The Friends of The Maine Children's Home

The Friends of The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers is an organization formed to create a closer relationship between the agency and the community and provide assistance to the agency in serving needy children and families through fundraising and volunteerism. 

The Friends are goodwill ambassadors that have helped promote fundraising activities, as well as provide resources to help grow and maintain their six core programs, for more than 60 years. The Friends fundraising events include:

Annual Lobster Lunch 

Every October, volunteers come together to make lobster rolls that are ordered by supporting businesses and organizations in the community. After a morning of making lobster rolls, volunteers head out to deliver the nearly 200 pounds of lobster rolls.

Annual Book Shower

Each spring, to honor our teen parents and their babies, volunteers join to provide books for parents in need.

Annual Spring Yard Sale

Nothing says spring in Maine like a huge yard sale! Members of the Friends program donate household items and encourage others to give their household items so they can be sold at one of the biggest yard sales you will ever find!

The Christmas Program

Each year, the Christmas Program at The Maine Children’s Home distributes boxes of gifts and clothing to approximately 1,700 financially disadvantaged children throughout the state. The agency’s biggest community effort wouldn’t be possible without the support of the volunteers from the Friends organization.

Want to Learn More?

If you want to learn about the ongoing efforts of the Friends organization, upcoming events, or to volunteer, please contact Cristen Sawyer, below, or join here.

Cristen Sawyer
Friends Advisor/Christmas Program Director/Volunteer Coordinator
The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers
93 Silver Street
Waterville, ME 04901

Phone: (207) 873-4253
Fax: (207) 872-0281

Send Cristen an email.

Join us at our Next Meeting! 

We get together on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Eskelund Community Center, located on our campus at 93 Silver Street, Waterville.

Driving Directions

From the North 
Take I-95 to exit 127. Go down the ramp; take a left onto Kennedy Memorial Drive. Continue straight through six sets of lights. You will pass Shaw’s, Inland Hospital, Auto Zone, and Gifford’s Ice Cream. Continue straight about a half mile to The Maine Children’s Home campus on the left.

From the South 
Take I-95 to exit 127. Go down the ramp; take a right onto Kennedy Memorial Drive. From here, follow the directions as above for northbound.