Community and Economic Development

  • Sunrise County Economic Development Council
  • Downeast Innovation Network
  • Main Street Bucksport
  • Our Town Belfast
  • Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
  • Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
  • WERU Community Radio Station

Community Arts and Music

  • New Surry Theatre
  • Belfast Flying Shoes
  • Schoodic Arts for All
  • Lamoine Community Arts
  • Gateway Milbridge


  • Mabel Wadsworth Center
  • Healthy Peninsula
  • Maine Seacoast Mission Island Health Services
  • Healthy Acadia
  • Bucksport Regional Health Center
  • Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center
  • Dancing Elephant
  • Consumers for Affordable Health Care

Social Justice and Legislative Ministry

  • OUT Maine
  • YWCA Central Maine
  • Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network


  • Ellsworth Public Library
  • Blue Hill Public Library
  • Bass Harbor Memorial Library
  • Carver Memorial Library
  • Swan’s Island Library

Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Living

  • The Good Life Center
  • A Climate to Thrive
  • Sustainable Harvest International
  • Maine Conservation Voters and Maine Conservation Alliance
  • Downeast Conservation Network

Land Trusts, Refuges, and Parks

  • Frenchman Bay Conservancy
  • Crabtree Neck Land Trust
  • Hirundo Wildlife Refuge
  • Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park

Food Security

  • Bar Harbor Food Pantry
  • Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance
  • Maine Seacoast Mission Downeast Campus


  • Downeast Fisheries Partnership
  • Downeast Institute and Marine Science Field Station
  • Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries and Eastern Maine Skippers Program 

Affordable Housing

  • Island Housing Trust
  • Welcome Home Downeast

Essential Services

  • Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County
  • Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County
  • Community Caring Collaborative
  • The Next Step
  • Friends in Action
  • Mano en Mano
  • Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
  • York County Community Action
  • Downeast Community Partners
  • Aroostook County Action Program 

Leadership Development

  • Leadership Hancock County, a program of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Paddling the Rapids Leadership Forums

Interested? Contact Deb Burwell with Paddling the Rapids ( to arrange a time to explore whether a Paddling the Rapids Leadership Forum is a good match for you.

Contact: Deb Burwell

Skilled Facilitator and Strategic Planner Dedicated to Supporting Nonprofit and Community Leaders.