Tree of Life is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing emergency and supplemental food for the community, providing and selling good used clothing, and fostering self-help and education on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
The Tree of Life Food Pantry and TurnStyle Thrift Shop work together as a unique, self-supporting organization. Sale of good quality used clothing at the TurnStyle is the primary source of funding, along with donations, for the Food Pantry.
Food is given free of charge to citizens from the eight towns on the Blue Hill Peninsula: Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick and Surry. No one in need of food is turned away. Currently over 900 families are registered. About 120 families come in for food each week (Nondiscrimination Statement).
Donations of used clothing arrive daily. These are sorted by volunteers; only quality and clean items are for sale — at low prices. Volunteers help shoppers select items for any age of men, women and children.
Food is purchased from the Good Shepard Food Bank of Maine, and from various wholesale food companies or stores. Donations of food may be brought to the TurnStyle during open hours, or to the Food Pantry on Thursday from 9:00 to 1:00. All food is received and and stocked by volunteers.
To join the nearly 100 volunteers who work at the Tree of Life call: 207-374-2900.