4th Quarter 2022
Island Connector
Celebrating 25 years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors!
Our Mission

Island Connections provides free transportation and other services to seniors and people with disabilities from Mount Desert Island and the surrounding islands to enhance their independence and quality of life by utilizing our core group of dedicated volunteers.

  • Message from the Executive Director
  • Annual Meeting October 6
  • Mary Parker Memorial 5k October 15
  • Annual Appeal Coming Soon!
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends November 6
  • Election Day November 8
  • 3rd Quarter "Ride Wise" by the numbers
  • Volunteers Needed
Our Office will be closed:
  • October 10 - Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
  • November 24 & 25 for Thanksgiving

A message from Sharon Linscott,
Executive Director of Island Connections
Dear Friends,

Happy Autumn! The weather is getting cooler, daylight is getting shorter, the leaves are changing colors. All these things are changes that some folks welcome with open arms but others want to postpone. Ever since I moved to Maine, September has been my favorite month here. I've used the word "glorious" to describe this time of year on many occasions.

Here at Island Connections we continue the celebration of our 25th anniversary at our upcoming Annual Meeting on October 6. I am looking forward to sharing our accomplishments with all of you. Our guest speaker, Jo Cooper, worked for Island Connections before she started Friends in Action in Ellsworth. She will share a few of her stories from the early days of Island Connections. Also at the meeting we will honor our Volunteer of the Year. Who will it be this year?

I am pleased to announce we are bringing back our Mary Parker Memorial 5k Race. I never had the opportunity to meet Mary, but I understand she was a special lady and we are honored to remember her work and her life. Won't you join us?

I am reflecting on the fact that I've been here at Island Connections 9 months now. My how it has flown by. Every day I am reminded of how amazing this organization is, a small organization doing mighty things. We could not do it without our amazing volunteers, all our donors and of course our wonderful Neighbors that we have the privilege to serve. My heart overflows.

Blessings & Peace,
Annual Appeal Coming Soon!

Look for our Annual Appeal mailing beginning in late October. Island Connections relies on individual donations to support our much needed work in the community.

Thank you to all our donors, we cannot do this without you!

Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 6
Turn your clocks back one hour
before bedtime on Saturday!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8

Polls are open 8am to 8pm on Election Day,
or contact your Town Clerk to obtain an absentee ballot in advance.
"RIDE WISE" at Island Connections

During the third quarter of 2022 we:
  • Completed 1,470 rides
  • Added 20 new Neighbors
  • Added 13 new Volunteer Drivers

August 2022 was a record month for Island Connections. We provided 545 one-way rides, of which 51 were to the Bangor/Brewer area. We would not have been able to fulfill the increased demand for rides without our dedicated volunteers. Thank you!
Island Connections is
Seeking Volunteer Drivers

As the need rises for transportation services on MDI, Island Connections is driven to meet that need. But we can't do it without the help of the people in our community...our most valuable assets...volunteers!

It is so easy to volunteer with us! Consider this; there are 720 hours in a month. In just one of those hours, one hour a month, you could transport a neighbor to and from an in-town medical appointment or provide a one-way ride to the dialysis center. There are so many ways to help and it is incredibly rewarding!

If you, or someone you know, would like to find out what it means to be a volunteer driver for Island Connections, please call us at 207-288-4457. We are happy to help! Or CLICK HERE to apply online.

Thank you to all who have dedicated time and commitment to Island Connections. We truly appreciate it! Please consider becoming a volunteer, we would love to welcome you to our family!
Contact Island Connections:


93 Cottage Street, Suite 101
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sharon Linscott, Executive Director
Island Connections * 93 Cottage Street, Suite 101, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Phone 207-288-4457 * info@islconnections.org * www.islconnections.org