Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday takes advantage of social media, word of mouth, and the generosity of people just like you to accomplish lasting change in your community. To read more about the national organization behind the event, click here.

We hope this day encourages the donation of your time, resources and talents to meet local needs right here in the Kennebunks. At this time of the year, many are busy with their Holiday plans, travels and shopping – but what opportunities for giving to charity have you considered?

Our Programs Help With:

Food Pantry

This program provides boxes of assorted non-perishable foods to families in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel. The Produce Pantry provides perishable foods and baked goods that have been donated by stores, farms, and community gardens in the area. Read more

Fuel Assistance

The Fuel Assistance Program provides heating fuel on an emergency basis in response to requests made through the General Assistance offices. We deliver up to 100 gallons of emergency fuel oil to get those “in the cold” the necessary fuel to stay warm. Read more

Specific Needs

This program is targeted towards children and the elderly, and provides assistance with eye exams and glasses, summer camp scholarships, clothing, medical attention, car repairs, rent, utility bill payments, etc. Read more

Summer’s End to Community Garden

IMG_1639It’s always a sad time when we say goodbye to summer. This summer has been a huge harvest for the Kennebunk Community Garden. While there are still a few produce items like carrots left to come in, overall, the yield has brought in over 5,000 pounds of fresh produce right from their garden plots in West Kennebunk to the COS Produce Pantry held every Friday at St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. The largest amount of garden produce brought in one Friday so far has been 718 lbs! We are grateful to Mary Liz and Michelle, co-chairs for Maine Harvest for Hunger Committee and contact point persons for the KCG. Mary Liz is also a COS Board member and was a major player for bringing the partnership between Kennebunk Community Garden and COS. 

The many neighbors that come every Friday are so thankful and appreciative for especially the fresh produce they get to take home that normally they could not afford at the supermarket. With the 2o or so volunteers that set up the Produce Pantry each Friday, we are so thankful for how COS is able to extend a helping hand to our neighbors with food insecurities.


This summer has been a boon crop and we thank all the gardeners like Gus who tend to the gardens so that we can have such bounty to give away to our neighbors at our Produce Pantry. Thank you so much Kennebunk Community Garden! This Winter, we are going to miss our friends from the Garden. But we are getting one-day closer each day to summer when we’ll see our friends again.


5K Benefitted Backpack Program


A Family-Friendly 5K in Beautiful Kennebunk, Maine

A Successful Event

BENEFITTED: Food 4 Thought Backpack Program

This was a flat race, perfect for people wanting to run their very first 5k,
or great for advanced runners looking to get a PR. Look for it next year if you missed it this time around.

                                                     COS thanks Doug and his Staff for choosing COS’s Food for Thought Backpack Program to be the beneficiaries of the proceeds of this annual race.

Was held at: Spurling Fitness, 1 Alewive Park Road, Kennebunk, Maine

check out their website

Cello Concert at the Scoop Deck

Looking for some variety for your summer fun? Come join us at the Scoop Deck this evening for a free concert on the deck. Enjoy a delicious ice cream cone with any flavor you can imagine while enjoying the talent of a local artist.

Talented Scooper, Griffin, is not ONLY an amazing scooper, she is a talented and accomplished cellist. They thought it would be fun for her to show off her talents to her fellow scoopers, and for all of you to enjoy and raise some money for a great cause!

Come join us anytime 5 pm until 8:30ish at Scoop Deck at 6 Eldridge Road in Wells, Wednesday, Aug 2nd to hear Griffin play classical and contemporary selections including a few Beatles tunes you’ll love!

They will be donating a portion of their profits that evening to our local Food 4 Thought Backpack program. Griffin will be accepting gratuity as well and will be sharing a portion of those towards the fundraising.

Feel Free to bring bug spray, a blanket, chairs, sandwiches, etc.... They are asking that you purchase ice cream at some point since we are fundraising and a reminder there is NO smoking, alcohol or drugs allowed on our property.

Concert picGriffin’s Bio:
Griffin is sixteen years old, a rising junior in high school. She began playing cello at the age of four and has since been involved with several orchestras including the Jacksonville Youth Symphony Orchestra, the UNH Youth Symphony Orchestra, a chamber orchestra at the Abendmusik Concert Series, and currently the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. She has played in various chamber groups with the Musical Youth of the Portsmouth Symphony program and the Sonad Project. Recently, she was a finalist in the Portsmouth Symphony’s Young Artist Competition. She studies under the principal cellist of the PSO, Dorothy Braker.