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Programs & Services
Emergency Assistance
General Assistance is done by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact the Welfare Director at 929-5191. After hours, call 929-5151. For information on other resources call 2-1-1.
Heat Assistance
It is the applicant’s responsibility to plan ahead, track and monitor their fuel supply to avoid an emergency. Those with low or no income should apply each year for LIHEAP, a program run by York County Community Action. Information can be found on their website. This should be done before applying for General Assistance. If there are not sufficient resources in the household to purchase heating fuel, individuals may apply for General Assistance. There are limitations on the time of year and how much fuel General Assistance can provide.
Electricity Assistance
If eligible for General Assistance there may be limited assistance with a CMP bill. If an individual is having difficulty paying the light bill, he/she should contact CMP and get onto a payment plan.
Rent Assistance
It is the applicant's responsibility to locate and obtain housing that is within their ability to pay. Housing is a basic necessity. An applicant may apply for emergency assistance. Some help may be available on a temporary basis. There is a maximum amount of assistance that is available for any housing request in a 30 day period. To be eligible for ) assistance an applicant must complete an application and meet the income guidelines. Note: If a municipality grants assistance with any part of a mortgage payment, the municipality will place a lien on the property. The lien will stay in effect against the real estate until it is enforced, and can be enforced when the recipient dies or when the property is transferred by sale or gift.
Food Assistance
Individuals may apply for General Assistance to determine eligibility. General Assistance is a cure of last resort so we encourage residents to use local food pantries.

This program provides heating assistance primarily for our elderly residents on fixed incomes who are unable to meet the rising cost of heating fuel. To be eligible to use this program applicants must be on "fixed incomes" such as SS or SSDI and must apply for fuel assistance through LIHEAP with York County Community Action. Applicants for Keep The Heat must meet LIHEAP Income Eligibility guidelines. Donations to the program are made with returnable bottles and cans which can be dropped off at the Buxton Transfer Station. The program accepts cash donations and has fund raising events throughout the year. Contact the Director of Social Services at the Town Office at 207-929-5191.
Referral Programs. (These programs are not run by the Town.)
Community Cupboard
The Community Cupboard is located on the corner of Long Plains Road (Rte. 22) & Groveville Road. The Community Cupboard is open Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 PM, and Friday mornings 9:30 – 10:30 AM. Non-perishable food can be dropped off during open hours by calling Gwen Hatch at 648-4403. All users of the Community Cupboard are required to obtain an authorized card from the Selectmen's Assistant at the Buxton Town Office. To obtain a card, you must provide an active Maine Driver's License and light bill or other utility bill that has your name and current address listed.
Buxton Community Service Food Co-op
The Buxton Community Service Food Co-op is located at 262 Haines Meadow Road in Buxton near the Buxton Elementary School. The food co-op is open Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat., at 9:00 AM each day.
Meals on Wheels
The residents of Buxton are welcome at the Buxton/Hollis Senior Citizens Congregate Dining, Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Groveville Fire Station on Turkey Lane in the Groveville section of Town. The price is $4 per person under age 60 and $3 per person over age 60. On the second Monday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to noon a free blood pressure check-up is offered. Meals-on-Wheels is also available. Reservations are required 3-days in advance. For more information call Sandi Fisher at 929-5705.
York County Community Action helps to alleviate poverty in York County by providing a diversity of programs and services. Some of the programs offered are designed to meet basic needs, such as shelter, transportation, fuel assistance and nutrition information. Other programs are designed to help their clients build assets so they can become financially independent. One of YCCA’s newest programs “York County Community Health Care” provides medical, dental and counseling services to adults and children.

York County Community Action has three offices: Sanford, Biddeford and Kittery. The Biddeford office serves Buxton residents and is located at 21 Elm Street Biddeford. They can be reached at 1-800-644-4202 or

Other services programs include:

· Community Outreach
· Energy Services
· Head Start
· Housing Services
· York County Community Health Care
· Transportation
· WIC – Women, Infants and Children
· Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
· Access to Justice
· Home ownership Education
· Access to Quality Medical, Dental & Mental Health Services
Counseling Services, Inc. is a non-profit agency. CSI provides mental health, substance abuse and supportive services to residents in York County including adults, adolescents and children. CSI currently provides services to over 6,000 residents in York County. CSI is funded by private insurance, MaineCare, federal grant funding, municipalities, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Substance Abuse, Maine State Housing Authority, United Way of York County and private donations, and foundation grants.

CSI can be reached at its administrative office at 265 North Street, Saco, Maine 04072 at (207) 282-1500 or
It is the mission of Caring Unlimited to work with the community to end domestic violence in York County. This includes providing support and a safe haven to women, their children and men whose lives are affected by domestic abuse in a manner that honors their essential worth, nurtures their inherent strengths and respects their right of self-determination. Caring Unlimited offers a 24-hour hotline, support groups throughout York County, advocacy at four local courthouses, emergency shelter and transitional housing and services programs and more.

Caring Unlimited is located in Sanford. Phone: (207) 490-3227 or
This agency is fully licensed and CHAP accredited not-for-profit home health organization. HomeHealth provides nursing care, rehabilitative therapy, parent & child care, home health aides, counseling & emotional support, community health & wellness, lifeline – Emergency Response System along with telehealth services for patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party payors. Financial assistance is available for those without insurance or resources. Services are offered 24/7 throughout York and Cumberland counties and surrounding towns.

HomeHealth – Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine is located at 15 Industrial Park Road, Saco, Maine 04072. They can be reached at (207) 284-4566 or 1-800-660-4867 or
The mission of the Leavitt’s Mill Health Center is to improve the health of the community by providing health care services to people who have no insurance or inadequate insurance and sponsoring health promotion activities for the entire community. The Health Center is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers, including nurse practitioners, physicians, nurses, therapist counselors and support staff. It is located on Route 4A (63 Main Street) next to the Bar Mills Post Office. Leavitt’s Mill can be reached at (207) 929-6455 or
The mission of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging is to assure that older people in southern Maine, especially those who are frail, isolated, or living on low incomes, receive the support necessary to maintain their independence in the community.

Southern Maine Agency on Aging provides assistance for people age 60 and over in a defined geographic region serving York and Cumberland counties. Services include information & advocacy to help seniors and their families find and access benefit programs and resources that can help them age with dignity and independence. Other services include Meals on Wheels and Senior Dining Centers, Congregate Housing services, bill-paying assistance, minor home maintenance and repair and grocery shopping. Southern Maine Agency on Aging is located at 136 U.S.Route One, Scarborough, Maine 04074 and
The Child Abuse Prevention Council is a community-based non profit organization committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in all its forms throughout the county. Through education, collaboration and advocacy, the council engages in programs and activities which foster the well-being of children and families healthy and nurturing relationships among children and adults.

The Child Abuse Prevention Council is located at 62 Portland Road, Suite 15, Kennebunk, Maine 04043 and can be reached at (207)985-5975 or
Town of Buxton
  185 Portland Road, Buxton, ME 04093 (207) 929-5191
Town Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm & Wed: 11:30am - 7:30pm
For departmental office hours please visit that department's home page.