We live in a generous community with a lot of non-profits. We have businesses who also support local organizations. By patronizing them, you support these causes. Here are five we know about:

Common Good Cafe
FMI: http://www.commongoodsoupkitchen.org/

If you want to enjoy popovers with more of a community feel, stop by the Common Good Cafe, which serves them seven days a week in the summer and Sunday mornings in the winter. With indoor and outdoor seating, sometimes musical acts perform and you can enjoy popovers and a few other breakfast staples like oatmeal, juice, and coffee. Pay what you can and all proceeds go toward their local non-profit.

Serendipity Resale Shop
FMI: https://www.facebook.com/SerendipityResaleClothingBoutique/

This clothing resale shop isn’t just piles of clothes. Well curated, I found a great formal dress there for $15. Staffed by volunteers, all proceeds go towards the Bar Harbor Food Pantry. They are open several days a week; just give them a call to check before you go browse. Tip: there is no secure drop off area for donations so wait until they’re open.



Secondhand Prose
FMI: https://www.facebook.com/secondhandprosejesup

The Jesup Library has a giant book sale every year but they also have a second hand bookstore immediately next door to the library open at least four days a week, even in the offseason. They’re always accepting donations so just call ahead, whether you want to drop off books or go buy them. (It is volunteer run so the hours on the door, while mostly accurate, are subject to available volunteers). Live far away? They list some of their books in an online store.

Love MDI
FMI: https://lovemdi.com/

The Love MDI Store is a pop up shop in Bar Harbor, Maine that was started to raise funds for local non-profits like the Bar Harbor Historical Society. Sponsored by Kim Swan (Swan Agency), this shop has logoed goods like hats, mugs, shirts, and more. They are open regular hours at 43 Cottage Street in Bar Harbor, next to the Post Office. .. and you can also buy a gift certificate to this merchant right here on Gift MDI!

Knowles Company Business Services
FMI: https://www.knowlesco.com/about-knowles/community-involvement

Knowles donates 100% of the proceeds it receives from “business services” (e.g., photocopies, faxing, package holding, notary services, etc.) to Bar Harbor Food Pantry and Westside Food Pantry.


We don’t want to leave anyone off this list so if you know a MDI business that donates some of its proceeds to a non-profit, please leave a comment and we’ll add it to the post. 

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