and a strong quality of life.
Connecting our Community
Friends in Action is connecting our community in more ways than ever. We help seniors and adults living with disabilities to maintain their independence and quality of life.
We do this with free, volunteer assistance with services such as transportation, shopping, errands, and chores.
Our Senior Center offers a variety of programs, including a free computer lab and internet access, coffee house, exercise classes and enrichment classes.